Bryce Canyon National Park Things to Do

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    Bryce Amphitheater: Inspiration Point

    by goodfish Written Feb 10, 2015

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    This is one of the "wow" spots for an expansive panorama of the amphitheater and “Silent City”. This overlook has three separate viewpoints for different perspectives, and only the lower is surfaced. The other two - middle and upper - are a steep walk up uneven, unpaved trails. Any of these provide good looks at the geology of the Clarion formation: the 30-40 million year-old layer of mixed rock and mineral deposits which form windows, fins and hoodoos as it’s eroding away.

    Inspiration is on the shuttle route, and has restroom facilities. It will be one of the busier parking areas during high season so get here early or catch the bus from the shuttle staging area.

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    Where do I start?

    by goodfish Written Feb 6, 2015

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    Located near the entrance to the park, the Visitor Center should be every first-timer’s first stop. Whether it be trail, camping or backcountry information, help with suggested itineraries, maps and orientation of the park’s layout, or just topping up the water bottle, this is where you go! You can also check the day’s weather report and schedule of special activities, and sign the kids up for the free Jr. Ranger Program, while you’re at it. Buy the t-shirt? You bet - along with hats, park pins, books, CDs and lots of other good stuff.

    The center is open all but three days a year, and hours are seasonal so reference this page for more information:

    http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/tourvisitor.htm

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    Water Canyon Falls

    by blueskyjohn Updated Dec 11, 2014

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    Water Canyon Falls can be seen as you hike up the Mossy Canyon Trail. While it is not very high, it is impressive because of the surrounding colorful cliffs and being in a typically dry area. At the Mossy Cave Trail split, turn right. You begin to ascend a steep hill and rise above the water fall. Eventually you arrive at an area where you can walk down the hill to the top of the waterfall. A little up stream you can cross and there is a steep trail across the stream to a small arch. This is very steep. Use caution when descending.

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    Mossy Cave

    by blueskyjohn Updated Dec 11, 2014

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    Mossy Cave is at the end of the Mossy Cave Trail, so aptly named. This is an overhanging cliff grotto that has a spring that seeps water all year long. I didn't find it that interesting to see. There are more fascinating things to see from the Mossy Cave Trail like exploring up Water Canyon. You would not miss much if you do not take the side trip to the cave.

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    Bryce

    by blueskyjohn Updated Dec 11, 2014

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    Bryce Canyon is different from many of the canyons located in southern Utah. Bryce is at a higher altitude (8000ft) than nearby Zion, so be prepared for cooler temperature if you are at the beginning of Spring. Also, many of the trails are closed early spring due to ice and muddy conditions on the trails. The rim hike from Sunset Point to Sunrise Point allows you to see much off the unique spires.

    If you can venture down into the canyon, the Peek-a-boo trail is very good as well as the Wall Street area which can be very crowded.

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    Evening meal

    by Assenczo Updated Sep 29, 2014

    Dusk to twilight is the time to leave the rock formations which lose quite a bit of their flare due to the sunset similar to a stage deprived of meaning when the spotlights have been switched off. Not to despair! Alongside the road there is wildlife on display during its favourite time for grazing. Depending on the season the visitor might be able to see the future generation in its peculiar attire learning the lessons of survival from mama. Extra bonus to the juicy grass is the pleasant diversion of checking out the SUV hulks clogging the highway with the same curiosity as that of their passengers who stare back at them.

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    Panoramas

    by Assenczo Updated Sep 20, 2014

    Along the hiking trails there are many vantage points towards close and distant sculpted compositions. From time to time though there are turns that reveal beauty on a grander scale in the shape of sweeping panoramas. Depending on light intensity and direction, the maze of bizarre rocks obtain new meaning through ever-changing hews and nuances of red and its derivatives juxtaposed to specs and splashes of green. And all of that under the supreme command of blue skies disturbed by turbulent weather. Not even a second of boredom!

