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Bryce Canyon National Park


Bryce Canyon National Park showcases the red rock canyons and rugged horizon-stretching vistas that make Utah famous. With a variety of otherworldly geological formations, Bryce Canyon is an active traveler's playground, crammed full of pinnacles, steeples, spires, and hoodoos, which are thin eroded rock formations that reveal sedimentary layers of red, orange, and white.

Outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world come to Bryce Canyon—one of Utah's most popular natural attractions—for hiking, camping, and stargazing beneath its dark night skies. Many visitors stop here as part of a multi-day tour of the region's national and state parks, including Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Monument Valley, Canyonlands National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park. Those with limited time can see the park's highlights on a day trip from Las Vegas, Ogden, or Salt Lake City.

  • This national park is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven ground.

  • The national park provides little shade, so bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.

  • Due to the distance involved, day trips from Las Vegas can last upwards of 12 hours.

The closest major airports to Bryce Canyon are in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City—both are about 270 miles (435 kilometers) from the park entrance. No public transportation runs to the park, so the easiest way to visit, especially if you don’t want to rent a car, is to join a guided tour.

Bryce Canyon National Park is open 24 hours a day throughout the year, though some park roads may close temporarily during and after winter snow storms. While brief afternoon showers are common in the summer, daytime temperatures tend to be pleasant. Temperatures often fall below freezing at night between October and May due to the park's high elevation.

Perhaps the best view of the spectacular hoodoo-filled Bryce Amphitheater is from Inspiration Point; from there, head south up a small rise on the Rim Trail for an even better vantage point. To fully appreciate the canyon, you also need to get down in it. From Sunset Point, combine Navajo Loop with Queen's Garden Trail, a hike that will take you past Thor's Hammer, the steep rock formations of Wall Street, and the impressive Queen Victoria, a hoodoo that resembles royalty.

To fully appreciate the beauty and diversity of Bryce Canyon, it is recommended to dedicate at least two days to exploring. While you could take a scenic drive through the park in one day, allowing for a bit more time means you can take a few hikes and watch the sunrise.

The month of October is an ideal time to visit Bryce Canyon. The fall colors are at their peak and create a vivid display, while the temperatures are cooler at around 62°F (17°C)—perfect for hiking. By avoiding the busy summer months, you'll also experience quieter trails.

Yes, there are tours available in Bryce Canyon to take you on an adventure for just a couple of hours, a full day, or longer. On a guided tour—by Jeep, on horseback, or on foot—you'll learn about the area's geology and wildlife.

No. To enter and drive around Bryce Canyon National Park, you do not need a reservation or permit, but you will need to pay an entry fee. To stay in the park's lodgings or campgrounds, it's recommended to reserve in advance. (This is especially important in the peak holiday months.)

No, it is not necessary to carry bear spray in Bryce Canyon. The park is not home to grizzly bears, and encounters with black bears are extremely rare. Focus on basic safety measures like staying on designated trails, making noise, and securing food properly to enhance your overall safety in the park.

Yes, the main parking lots at the viewpoints fill up quickly, so arrive early if you want to park. To avoid the hassle and stress, utilize the National Park Service’s free shuttle (April–mid-October) to the Bryce Amphitheater to see all the popular viewpoints.


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