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Bryce Canyon

  • Bryce Canyon

Overview

  • Karla Gadea

Nearest City: Bryce/Tropic – Bryce is located along State Route 63 in the northern part of Bryce Canyon National Park; located about 5 minutes north of the park’s visitor center. Tropic is also located in the northern part of Bryce Canyon National Park and is about 16 minutes from the park’s Visitor center. Dining and lodging are found in either of these cities. Want to visit other parks nearby? Check out Zion and Dixie National Forest

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah in the United States. This national park contains many rock formations called hoodoos which are formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of river and lake beds. The rock formations have different colors to them; red, orange, and white which make for amazing views. The rim of Bryce Canyon has an elevation varying from 8,000 to 9,000 feet. The park offers hiking, skiing, and wildlife viewing.

The national park covers 35,835 acres and has spectacular views of it’s surrounding. The weather in Bryce Canyon is cool and wetter compared to the surrounding parks. Bryce Canyon is also home to more than 400 native plant species. There are three life zones in the park based on elevation. The park is also home to many animals including foxes, badgers, porcupines, elk, black bears, bobcats, mule deer, pronghorn, woodpeckers, and about 170 species of birds which visit the park each year . It’s also home to three wildlife species that are listed under the Endangered Species Act: the Utah prairie dog, the California condor, and the southwestern willow flycatcher. 

Weather: Spring-66°F to 17°F Summer-83°F to 76°F Fall-73°F to 51°F Winter- 43°F to 9°F. For more weather information click here!


Hike Rim Trail(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): On this long 11 mile round trip visitors will enjoy the scenic view the canyon has to offer. This is an easy flat hike with multiple pulls outs which allow for a shorter hike. The hike on Rim Trail allows for a beautiful view of the canyon and looks amazing with small patches of snow.

Moon Snowshoe Hikes in the Park(Winter)(Beginner): Snowshoeing is allowed throughout the park and Bryce Canyon offers a snowshoe program designed for beginner snowshoes which can also be enjoyed by experts. Snowshoes and poles are available for free for those joining the Snowshoe Rangers. In orders to participate in the activity, registration is required as a group and hikes are subject to cancellation.  

Cross-country Skiing(Winter)(Intermediate): Before going into Bryce Canyon for cross-country skiing visitors should know that it is illegal to ski off of the rim into the canyon but there are many routes above the rim you can enjoy. The trails include rim trail between Bryce Point and Fairyland Point; Bristlecone Loop; Paria Ski Loop, and the unplowed Paria View and Fairyland Point roads.

Hike Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): The loop on the Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail is a short 3.5 miles. Hikers will walk among the trees and rock formations. The trail begins at Sunset Point and heads down switchbacks, heading to the bottom of the canyon. This hike is accessible during the winter also but will be covered in snow.

Hike to Tower Bridge(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): The hike to Tower Bridge offers hikers views of the park, arches, hoodoos, and tons of red rock. During the first mile of the hike, you can get a glimpse of China Wall, Sinking Ship, and more! There are many rock formations that are perfect for photographers.

Hike Wall Street(Spring-Fall)(Beginner): You can start this hike on either end of Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail. Starting at Queen’s Garden Trail you will become surrounded by hoodoos and under small tunnels to amazing views. The end of the hike ends with the spectacular Wall Street. Wall Street has switchbacks that lead you to a narrow path. During heavy rain or snow, the park closes off the wall.

Hike Mossy Cave(Year-round)(Beginner): Mossy Cave hike is a very easy 1-mile round trip which is a lot less crowded than the rest of Bryce Canyon. The hike offers a waterfall on the right fork of the hike and a small moss covered cave. It’s a short hike with rewarding features.

Hike Riggs Spring Loop(Spring-Fall)(Intermediate): The Riggs Spring Loop is a 9-mile total hike. The valley of the hike has many pines and pink cliffs throughout. The hike also includes and 2,000-foot climb up to Rainbow Point which will give you a wonderful view of the Grand Staircase-Escalante area.

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ACTIVITY:

Hiking, Trails, Cross-country Skiing, Snowshoeing

Difficulty:

Beginner, Intermediate

SEASON:

Winter, Spring, Fall

How to Get There

The closest International Airport to Bryce Canyon is the Salt Lake City International Airport. First, get on I-80 east from Crossbar Rd, then follow I-15 south to UT-20 east in Iron County. Take exit 95 from I-15 south. Finally follow UT-20 east, US-89 south and UT-12 east into Garfield County.
How Long should I stay? The stay in Bryce Canyon can be from 1 week to 1 week and a half.

