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  • Address: Off Hwy 63 & Hwy 12
  • Hours: Open daily year-round
  • Admission: $12 - $18 (adults)

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah is famous for its red-rock canyons and rugged vistas stretching to the horizon. And some of the most stunning landscapes in the state surround Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon is the culmination of a series of steplike uplifted rock layers known as the Grand Staircase, stretching north from the Grand Canyon. The park's Pink Cliffs formations are crammed full of wonderful pinnacles, steeples and spires, and weird geological creations called 'hoodoos' sculpted by wind, water and ice.

It may be called a canyon, but Bryce is actually more a series of natural amphitheaters formed by erosion over the millennia. The wind and rain have peeled back the sedimentary layers to reveal stripes of red, orange and white, at heights of around 9,000 feet (2,700 m).

Being more remote than the Grand Canyon or Zion National Park, a visit to this far-flung natural gem rewards you with a true sense of wilderness in its pristine glory.

On arriving at Bryce Canyon National park, you’ll travel through the park's plateau region to the edge of the rift valley. Your first view of the valley and cliffs spiked with red-rock pinnacles is one you won’t forget.

One of the park's major natural formations is Rainbow Point, reached via an 18-mile (29 km) scenic drive. You'll also see forests of blue spruce and Douglas fir, inhabited by mule deer and prairie dogs.

Practical Info

Bryce Canyon National Park is 50 miles (80 km) from Zion National Park and 210 miles (336 km) northeast of Las Vegas. The best time to visit the park is spring to fall.

To reach the park, follow Highway 63 from Highway 12. After 4 miles (6.5 km) you’ll reach Rim Road Drive, which leads to Inspiration Point and Rainbow Point, passing the visitors center and the Bryce Canyon accommodation lodge along the way. A free shuttle bus can take you into the park from Highway 12.

The park has eight hiking trails for day treks, including the one-hour walk to Mossy Cave. The Rim Trail takes around six hours, plus there are two overnight trails. Horseback riding is another favorite activity, along with cross-country skiing in winter. Oh, and the night sky is stunning, with thousands of stars visible in the black velvet heavens.

Tours & Tickets

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Zion and Bryce Canyon Day Tour from Salt Lake City

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Duration: 13-15 hrs (approx.)

From USD $270.00
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Bryce Canyon Flight and Ground Tour

Location: Ogden, Utah
Duration: 6 hours 9 minutes

From USD $615.00
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Bryce Canyon Day Trip from Las Vegas

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Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes

From USD $236.49

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