Many people combine a trip to Bryce Canyon with a visit to Zion National Park. Zion Canyon is located only 78 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon on hwy 9.
Here, you will find a completely different environment from Bryce Canyon. Zion is lush and green and there is not a hoodoo in sight! Instead you will find soaring sandstone cliffs and 1000 foot waterfalls.
See my Zion NP pages for more photos and info. You can use your National Parks Pass at both Bryce and Zion.
Watch the bronco busters and cowboys display their skills in this western competition. You’ll see them bull riding, calf roping, and do all sorts of rodeo things. It’s fun to watch. It may not be the biggest or the best rodeo you ever saw but the broncos and the tough cowboys and clowns put on a fun and exciting show. Hey how many of you have even seen a real rodeo? So grab your hat and put on your boots and go to the rodeo!
Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo
* From Memorial Day weekend to mid-September, Monday through Saturday evenings at 7pm.
* Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased in Ruby's Lobby.
* Location: Across from Ruby's Inn.
* For Country Rodeo tickets call:
Toll Free - (866) 782-0002 or (435) 834-5341
Rainbow Point sits at the end of Bryce Canyon's main road. I'm sitting on a wood carved bench. Before me lies the vast open canyon- red rocks rise unevenly past a valley that stretches on seemingly forever. The mountains in the distance. The wind howls through the canyon bringing a chill to this point at 9,000 feet elevation. Its completely peaceful out here. That's why I've come. To steal a moment like this. Its one I can't put into words, nor will my digital photos do it justice. But the image and the moment will burn into my memory. Hopefully, years from now I will still be able to see it, and, in some sense, live it again.
Sunrise Point is the genesis for the trails that lead below the rim. From this vantage point, you can glimpse Bryce's treasures from afar. A walk below the surface brings these images up close and the laborious efforts of the hike are rewarded with visual bounty. Of course, the real strenuous portion is the hike back up.
There are many naturally occuring rock formations that appear to have been sculpted or placed in a certain way by the hand of man. This is part of Bryce's strange and unusual charm. A journey under the Rim is certain to yield such sights. The picture of the rock between the trees was taken along the Fairyland trail.
Red Canyon is an interesting place to stop on the way to Bryce Canyon. The whole entire area including the rock formations had a deep red color. If you love the color red, this is a must see. It was very interesting. Red Canyon is located on Route 12 between the Junction with US Highway 89 near Paniguitch and Bryce Canyon.
Given all the opportunities at Bryce to pull over and stare at the unusual landscape, its hard to pick any favorite spots, but Aqua Canyon has one of the best views of the park. Unlike Bryce Ampitheatre, the hoodoos are not lined up uniformly. Here they are scattered among the Douglas Fir trees that share a portion of this landscape. The Pink Cliffs rise in the distance, but unfortunately are not visible from this shot. The color contrast and diversity of landscape are Aqua Canyon's most striking features.
Bryce Canyon also has a huge Arch (or window). It can be reached off the scenic drive and pictured, however it can also be reached by foot from the other side. It takes a long hike through the wilderness of this orange country. Sadly enough when we arrived at the spot the darkness made it iimpossible to make a picture, so I have to place another here.
Seeing a pronghorn (American antelope) is not necessarily off the beaten path but just luck. They are occasionally seen in the National Park as they have recently been reintroduced in the area. Photo: We caught sight of 2 proghorn at the intersection of Hwy 12 and Hwy 89, just 7 miles south of Panguitch in Sept. '96. This is one of the only times that I got close enough to one of these animals to get a decent photo. The pronghorn is the fastest animal in the Western Hemisphere, and among the fastest in the world. They often make 20 foot (6m) bounds and have been clocked at 70mph (100 km/hr) for 3 to 4 minutes at a time. Speeds of 45 mph (70 km/hr) are not unusual, and the animal can maintain an easy cruising speed of 30 mph (50 km/hr) for about 15 miles (25 km). Because it inhabits open terrain, it relies on spotting predators at a distance and on its ability to flee speedily. The animal's large protruding eyes have a wide arc of vision and can detect movement 4 miles (6.5 km) away!
