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
Chasing Old West Outlaws on the Cassidy Trail
The Cassidy Trail wasn’t just the filming location for an iconic Western movie, it’s steeped in history. Once you find this hidden trailhead, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery and Wild West legend.
Stay Warm in Southern Utah: How to Pack for a Winter Trip
For most travelers, Southern Utah winters prevent comfortable camping, and occasional snowfall can make outdoor adventure a little more challenging. With a little extra planning, good layers, and the right equipment, however, you can enjoy Utah's national parks in the solitude of winter.
Utah’s Pie-Ala-Road: A Sweeter Way to Explore the State
Follow the Utah Pie Trail through a scenic landscape of water-sculpted canyons and sandstone peaks and past three iconic national parks to savor the flavor at five delectable pie stops.
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!
Winter Wonders in Greater Zion
As you’re mapping out your winter trip through southeastern Utah, consider adding the following parks and natural wonders to your itinerary.