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Bryce Canyon National Park Helicopter Tours
Zion Helicopters offers aerial photography flights so that you are able to capture stunning images of Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park and Zion National Park, or any other points of interest with your personal equipment or with our professional services. Aerial photography is one of our specialties at Zion Helicopters. Our pilots are highly trained in safely positioning the helicopter to assist in capturing the perfect photograph or video. At Zion Helicopters the pilot and photographer talk about the photographs or video needed before each flight to ensure the job gets done in the most efficient way.
Zion Helicopters offers many different scenic flights and tours, whatever National Park intrigues you the most let us take you there. Not only will you be seeing the most beautiful scenery you will be doing it in a luxurious Rolls Royce Turbine helicopter. We are located within a 100 miles of more than a dozen National Parks, Recreation Areas, and Monuments. Making Zion Helicopters one of the most perfect places to start the most unforgettable and enchanting tours.
Wildlife In Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon is known for its incredible geology and sweeping vistas, but equally impressive are the plants and animals that make the uplifted plateaus of Utah such a unique environment. Surrounded by deserts, these highlands get much more rain than the lowlands below and stay cooler during hot summers. The relatively lush ecosystems that result are like fertile islands towering above a vast arid landscape.
To see animals of the Bryce Canyon Area, Click Here!
What is a mammal? Webster’s Dictionary defines a mammal as…”any of a class of higher vertebrates comprising man and all other animals that nourish their young with milk secreted by the mammary glands and have the skin usually more or less covered with hair.”
What mammals can be seen in Bryce Canyon National Park? We have chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, mountain lions, pronghorn sheep, coyotes, gray foxes, bats, mice, and many more animals classified as mammals.
The three most common birds found in the park are the Peregrine Falcon, California Condor and the Clark’s Nutcracker.
Ants are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. Something like ten thousand trillion ants control vast stretches of territory on planet earth. Their success lies in cooperation. They are a social insect, living in often enormous colonies, coordinating their activities to an exceptional degree to achieve domination.
These are aggressive and capable critters, ones whose existence is characterized by continuous work and conflict. In many places they are the dominate insect, and usually displace solitary insects (those that live and forage alone and not in social groups) to less favorable habitat or eat them.
Trees – Conifers
What are conifers?…The name “conifer” is derived from the Latin word which means “to bear cones.” Cones, the fruiting body which produces the seeds of the tree, are common features of most conifers, with the exception of junipers and yews which produce berry-like fruit.
How do I identify a conifer?…The best way is to look at the leaves. Does the tree have linear, needle-like or scale-like leaves? Conifers are usually evergreens although they still shed their older foliage on various annual cycles. The larch and cypress are deciduous, shedding their leaves annually in the fall.
Are there many conifer species (types)?…More than 500 conifer species have been identified worldwide.
Do all conifers look about the same? Are they the same size and color?…Among the conifers can be found some of the largest, smallest and oldest living woody plants known to mankind. There is an astounding amount of diversity in the conifer world. Some conifers grow into huge forests which are harvested for their timber and others are admired for their adaptability and color variations for the household garden. Overall, they vary in textures from soft and fluffy to rigid or majestic. The wide range of greens, blues and golden yellows paint a colorful landscape wherever conifers grow.
What are the names of the different conifers found in Bryce Canyon National Park?…In the Park you can find pines, junipers, firs, spruces, cedars and Douglas fir.
Biological soil crusts, or more commonly called Cryptobiotic soil or Cryptogamic soil, occur on every continent and in nearly every environment. However, they are most commonly found in arid or desert environments. In the high deserts of the Colorado plateau (i.e. the Four Corners region), biological soil crusts can cover up to 70-80% of the ground cover.
Health & Safety
Every time you go to a National Park, you probably hear the same thing: “Don’t feed the animals.” Why do we say that? What harm could a pretzel or apple slice do to a deer or a chipmunk? Too often, it is not an apple slice, but salted peanuts or chips whose high sodium content is poisonous to an animal’s system. Those kinds of food are not healthy for people, how much less for an animal whose diet is supposed to consist of berries, flowers, and insects? Also, the animals become dependent on people as a food source and lose their ability to successfully forage when they have been raised begging for human food.
