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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 "The Conglomerate at Boat Mesa" and rises above the hoodoos of Fairyland Canyon to 8,073 feet. Don't worry; these names make sense when you see the formations.

Sunrise Point is the trailhead for the easy 1.8-mile Queens Garden Trail that descends into a section of hoodoos, which are naturally ruled by the Queen Victoria hoodoo (hence the name). Sunrise is also the end point of the Navajo Loop and Queen Victoria combination, one of the most popular hikes in the park. Past visitors said this is a superb lookout with spectacular sunrises. However, if you can't make it for sunrise, rest assured the beauty and colors are incredible at all hours of the day, according to recent travelers.

Access to Sunrise Point is included in park admission. Sunrise Point is the No. 8 stop on the free park shuttle. From April through October, the Bryce Canyon General Store is open here, which has a snack bar, restrooms, drinking water and showers. Additional information can be found on the NPS website.

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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

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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

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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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