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One of the grand plans of the trip was going to be seeing Bryce Canyon. Today was the day. It was more than I had hoped for. I read so much about it during the planning stages of our trip, I thought that maybe I had removed the wonder of it all. WRONG! I was amazed. The Grand Canyon was breathtaking but this, this was truly a site. Such a big difference. Grand Canyon gave the impression that it was to be enjoyed from afar. Bryce Canyon beckoned you to get in, to touch, to listen, to walk and climb. It exceeded anything I could have imagined. Utah is BEAUTIFUL.
Bryce Canyon National Park
First established as a national monument in 1923 and later in 1924 as a national park, this area named after Ebenezer & Mary Bryce is one of scenic and scientific value. Archaeological studies have turned up evidence of people living in the area as far back as 2,000 years. The area is 55 square miles with more than 400 native plant species. Some of the Bristlecone Pine are 1,600 years old. Mule Deer and Pronghorn are the most abundant mammals seen. Mountain Lions and Black Bear inhabit the park but are rarely seen by day visitors. There are also over 200 species of birds and the federally protected Utah Prairie Dogs are making a comeback.