The opening of the Bryce Canyon Lodge for the 1991 season marks the completion of a multimillion dollar restoration project that began in 1989.

Built in 1925, the lodge has been restored to resemble its original appearance. "It is one of the finest examples of rustic architecture in our national parks," said Lou Good of the park staff.The lodge was named to the prestigious classification of National Historic Landmark in 1987.

It is the "last survivor" of three lodges that were designed by the famous architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood for Union Pacific and the railroad's Utah Parks Company, Good said. The others were at Zion National Park and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Both were destroyed by fires.

Four new luxury suites were opened on the second floor of the lodge at Bryce Canyon. Remodeling also included other rooms, the dining room, gift shop, store and cabins.