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Rainbow Point picture in Bryce Canyon National Park
Rainbow Point 2 picture in Bryce Canyon National Park
Rainbow Point picture in Bryce Canyon National Park
Rainbow Point 2 picture in Bryce Canyon National Park

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  • 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.

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#1 Inspiration Point 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 ... Read more » Sumiko Scott / Getty Images

#2 Bryce Point 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 ... Read more » Apexphotos / Getty Images

#3 Sunrise Point 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 ... Read more » littleting/Pradthana Jarusriboonchai / Getty Images

#4 Scenic Drive 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 ... Read more » Daniel Grill / Getty Images

#5 Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point 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 ... Read more » VW Pics / Getty Images

#6 Fairyland Canyon 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 ... Read more » David H. Carriere / Getty Images

#7 Visitor Center 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 ... Read more » Al_HikesAZ / Flickr

#8 Sunset Point 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 ... Read more » Don & Melinda Crawford/UIG / Getty Images

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Sunrise Point picture in Bryce Canyon National Park
Scenic Drive picture in Bryce Canyon National Park
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In the winter, head to Inspiration Point, where you'll see Bryce Canyon's vivid hoodoos partially covered by snow. Sumiko Scott / Getty Images

Bryce Canyon, as seen from Inspiration Point. Apexphotos / Getty Images

The steep Queens Garden and Navajo combination loop is the most popular trail in the park. You'll find the trailhead at Sunrise Point. littleting/Pradthana Jarusriboonchai / Getty Images

It takes about three hours to drive to the 13 viewpoints along the park's 38-mile (round-trip) scenic drive Daniel Grill / Getty Images

You'll see both trees and hoodoos from Yovimpa Point. VW Pics / Getty Images

One look at Fairyland Canyon's otherworldly hoodoos and you'll understand where the moniker originated. David H. Carriere / Getty Images

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Like other parts of the park, you can easily spot hoodoo formations below Sunset Point's canyon rim. Don & Melinda Crawford/UIG / Getty Images

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