Visitor Centers are one thing that we do especially well in Bryce Canyon Country. There are several visitor centers that are run by Federal Agencies and several that are managed by our local tourism office. We’ve listed them by town below:
Escalante (Grand Staircase Visitor Center)
The visitor information center in Escalante is managed by the Escalante Interagency Office which specializes in the biology and ecology of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This visitor center features photos, dioramas, scientific exhibits, and a relief model of the topography of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
Obtain permits here for back-country experiences in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument which includes 1.9 million acres of some of the most remote wilderness in the west. Permits are free, and required for all organized groups. This visitor information center offers trail maps and itinerary information.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week, with extended hours during peak summer travel Location: 755 West Main, Escalante, UT 84726.
Call: (435) 826-5499
Cannonville (Grand Staircase Visitor Center)
This visitor center located in Cannonville, Utah is open from mid-May to mid-November and visitors are able to view presentations on geography and how it affected the ability to settle and farm on the topography of this region.
Red Canyon (Dixie National Forest Visitor Center)
The Red Canyon Visitor Information Center is located just off Scenic Highway 89 and just two miles along Scenic Byway 12 in Red Canyon which lies in the Dixie National Forest. Red Canyon is a place of red rock hoodoos and dramatic landscape that is very similar to Bryce Canyon National Park. The Red Canyon center offers information about sightseeing, camping, hiking, biking, equestrian, and ATV trails. Trail-heads for areas such as Pink Ledges, Golden Wall, Birdseye, Thunder Mountain, and the Red Canyon Bicycle Trail are near the visitor center. The center also offers interpretive information, restrooms, gifts, books, and maps. The Red Canyon Campground is just across Scenic Byway 12.
Hours: Operated by the U.S. Forest Service, visitor center services are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Call: (435) 676-2676
Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center
The Bryce Canyon visitor center offers a museum and interpretive displays about the park’s unique geology, Native American and pioneer history, and wildlife. Visitor center services include gift shop (books, maps), restrooms, back-country permits, first aid, and ranger assistance. Many quests will enjoy watching an award-winning film (20 minutes) about Bryce Canyon that is shown every 30 minutes.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer, and slightly shorter hours in other seasons. Open year round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Location: 1.5 miles inside the Bryce Canyon National Park main entrance. 4.5 miles south of the Highway 63/Scenic Byway 12 junction. Google Map
Call: (435) 834-5322.These are the main visitor information centers in Garfield County, Utah (the Bryce Canyon Country region).