Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Guide

  • A Couple of Hoodoos
    A Couple of Hoodoos
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  • Navajo Loop Trail
    Navajo Loop Trail
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  • View From Paria Viewpoint
    View From Paria Viewpoint
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Bryce Canyon National Park Highlights

  • Pro
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    Trekki says…

     Oh so beautiful, so colourful, get off that car and walk to see the best :-) 

  • Con
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    pacific_sol says…

     somewhat isolated, not many tourist facilities to choose from 

  • In a nutshell
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    agapotravel says…

     The land of hoodoos! 

Bryce Canyon National Park Things to Do

  • See the amazing Bryce Canyon

    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

    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,...

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  • Stop at the Visitors Center

    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...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Restaurants

  • Food Options In and Around Bryce Canyon...

    There is a restaurant available at the Bryce Canyon Lodge. I ate at the restaurant associated with Harold's Place Inn in Panguitch which had great food.

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  • RUBY'S INN

    Most likely when you arrive at Ruby's Inn, you have been driving for some time. You are ready for a break. Why? Because, the road ahead is filled with "hoodoos" in Bryce Canyon National Park and you will want to be fresh and ready to absorb the hundreds of "hoodoos" that will be before you. Take the break by going to the Cowboys Buffet & Steak...

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  • Great family restaurant!

    Luckily Clark's in Tropic, UT was open for the winter festival weekend outside of Bryce Canyon. It was quick, and better than expected for burgers and fries after a long day of hiking in the canyon. Nice employees and old family pictures on the wall too. Highly recommended! Western Burger

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Bryce Canyon National Park Nightlife

  • Star-gazing

    Nightlife is pretty much up to your own creativity as the park is pretty low-key after the sun goes down. The NPS does offer moonlight hikes, campfire talks and astronomy programs in the evenings during peak season. Rangers are required to be Masters of Information on their assigned parks so these mini seminars are usually really interesting. Check...

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  • Cowboy Bands in Bryce Pioneer Hall

    They have dancing and bands playing during some week nights in the hall of the Bryce Pioneer Village. For a town of about 200 people, they seem to come here from all around, but also tour buses stop here and need to be entertained.

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  • what lurks beyond

    I guess there's a bar at Ruby's Inn, not all that far from the North Campground in Bryce Canyon National Park but we never ventured there. If we were going to have a beer, we couldn't find a better view than looking into the canyon at sunset. But to be honest, once the sun set, it got pretty chilly and we were heading for the comforts of our warm...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Transportation

  • Free and easy

    Parking can be tricky during peak season and Bryce is, as are many of the National Parks, also suffering from environmental problems caused by vehicle emissions and road wear. While taking a park shuttle at Bryce isn't mandatory, it is advised if at all possible. Shuttles can be picked up at the staging area at Ruby's Inn or the campgrounds during...

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  • Campers-You CAn Take It With You

    These are some of the more unique modes of transportation I noted along the 5,000 miles trip. There were a great deal more, but these stood out

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  • Use the Shuttle-It IS Easier

    The park has made it convenient to use the shuttle to mitigate the vehicles coming into the park. They begin at Ruby's Inn area to pick up people, and go throughout the park to pick up/drop off. The best place to get the bus is before you enter the park. There is a building just past Ruby's complex and behind that is plenty of parking spots. They...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Shopping

  • One of the best

    Ruby's Inn can be busy and seem a bit tacky. But take a look inside the gift shop and you find excellent native crafts. Rugs, baskets, pottery, and jewelry are top quality. There are plenty of other more typical things to buy as well, but if you are looking for something nice this is a good place.

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  • Plenty to choose from...

    Ruby's General Store is a huge place and you can't really miss it when visiting Bryce Canyon City.It's open all hours, 07:00 to 22:30.I has all the supplies that you need to enjoy a great time in Bryce Canyon National Park. Stock up on drinks and nuts for the days hike or just browse amongst the host of gift ideas for the loved ones back...

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  • Ruby's Has a String of Shops

    Ruby's has a series of shops that have candy, rocks, Indian items, petrified wood slbs ($3,000-9,000 costs), glassware, trinkets of all kinds, etc, etc. Strange as it may sound, Ruby, named after the founder here, became an incorporated town and has population of 150 people just in a little area where the shops are located. They then can control...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Local Customs

  • Sunrise, Sunset and Star gazing

    The park is well known for clear, dark skies due to its distance from any large town and the high elevation. It is a great place to see more stars than you've seen before. Many moonless nights there will be someone with a telescope which can be used to see some of the wonders of the night sky. There is an astronomy festival every year where there...

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  • Cattle Grazing

    Along Hwy 12 and around Bryce there are no fences to pen in the cattle, so they may be right along the roadside to get that greener grass. Many take a long time to find, once the rancher rounds them up, and may use horses, and/or ATV's.

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  • America the Beautiful Pass

    A car load of visitors can enter Bryce Canyon National Park for a fee of $25 which allows you to come and go for one week. Most people allocate one day for what is admittedly one of the smaller National Parks in Utah. While you can see quite a bit in a day, two days gives you a better appreciation for the incredible beauty of this magic land. We...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Obey all Warning Signs

    As always, you should obey all warning signs. They are there for your safety and to protect the park, its wildlife, and its plants. Be aware this is bear country.

