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Air Quality at Bryce Canyon National Park

What’s in the Air?

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Bryce Canyon NP, Utah

Most visitors expect clean air and good visibility in parks. Bryce Canyon National Park (NP), Utah, home to “hoodoos”—odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion—enjoys relatively good air quality given its remote location on the Colorado Plateau, but upwind urban and industrial sources including large power plants and mines can degrade air quality. These airborne pollutants can harm the park‘s natural and scenic resources such as soils, surface waters, vegetation, and visibility.

How is air pollution affecting Bryce Canyon National Park?

  • Fine particles of air pollution sometimes cause haze in the park, affecting how well and how far visitors can see vistas and landmarks. more »
  • Nitrogen deposition exceeds levels known to affect biodiversity in arid and semi-arid plant communities, favoring invasive plants that can displace native vegetation. more »
  • Ground-level ozone concentrations are high enough to induce plant injury under certain environmental conditions, and ozone-sensitive vegetation is found in the park. more »

What is the National Park Service doing about air pollution at the park?

  • Monitoring nitrogen, sulfur, fine particles, and haze to assess status and trends. more »
  • Working with federal, state, and local agencies, industry, and public interest groups, such as the Four Corners Air Quality Task Force and the Western Regional Air Partnership, to develop strategies to reduce air pollution and protect and restore park resources. The NPS also reviews plans for development that may increase air pollution in national parks. more »
  • Using an environmentally-friendly vehicle fleet and adapting park facilities and infrastructure to conserve energy, including the installation of a concentrated photovoltaic solar array at the Visitor Center that will reduce the park’s reliance on coal-fired electricity and result in CO2 savings equivalent to 65 cars annually. more »

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Pollutants including nitrogen, sulfur, ozone, and fine particles affect resources such as surface waters and scenic vistas. Find out how on our Bryce Canyon NP Air Pollution Impacts web page.

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Studies and monitoring help the NPS understand the environmental impacts of air pollution. Access air quality data and see what is happening with Studies and Monitoring at Bryce Canyon NP.

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Last Updated: January 29, 2015