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Bryce Canyon National Park Recieves Top Rating Award

For a record-breaking 18th year in a row, The Michelin Guide has awarded Bryce Canyon a 3-star ranking. 

The Michelin Guide, a European Guidebook which gives awards to locations around the globe, awarded Bryce Canyon National Park 3 stars, making it one of five locations in Utah to receive the honor. Zion National Park and Monument Valley, in comparison, were only given a two-star rating.

Garfield County Director of Tourism, Falyn Owens, says the reward is based on nine criteria, including the number of monuments and how well known an area is.

“So, the first impression of the visitor, how renowned it is, or its popularity. Historic significance, beauty, authenticity, convenience and visitor friendliness, and then the quality of the visit.”

Owens also says there are areas around Bryce Canyon that makes the park such a popular tourist attraction.

“We have the Grand Staircase, Escalante National Monument and the National scenic Highway 12, which is Utah’s only All-American road. And all of these things can be accessed off that route alone.”

The Michelin Guide star rating indicates how European visitors choose to visit areas around the world. A one star rating means an area is worth visiting, two stars means an area is worth a detour and three stars means the area is worth planning a trip.