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Bryce Canyon National Park Things to Do: 297 reviews and 574 photos

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Non-hikers usually opt for seeing the canyon from viewpoints along a 19-mile scenic drive stretching south from Fairyland to Rainbow/Yovimpa Points. There are 13 marked overlooks, and getting to them from parking lots can involve short strolls on level pavement to distances 2-3 times the length of a football field, steep grades and unpaved surfaces. This road is not a loop, and there are several side spurs so to hit all the points is a round trip of 38 miles from the park entrance, and can easily take most of a day.

The most congested area will be the cluster of overlooks in the Bryce Amphitheater region - which includes Bryce, Inspiration, Sunrise, Sunset and Fairyland Points. Almost all of the park services are in this general vicinity as well as the most-walked bit of the rim, and trailheads to the most popular below-rim hikes. A recommended itinerary, especially during the busy season, is to drive immediately to the furthest end of the park (Rainbow/YovimpaPoints) and start working your way back. After Inspiration Point, park the car anywhere you can find a spot (good luck), and walk 1-mile RT along the rim from Sunset to Sunrise Point and back. Drive the spur to Fairyland on your way out of the park.

You?ll be given a map which charts all of the overlooks when you purchase/show an entry pass at the gate. You may also preview them before you go:


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Can?t snag a parking spot during high season? See my review on park shuttles.

Address: Bryce National Park
Website: http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm

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  • Updated Aug 12, 2015
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