Ranger & Educational Programs
Park rangers present a variety of free programs and activities. One-hour evening programs, which may include a slide show, take place at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon, the visitor center, and occasionally at the North Campground amphitheater. Topics vary, but could include such subjects as the animals and plants of the park, geology, and the role of humans in the park's early days. Rangers also give half-hour talks several times daily at various locations in the park, and lead hikes and walks, including a moonlight hike and a wheelchair-accessible, 1.5-hour canyon rim walk (Reservations are required, so sign up at the visitor center.) Schedules are posted on bulletin boards at the visitor center, General Store, campgrounds, and the Lodge at Bryce Canyon.
Especially popular are the park's Astronomy Programs, which are usually offered 3 nights a week through the summer. Telescopes are provided.
The High Plateaus Institute, which is affiliated with Bryce Canyon Natural History Association, occasionally presents educational programs for the public. For details, check with park offices or the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association (tel. 888/362-2642 or 435/834-4782; www.brycecanyon.org).
For a bird's-eye view of the canyon and its numerous formations, contact Bryce Canyon Airlines & Helicopters (tel. 435/834-8060; www.rubysinn.com/bryce-canyon-airlines.html) for scenic flights by helicopter or open cockpit bi-plane. Tours last from about 35 minutes to several hours, and the longer trips include surrounding attractions. Prices start at about $100 per person, and reservations are required.
Several national adventure tour operators offer guided biking, hiking, and backpacking trips near the park, and other companies offer more traditional tour packages.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.