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    Navajo Trail

    by Assenczo Updated Sep 20, 2014

    Navajo Trail is one of the more dramatic hikes available in the area adjacent to the visitor center. It has on its side the king of hoodoos “Thor Hammer”, a mini canyon and convenient junction where one can continue on the same loop or join the so-called Queens Garden Trail all the way to the top at Sunrise Point. For sure most of the formations along the trail have been baptised more or less successfully but memorising them is not the best one can take from this hike. Rather, it is the sheer drop in altitude, the diversity of forms and colours and if lucky, some wildlife. The negatives are mostly manmade: as it can be expected, due to the proximity to the visitor center the crowds are at their thickest. Win some, lose some!

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    Queens Garden Trail

    by Assenczo Updated Sep 20, 2014

    Queens Garden Trail is part of the main loop connecting the Sunset Point to the Sunrise Point or vise versa. It has its fair share of “hoodoos” (turret formations) “windows” (holes in the rock) and “walls” (sheer fortifications of stone) to impress even the most picky or discerning canyon experts. Plus, it has access to the middle section of the loop that opens 360 degree views of the amphitheater that this particular spot of the “canyon” reminds of. One can stare as successfully at the sprawling valley on one end as its rim on the opposite side and realise that canyon this is not without losing the slightest bit of awe in the process.

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    See the amazing Bryce Canyon

    by CDM7 Updated Oct 28, 2013

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    For me this was a place so different from anywhere else i had visited.From the viewing area at Bryce Point you had a fantastic view of the odd shaped pillars of rock (hoodos) left standing from the forces of erosion.The beautiful colour of the canyon with a sprinkling of snow and the pine trees made this an amazing sight.

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    Bryce Canyon National Park Tour

    by ReneeM13 Written Jul 27, 2013

    Bryce Canyon National Park, is a naturally beautiful setting with wildlife and scenes of the colorful rock that makes up the canyon. It is nice this time of year the weather can be on the colder side because of the elevation and location, it is a nice break from 100+ temps in Vegas. The drive is just under 4 hours making it an easy weekend trip, but if you want to explore or do any activities you will want more time. I spent 4 days and didn't get to do all I had wanted, you can rent bikes, boats and ATV's, you can watch for wildlife or take beautiful photos of scenes rarely witnessed by most people. There are rivers, lakes and streams providing serene water sounds to your visit, best time to go for that is spring when the runoff is at the peak. All in all a very affordable memorable event for all ages to enjoy.

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    Stop at the Visitors Center

    by Basaic Updated Feb 7, 2012

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    The best place to start your visit to Bryce Canyon National Park is the Visitors Center. Here you can get a brochure and newspaper for the park; look over maps; and get recommendations from the helpful rangers on how to best enjoy your visit based on your interests and the amount of time you have to visit. You can also arrange for campsites and get backcountry permits here. In the summer rangers meet you at the Visitors Center or other locations in the park for ranger-led hikes and talks about subjects covering from geology, ecology, wildlife, and other subjects. Hours are 8 AM to 4:30 PM daily with extended hours in the late spring, summer, and early fall.

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    Hiking Trails

    by Basaic Updated Feb 7, 2012

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    There are a few different hiking trails in the park like the "Rim Trail"; "Under the Rim Trail"; "Bristlecone Loop Trail"; and the "Riggs Spring Loop Trail". There are also trails of varying length to the viewpoints. Some of these trails were inaccessible due to snow when I visited. There are a total of about 50 miles of trails in the park. I will go into more details about some of these trails in the Sports Tips.

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    Farview Point

    by Basaic Updated Feb 7, 2012

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    As the name implies, this viewpoint offers beautiful views of distant mountains, cliffs, and plateaus to include the Kaibab Plateau on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Bryce Canyon is part of a much larger formation called the "Pink Cliffs" which is in turn part of a series of formations forming the "Grand Staircase" which stretches from Southern Utah to the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona.

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    Formations Visible From Sunset Point

    by Basaic Written Jan 27, 2012

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    Here you can see some of the formations visible from Sunset Point: Boat Mesa 2 miles away (left midground Photo 1); Sinking Ship 3 mile away; Aquarius Plateau 15 miles away ( midlle background Photo 1) and Canaan Mountain 23 miles away.

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