15 Amazing Things to Do in Bryce Canyon National Park

15 Amazing Things to Do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is an incredibly unique park in the US because it’s home to a large concentration of colorful hoodoos (the stone pillars). The park itself is relatively small so you can see a lot in one day, but there’s enough to do if you want to explore for 2-3 days too!

We wrote about more to do at the bottom, but these are the highlights of the park.

UPDATE: Bryce is currently open, but is opening up the park in phases to ensure visitor safety. The day hikes and viewpoints are open, but the backcountry and campgrounds are closed. See public health updates here.

15 Incredible Things to Do in Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

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Last Updated: May 22, 2020

15 Amazing Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

1. The Scenic Drive

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You can take in a lot of the beautiful scenery of the park via the scenic drive. It takes a minimum of 3 hours to drive to the 13 viewpoints and back.

Pro Tip: Pick up an America the Beautiful park pass before you go to save time at the gate. It’s especially great if you plan on visiting multiple parks!

2. Visit Bryce Point

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Get up early and catch sunrise at Bryce Point. The morning light catches the hoodoos and gives it a beautiful orange glow. It’s a short walk to the viewpoint and is one of the highest overlooks along the rim.

Bryce Point

3. Get Inspired at Inspiration Point

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Follow a short trail to upper Inspiration point to get panoramic views of the amphitheater.

Pro Tip: Photography here is best at dawn and dusk. 

Inspiration Point Bryce Canyon Things to Do

4. Sunset Point

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It gives you views of the main amphitheater and features Thor’s Hammer. This is also where the Navajo Loop trail starts. 

5. Sunrise Point

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This is just a 10-15 min walk from Sunset Point. Here you can see Boat Mesa and Sinking Ship against the backdrop of the Pink Cliffs and Aquarius Plateau. Bryce, Inspiration, Sunrise, and Sunset are the park’s main attractions and also the busiest spots.

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This moderate 3-mile hike begins at Sunset Point and takes you down into the amphitheater. The views are completely different down here. You’ll get a chance to see large Douglas-fir trees, stand right next to the hoodoos, and see the gorge called Wall Street.

Navajo Loop Trail Bryce Canyon Things to Do

7. See the Natural Bridge

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An easy pull-off gives you close-up views of this natural arch. It sits 85 feet long and 125 feet high.

Natural Bridge Bryce Canyon Things to Do

8. Fairyland Point

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You can see this viewpoint without paying the park entrance fee. The views here aren’t as amazing as the other viewpoints, but it’s worth a stop.

9. Views from Agua Canyon

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This is one of the best views in the park. You see three layers of beauty, hoodoos in the front, Pink Cliffs behind them, and the Navajo Mountain on the horizon.

Agua Canyon Bryce Canyon Things to Do

10. Stop at Rainbow Point + Yovimpa Point

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The final stop through Bryce Canyon is Rainbow Point. You get panoramic views of Southern Utah. Yovimpa Point is just a minute walk from Rainbow Point.

Rainbow Point Bryce Canyon Things to Do

11. Queens Garden Trail

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2.6 mi, 623 ft elevation, moderate

This is considered the easiest trail that goes into the canyon where you can get closer to the hoodoos. Many people like to combine the Navajo Loop Trail with this trail, making this a 2.6 mile loop.

12. Hike the Peek-a-Boo Trail

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5.2 mi, 1453 ft elevation, moderate

The Peek-a-Boo Loop is 3 miles in itself but can only be accessed through other trails. The shortest hike you can take starts from Bryce Point making it a 5-mile hike that takes you to the Wall of Windows, the Cathedral, and the Three Wise Men formations. If you’re already hiking the Navajo Loop Trail, you can add the Peek-A-Boo Loop to get an 8.6-mile trek.

13. Under the Rim Trail

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22.4 mi, 4366 ft elevation, difficult

If you want to go backpacking, Under the Rim Trail is the longest trail in the park. You can get an intimate look of Bryce with this one-way 23-mile hike over two days. It’s the best way to see everything from Bryce Point to Rainbow Point.

Pro Tip: You will have to get a backcountry permit and arrange a ride at the end since it’s a point to point hike.

Under the Rim Trail Bryce Canyon Things to Do

14. Join a Night Hike with Their Ranger Program

Check the visitor center for the most up-to-date information. They offer ranger programs like Astronomy and Full Moon hikes where they give a short presentation. You get a closer look through telescopes. Don’t forget to check out the other ranger-guided activities.

15. Guided Trail Rides

From April 1st through Oct 31st, you can ride into the canyon on a horse. This activity is weather dependent.

Bryce Canyon Map

Winter Activities

In the winter, you can get a unique experience of the park by snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or sledding.

In case you are there to explore even more, here’s a list of the other viewpoints and hikes. Several of the viewpoints are connected to each other, where you just get a slightly different perspective of the same view. If you’re strapped for time, it’s not necessary to visit them all.

Other Viewpoints in Bryce Canyon

  • Paria View
  • Swamp Canyon
  • Piracy Point
  • Farview Point
  • Ponderosa Canyon
  • Black Birch Canyon

Best Photography Spots at Bryce

  • Inspiration Point (sunrise + sunset)
  • Bryce Point (sunrise)
  • Sunrise Point (sunrise + sunset)
  • Sunset Point (sunrise)
  • Natural Bridge (mid-morning)
  • Agua Canyon (late morning)
  • Thor’s Hammer (sunrise, after sunset)
  • Rim Trail
  • Paria View (sunset)

Pro Tip: Photopills app helps you map out exactly where the sun will be at a specific location. I use it the most for astrophotography, but it’s also great for planning sunrise and sunset shots.

More Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Mossy Cave (0.8 Mile, easy)
  • Rim Trail (11 Miles, easy)
  • Bristlecone Loop (1 Mile, easy)
  • Tower Bridge (3 Miles, moderate)
  • Hat Shop (4 Miles, moderate)
  • Swamp Canyon (4.3 Miles, moderate)
  • Fairyland Loop (8 miles, strenuous)
  • Riggs Spring Loop (8.5 miles, strenuous)

Pro Tip: Photopills app helps you map out exactly where the sun will be at a specific location. I use it the most for astrophotography, but it’s also great for planning sunrise and sunset shots.

Bryce Canyon Visitor Center

4.5 miles south of the intersection of Hwy 12 & Hwy 63
Spring Hours (April): 8 AM-6 PM
Summer Hours (May-Sept): 8 AM-8 PM
Fall Hours (Oct): 8 AM-6 PM
Winter Hours (Nov-Mar): 8 AM-4:30 PM
435.834.5322

We always recommend you visit the Visitor Center first to get the most up to date info from park rangers. They always have great insight into what’s currently going on in the park.

Entrance Fees

$35 per vehicle ($30 for motorcycles)
$20 per person if entering by foot, or bicycle
Admission is for seven days and includes unlimited use of the Shuttle
$40 Bryce Canyon National Park Annual Pass
$80 Annual Pass to National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands (we have this!)

Campgrounds

There are two campgrounds near the Visitor Center that have restrooms with flush toilets and drinking water. Daily rates start at $15. During the summer, there are coin-operated laundry and shower facilities. There are no hook-ups, but there is a dump station for RV users at the North Campground.

Best Places to Stay

All accommodations listed have Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and has at least 4 stars.

Visiting other parks in Utah? Check out the best Utah National Parks road trip that lets you see all of the Mighty 5.

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