Bryce Canyon National Park
Things to Do
- Camping - The striking contrast between red rock and dark green forest scenery lays the foundation for a camping trip that will call you back time and time again. Explore the park’s two established campgrounds to start planning your trip.
- Hiking - Explore a network of intertwined hiking trails that wind through high altitude forests and awe inspiring canyon vistas. Check out The Mossy Cave Trail for a simple day hike, or gear up for a backpacking excursion on the Under The Rim Trail.
- Horseback Riding - Something about riding through Bryce Canyon on horseback just feels perfectly right. Learn more about exploring the park with a guided tour, available to riders of any experience level.
- Skiing - Thanks to an elevation between 8,000 and 9,000 feet, Bryce Canyon is one of few national parks where travelers can spend a day cross country skiing. Explore the Rim Trail, Bristlecone Loop, and Paria Ski Loop to get started.
- Snowshoeing - As the snow covers Bryce Canyon’s tall pine trees, a calmness envelopes the park. Gear up with some snowshoes (which are available for rental) and venture into the park’s trails for an unforgettable day hiking.
- Photography - When you imagine Utah’s national parks, you may not imagine snow covered red rocks. Truth is, that may be when Bryce Canyon’s towering cliff walls are most stunning. Find inspiration with local tips about how to get that perfect snow-capped red rock shot.
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Where to Stay
Hotels & Lodging
Look to Bryce Canyon City, Tropic, Cannonville, and Henrieville for a variety of hotels and lodging accommodations. Check out the Bryce Canyon Lodge, a National Historic Landmark offering cabin rentals just outside the park.
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Bryce Canyon National Park has two established campgrounds (North Campground and Sunset Campground) offering nearly 200 total campsites for tents, trailers, and RVs. Some backcountry camp areas are available as well (permits required). For travelers looking to camp outside the park, the gorgeous Kodachrome Basin State Park offers 52 additional sites less than 30 minutes away.
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Discover the Bryce Canyon Park Region
Even though it’s easy to get wrapped up in Bryce Canyon’s forest vistas for days on end, the journey shouldn’t end there. The region surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park is brimming with new adventures and rich history. Visit Escalante Petrified Forest State Park to hike a trail littered with 150,000,000+ year old petrified wood, or learn about Utah’s Ancestral Puebloan heritage at the Anasazi State Park Museum nearby. No matter what brings you to Bryce Canyon, be sure to visit these local-favorite destinations.
Anasazi State Park Museum | 1 hour 40 minutes from Bryce Canyon
Eagle Point Resort | 1 hour 45 minutes from Bryce Canyon
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park | 1 hour from Bryce Canyon
Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument | 30 minutes from Bryce Canyon
Kodachrome Basin State Park | 40 minutes from Bryce Canyon
Red Canyon | 20 minutes from Bryce Canyon
Navajo Trail to Queens Garden is one of the best 3-mile hikes anywhere and solace-seekers should consider the 8-mile Fairyland Loop.
Bryce Canyon’s pristine dark skies mean incredibly starry nights. Sign up early for astronomy programs.
Full moon hikes mean eerily well-lit hoodoos, but don’t forget your headlamp and jacket.
High altitude hiking means sunscreen, hats, long sleeves and extra water.
The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet.
More travel tips for visiting Bryce Canyon
Travelers will experience the best of Southern Utah’s mountain and desert climates at Bryce Canyon. Summer visitation peaks during July’s “monsoon” season where travelers will encounter generally dry, warm weather around 80°F interspersed with dramatic afternoon lightning storms. Night dips into the 30–40°F’s. November–March are the coldest, with temperatures peaking in the 30–40°F’s and freezing at night. Because of its higher elevation, Bryce is cooler than the other national parks and carries snow longer into spring.
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Bryce Canyon National Park
Unnamed Road, Bryce
Bryce, Utah 84764