Although human food can and does harm the animals for a variety of reasons, the reason we ask you not to feed them is for the safety of humans as much as of the animals. In Bryce Canyon, there are two major hazards to humans associated with feeding the animals, specifically ground squirrels, chipmunks, and prairie dogs. First, the animals frequently bite people when they are hand feeding them, or especially when they try to touch the animal without food in their hand. Hantavirus is a disease which has received considerable publicity in southern Utah because several people have died from it recently. One of the ways it is transmitted is through the infected animal’s saliva–by being bitten. It is also transmitted by inhaling or touching dust in which infected animals have urinated or defecated, as the virus is viable in that matter for about three days. Since that dust could be on the animal’s fur, touching the animal is another potential way to obtain the disease. Currently there is no cure for Hantavirus, but if extreme flu like symptoms develop after association with these animals, contact a physician for the available treatment.
Rabies is another disease which is transmitted through an animal bite, which many more animals than just small rodents could carry. Beware of any ringtail cat, rodents, foxes, or other animals who appear extremely sluggish or have strange secretions from their mouth or eyes. Report any abnormal behavior to a ranger.
Secondly, there is a threat of disease to people who are obeying the rules and not feeding the animals when other people have fed them. Bubonic Plague, or as some know it, the Black Plague, has been known to infect our prairie dog population from time to time. A type of flea that lives on small rodents (i.e. prairie dogs, ground squirrels, chipmunks) transmits this disease. When people have fed the animals and taught them that people are their food source, that it is all right to crawl on a person’s leg because they will be rewarded with food, those people might actually be responsible for killing another person down the road. It is common for people to be mobbed by ground squirrels hoping to be fed when they go to a view point, even if the person has no intention of feeding them. If those animals have the fleas infected with Bubonic Plague, the fleas could potentially jump on the person and give them the disease. Fortunately, Bubonic Plague can be cured if caught soon enough, but it is a painful experience.
Even with the potential for all these diseases, you can still come to Bryce Canyon and enjoy a safe visit. The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” should be remembered. You can prevent coming in contact with diseases if you do not feed or touch the animals, and make sure that your children stay away from them also. If the animals approach you begging for food, simply ignore them, or chase them off if they get too close. Remember, the animals would never beg for people food if people did not teach them to. So please do your part to ensure the health of the animals, yourself, and other visitors down the road by not feeding the animals.
VISITOR CENTER In Bryce Canyon
Open All Year 8am – 8pm (seasonally variable)
Phone – 435/834-5322
Closures – Only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Special Programs – Short informational Video shown on the 1/2 hour and on the hour. Short Geology talks are also available in the Visitor Center Museum during the winter months.
Exhibits – A museum with displays on local Geology, Wildlife, Star Gazing, Historic and Prehistoric Culture.
Available Facilities – Restrooms, Bookstore, and a Ranger staffed Information Desk. Obtain Backcountry Permits at this desk.
Also see Maps for Bryce Canyon
Teacher & Student Materials For Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon National Park offers a dynamic education/outreach program to students, teachers and park visitors. We can help you in the classroom and now on the web. Our classroom presentations include fun activities and are developed to meet science requirements outlined in the Utah State Core Curriculum. To visit us on the web click on Geodetectives
The following is a list of off site classroom programs that we present:
PLANTS AND THEIR PARTS 1st grade – Introduces the basic parts of a plant and their functions as well as the many uses of plants in our daily lives.
DYNAMIC ROCKS! 2nd grade – Introduces the rock cycle, the three rock types, how rocks are formed and their characteristics. Compares the ways different rocks are used for different purposes.
HABITAT, WHAT’S THAT? 3rd grade – Explores ecosystems and introduces different habitats, living and non-living elements of habitats and relationships among living organisms in a habitat.
UTAH’S TREASURES 4th grade – Introduces geology and geography of the Colorado Plateau and the intrigue of Utah fossils, using Bryce Canyon National Park and surrounding areas as examples. Includes testing rocks/minerals for hardness, color, luster, streak and density.
