Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Guide

  • Navajo Loop Trail
    Navajo Loop Trail
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    View From Paria Viewpoint
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    Paria Amphitheater
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Bryce Canyon National Park Things to Do

  • Wall Street

    Wall Street is one of the more popular features in Bryce Canyon National Park. This is found along the Navajo Loop Trail. The hoodoos form a slot through the canyon. The walls of the slot appear to glow from reflected sunlight. You can access Wall Street while hiking the Navajo Loop or just descending the switchbacks from Sunset Point. This is a...

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  • Visitor Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    After paying your entry fee into Bryce Canyon National Park (a whopping $30!), there is a visitor center on the right side. Take note that parking at the visitor center is only short term for visitor center business. If you want to take the shuttle, there is parking directly across the street for that. In the visitor center, there is a small gift...

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  • Water Canyon Falls

    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...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Hotels

Bryce Canyon National Park Restaurants

  • Valhalla Pizzeria

    The Valhalla Pizzeria is located next to the Bryce Canyon Lodge and is a great alternative if the lodge restaurant is completely full. This is most likely the case, especially for lunch. If hiking and seeing the park is more important than waiting an hour for a table in the lodge, check out Valhalla. To my surprise the pizza was very good. They...

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  • Good pizza!

    The Valhalla Pizzeria is located next to the Bryce Canyon Lodge and is a great alternative if the lodge restaurant is completely full. This is most likely the case, especially for lunch. If hiking and seeing the park is more important than waiting an hour for a table in the lodge, check out Valhalla. To my surprise the pizza was very good. They...

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  • Yeeee haaaa - get along little doggies

    You get big portions and you get filled up. The food is meant to be about what you would find on a trail drive, only better. But the show and atmosphere is really great. The show starts as the doors open when Sheriff Shaun comes out to great and motivate the crowd. Motivation done with if needed pistols firing blanks. Then there is a short pre-show...

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Bryce Canyon National Park Nightlife

  • Stargazing

    The best nightlife spot at Bryce is under wide, open skies on a moonless night. Its remote location - high and away from urban light and air pollution - provides some of the clearest, darkest skies in the country: it's said that 7,500 stars are visible with the naked eye! The park's cadre of special "Dark Rangers" offer many moonlight hikes and...

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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

  • Bryce Canyon Shuttle

    Bryce Canyon now has a free shuttle bus that can take visitors from just outside the park boundary to a number of stops along route 63 in the park. Unlike Zion National Park, this shuttle is not mandatory. You can still drive to each view point but parking is limited. The park is still trying to find there way with this shuttle. For example, the...

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  • Bryce Canyon Shuttle

    Bryce Canyon now has a free shuttle bus that can take visitors from just outside the park boundary to a number of stops along route 63 in the park. Unlike Zion National Park, this shuttle is not mandatory. You can still drive to each view point but parking is limited.The park is still trying to find there way with this shuttle. For example, the...

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  • Shuttles

    There are free shuttles through the park. It is much better when you can look around and take pictures than to have to drive. Not only that but you don't have to pay for gas. The only cost of these shuttles is that you have a park pass. There are 2 different sets of shuttles. One runs every 15 minutes and takes in about 4 to 5 miles of the park....

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Bryce Canyon National Park Shopping

  • Bryce Canyon General Store

    The Bryce Canyon General Store is located at Sunrise Point and very close to the North Campground. At the general store there is plenty of food supplies and cold drinks so you do not have to travel outside the park to buy supplies. This is great especially if you are camping for a few days. They have grab and go food for you day out on the trail so...

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  • Visitor Center

    Located in the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center is a nice size gift and souvenir shop. They have a nice assortment of items from posters and coffee mugs to tee shirts and hats. They do not set any food or drinks here. The prices are reasonable for a visitor center. They also have some items representing other nearby national parks like Zion National...

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  • Souvenirs of your trip

    Located in the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center is a nice size gift and souvenir shop. They have a nice assortment of items from posters and coffee mugs to tee shirts and hats. They do not set any food or drinks here. The prices are reasonable for a visitor center. They also have some items representing other nearby national parks like Zion National...

