Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Bryce Canyon National Park

If you have extra time, Sunrise Point is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park
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    #1 in Bryce Canyon National Park
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    For diverse perspectives of the main amphitheater, head to Inspiration Point, which is home to three levels of viewpoints. From here, visitors can look toward the Silent City (near Sunset Point) with rows of hoodoos set against the backdrop of Boat Mesa. Recent visitors called the view breathtaking and noted

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    Bryce Point
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    #2 in Bryce Canyon National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    One of the most popular viewpoints in the park, Bryce Point offers stunning sunrises for those willing to get up early. As the sun rises, it looks like the tops of the hoodoos are on fire, and then they rapidly and almost magically change colors. One former visitor who made

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    Sunrise Point
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    #3 in Bryce Canyon National Park
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    This scenic point offers not only amazing views but some of the more fancifully named formations in the park. Visitors have views of the Boat Mesa and the Sinking Ship, which are set against the Pink Cliffs of the Aquarius Plateau. Boat Mesa is topped by the resistant rock called

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    Scenic Drive
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    #4 in Bryce Canyon National Park
    Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    The park's 38-mile (round-trip) scenic drive features 13 viewpoints along the route. The northern overlooks have the most hoodoos, but the southern overlooks offer the most expansive views. If you've got time, you'll find plenty of hiking trails, ranger programs and picnic areas to take advantage of along the way.

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    Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point
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    #5 in Bryce Canyon National Park
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Located at the southern end of the park, Rainbow Point offers expansive views of the entire park back to the north. Yovimpa Point, which is also located here, is where you can look at the sequence of rock layers called the Grand Staircase. Each layer is a different color and

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    Fairyland Canyon
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    #6 in Bryce Canyon National Park
    Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    This scenic overlook, which sits 1 mile north of the park entrance station, is a great place to see hoodoos up close. The trailhead for the strenuous 8-mile Fairyland Loop is located at this viewpoint and descends into the Fairyland, takes you around Boat Mesa and eventually ascends to meet

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    Visitor Center
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    #7 in Bryce Canyon National Park
    Tours, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Tours, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    According to recent travelers, starting your Bryce Canyon experience at the visitor center is a must. Here, you'll find a ranger help desk, exhibits on the area, interactive consoles and a prairie dog maze. There is also a 22-minute award-winning film, which plays on the hour and half-hour, plus publications,

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  • Sunset Point
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    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Sunset Point is home to some of Bryce Canyon's most famous hoodoos, including the Silent City, a maze of hoodoos and fins concentrated in a tight formation, and Thor's Hammer, located just below the overlook on the northern edge. Because Thor's Hammer stands alone, it's easy to spot. The colors

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