Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the most unique destinations in the Southwest.
Home to famous hoodoos, an All-American Road, and thousands of stars, a Bryce Canyon vacation has a little something for everyone.
Here’s a list of tourist attractions in Bryce Canyon, with a few hidden spots to help you get away from the crowds!
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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 Camelbak 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.
Sunburns also lead t dehydration. Wear a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses to protect from the sun overhead and reflected UV light.
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 the right 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:
- US National Parks packing list – FREE DOWNLOAD!
- Fleece jacket
- Buff headbands
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Camera gear – FREE CHECKLIST DOWNLOAD
Must-Do Tourist Attractions in Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive
The Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive offers views of hoodoos, arches and windows at various viewpoints and overlooks.
We always recommend you start by driving to the end of the road at Rainbow Point then working your way back to the amphitheater. This way all the overlooks are on the right so it’s easy to pull in and out of each parking lot.
You can also use the free shuttle during the summer season.
Bryce Canyon is famous for the largest collection of hoodoos in all the world!
These incredible rock formations are the highlight of any Bryce Canyon vacation and should be at the top of your list.
Water erosion through the years has left behind these beautiful, crimson-colored rock structures we call hoodoos; each one is unique.
There are plenty of hoodoos located throughout the park, but you should plan on checking out the popular Thor’s Hammer and Queen Victoria found on the Navajo Loop Queen’s Garden Trail and the Hunter and Rabbit along the scenic drive.
Check out all the best Bryce Canyon viewpoints to see and photograph all the hoodoos in the park!
One of the main attractions, and the most visited section of the park, is the Bryce Amphitheater.
Here you can see spectacular viewpoints, iconic hoodoos, impressive geological formations, and access excellent Bryce Canyon hiking trails.
Be sure to watch and photograph the sunrise from the amphitheater. We recommend Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point or Bryce Point.
The visitor center, park lodge, and campgrounds are also in this area.
View the Milky Way in a Certified Dark Sky
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the places in the US you have the privilege of viewing the Milky Way.
It’s known for it’s stargazing due it’s designation as a Dark Sky certified park.
Bryce Canyon hikes are the best way to explore this National Park that encompasses over 35,000 acres of picturesque expansive views!
There are many easy, moderate and strenuous hikes at Bryce Canyon to accommodate all hiking levels.
Hiking at Bryce Canyon is definitely a unique experience where you see hoodoos, windows, arches, bridges, tunnels, waterfalls and more!
How Long Should I Spend at Bryce Canyon?
There are so many things to do at Bryce Canyon that we recommend at least 2 days to explore the park. Some of the fun activities include: scenic drive, hiking, photography, horseback riding, ATV tours and stargazing!
If you only have have a day, then for sure take the Bryce Canyon scenic drive. It’s the best way to see the park in a short time.
We’ve shared our thoughts below on spending one day at Bryce. But if you can, it’s best to spend two days at Bryce Canyon!
What Can You Do at Bryce Canyon in One Day?
Visitors to Bryce Canyon should first stop at the Visitor Center. Here you can get directions beyond what’s available online, the current weather forecast, a schedule of programs and tours, and other park information. The visitor center hosts museum exhibits and a 20-minute short film “Shadows of Time” about the Geology of Bryce Canyon.
Make the most of your time by taking the 18-mile Bryce Canyon scenic drive. From here you can enjoy all the park’s major overlooks. We recommend you drive out to the south end and then stop at the viewpoints on the way back in, this will put the pull offs on the right side of the road and make it easier for getting in and out.
One of the best ways to experience the park is hiking the trails at Bryce Canyon. You get a different perspective as you get closer to the hoodoos. There are many short and easy trails you can do.
Be sure to make a stop at the Mossy Cave that’s just a bit outside the park along Highway 12 to end your one day at Bryce Canyon.