Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

Bryce Canyon National Park was a definite highlight of my birthday weekend trip. After visiting Zion and The Valley of Fire State Park the previous day, we first stopped at the visitor's center, bought some souvenirs, learned about hoodoos, and then hiked from the Sunrise to Sunset Points. The views were spectacular and we loved seeing all the crazy rock formations. Here are some travel tips if you plan on visiting Bryce Canyon National Park, UT.

Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Tips

Sunrise and Sunset Views:

Experience the beauty of Bryce Canyon by catching the sunrise or sunset from one of the park's designated viewpoints, such as Sunrise Point or Sunset Point. The colorful hoodoos illuminated by the soft light create an unforgettable experience.

Layer Up:

Bryce Canyon's high elevation brings cooler temperatures, even in the summer months. Dress in layers to stay comfortable throughout the day, and don't forget a hat and sunscreen for protection from the sun's rays.

Hiking Trails:

Explore the park's unique landscape on foot by venturing down one of its numerous hiking trails. From easy walks along the rim to more challenging hikes into the amphitheaters, there's a trail for every level of adventurer.

Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Trail:

Consider combining these two popular trails for a scenic loop that showcases some of Bryce Canyon's most iconic formations, including Thor's Hammer and Wall Street. The hike offers breathtaking views and opportunities for close-up encounters with the hoodoos.

Peekaboo Loop Trail:

For a longer and more strenuous hike, embark on the Peekaboo Loop Trail, which descends into the heart of the amphitheater and provides up-close views of the hoodoos from different angles. Be prepared for steep switchbacks and elevation changes.

Ranger Programs:

Take advantage of the park's ranger-led programs, including guided hikes, geology talks, and astronomy sessions. These educational experiences offer insights into Bryce Canyon's natural and cultural history.


Bryce Canyon is renowned for its dark skies, making it an ideal destination for stargazing. On clear nights, marvel at the Milky Way and countless stars twinkling overhead. Join a ranger-led astronomy program for an enhanced celestial experience.

Wildlife Viewing:

Keep an eye out for wildlife such as mule deer, foxes, and a variety of bird species that call Bryce Canyon home. Binoculars can enhance your chances of spotting elusive creatures, especially in the early morning or evening hours.

Visitor Center:

Start your visit at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center to gather information, obtain maps, and learn about current conditions and park regulations. Knowledgeable rangers can provide personalized recommendations based on your interests and abilities.

Leave No Trace:

Help preserve Bryce Canyon's delicate ecosystem by practicing Leave No Trace principles. Pack out all trash, stay on designated trails, and respect wildlife and vegetation. By minimizing your impact, you contribute to the conservation of this natural treasure for future generations to enjoy.


We definitely want to go back and check out Fairyland Point, Inspiration Point, and Bryce Point. 


Once we left Bryce Canyon National Park, we made a pit stop by a little village. Here are some tips:

Plan Your Visit: 

Bryce Canyon City serves as the gateway to Bryce Canyon National Park. Research accommodations and activities in advance, especially during peak seasons.

Enjoy Local Cuisine: 

Sample delicious Southwestern cuisine at restaurants in Bryce Canyon City.

Visit Nearby Attractions: 

Explore nearby attractions such as Red Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Kodachrome Basin State Park.

Capture the Scenery: 

Don't forget your camera to capture the stunning landscapes of Bryce Canyon City and its surroundings.

Overall, this was a great day trip where we saw awesome hoodoos and stood near cliffs overlooking steep drops and it was great to breathe in the fresh air. I did have a brief moment where I freaked out and thought I locked our keys in the trunk of the rental car. Luckily, I was able to still get into the car through the driver's seat. To be fair, I was hangry (hungry + angry), and was feeling lightheaded. I learned my lesson from this trip and started carrying more snacks, Clif Bars KIND, and Luna Bars to keep me from getting hangry post hike. 

For food after Bryce Canyon National Park, we headed to a town called Panguitch, UT and ate at Kenny Rays since the Cowboy Smokehouse had such a long wait, and nobody greeted us upon walking in. We felt shunned so we gladly went to Kenny Rays, where I had the BLT, salad, and my brothers had burgers. 8/10 and the food was inexpensive. 

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