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Bryce Canyon National Park, technically, is not a canyon. The 56-square-mile park, located in Utah, contains a series of natural amphitheaters, the largest being 12 miles long. The red and orange rock formations, called hoodoos, look more like they belong in a cave rather than the outdoors. Less visited than the Grand Canyon, but no less grand, the beauty of this park will have you gasping, mouth wide open, at the visual splendor of its colorful pinnacles jutting into a perfectly clear blue sky.

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Learn about everything this amazing place has to offer, from kids' activities to horseback riding and fishing. Plus, there's lots of great info on the geology of the canyon and the various flora and fauna you'll encounter, along with great travel tips.

www.brycecanyonmotel.com

Whether you want to rough it in a tent, park your RV, or stay in a rustic cabin or deluxe room, the Bryce Canyon Pines Motel has every option available, and it's only five minutes from the park. The on-site restaurant and grocery store also provide economical eating options.

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The photos on this website are all you will need to convince you to book a trip to Bryce Canyon for your next vacation. The park has events year-round, including a balloon festival in June. The Rim Run, a five-mile walk/run along the canyons edges, takes place in August, and skiing and snowmachining abound all winter long.

www.brycecanyontours.com

Bryce Canyon Tours offers one- to six-day bus tours that include off-roading, river rafting, horseback riding and more. Air tours that take off from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas not only fly over Bryce Canyon, they also include the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. Private tours also are available.

Trip Tracker is compiled by Joy Guest. Is there a vacation or excursion that interests you? Email jguest@adn.com or comment online at adn.com/life/travel.

"An ATV ride in Bryce Canyon is like no other. Explore the magnificent beauty of this scenic wonderland and see the hideout for such Western figures as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." - www.brycecanyon atvadventures.com