Utah Prairie Dog Day

Bryce Canyon National Park News Release

April 21, 2023

For Immediate Release

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Burrow on over to Bryce Canyon for Utah Prairie Dog Day

A beloved festival returns for the park’s centennial year on May 11

BRYCE, UT – No celebration of Bryce Canyon’s centennial year would be complete without a special day for one of its keystone species. This fun holiday will return on Thursday, May 11 and feature ranger-led prairie dog viewing, family-friendly activity booths and a special keynote presentation by Keith Day, former Sensitive Species Biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The event is free with park admission. For a detailed schedule, please visit go.nps.gov/UtahPrairieDogDay.


“Utah Prairie Dog Day is an opportunity to learn first-hand about a species found in no other national park,” said park superintendent Jim Ireland, “and it’s also an opportunity for Bryce Canyon to connect with our local community and partners to celebrate a story of successful conservation. The cooperative efforts between Bryce Canyon National Park, state and federal public lands agencies and the park’s local community over the past decades have helped protect not only the Utah prairie dog, but the meadow ecosystems that depend upon it.”


To help promote the event, the park held an art contest open to students in Garfield, Wayne, and Kane counties. The park received 150 artwork submissions from students in classes first through sixth grade depicting the Utah prairie dog in its native environment. All artwork submissions will be on display at the Visitor Center on May 11, and honorable mentions and grade-level winners will be recognized at 1:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center plaza. “Prairie Dog Goodnight” by Jack Harlen K. Shakespeare, a 4th grader from Panguitch Elementary, is featured on this year’s poster.


Teachers interested in attending with their classes can apply for free entrance to the park by following the instructions at the park’s Academic Fee Waiver page at go.nps.gov/BryceFeeWaivers.


A year-round inhabitant of Bryce Canyon’s high plateau meadows, the Utah prairie dog is a critical part of the park’s meadow ecosystem. Utah prairie dogs are considered a “keystone species” as they serve a variety of important functions including aerating soil and promoting plant growth. Over 200 other species have been associated with prairie dog colonies, including wildlife that depend upon prairie dog activity for both food and habitat. The Utah prairie dog has been listed under the Endangered Species Act since 1973, and was successfully reintroduced to the park in the 1980s. More information on the Utah Prairie Dog can be found online at go.nps.gov/UtahPrairieDog.


The park thanks the Bryce Canyon Association, Dixie National Forest, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their involvement and support of this event.


For more information on the park, 2023 centennial events or Utah Prairie Dog Day please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/brycecanyon, or contact the park by e-mail at [email protected], or phone at 435-834-5322.




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Bryce Canyon Shuttle Season 2023

Bryce Canyon National Park Shuttle opens for the season April 7th!

The Shuttle ride to Bryce Canyon National Park is Convenient and Free with Park Entrance Fee Reasons to ride the Shuttle:

  • Relax and enjoy the sights
  • Avoid parking and traffic congestion.
  • Receive insights regarding park history from drivers
  • Much More!

    Save Time and Purchase Your Digital Pass Now!
    Proof of admission must be shown to the bus driver when boarding outside the park. If you have an Interagency Annual, Access, or Lifetime Pass, simply show your pass to the driver when you board.

    If you need to purchase a pass, you can purchase a Digital Pass via Recreation.gov. A $35 Vehicle Pass will cover you and all the occupants of your vehicle for use of the shuttle and private vehicle entry into the park.

Rainbow Point Tour (Currently not available)

$35.00* Park Entrance Fee includes Shuttle.
The Bryce Canyon National Park entrance pass costs $35.00 per private vehicle, which includes shuttle transportation. The pass is valid for 7 days.

Now You Can Track the Shuttle!

Buses typically come every 15 minutes, but with the new Bryce Canyon Shuttle Tracker you can time your next ride to the minute.


2022 Bryce Canyon Schedule

April 7 – May 13 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
May 14 – September 25 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
September 26 – October 23 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

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Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill Opening Date!

Come see the Bryce Canyon Wranglers at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill



Join Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill and The Bryce Canyon Wranglers for an unforgettable evening of live country music and delicious BBQ dinner.

Open April 21, 2023 through October 21, 2023.
Doors Open 7:00 PM | Be in your seat by 7:20 PM
Dinner 7:30 PM | Show starts at  8:00 PM

Since their debut in 2018, the Bryce Canyon Wranglers have already reached the top country charts. Their album “A Song Like Me” reached the highest-charting country album on the new artist chart at No. 15 on the Billboard Country Album Sales Chart. Another hit is their popular and comical song, “Helluva Place to Lose a Cow.” Ebenezer Bryce, who Bryce Canyon National Park is named after, is recorded to have stated that, “Bryce Canyon was one hell of a place to lose a cow.” To commemorate this story the Bryce Canyon Wranglers knew they needed to write a song about it.

Catch any one of their three shows during the 2023 season

  1. TIMELESS- Sing along with the Bryce Canyon Wranglers as they bring eternal hits and classic songs from iconic country artists. Reminisce about love, hard work and living life. These “Timeless” songs from artists like Alabama, Randy Travis, Taylor Swift and more, are the musical threads that bind us together.
  2. SONG LIKE ME- Enjoy a night packed full of great music as a “Song Like Me” takes you on a journey through the history of country music. From Hank Williams, Sr. to today and everything in between, join the Bryce Canyon Wranglers as they bring you the hits that shaped country music as told through the eyes of a song.
  3. NASHVILLE STARS OVER BRYCE CANYON- Limited Summer Series Grab your hat and boots and get ready for Nashville’s best of the best songwriters in an intimate setting where the songs and stories are brought to life. Hear the stories you never knew behind some of the biggest hit songs in Country Music from the songwriters that actually wrote them.


Book Now Online


For a place to stay or more activity options in Bryce Canyon, check out our website!

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