Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park photo by Sean Pavone via Shutterstock.

Bryce Canyon National Park, also in Utah, dazzles visitors with its distinct red rock hoodoos, natural amphitheaters, and scenic vistas. It’s a unique landscape best experienced at sunrise or sunset.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Utah
Area: 35,835 acres (145.02 sq km) – 52nd largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Rainbow Point – 9,115 ft (2,778.252 m)
Lowest Elevation: Yellow Creek – 6,620 ft (2,017.77 m)
Date Established: February 25, 1928
Annual Visitors: 2,354,660visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Panguitch, Utah

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Peek-a-Boo Loop (5.2 mi, Moderate) – A scenic loop that offers diverse views including slot canyons and hoodoos​​.
  2. Fairyland Loop (7.8 mi, Hard) – Showcases the park’s vast landscapes, including hoodoos and Tower Bridge, with fewer crowds​​.
  3. Navajo Loop (1.3 mi, Moderate) – Known for its steep grade and impressive hoodoo formations​​.
  4. Queens Garden (1.8 mi, Easy) – Offers unique views, descending from Sunrise Point through stunning hoodoo formations​​.
  5. Mossy Cave (1 mi, Easy) – An easy hike leading to a cave and waterfall, offering a contrast to the park’s desert landscape​​.

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Bryce Canyon National Park.

  1. Stargazing (a designated International Dark Sky Park)
  2. Horseback riding through the park
  3. Winter activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
  4. Photography, especially during sunrise and sunset
  5. Attending ranger-led full moon programs

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Bryce Canyon National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Bryce Canyon National Park.

  1. Hampton Inn Cedar City – 81 mi from park
  2. Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection – 85.3 mi from park
  3. Hampton Inn Springdale/Zion – 86.4 mi from park
  4. Hotel De Novo, Tapestry Collection – 87.8 mi from park
  5. Hampton Inn Richfield -99.6 mi from park

🍔 What to Eat Near Bryce Canyon National Park

After hiking and exploring Bryce Canyon National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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