Bryce Canyon National Park

I have to admit I’m a bit biased when it comes to Bryce Canyon National Park as it was one of my favorite places. So excuse me if you see a thousand different pictures of the same magnificent pink hoodoos at different angles, breathtaking other worldly landscapes underneath a starry sky or seemingly endless horizons masked by a kaleidoscope of colors. Before we even get there I’ll take you through the scenic route to enjoy some more extraordinary views. I’m sure you will fall in love with Bryce Canyon just like we did and put it at the top of your “must see” list.

Bryce Amphitheater

Bryce Amphitheater

Take the Scenic Route… Always

 

By taking this route, you will pass through part of Dixie National Forest, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument and see some panoramic views that are sure to amaze. Time to dust off the old atlas…

Cows along the road

Cows along the road

Stop along the way

Stop along the way

Dixie National Forest

Dixie National Forest

Great views

Great views

Weaving through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Weaving through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Scary drop-offs have the best views!

Scary drop-offs have the best views!

Amazing formations in vivid colors

Amazing formations in vivid colors

Manu living on the edge...

Manu living on the edge…

We love a good scenic route!

We love a good scenic route!

Starry Night

Our first introduction to Bryce Canyon NP was us staring straight into Bryce Amphitheater as the sun set not able to believe our eyes at just how stunning this place was. Soon the park was strangely quiet as the remaining crowd slowly subsided and before long it was just me, Manu, the moon and the stars. This was the perfect way to meet Bryce Canyon…

Somewhere between day and night

Somewhere between day and night

Bright moon and stars

Bright moon and stars

A little stargazing

A little stargazing

Queens Garden / Navajo Hike

The next day we were reenergized and ready for the Queens Garden / Navajo hike. This moderately strenuous combination hike takes you deep into the canyon floor and back out. Although this is one of the most popular hikes in Bryce, you will find some quiet space along the 2.9-mile loop where you could just admire the beauty in silence. Manu and I were lucky to experience something more than silence- hail! During our hike we were caught in an impressive storm where we went from a perfect sunny day to being pelted by these tiny stones as we ran for cover. It was all terribly exciting!

Let the hike begin

Let the hike begin

Amazing panoramas

Amazing panoramas

Yes, we're headed down there!

Yes, we’re headed down there!

On the canyon floor- A different landscape

On the canyon floor- A different landscape

Caught by surprise in a storm

Caught by surprise in a storm

Hailstones

Hailstones

Clear blue skies after the storm passed us

Clear blue skies after the storm passed us

Hiking further into Queen's Garden

Hiking further into Queen’s Garden

Horses on the trail

Horses on the trail

Cool tree on our path!

Cool tree on our path!

Somewhere between rain and sun

Somewhere between rain and sun

Great hike to start our day

Great hike to start our day

Don’t Overlook These. Pun completely intended…

Whether visiting Bryce Canyon in a car or using their free shuttle here’s a list of overlooks you cannot miss when passing through.

  • Sunrise Point
  • Sunset Point
  • Inspiration Point
  • Bryce Point
  • Paria View
  • Piracy Point
  • Fairview Point
  • Agua Canyon
  • Rainbow Point
  • Yovimpa Point

Bristlecone Loop Hike

For an easy hike (and one Manu and I really loved) to start or end your day at Bryce marvel at the stunning panoramas along Bristlecone Loop. This 1.0-mile hike through a spruce-fir forest will connect you from Rainbow Point to Yovimpa Point where you will enjoy sprawling views as far as the eye could see.

Pink/orange/white hoodoos

Pink/orange/white hoodoos

Formations up close

Formations up close

Manu enjoying the view

Manu enjoying the view

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

Taking a break near Rainbow Point

Taking a break near Rainbow Point

A furry friend along Bristlecone Trail

A furry friend along Bristlecone Trail

Views near Yovimpa Point

Views near Yovimpa Point

Incredible vistas

Incredible vistas

Sunset creeping in

Sunset creeping in

Thank You Bryce Canyon for such an unforgettable experience!

Thank You Bryce Canyon for such an unforgettable experience!

Tips

  • Entrance Fee $30 USD.
  • Save money with the annual pass! Click here for more info.
  • To help ease congestion on busy days the Bryce Canyon shuttle is provided from mid-April to mid-November. Ask about tours to Rainbow Point at the Visitor Center when you arrive.
  • Be sure to stop at the beautiful lodge for a delicious and rewarding meal. Although pricey, the plates are large and Manu and I happily shared a plate and dessert.
  • Lodging around Bryce can be very expensive! We found some great deals on local KOA sites nearby. Check them out here.
Our humble and cozy KOA cabin

Our humble and cozy KOA cabin

Our KOA even came with a resident pup

Our KOA even came with a resident pup