Bryce Canyon National Park

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In Bryce or Zion, how can I maximize my chances of seeing ringtails?
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A Ringtail Cat is one tough animal to spot! They are not likely to be seen at all during the day.  

Your best bet is to start looking just before dusk, and continue into the night!  Ringtails are related to raccoons, and will make similar clicking or barking noises as their kin. Another neat way to spot them is to bring a flashlight.  Ringtails won't make their presence known, but they have very large eyes for nocturnal vision.  Look for the reflection in the flashlight beam as you use your light to scan the cliffs.  

Although a Ringtail is generally harmless, Mountain Lions and poisonous snakes are also cliff dwellers! Keep a safe distance from any animal you see, and don't spend too much time walking around in the park after dark.

For more information on park mammals, including Pumas, click here.

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Drive Highway 12 To Red Rock Splendor

April 16, 2010, 12:23 pm
If you want to experience the grandeur of Utah's red rock country – the amazing overlooks, deep canyons and inspiring waterfalls – we invite you to drive Scenic Byway 12 through south-central Utah. And do it now, during the spring, when wildflower blossoms are profuse, trees are shimmering with ...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Hosts its First Annual Utah Prairie Dog Day

April 15, 2010, 7:36 am
Bryce Canyon National Park Acting Superintendent Jacque Lavelle invites you to join the park’s first annual Utah Prairie Dog Day celebration on Friday April 30. A year-round inhabitant of Bryce Canyon’s high plateau meadows, the Utah Prairie Dog is an important component of the park’s ecosystem. Although called a prairie ...

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We are planning a road trip from Page, Az. to Grand Juction, CO. this Oct. to visit the 5 National Parks in Utah. How much time do we need?
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Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Zion National Park, Auto/Motorcycle, Historic Sites
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There's so much to see and do in Utah! We recommend taking your time to enjoy each park and also see the sights along the way. Visit fiveutahparks.com for what we think is a great 12-day itinerary.

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My family would like to visit Bryce and Zoin parks. Is there a prefered time to vist? WE are thinking of coming in may.
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May is a great time to spend in Southern Utah.  My own personal favorite time is the fall when the days are a bit longer and the sunsets are a bit richer, but absolutely anytime is beautiful in both of those parks and the surrounding communities.  Check out the St. George Chamber of Commerce website (as well as the parks themselves) for any special events that you might want to be there for to make sure your trip coincides.


Have fun!

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May would be good. We hiked four days here in latter part of April 2009. The first couple of days hiking in Zion, it was warm (a little too warm the first day with strenuous hiking), the third day (going in the Kolob Canyon entrance) it was really chilly, with some hail early afternoon. Then in Bryce, with the rim at about 8,000 feet, it was chilly but the hiking kept us warm. Getting there before school is out is excellent. Also, from our experience, the Zion Park Motel is excellent (not to be confused with the Zion Park Inn, which looks more expensive and is a lot farther from the Zion NP entrance).

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Of the 5 NPs in so. Utah, is there one you would esp. recommend? I know they're all unique, beautiful. I have 3 days for hiking, camping.
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All of the Utah national parks are great, and it's hard to choose a favorite! But we definitely recommend checking out Utah's Scenic Byway routes as you travel between parks. Also, don't limit you activities to the hours when the sun is up! Utah has some of the darkest night skies in the country, making for the ultimate stargazing experience!

For more information about Utah's national parks, check out the news sections for individual parks on our website, or visit Utah.com.

We hope you have a great trip. Be sure to come back and let us know how it goes!

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