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  • High...

    Most of Bryce sits at 8000 feet above sea level with even higher points - such as Bristlecone Loop - over 9100. Flatlanders are going to feel the thinner air if they haven't had time to adjust, and the altitude is particularly important to note if you have breathing problems. Go slow, drink lots of water and don't go running off to a strenuous...

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  • ...and dry

    During the summer, Bryce can be hot, dry and dusty so hikers, always take along plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat. If sensitive to heat, hike earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when it's cooler. Sunstroke or acute dehydration is no joke and no fun at all: by the time one of them hits you, it's too late for a quick fix. Drink and...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Tourist Traps

  • Ruby's Complex

    My viewpoint, and a good one is this is all too much for the normal tourists. There are so many items to choose from, plus a place to stay, eat, and gas up. NONE of it is cheap, though. Very costly even for the crappiest of goods that came from China, and promoted as cowboy type. I walked through the connecting shops and could not stand more than...

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  • Old Bryce Shops

    Sure, the Old Bryce Shops are a bit of a tourist trap, but look at what I found.....my partner in crime.

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  • Ruby´s Inn and tourist...

    Ruby´s Inn and tourist village, right before the entrance to the park, can be counted among the tourist traps. The inner design is not bad, but the atmosphere is.

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Bryce Canyon National Park What to Pack

  • pack some warm stuff too

    Unless you plan on doing the Under-the-Rim Trail or Riggs Loop, you won't need a backpack. A simple day pack will do to carry some extra clothes, snacks, and plenty of water. Good hiking boots are essential on this steep terrain. Don't be fooled by short distances and try hiking in flip flops as we saw some people doing. Good socks are something...

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  • Must Haves for your trip

    We went in June, and I still needed a light sweater for the cool mornings. Hiking shoes are a MUST! I love tennis shoes, and I didn't bring any of them. I bought us Merrell hiking shoes and 5-10 canyoneers for this trip. Love them both! Tons of sunscreenBand-Aids Video camera, digital camera with lots of memory cards - you will be amazed at how...

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  • Hike it!

    Hiking Shoes of course! And layers of clothing. It can get quite cold at night, and it's toasty in the middle of the day with the sun beating on you. You might want to consider bringing a hat along, and some sunglasses. Sunscreen Oh geeze, just bring something, you are definitely going to want to capture this gorgeous park! Water of course,...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Kodachrome Basin State Park - Alone at...

    This park is an overlooked gem. We took a drive over there one morning, just to take a look at it, and ended up hiking a good share of the day. Maybe it's busier during the summer (were there early Sept.) but we only saw one other couple in the campground and nobody on the trails. Great views from the top of the buttes, and the colors (for which...

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  • Calf Creek Recreation Area

    Located 65 miles west of Bryce Canyon on Scenic Byway 12 is Calf Creek Recreation Area. The drive alone is worth the trip as you will pass some spectacular scenery along the way. However, once at Calf Creek, you can take a 6 mile return hike to a secret waterfall that descends 120 feet into a tree lined grotto.there is also a small campground here.

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  • Stolen Moment in the winter

    The temperature is 12 degrees and that's without factoring in the wind that rips across the canyon, stinging my eyes and cheeks as I struggle for a few feet along the Rim. All thoughts of hiking the Fairyland Trail are gone as it is buried in the white powder that covers the bench, walkways and nearly all of Bryce Canyon. When the wind dies down,...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Trails to Viewpoints

    Trails leading from the parking areas to the viewpoints are generally short, frequently paved and relatively easy. Most if not all are wheelchair accessible. Sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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  • Queens Garden and Navajo Loop Trails

    These trails begin at Sunset Point and lead past the Queens Garden, Thor's Hammer and Wall Street Formations. They are easy to moderate in difficulty. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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  • Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail

    Here is the connecting trail that leads from the Swamp Canyon Parking Area to the Under the Rim Trail. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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Bryce Canyon National Park Favorites

  • What is a Hoodoo?

    There are two main definitions for Hoodoo. One is "to cast a spell" and the other is "a pillar of rock, usually of a fantastic shape, left by erosion". You could say both apply here because these stone pillars do cast a spell. There is ample scientific explanation about how these formations came about but I like the Paiute explanation; that they...

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  • Special Eco Sysytems are Fragile

    The park, like many others has unique features that display the evolution of time on the landscape. These are of some I thought were more interesting. Moqui balls are formed by sand blowing/rolling over rock. In time that rock that has iron minerals in it accumulates the sand, and the sand keeps on rolling until is becomes a hard ball imbedded in...

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  • little room for elves & snowballs

    Thirteen years later, I was happy to be driving around the southwest once again and this time with my wife when Bryce came up on the horizon. I had mixed feelings about the place but one doesn't travel around Utah and not make a call at Bryce. It's just too damn pretty and despite an almost Disney-like “can this place be real?” aura about it, it...

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    Mar 25, 2014 at 3:38 AM

    Annual National Park Week is April 19-27 this year with lots of special events happening at the parks. Even better, Saturday 4/19 and Sunday 4/30 are FREE admission days so it's a great opportunity to pack up the car with family and/or friends and go check out one of our national treasures!
    http://www.nps.gov/npweek/

 
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