Things To Do Near Bryce Canyon
Adventure doesn’t end at the park’s boundary. Just outside Bryce, the landscape lays out ample opportunity for fun, whether you crave a little luxury or off-the-grid solitude.
Camping too rustic for you? Try glamping at Under Canvas Bryce Canyon or Wander Camp Bryce Canyon. Enjoy the adventure of camping — relaxing to the sights and sounds of nature, cooking meals under a blue sky canopy, and roasting s’mores around the fire — but with the perks of safari-like tents and hotel-inspired bedding.
While Bryce Canyon National Park prohibits off-road biking, Red Canyon (just 15 miles from Bryce’s visitor center) welcomes mountain bikes. In fact, Red Canyon’s Thunder Mountain Bike Trial is a favorite for its playful hills and views of Bryce’s red-rock formations.
Spending a Day — or More — in Red Canyon
Red Canyon sits between Panguitch and Bryce Canyon and is worth a stop to picnic, hike, mountain bike, camp, horseback ride or go off-roading. In fact, many visitors stumble upon the wonder when they drive through two arch tunnels as they enter or leave Bryce.
Exploring Grand Staircase
Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is a massive geographic phenomenon worth going off-grid to tour (read: no crowds and limited cell coverage). The closest access to Bryce Canyon National Park is through Tropic, Utah, but another way to explore the area is through Kanab, Utah. If you're heading to an area with limited cell reception, it's important to pack a paper map or GPS, and always be sure to let someone know where you're going and what time you'll be back.
Playing in Kodachrome Basin State Park
Just 20 miles from Bryce and surrounded on three sides by Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Kodachrome Basin State Park deserves a day or two to supplement your Bryce Canyon adventures. Camp, hike, mountain bike, horseback ride and stargaze among 67 sandstone chimneys that playfully change color as the sun moves over the park.
Driving (Slowly) Along The All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12
Scenic Byway 12 stretches over 120 miles of roadway to access national parks, state parks, national monuments, scenic overlooks and plenty of great restaurants and shops. A stop at the scenic overlook near the road’s summit at about 9,000 feet puts it all into perspective — especially at sunrise and sunset.
Fueling Your Adventure at a Restaurant Near Bryce Canyon
Known for its homemade soups and pies, Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant is easy to find just west of Bryce on Highway 12 and dishes up classic American fare and local microbrews. The Stone Hearth Grille, located in Tropic, Utah, just 10 miles from Bryce, offers a fine dining experience to visitors looking for white table linen service, grass-fed local beef, a lengthy wine menu, seafood and seasonal vegetables.
If you’re traveling to or from Bryce through Panguitch, Utah (about 23 miles from Bryce), stop for to-go coffee and muffins at Wanderlust Cowgirl Coffee or a sit-down barbecue at Desert Grill.
Editor’s note: Check restaurant sites for updated hours, as some close during the winter season.