Bryce Canyon National Park is a sea of bright red sandstone in the forests of Utah. Its vast valley of unique formations makes it one of the most beautiful National Parks in the United States. Prepare yourself to be surrounded by tall and skinny formations, called hoodoos. There is never a wrong reason to make your way to Bryce Canyon and its majestic vista viewpoints.
Bryce Canyon is an 18-mile scenic driving route with 15 viewpoints along the rim of the canyon over the bright red landscape. All of the viewpoints are on the same side of the road, meaning you should first driving all the way to the end of the scenic road and pull off at the viewpoints on the way back. Two of the most well-known viewpoints in the park are Sunset and Inspiration Point located at the start and end of the drive.
The 15 main viewpoints in the national park are just a short walk from its respective parking lot. Each one provides its own unique view and perspective over the beautiful landscape meaning each one is worth a stop. If you are limited in time, make sure not to miss Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point, Bryce Point, the Natural Bridge, Agua Canyon, Ponderosa Canyon and Rainbow Point.
If you are looking to get some eye-popping photos of Bryce Canyon, make sure to arrive early as the golden sunrise illuminates the valley full of red rocks. At the same time, the Thor’s Hammer feature is quite possibly the most iconic image in the entire park.
Hiking into Bryce Canyon among the hoodoos
Witnessing the valley of sandstone formations from the viewpoints of Bryce Canyon is fantastic, but for a real treat, you have to hike into the hoodoos. It is important to come prepared for moderate hiking, which means adequate hydration, sun protection, and most importantly, proper hiking footwear. Enjoy your time on our favorite hikes in Bryce Canyon.
Peekaboo Loop Trail
The 6-mile round trip Peekaboo Loop Trail takes you to see the Wall of Windows and the Cathedral formation. This moderate hike gives you a close-up view of some of the wildest sandstone formations in Bryce Canyon.
Queen’s/Navajo Combination Loop
One of the most popular hikes in the park is the 3 mile Queen’s/Navajo combination loop. Since you can see Thor’s Hammer, the Two Bridges and the Queen Victoria sandstone formation along the hike there is no surprise for its popularity.
Tower Bridge Trail
The Tower Bridge Trail is a moderate 3-mile round trip hike taking you to see the beautiful Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge is a wonderful example of the power of erosion and how it can form a natural bridge in the rocks
For the best views of the canyons, Amphitheater follows the Rim Trail, which you can hike along up to 11 miles one-way. This trail connects all the viewpoints from Fairyland Point to Bryce Point. It is up to you how far you would like to hike before turning back to your car.
Taking the Shuttle through Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon is one of the most popular national parks in the country, which means it begins to fill up during the summer months. While cars are always allowed on the scenic route, there is a free shuttle from the late spring through the fall to alleviate traffic and parking congestion. The shuttle brings you from town to the top three viewpoints; Sunrise, Sunset and Inspiration point.