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Explore Roadside Nature of
Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks

Stories of park natural history to enhance a park visit


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Articles by Location
Zion National Park

  • Zion Canyon Drive
  • Visitors Center
    --Whiptail Lizard
  • Human History Museum
    --Cactus adaptations
  • Virgin River Bridge
    --Virgin River
  • Sentinel Slide
    --Sentinel Slide
  • Court of the Patriarchs Navajo
  • Zion Lodge
    --Young Cottonwood Trees
  • The Grotto
    --Tree Frog
  • Weeping Rock
  • Big Bend
    --California Condor
  • Temple of Sinawava
    --American Dipper
  • Temple of Sinawava
    --Rock Squirrel
  • Temple of Sinawava
    --Slot Canyons
  • East Zion Highway
  • Second Switchback
    --Desert Varnish
  • East End of the Large Tunnel
    --Desert Bighorn Sheep
  • Small Tunnel
    --Mexican Spotted Owl
  • Slickrock Pullout
    --Slickrock and Sand Dunes
  • Checkerboard Mesa
    --Checkerboard Mesa
  • Kolob Terrace Road
  • Lava Point Campground
    --Pocket Gopher
  • Kolob Canyons road
  • Visitors Center
    --Utah Yucca and Moth
  • Taylor Creek Trailhead
    --Pinyon Jay and Pine


40 brief descriptions and explanations of plants, animals and geologic formations seen along park roads. Each subject is associated with a specific spot on these roads.

Explore Roadside Nature - Yucca flowers in Zion
Flowering Utah yuccas

Increase your enjoyment of Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Discover fascinating details and facts about these world-famous, red-rock natural worlds.

Both parks offer scenic roads, Bryce Canyon travels beside its canyon and Zion travels the bottom of its canyon. As you travel these roads by car or shuttle, enrich your visit with these 40 concise, thoughtful descriptions and explanations of plants, animals, geology and ecology. Each article is tied to a specific spot along park roads. In this family-friendly roadside guide, the author provides in-depth and easy to read backgrounds of the parks’ natural history.  It provides answers to questions like:

At Bryce Canyon’s Visitor Center, why do ponderosa pine trees need wildfires? At Paria View Overlook, why did hoodoos form at this spot? At Zion’s Big Bend Shuttle Stop, are California condors returning to the park? At Checkerboard Mesa, what created this checkerboard pattern?

You will enjoy these articles in preparation for a park visit. You will discover interesting details while traveling the roads of Zion and Bryce Canyon. You will find answers to questions that come up following a visit. Articles are searchable by road location and subject matter. Photos of each subject and the location enhance the descriptions.


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Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Junction of Utah route 12 and route 63
    --Paunsaugunt Plateau
  • Visitor Center
    --Ponderosa Pine
  • Sunrise Point
    --Pronghorn Antelope
  • Bryce Canyon Lodge Turnoff
    --Utah Prairie Dog
  • Sunset Point
    --Winter Flocks
  • Inspiration Point
    --Chipmunks and Ground Squirrels
  • Bryce Point
  • Bryce Point
  • Paria View
    --Great Basin
  • Mile Post #7
    --Aspen Clones
  • Whiteman Trailhead
  • Farview Point
    --Firs and Spruces
  • Natural Bridge
    --Aspen Bark
  • Agua Canyon
    --Ravens and People
  • Agua Canyon
    --Rock Formation Colors
  • Ponderosa Canyon
    --Swallows and Swifts
  • Rainbow Point
    --Bristlecone Pine
  • Rainbow Point
    --Grand Staircase
  • Rainbow Point
    --Greater Short-horned Lizard
  • Rainbow Point
    --Clark’s Nutcracker