April 12, 2017Bryce Canyon National Park is home to some of the most incredible scenery in the world. Between the beautiful red cliffs, the vast, open landscapes and even the beautiful lakes, there is something for everyone at Bryce Canyon.
Surrounded by desert, Bryce’s highland plateau gets much more rain and stays relatively cooler in the scorching sun. It also provides the ideal conditions for some incredible wildlife. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for the next time you visit Bryce Canyon National Park.
PlantsIn the spring, Bryce Canyon National Park has colorful wildflowers, trees and shrubs as far as the eye can see. There are different types of plant life depending on where you are in Bryce Canyon, but these are a few of our favorites:
Blue FlaxThe Blue Flax flower is populated throughout Bryce Canyon National Park. It can be identified by its distinctly blue shaded petals arranged in an alternating pattern. Known for its diverse uses, Native Americans used to use the seeds for added taste and health benefits. Look for this gorgeous blue flower all throughout Bryce Canyon, and let us know what different places you can find it.
Mountain-Death CamasThis plant, while beautiful, is also poisonous. This beautiful lily plant is smaller, and each flower contains six creamy, colored petal-like segments arranged in a star shape. The flowers are also noted for having two small, green dots and each petal’s base. This plant can be deadly—so take pictures, but whatever you do, don’t eat it!
AnimalsThere are more animals in Bryce Canyon National Park than we could ever list, so we thought we could tell you about some of the most unique ones. The ecosystem of Bryce tends to draw most animal population around larger water sources, so be on the lookout when you visit the lakes!
MammalsBryce is home to almost 60 species of mammals alone. Its diverse landscape allows animals like the Pronghorn Antelope to graze the grasslands. You can find mountain lions roaming the more rocky terrain. Even Utah Prairie Dogs can be found in Bryce Canyon. Though the animals may look fun, always remember to maintain a safe distance and not to feed any of the mammals, as they could be dangerous.
Reptiles and AmphibiansGoing from extreme hot temperatures in the day to extreme cold temperatures in the night is not a great habitat for cold blooded animals. However, there are still more than 15 species of reptiles and amphibians in Bryce Canyon National Park. If you like snakes, both the Great Basin Rattlesnake and the Striped Whipsnake have homes here. If you like something a little more colorful, the Tiger Salamander, the world’s largest land salamander, also inhabits Bryce Canyon. As always, remember that the majority of these animals are poisonous and should be treated with immense caution.