Fairyland Canyon

#6 in Best Things To Do in Bryce Canyon National Park
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Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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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 the Rim Trail at Sunrise Point. You can follow the Rim Trail back north to the Fairyland Canyon overlook.

Recent visitors who made the trek called it "absolutely stunning" and a great option if you're looking for a day-long hike in the park. Since you'll likely be making frequent stops for photo ops, you'll want to allot several hours to complete the trek. According to reviewers, the hike can take more than four hours.

Access to Fairyland Canyon is included in your park admission. There is a parking lot, but no other services are available here. For more information on the trail, visit the NPS website.

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Inspiration Point
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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 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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