- Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
- Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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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 named as such. The top (where visitors stand) is known as the Pink Cliffs. Just below are the Grey Cliffs, then in the distance are the White Cliffs, the Vermilion Cliffs and hidden from sight, the Chocolate Cliffs. Visitors call the views "spectacular" and well worth the drive to this part of the park.
If you're planning to take the Scenic Drive, the park recommends you drive all the way to Rainbow Point to start your journey, which is less than 20 miles south of the visitor center. Once at Rainbow Point, you'll have access to restrooms and several trails, including the 1-mile-long Bristlecone Loop trail, which leads through a forest with bristlecone pines that are up to 1,800 years old. Keep in mind: Since this is the highest region of the park, elevations can reach more than 9,100 feet, meaning you'll want to pack layers to deal with the variations in climate.