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56 mi 90 km of trail 5 Featured Hikes

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Bryce Canyon National Park is known for its unusual geology. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock into fantastic shapes including windows, spires, slot canyons, fins, and spires called "hoodoos." It is a magnificent series of more than a dozen amphitheaters, each of which is carved at least 1,000 feet into the chromatic limestone of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. These spectacular and colorful rock formations create a fascinating landscape of mazes and offer some of the most inspiring and memorable trails imaginable.

To learn more about Bryce Canyon National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Center:
The Visitor Center is open daily except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Its hours of operation vary by season.
  • Summer: 8 am to 8 pm
  • Fall: 8 am to 6 pm
  • Winter: 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Spring: 8 am to 6 pm

Visiting Tips

Bryce Canyon National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There may be temporary road closures during and shortly after winter snow storms. Check the park's website for more information on current closures and conditions.

Fees and Passes:
To find more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
The two campgrounds, North Campground and Sunset Campground, are located in close proximity to the Visitor Center, Bryce Canyon Lodge, and Bryce Amphitheater. Sites fill by early afternoon during the summer months. Call 1 (877) 444-6777 or reserve online at recreation.gov.

North Campground
  • 13 RV sites (by reservation)
  • 86 RV and tent sites (first come, first served basis)

Sunset Campground
  • 20 tent sites
  • 1 group site (available by reservation)
  • 80 RV and tent sites (first come, first served basis)

Backcountry camping is also available at limited sites in the park. Permits are required for all overnight stays and can be purchased at the Visitor Center from 9 a.m. until one hour before closing. For more information on backcountry camping, visit the park's website.

Lodging:
The Bryce Canyon Lodge is another option for accommodations within the park. The lodge features 114 rooms including lodge suites, motel rooms and cabins. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 1 (877) 386-4383 or online at brycecanyonforever.com/.

Food & Drink

The Bryce Canyon Lodge offers dining room service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Valhalla Pizzeria is open mid-May to mid-October. The General Store, open late March to early November, has groceries, quick meals, and camper supplies. Other restaurants are available near the park entrance and in the nearby towns of Tropic, Bryce Junction, and Panguitch.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Bryce Canyon offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Free Shuttles:
The free Bryce Canyon Shuttle runs every 10-15 minutes and visits the most popular viewpoints and facilities in the park. It operates April 24 - September 30 at the following times:
  • April 24 â?? May 17: 8 am to 6 pm
  • May 18 â?? September 8: 8 am to 7 pm
  • September 9 â?? September 30: 8 am to 6 pm

REI Adventures:
REI offers over 30 national park trips led by expert guides capable of taking you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems that many visitors never see.

Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.

Other Activities

Bryce Canyon National Park offers a wide variety of activities and ways to explore the park. From backcountry hiking on the more remote trails to strolling along the rim to driving to the many scenic viewpoints in the park, there are many ways to explore Bryce Canyon. Additionally, the park offers many ranger-led programs, wrangler-guided horseback or muleback rides, or snowshoe and cross-country skiing in the winter. Visit Bryce Canyon's website for more information on the park's other activities.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

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