National Park Spotlight: Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in Southern Utah, and is known for the unique shapes that form its landscape called “hoodoos”. Hoodoos are pillars of rock that are left by erosion. Geologists say that 10 million years ago forces within the Earth created and then moved the massive blocks known as the Table Cliff and Paunsaugunt plateaus. Ancient rivers carved the tops and sides and exposed the edges of the blocks and sculpting these beautiful pillars of rock. These hoodoos create the perfect landscape in summer and in winter.

It is located approximately 4 hours from Las Vegas and Salt Lake City and 2.5 hours from St. George. A popular combination of tours is a visit to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in one day (just less than 2 hours away from each other).

Every year approximately 1.5 million visitors come to Bryce Canyon.

Popular Hikes/Viewpoints:

  • Queens Garden (1.8mi/2.9km round trip). This is the least difficult trail into the canyon.  Consider taking the Queens Garden/Navjo loop combination (this is something that we do with our groups all of the time!) We recommend going from Queens Garden to the Wall Street Section of the Navajo loop. (3.5 mi/5.6 km)
  • Rim Trail (0-11 mi/0-17.7 km round trip) This has great views of the hoodoos from above on a paved trail.
  • Tower Bridge (3 mi/4.8 km round trip) A ¼ mile spur trail leads to the bridge and you can also see Bristlecone pines and the China wall.
  • Navajo Trail (1.3 mi/2.2 km round trip). This trail starts at Sunset Point and goes into the Bryce Amphitheater through a slot canyon.
  • Fairyland Loop (8 mi/12.9 km round trip) You can see the China Wall, Tower Bridge and hoodoos on this trail.
  • Drive to Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce Viewpoints  Easy way to view some of the fantastic sights easily!


Some Helpful Hints:

  •  Bryce Canyon Fees: $25 for a Park Vehicle Permit, $12 per individual (by foot, bike, etc. Those under 15 are free). Annual Pass is $30.
  • Since Bryce Canyon is at a higher elevation, make sure to pack layers. In the winter it can get downright chilly and you will see a lot of white stuff!
  • Get up early! Sunrise at Bryce Canyon is stunning.
  • Combine Zion National Park with Bryce Canyon for a fantastic day trip from Las Vegas, St. George or Salt Lake City.

Places to Stay:

  • Inside the Park: Lodge at Bryce Canyon – perfect location for being close to the rim and for viewing the amazing sunrises!
  • Camping: Tent and RV Camping available (first come, first served) or backcountry camping (permits required – Under-the Rim and Riggs Spring Loop Trails only).
  • Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn – area’s largest hotel. Tons of activities, shops, gas station.
  • Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
  • Bryce Canyon Pines. This hotel has the best restaurant other than the Lodge at Bryce Canyon and is pretty affordable!
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Southwest Adventure Tours offers several small group and private trips to Bryce Canyon National Park and the surrounding areas and can also customize trips:

Contact us at 1-800-970-5864 or for more details or for a custom trip proposal!

Who wants to visit Bryce Canyon in 2014?


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