Bryce Canyon Vacation Ideas to Plan the Perfect Trip

We’ve put together a list of Bryce Canyon National Park vacation ideas: things to do, hiking trails, scenic drives and photography spots as well as best times to visit, where to stay and what to pack!

Use this Bryce Canyon travel guide to plan the most amazing vacation to this park! With its unique rock formations called hoodoos, scenic hiking trails, and stunning viewpoints, it offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures and sightseeing.

vacation ideas for visiting Bryce Canyon National Park

We live close enough to the park to visit various times throughout year so we have lots of Arches National Park vacation ideas to share! This guide includes tips from us as well as our travel friends!

Check out these done-for-you Bryce Canyon itineraries to help you plan your vacation based on the time you have to spend at the park:

Bryce Canyon Travel Bundle

A Photo Tour of Bryce Canyon National Park

Take a visual tour through Bryce Canyon National Park to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!

Best Time to Visit Bryce Canyon

There are important things to consider when you are looking for the best time to visit Bryce Canyon: weather, services available, things to do, and what to pack.

Here’s a list of what to expect during various seasons and months at Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon Vacation Ideas

Here's a list of Bryce Canyon National Park vacation ideas: things to do, hiking trails, scenic drives, photography spots, and more!

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Bryce Canyon Packing List

Our biggest tip is to be prepared for the temperatures and weather for the time you’ll visit so you can enjoy the outdoor activities you want to do! Use our Bryce Canyon Packing List to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting any time of year! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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What to Pack for Bryce Canyon

Hiking Shoes & Socks – Did you know the #1 and #2 causes of injury at Bryce Canyon is bad choice of footwear. Be sure to wear hiking boots with good ankle support and ample traction. Sport-sandals & “trainers” are NOT safe hiking footwear. We use and always recommend our Merrell Moab hiking shoes or Oboz hiking shoes worn with Darn Tough socks.

Hydration and Food – The #5 cause of injury at Bryce is dehydration. Drink 1 quart / liter every 1-2 hours. Always carry water with you during all hiking activities. Refill stations at Bryce Canyon: Bryce Canyon Visitor Center, Sunset Point, Sunrise Point and Bryce Canyon Lodge. We use hydration packs or carry Hydroflask bottles in our packs. Also eat plenty of healthy snacks and food. Remember it’s just as easy to become dehydrated in the cold as it is in the heat so carry plenty of water during the winter, and not just during the summer. 

Sun Protection – Sunburns also lead to dehydration. Wear a sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses to protect from the sun overhead and reflected UV light. Utah’s high elevation and dry air can be hard on your skin so we always carry lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion to apply as needed when we’re out exploring the trails.

Clothing – Bryce Canyon summers mean high temperatures, unrelenting sunlight, and low humidity. To keep cool, wear light colored, loose fitting clothing that does not absorb sunlight. During the winter, be sure to wear layers and winter clothing to stay dry and warm.

National Parks Pass – Before you visit Bryce Canyon National Park be sure to pack your The America the Beautiful Annual Pass.

Other items we recommend you pack for visiting Bryce Canyon:

Bryce Canyon Vacation Ideas

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