OUR NATURAL RESOURCES 5th grade – Deals with conservation practices, renewable, nonrenewable and perpetual resources, recyclable or not, and how actions influence our surroundings.
A GERM’S LIFE! 6th grade – Introduces helpful and harmful aspects of microorganisms, the spread of some infectious diseases by water and ways to reduce chances of disease.
EARTH SCIENCE CLASSES Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils! 7th-12th grades – Our collections and program will enhance your science classes …. This program on rocks, minerals and their uses, Utah fossils and earth history will give your students a hands-on experience while learning about geology, geography and earth science. This program would be a great extra curricular program for all science classes. The classroom programs are one hour in length.
Onsite programs include guided field trips to the main amphitheater as well as to the south end of the park. In addition, an annual field seminar course is offered to local educators that enables them to receive graduate level credit in geology and biology from Southern Utah University.
Finally, be watching for our most recent creation, the Geodective Program, an Internet-based science program that will feature both, an educator’s page with lesson plans and a kid’s page with fun-filled geologic mysteries.
For more information, contact Debbie Cantu, Education/Outreach Specialist, at (435)834-4413 or [email protected]
Activities For Kids In Bryce Canyon
Just for Kids programs every day at 3:00pm in the park. Games and Activities designed Just For Kids to learn about the cultural or natural history or Bryce Canyon National Park. Have an adult sign you up at the Visitor Center because spaces are limited and it fills up fast.
Even though the activities are designed especially for our young visitors, we do require one adult to remain with their respective kids.
Junior Ranger Program
Games and activities designed for kids to learn about Bryce Canyon ecology independently.
Each potential Junior Ranger is required to do workbook activities, attend a ranger guided program,and collect a bag of litter inside the park.
Once the kids have completed these requirements, they can return to the Visitor Center and receive a Junior Ranger badge, patch and a certificate certifying their status as a Bryce Canyon Junior Ranger.
Junior Rangers are young people who:
- Care about Bryce Canyon and all the national parks
- Help to keep our national parks clean
- Show respect for nature
- Learn as much as they can about plants, animals, history and planet Earth.
- May become national park rangers one day!
Join a ranger for games and activities about ecology and Bryce Canyon, designed especially for you. These special programs last one hour and are for KIDS ONLY!
Reservations are required to come to these way cool programs so have Mom or Dad sign you up at the Visitor Center when you first get to the park.
Throughout the summer Rangers will be testing different activities in the Geodetectives program. Ask at the information desk to find out if you are there on the lucky day.
Winter Activities In Bryce Canyon
Looking for some winter fun in Bryce Canyon? Ruby’s Inn has a wide variety of winter activities. Visit Ruby’s Inn Winter Activities page for a full list.
In winter this high plateau offers the most reliable snow and longest season in the southwest United States. Its hills and valleys provide the ultimate in diverse terrain and scenic beauty.
Bryce Canyon National Park and the surrounding areas are often forgotten about during the winter months. This is actually one of the best times of year to several things including photography, Snowmobiling, Cross Country Skiing, Ice Skating, and Ice Fishing. There is a long list of very exciting and enjoyable activities that take place all winter long in the City of Bryce.
With the Paunsuagunt Plateau reaching up to 9,000 feet (2,800 m) the average snowfall is around 200”s. This gives way to Great Snowmobiling and other winter activities. There is a lot of open snow covered ground, groomed trails just outside of the Bryce Canyon National Park gate, to where you can take off on Skis, Snowshoes or snowmobiles.
Ruby’s Inn Ice Skating is another great winter activity to think about when visiting Bryce Canyon in the winter months. Their skating ring (in the City of Bryce) is maintained for guests and people visiting the area. It is always a great time with the family and fun activity in the outdoors. Where its one of your past times or you have never been on skates everyone is welcome to give it a try!
Ice Fishing is another great opportunity to get out and enjoy the beauty of Bryce and the surrounding areas. There are many lakes close by that give opportunity for great ice fishing including; Panguitch Lake, Otter Creek, Tropic Reservoir, and many more. These lake are generally stalked all spring summer and fall with different kinds of trout.
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