There are numerous hiking trails within Bryce Canyon running more than 50 miles (click map to enlarge), and taking at least one of them is a good chance to get a different perspective on Bryce's beauty.
The Rim Trail runs along the edge of the plateau above Fairyland and Bryce
amphitheaters, connecting Fairyland Point, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration
Point and Bryce Point. It is 5-1/2 miles long in total but can be picked up at any of
the lookouts and traveled just as long you want. It is paved between Sunrise and
Sunset Points and provides wonderful views all along. It's ideal to stroll it early
in the morning or just before sunset.
The Fairyland Loop Trail descends 900 feet from Fairyland Point, meanders
through the hoodoos of Fairyland Amphitheater and climbs back out at Sunrise
Point. It is made a loop by hiking 2.5 miles back along the Rim Trail (a segment you
can omit by taking the park shuttle back to Fairyland Point). This trail is less crowded than trails in Bryce Amphitheater (i.e. Queens Garden, Navajo Loop and Peekaboo, described below).
As the map shows, the next three trails - Queens Garden, Navajo Loop and Peekaboo
Loop - are interconnected within Bryce
Amphitheater, giving the opportunity to combine
trails in several different ways. One of the most
popular is to combine a descent on the steep
Navajo Loop Trail with an ascent up the easier
Queens Garden Trail, and then return along the
Rim Trail to create a 3-1/2 mile loop.
The popular Queens Garden Trail descends
from Sunrise Point through wonderful hoodoos
into Bryce Amphitheater. It is the easiest trail
down into the amphitheater.
The Navajo Loop Trail begins at Sunset Point. Take the right fork just below the rim
through a steep, narrow canyon to the even narrower Wall Street canyon (no shares, sorry :))), where tall
pines grow among taller hoodoos. At the bottom of the trail is a short side trail to the
Twin Bridges, a pair of thin natural bridges in a narrow canyon. The trail returns up
sharp switchbacks to the same fork in the trail.
The Peekaboo Loop Trail is full of ups and downs and interesting sights. It can be accessed from Bryce Point via the a connector trail from the Under-the-Rim Trail (making a 5-1/2 mile roundtrip), from Sunset Point via the Navajo Loop Trail (a 5-1/2 mile roundtrip) or from Sunrise Point via the Queens Garden Trail (a 7 mile roundtrip). You have to
share the Peekaboo Trail with horses, so watch your step.
The Under-the-Rim Trail travels through numerous amphitheaters from Bryce Point
to Rainbow Point, providing overnight backpacking opportunities. Four connecting trails
from the main scenic drive allow you to break it into segments. Overnight camping
is permitted along the trail at designated sites only. Permits may be obtained at the
I was said (better, i read ;)) Powell Point (10,188 feet high), a bit outside the Park area (see map) offers outstanding panoramic views of much of southern Utah, though it's a bit difficult to reach. You'll need a high clearance vehicle to get within about 1/2 miles from the peak; a hiking trail there leads through wonderful limber and bristlecone pine to the peak. Without a suitable vehicle, you'll need to hike about 4.3 miles to the top.
It's very frequent, within the Park, to fall in with nice and lively squirrels claiming anything from visitors. This one in the picture was evidently attracted by my hazel-nut snack, so we became friends :))
Oh yes, i know the warning: 'Feeding wild animals is forbidden', but how could I let this poor soul starving?!?
This loop trail is off behind the visitor center. It connects with Birds Eye and Pink ledge trails. . Going up the hill, the loop splits off and comes back around after 3/4 mile.
Just outside of Bryce National Park, on the way towards Zion, is the Red Rock National Forest. There are a number of great hikes along the road. Most of the hikes are in the 1 to 2 hour range.
This viewpoint is aptly named as the hoodoos are mere specks in the distance. But Farview Point offers a panoramic view of the canyon and this elevated viewing area provides visibility for miles.