Southwestern Utah is home to some of the most spectacular scenery, and Bryce Canyon National Park is truly one of the highlights of this area, that all visitors will want to see. It was settle in the 1850s by a family of Mormons, and was established as a national park and monument in the early 1920s. Covering only 56 square miles, but with its orange, white, red rock formations, it is truly spectacular. With such and abundance of scenery and outdoor activities, Bryce Canyon National Park is a destination that everyone should see once in their lives, and includes such activities and vistas as the following: 1. Hikers, backpackers, and picnickers will find this is one of the best places in the world to see the canyons and the spectacular Colorado River that winds its way through the canyon walls. 2. Astronomy aficionados brining their telescopes will find this is one of the best places in the country to get a tremendous, unobstructed view of the stars. With zero light pollution, it's a hit with astronomers. 3. For guests who can make it here the end of July, the Geology Festival celebrates the uniquely colorful hoodoos and other fascinating structures in the area. 4. Campers have several great places available to pitch the tent and truly get back to nature and have some spectacular scenery at their tent flap. 5. Horseback or mule back riding is available along the abundant trails. Truly Bryce Canyon National Park is one place everyone should spend a vacation.