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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

  • Footwear for hiking

    Well, THIS is not it! I came across this person hiking on the Navajo Loop Trail. I hardly know where to begin on how foolish it is to hike even the easiest of trails in shoes like this. While most of the blame goes on her, I could tell by the eastern European language she and many along the trail were speaking, were part of a tour. I think the tour...

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  • What is appropriate footwear for...

    Well, THIS is not it! I came across this person hiking on the Navajo Loop Trail. I hardly know where to begin on how foolish it is to hike even the easiest of trails in shoes like this. While most of the blame goes on her, I could tell by the eastern European language she and many along the trail were speaking, were part of a tour. I think the tour...

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  • … and exposed.

    High, open places are nasty places to be in a lighting storm, and that goes for the rim and overlooks at Bryce. This area has the highest lighting hazard density in all of Utah, and strikes have been known to seriously injure or even kill. So if you see lighting coming your way, scamper off to safety in the nearest solid shelter: your car, the...

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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

  • Water Canyon

    The stream along the Mossy Cave Trail, at one time, was nothing but a dry wash. But with the influx of settlers and the need of water in the area, the locals engineered a way to divert water from the East Fork of the Sevier River. In 1890, the Mormon settlers dug a ditch that fed the dry wash. It took two years to complete. From the Water Canyon...

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  • Kodachrome Basin State Park

    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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  • 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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Bryce Canyon National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Mossy Cave Trail

    This trail is one of the few you can hike in Bryce Canyon National Park without having to pay the park access fee. The trail head is located on Route 12, well before the entrance to the park. The trail head has a pit toilet and interpretive signs. The trail gives access to Mossy Cave and Water Canyon. It starts off along a stream for .35 miles. At...

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  • Bryce Canyon Rim Trail

    The Bryce Canyon Rim Trail stretches between Fairyland Point and Bryce Point for a total of 5.5 miles. This would mean an 11 mile out and back. With the addition of the Bryce canyon shuttle, you can cut some of this distance on the return but the shuttle does not go directly to Fairyland Point. The views are wonderful. There is a paved portion of...

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  • Queens Garden Trail

    This is a 1.8 mile through hike starting at Sunrise Point and descending over 300 feet into the canyon. The trail is steep in sections but the terrain is even with little to no rocks. The trail winds down the canyon working its way through the Hoodoos and passing through several man-made passages. You eventually reach a side trail leading to the...

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Bryce Canyon National Park General

  • The Queens Garden

    Located on the side trail to the Queen's Garden is a specific hoodoo that some believe resembles Queen Victoria. It is only the top section of this hoodoo and the park service has installed signage at the hoodoo with a photo of a statue that looks just like the top of this hoodoo. I would never have thought to look for this without the sign....

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  • Showers

    Bryce is the first national park where I've seen showers. They are located behind the General Store at Sunrise Point and very close to the North Campground. The shower is coin operated and only cost $2.00 for 15 minutes. If you do not have change, the general store is happy to provide that. I used the shower it was very hot and clean. I was...

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  • Showers at Bryce!

    Bryce is the first national park where I've seen showers. They are located behind the General Store at Sunrise Point and very close to the North Campground. The shower is coin operated and only cost $2.00 for 15 minutes. If you do not have change, the general store is happy to provide that. I used the shower it was very hot and clean. I was...

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    Mar 14, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Deal alert! In honor of the NPS' upcoming 100th birthday, the "Every Kid in a Park" program will make every American 4th grader eligible for a FREE ANNUAL PARK PASS for themselves and their families. The pass will allow free access to every national park, monument, forest, seashore and more from fall of 2015 to fall of 2016. So if you'll have a 4th grader in your family next school year, start planning your trip! whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/...

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    Jan 2, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    Great deal for tight budgets: Martin Luther King Day (January 19, 2015) is a free entry day at all U.S. National Parks!

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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!
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