is an enchanted wonderland. Even though it is often overshadowed by Utah's other National Parks, it is a truly special place, filled with trees that smell so amazing, charming fairy chimneys, sweeping vistas, and the best stargazing ever. Bet you never guessed that this little National Park had all that (and more!)...
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah. The biggest feature of the park is the giant natural amphitheaters. Bryce has hoodoos and you will be amazed by them. The red and orange colors of the rocks are breathtaking while you venture through the park. The park covers around 35,000 acres.
Some of Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos are 200 feet high. Bryce Amphitheater is 12 miles long, 3 miles wide and 800 feet deep.
You do not want to miss Rainbow Point. It is 9,105 feet and you will find it at the end of the 18-mile scenic drive. What can you see from this point? Aquarius Plateau, Bryce Amphitheater, the Henry Mountains, the Vermilion Cliffs and the White Cliffs. It is just beautiful.
Bryce Canyon National Park is an enchanted wonderland. It boasts of charming fairy chimneys, breathtaking views, and the best stargazing ever.
How do I Explore Bryce Canyon?
We ventured along the 18-mile scenic drive. On this drive you will find 13 viewpoints over the amphitheaters. It really makes for an amazing day of sightseeing. If you want to hike, there are over 50 miles of trails to enjoy, including eight marked and maintained hiking trails that can be hiked in less than a day.
Do you want some quick and easy hikes? Try the Mossy Cave, Bristlecone Loop, and Queens Garden trails. They are all less than two miles long.
There are two campgrounds in the park, North Campground and Sunset Campground. Bryce Canyon Lodge is another way to stay overnight in the park.
Do you want to hike through something magical?
The Fairyland Loop goes down into the amphitheater and winds through hoodoos, canyons, and past natural bridges. You do not want to miss the China Wall, it is said to be reminiscent of the Great Wall of China. This hike is considered difficult.
Photographers love Bryce. Try to arrive at Sunrise and stay until the sun sets, this is when you will get your best photos. Popular spots get crowded so you will want to get your place early.
Where are these popular spots? Sunset Point and Sunrise Point but Sunset Point is ideal for both. Bryce Point and Inspiration Point are both perfect for panorama shots.
Recommendation: Stop at Subway on the way into the park, pick up lunch and eat it on one of the many benches overlooking the stunning scenery. You won’t be sorry!
Hydration: Bryce sits at around 8,000-9,000 feet above sea level. The combination of altitude and dry desert air makes dehydration a serious threat. Also, temp swings of 30 degrees between day and night are not unheard of, pack accordingly.