You won’t get a good impression of Bryce Canyon from any photograph. The strange pillars (hoodoos) and vivid colors give up their secrets only to the people present. In addition to it being a veritable maze of wonder, Bryce also has incredible night-skies, plenty of wildlife, and some serious solitude.

Attractions & Exploration

  • easyRim Trail – easy (accessible) walk with plenty of trail heads and overlooks. Path follows the rim around the park’s canyon-lands. Because it is has so many entry points you can hike anywhere from 0-11 miles of gentle steady terrain.
  • moderateNavajo Trail – descend through Bryce’s iconic slot canyons to the Amphitheater, from here you can join other trails and loop back via the Wall St. switchbacks. 1.3 miles.
  • strenuousWinter recreation – the park maintains nordic-skiing trails through the winter. Snowshoeing and backcountry skiing are two other popular cold-weather sports.

Activities

  • cycling
  • biking (mtn)
  • backpacking
  • hiking
  • skiing/boarding
  • snowshoeing
  • bird watching
  • cultural/historical
  • equestrian/horseback
  • museums
  • stargazing
  • wild-life viewing

Season

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  • All – Bryce sees visitors year round, and it’s moderate temperature makes it a popular choice no matter the season. Late spring – early fall brings most visitors, and is arguably the most enjoyable time to visit if you plan to camp. As winter closes in snow calls skiers and snowshoers.

Considerations

  • While mountain and road bikers won’t find much within the park, nearby Red Canyon has multiple trails – namely a paved trail running almost the length of Bryce to the bottom of the canyon 8 miles away.
  • The park is higher elevation than the other four in the state, meaning it’s typically cooler. While this is great in the heat of summer, we recommend you bring a little extra clothing as precaution.
  • It’s hot and dry in the desert. Drink lots of water and wear sun protection.
  • As summer monsoons roll through so does lightning. Bryce’s high elevation and exposed areas expose visitors to lightning strikes. Be aware.
  • Bryce offers big views from precarious ledges. Watch your step.

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