Bryce Canyon is a favorite among Utah’s National Parks. The hoodoos (those red rock formations that look like bumpy spires) are beautiful year-round, but seem especially magical with a light dusting of snow. Like Utah’s other national parks, the red rocks in Bryce Canyon seem to be on fire at sunrise and sunset, when the light makes the colors particularly vibrant.
One of the best things about Bryce Canyon is that no matter how active you are, you can see many breathtaking overlooks and a variety of vistas in the park. The scenic drive offers at least 16 overlooks, most of which are accessible by car in the off-season and by shuttle bus during the busy season.
Some favorite lookouts include:
- Rainbow Point, the furthest overlook from the visitor center
- Natural Bridge overlook (pictured)
- Bryce Point, a beautiful sunrise spot (pictured)
- Sunrise Point and Sunset Point, the most popular overlooks
We recommend hiking along the rim trail if the weather is nice. For an easy hike, try the Mossy Cave Trail, which leads to a waterfall. A quality moderate hike is the Tower Bridge Trail. For experienced hikers, the Fairyland Loop is a favorite.
Even if you’re not a hiker, the views at Bryce Canyon are unbeatable. Stay in the Bryce Canyon Village, just outside the park, where you’ll find shops, restaurants and hotels.
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