Road tripping Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park

by Tanja

If you are road tripping Utah, in the States, you can’t miss a visit to the breathtaking Bryce Canyon National Park. This incredible wonder of nature hosts a spectacular series of natural amphitheatres and the biggest number of hoodoos (colourful rock formations formed because of erosion processes) in the world.

The native American tribe of Paiutes made this place their home, followed by the Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, who named the park. Declared a National Park in 1928, the Bryce Canyon finally appeared on the map of America.

Road tripping Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park in 1 day

Road tripping Utah Bryce Canyon

Bryce Point, there is no place like this in the whole world. Its beauty can be admired all year round. If you have only one day to visit the park, we recommend starting your day at early morning.

Visiting Bryce Canyon at sunrise is an indescribable experience. As soon as the sun rises, it hits the tops of the hoodoos setting the rocks alight. The rock formations take on all the shades of orange, red and purple, spreading deep shadows in the valley. It is majestic!

Perfect spot: Bryce Point, one of the highest and best places to admire the sun rises on the huge amphitheatre. Right after, reach Inspiration Point for one more stunning panoramic view. 

Road tripping Utah Bryce Canyon
Road tripping Utah Bryce Canyon

For a short stroll, head towards Sunset Point on the Navajo Loop (full loop: 2,1 km). The trail goes into the heart of the canyon, giving you the right perspective of the size of those rocks. On your way, admire the rocky formations called Wall Street and Thor’s Hammer.

For a longer walk, after the first kilometre on the Navajo Trail, follow the Queen’s Garden Trail. This path winds through the southern part of the amphitheatre, leading you back to Sunset Point after 3,5 Km.

See the National Park Service map:

In the afternoon head south to visit the view point of Natural Bridge, with its 125-metre tall rock bridge and Agua Canyon. Here, two prominent hoodoos command attention. On their background, the Navajo Mountain.

Road tripping Utah Bryce Canyon

Natural Bridge

Road tripping Utah Bryce Canyon

Agua Canyon

Road tripping Utah Bryce Canyon

Agua Canyon

Last stop Rainbow Point. From this viewpoint, you can admire the entirety of the park stretching north. Here, walk to the southern overlook, Yovimpa Point, to better understand the geologic and geographic origin of the park’s rock formations.

Road tripping Utah Bryce Canyon

Rainbow Point

See the National Park Service full map of the park.

Road tripping Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park in 2-3 days

If you have more than one day to visit this stunning area, and you are in the mood for a solitude experience, the Backcountry trails of the Bryce Canyon National Park offer forests, stunning views, plateaus and a pristine landscape.

Along the 22.9 mile (36.9 km) of the Under-the-Rim Trail you will find 8 campsites and 4 more campsites can be found on the 8.8 mile (14.2 km) Riggs Spring Loop Trail. Hike the beautiful and solitary forests of the park. Dip yourself into the wild nature and camp under a sky of a million stars.

Road tripping Utah Bryce Canyon

The fee is $5/person and the permit for an overnight stay can be purchased at the Visitor Center from 9 a.m. until one hour before closing. Keep in mind the multiple changes of the trails in elevation, from 6,800 feet (2,073 m) to 9,115 feet (2778 m). Water sources in the Backcountry are unreliable and the water must be purified. Carry at least 4 liters of water per person per day. Check the National Park Service for details on weather conditions and wild animal safety guidelines.

Admission fee (valid for 7 days):

Vehicle Permit: $30 (passengers included)
Motorcycle Permit: $25 (1-2 riders included)
Individual Permit: $15/person (individual entering by foot, bicycle, or non-commercial group)
Annual Pass: $35

Bryce Canyon has two campgrounds, North and Sunset,
located near the visitor center.
RV Sites Fee:  $30 per site per night.
Tent Sites: $20 per site per night.

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2 comments

Barbara March 13, 2018 - 2:51 pm

Wow. Beautiful post and amazing pics. I had the chance some years ago to spend one day visitng the Bryce Canyon and I think I could live there forever. It is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my whole life and your pics made me feel again those unforgettable emotional sensations! Thank you!

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marina March 13, 2018 - 5:10 pm

I was in Bryce Canyon 6 years ago and i loved this national park. The red rocks and heart are fantastic

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