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.
Things to Know Before You Go
- 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 drinking water.
- Due to the distance involved, day trips from Las Vegas can last upwards of 12 hours.
How to Get to Bryce Canyon National Park
The closest major airports to Bryce Canyon are in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City—both are about 270 miles (435 km) 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.
When to Get There
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 summer, daytime temperatures range from the high 70s F to low 80s F, making it a pleasant time to visit. Temperatures often fall below freezing at night between October and May due to the park's high elevation.
Points of Interest in Bryce Canyon
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.