Bryce Canyon is a National Park in the southwest of the US state of Utah. Bryce Canyon is best known for its hoodoos or earth pillars, erosion shaped thin rock formations in many colors that can reach up to 60 meters high. The colors of Bryce Canyon, ranging from a rusty red and yellow color to blue and purple of manganese, make this National Park a special attraction.
Bryce Canyon is 80 kilometers away from the busier Zion National Park. Because of its relatively remote location, Bryce Canyon attracts fewer visitors than Zion and the Grand Canyon, but still more than 1 million people a year. From Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, Bryce Canyon is about 400 kilometers away.
Despite the name, Bryce Canyon is not a canyon. It is not normal rainfall and water flow that led to erosion but due to a combination of wind, water and ice erosion. The hoodoos arose because softer rock was gradually removed from the rocks by the combination of these three factors, after which only the harder rock remained in the form of pilare..
A group of valleys in the form of amphitheaters formed by erosion stretches over a distance of about 30 kilometers in Bryce Canyon, each with sometimes thousands of hoodoos that you can see. The highest part of the National Park, overlooking different amphitheaters, is called Rainbow Point and is located at an elevation of 2,800 meters at the end of the only road through Bryce Canyon.
The Bryce Canyon is a beautiful park that is definitely worth a visit. To guide your visit to this special park in the right direction, we have put a number of sights on a list that you should not miss during a visit.
Sightseeings Bryce Canyon
Along route 63 through Bryce Canyon are fifteen viewpoints where you can view amphitheaters, valleys and hoodoos. In addition, you can take a number of walks in the park, which according to visitors is the best method to really enjoy the atmosphere of Bryce Canyon.
The National Park Service advise you to drive the entire road to the end of your visit to Bryce Canyon and then stop for attractions. All viewpoints are on the same side (right) of the road.
Below is a non-exhaustive list with some of the most beautiful attractions and walks, starting with the viewpoints at the end of the road.
Yovimpa Point and Rainbow Point
From the elevated Rainbow Point you can see almost the entire park if you look north and large parts of southern Utah if you look the other way. From Yovimpa Point you can see the Grand Staircase, named after the many different colors of rock layers that you can see. These two viewpoints are the highest points of Bryce Canyon National Park
Ponderosa Canyon is named after the Ponderosa trees on the floor of the valley. These pine trees can be more than 30 meters high, something that is difficult to see from this high viewpoint. From Ponderosa Canyon you can clearly see which vegetation grows on which step of the Grand Staircase and you can view hoodoos.
At Agua Canyon you can see some beautiful hoodoos and you can enjoy a beautiful view. Previously, the more prominent hoodoos names were given and here you can see two: the “Hunter” and the “Rabbit”. Nowadays the hoodoos are no longer given names because many of them have changed shape or even completely fallen over, so they are no longer recognizable.
The name says it all: at this viewpoint of Bryce Canyon you can see a natural bridge formation. The arc (because it is not a real bridge) was formed by rainwater erosion, a process that still takes place and therefore threatens monuments such as the Natural Bridge.
At Farview Point you – you guessed it – have a wide view. You can see several steps (colors) of the Grand Staircase and even look out all the way to the Kaibab Plateau, which borders the Grand Canyon. Even on less beautiful days you can see more than 130 kilometers far from Farview.
At Paria View you have a beautiful view of a large and striking hoodoo, which certainly produces a nice picture at sunset.
Bryce Point gives you the most panoramic view of the Bryce Amphitheater, which certainly produces very nice pictures at sunrise in the morning. You can see many hoodoos here in many different shades of red. This point – and Bryce Canyon as a whole – is named after the first American to live here, Ebenezer Bryce. He lived from 1870 for five years in the valley near the canyon and thus ensured that the entire area was named after him.
Bryce Point is mentioned by many park visitors as a favorite viewpoint.
Inspiration Point gives another great view of the Bryce Amphitheater. Be careful: it is very high here and smooth in some places. The NPS advises you to stay behind the fences.
Sunset Point and Sunrise Point
At these two viewpoints you can see the Bryce Amphitheater well. It is advisable to visit these places in the afternoon and in the morning, so that the sun can give extra color to the beautiful surroundings. However, AllesAmerika.com members recommend that you visit Paria View or Bryce Point earlier than these viewpoints for beautiful pictures at sunrise.
Fairyland Point is the only viewpoint that is still in front of the entrance and exit of Bryce Canyon National Park. You will get there via a one and a half kilometer long side road, the Fairyland Road.
Fairyland Point is one of the favorite viewpoints of Bryce Canyon for many visitors. You can look out over a beautiful amphitheater, Fairyland Canyon, and view the hoodoos up close. You can also view some beautiful rock formations, Sinking Ship and the Pink Cliffs, part of the Grand Staircase.
From this viewpoint you can do a long walk of almost 13 kilometers (count 4-5 hours walking time). It is one of the least crowded trails in Bryce Canyon due to its level of difficulty. During this walk you walk straight through Fairyland, around Boat Mesa, and further towards Sunrise Point, from where you walk back to Fairyland Point.
Travel to Bryce Canyon National Park
Several providers offer group trips and individual round trips to Bryce Canyon. An organized trip offers the advantage that you do not have to worry about anything anymore. If you are interested in a group trip to, feel free to contact us with your wishes, and we will see which options are available for you… Or view below for travel deals and tips
Fly to Bryce Canyon National Park
Las Vegas is the largest airport in the area, but is a 4-hour drive to Bryce Canyon. Panguitch is closer, but a plane ticket can then be more expensive. From several places, including Las Vegas, charter flights depart to Bryce Canyon Airport
If you do not want to compose a trip to Bryce Canyon yourself, take a look at our tips for organized tours with Bryce Canyon on the program.
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Hotels in the area
Cedar Breaks Lodge By Diamond Resorts
Average rating score: 8,6
Cedar Breaks Lodge By Diamond Resorts is located in Brian Head, Utah. It is located in the Dixie National Forest forest area, close to the Cedar Breaks National Monument. It offers spacious villas with a gas fireplace. View this Hotel
Abbey Inn Cedar City
Average rating score: 9,3
Located 1.5 km from Southern Utah University, this hotel features an indoor pool and hot tub. All rooms have free Wi-Fi. A hot breakfast buffet is served daily. View this Hotel
Bryce Canyon Pines
Average rating score: 7,9
Located a 5-minute drive from Bryce Canyon National Park, this motel offers a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub. A restaurant and free Wi-Fi are available. View this Motel
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Directions to Bryce Canyon
- From north or south on U.S. 89, turn east on Utah 12 (seven miles south of Panguitch, Utah) and travel to the junction of Utah 12 and 63. Turn south (right) on Utah 63 and travel three miles to reach the park entrance. (Utah 12 continues east through the northern portion of the park.)
- From the east, travel west on Utah 12 to the intersection of Utah 63. Turn south (left) to reach the park entrance.
Passenger cars are charged $20 per 7-day visit
Commercial tours are charged according to seating capacity as follows: $25 plus $5 per passenger for 1-6 seats; $50 for 7-15 seats; $60 for 16-25 seats; and $150 for 26 or more seats.
Best time to travel Bryce Canyon National Park
Utah The best travel time for Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is from May to September, when you have a mild to warm temperature and hardly any rainfall. The highest average temperature in Bryce Canyon National Park is 27 ° in July and the lowest is 1 ° in January. Will you soon be traveling to Bryce Canyon? Do not forget to request your ESTA: ESTA applications
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