Visitor Center

#7 in Best Things To Do in Bryce Canyon National Park
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Utah Route State 63

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Free

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Tours, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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 and a prairie dog maze. There is also a 22-minute award-winning film, which plays on the hour and half-hour, plus publications, maps and souvenirs. You'll also want to check the ranger program board for current locations and times of hikes and tours, which range from geology talks to full moon walks.

Along with the friendly staff, recent visitors also appreciated the center's large maps, which many said made it easy to plan their hikes. Others praised the restrooms and large parking lot.

You'll find the visitor center located 1 mile inside the park; it's the first stop on the park's free shuttle route (as well as its last since the shuttle does a loop around the park). It is open May through September from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; November through March from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and in April and October from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on available facilities, consult 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 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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