Educational Offerings

Ranger Programs

Campfire and Auditorium Programs. Bryce Canyon's natural diversity comes alive in the park's North Campground amphitheater, the Visitor Center Theater, or in the Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium. Lectures, multimedia programs, and ranger walks introduce you to geology, astronomy, wildlife, history, and many other topics related to Bryce Canyon and the West. 435/834–5322.

Full Moon Hike. Rangers lead guided hikes on the nights around each full moon (two per month May–October). You must wear heavy-traction shoes, and reserve a spot on the day of the hike. In peak season the tickets are distributed through a lottery system on the day of the hike. www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/fullmoonhikes.htm.

Geology Talk. Rangers regularly host discussions about the long geological history of Bryce Canyon; they are nearly always held at Sunset Point. Talks are free and last 30 minutes.

Junior Ranger Program. Children ages three and over can sign up to be Junior Rangers at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center. The park takes that title seriously, so kids have to complete several activities in their free Junior Ranger booklet, as well as collect some litter, and attend a ranger program. Allow three to six hours for all this. Ask a ranger about each day's schedules of events and topics, or look for postings at the visitor center, Bryce Canyon Lodge, and campground bulletin boards.

Night Sky Program. City folk are lucky to see 2,500 stars in their artificially illuminated skies, but out here among the hoodoos you see three times as many. The Night Sky Program includes low-key astronomy lectures and multimedia presentations, followed by telescope viewing (weather permitting). The program is typically offered on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, May–September. Check at the visitor center for locations, times, and other details. 435/834–4747. Free.

Rim Walk. Join a park ranger for a ½-mile, hour-long stroll along the gorgeous rim of Bryce Canyon starting at the Sunset Point overlook. Reservations are not required for the walk, which is usually offered daily from May to September. Start time is usually 5 pm. Check at the visitor center for details. Free.

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