The Complete Bryce Canyon Trip
Welcome to hoodoo country, where every viewpoint can change your perspective.
Exploring the Bryce Canyon Region
The Bryce Canyon region of Utah is a tale of two worlds colliding. It’s where the hoodoo-filled red rock desert meets high alpine forests, and where sandy washes narrow into steep slot canyons. Bryce Canyon National Park itself drops away from a flat, sagebrush-filled plateau. Known for its iconic hoodoo spires, the Bryce Amphitheater is a marvel when viewing from above, and below. The sheer sprawl of the park means there’s little time for downtime. Shuttles travel back and forth the length of the park from the visitor center 17 miles south to Rainbow Point, with plenty to do at every stop along the way. From ranger programs highlighting the park’s unique geology, to horseback rides, to guided hikes under a full moon, Bryce Canyon is much more than simple sightseeing. And because the park is surrounded by groves of evergreen trees acting as a barrier from the elements, Bryce Canyon is a perfect place to set up your camping gear.
The park is just the start of your journey, though. Sitting on one of the top steps the Grand Staircase, a road trip through the Bryce Canyon region lets you experience the morphing geology of the area. Around every bend the landscape changes dramatically, making the simple act of getting to where you’re going an adventure.
Along the way, small towns bring a taste of civilization to the rugged terrain along Utah's All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12. Whether you’re stopping for the night, or just a snack, you’ll be met with warm hospitality — even in the cooler months.
If you're planning a trip to accommodate disabilities, there's plenty of options to safely see and enjoy the beauty of Utah.
- Start: From Salt Lake City, drive roughly four hours south to Red Canyon Visitor Center
- Finish: From Boulder Mountain head back to Salt Lake City, or extend your stay
- Hours of driving: 16+ hours, including travel between the region and Salt Lake City
Capturing the Milky Way: Kodachrome Basin by Night
Need tips on how to take pictures of stars? Utah's Kodachrome Basin State Park is the perfect location to put the tips from an award-winning photographer into action.
Cycling All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12
Big climbs and fast descents paired with the most spectacular scenery you’ve ever laid eyes on.
Dark Skies of Bryce Canyon
Utah has several certified Dark Sky Parks, with Bryce Canyon being Utah's fourth national park, and 13th location altogether, to receive dark sky certification from the International Dark-Sky Association.
The allure of the Grand Staircase region — the bulk of which is contained in the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument — is phenomenal. Sun-drenched Utah backcountry spreads out well beyond the visible horizon from the road, whether you’re traveling along the The All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12, or on Highway 89.
The East Fork of the Sevier, just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park, is a river of contrasts.
The All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12
This is 122.863 miles (to be exact) of pure driving bliss. Welcome to Utah’s Scenic Byway 12, a designated All-American Road.
The Cool Old Hotels, Rich History and Eclectic Shopping of Historic Panguitch
Explore Panguitch, the gateway to Scenic Byway 12 and Bryce Canyon National Park.
Tropic, Utah: Bryce Canyon Coffee Company and The Stone Hearth Grille
Get an introduction to the best-known restaurants in Tropic, Utah — The Stone Hearth Grille and Bryce Canyon Coffee Company. Prepare your appetite!
Winter Hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon winter hiking is not your typical hike. Review our suggested checklist of snow hiking gear and tips to stay dry, warm and comfortable. Plan a trip.
Winter Road Trip: Capitol Reef to Bryce
Need winter vacation ideas? The Capitol Reef to Bryce road trip is great for friends, family and group vacations or getaways. Plan your Utah winter road trip!