Inspiration Point

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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 that this is a great way for people with mobility issues to see "one of the most incredible views in the USA."

There are no trails that lead into the canyon, and the park says that the cliffs of Inspiration Point are quite dangerous, with crumbly rock, slippery slopes and sheer drop-offs. Visitors should remain behind the railing at all times. However, you can walk to Sunset Point from here along an easy path that extends for less than a mile. Inspiration Point is the No. 4 stop on the park's free shuttle. Check out the NPS website to find out more about Inspiration Point's geology. 

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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 the early morning trip called it breathtaking, but others said it is just as stunning at all hours of the day.

There are two trails that start at Bryce Point, including the strenuous 5 ½-mile Peek-a-Boo Loop Trail, which steeply drops to the canyon floor. From here, travelers can also tackle the 23-mile Under-the-Rim trail, which descends from Bryce Point toward Rainbow Point. If you're up for the challenge, keep in mind that overnight hikes through Bryce Canyon's backcountry require a permit.

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