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Rustic Luxury only minutes from three of Utah's most prized national parks!

Rating: 5/5 (20reviews)

Bryce Canyon Estate is located within the Elk Ridge Estates on Cedar Mountain. Situated on an expansive 40 acres, this impressive log home offers countless interior amenities in addition to truly breathtaking views of Southern Utah’s beauty. Not o...

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BRAND NEW Luxury riverfront urban industrial house between Bryce and Zion

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Private One-Bedroom Apartment close to State and National Parks

Rating: 5/5 (42reviews)

Enjoy the view of Bryce Canyon from your private patio. This spacious 700 square-foot, one-bedroom apartment has a full kitchen stocked with everything you need to make your own meals (except the food of course - some basic spices, oil, etc. are i...

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$139/night
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'Bryce Canyon Family Guest House' 3BR Tropic Home

Rating: 5/5 (51reviews)

Special for Reservations after 4/1/17: *$50 off 3 Nights* **$100 off 4 Nights** ***$150 off 5 or More Nights*** If you love parks and nature, then you will really love Bryce Canyon Family Guest House, a marvelous vacation rental home in Tropic, U...

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Log cabin on 280 acre Sevier River Ranch - 1 King bed

Rating: 5/5 (5reviews)

The Wranglers Quarters @ Sevier River Ranch & Cattle Company is a private studio style log cabin located on a quiet 280 acre cattle ranch in Hatch, between Bryce Canyon (25 mins) and Zion National Park (50 mins). The air conditioned Quarters are ...

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Spacious and Beautiful Vacation Getaway - Bryce, Grand Staircase Panoramic Views

Rating: 5/5 (80reviews)

Watch the first pink rays of sunrise light up the rim of Bryce Canyon as you gaze out the lofty windows of this spacious second-story vacation suite. Situated in the heart of peaceful Henrieville valley, this large farm home is nestled between its...

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Charming Two-bedroom Country Guest House 20 minutes from Bryce Canyon NP

Rating: 5/5 (96reviews)

Cannonville is located under the eastern escarpment of Bryce Canyon National Park. It is off of Scenic Byway 12 off of the road to Kodachrome State Park. Our area is surrounded by red rock outcroppings. The Bunk House includes two queen beds a...

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The Ranch House on 280 acres Sevier River Ranch

Rating: 5/5 (1reviews)

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Secluded Luxury Riverfront Ranch on 9 Acres between Bryce Canyon & Zion

Rating: 5/5 (25reviews)

The Sevier River Retreat is a secluded and luxurious ranch house that sits on 9 acres surrounded by the Sevier River on 3 sides, and close to Bryce Canyon and Zion. The house looks directly at the back of Bryce Canyon and the Sevier River. Most wi...

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$244/night
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Bryce Valley Hacienda "Dos Arbolitos"

Rating: 5/5 (32reviews)

New Santa Fe style home in a majestic setting for your Southern Utah adventures. This home will enchant with gorgeous views from every room. Tasteful, upscale accommodations will reward you after a long day of hiking Utah's scenic parks. Three bed...

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Private Luxurious Ridgetop Hideaway on 9 Acres! Between Bryce & Zion! A\C

Rating: 5/5 (72reviews)

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our National Park Service! Come and stay at the Ridgetop Hideaway, an air conditioned 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2050 sq. ft. mountain home with split open floor plan on 9 private acres with no neighbors. The house has 2...

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NEW Construction - Modern Country Cabin - Minutes from Bryce Canyon

Rating: 5/5 (12reviews)

Enjoy a private 650+ sq ft cabin below Bryce Canyon National Park. After days of driving or hours of hiking you can look forward to your own kitchen, living room, bathtub, and loft. A queen bed on the main floor and another queen bed in the loft; ...

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$178/night
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NEW! 3BR +Loft Bryce Canyon Home on Sevier River

Rating: 5/5 (51reviews)

If you’re looking for the perfect homebase for your family gathering or friend retreat, then look no further than this fantastic 3-bedroom + loft, 2-bathroom vacation rental house in Hatch. With accommodations for 12, plus an amazing amount of spa...

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4BR Tropic Home Overlooking Bryce Canyon!

Rating: 5/5 (16reviews)

This charming 4-bed, 2-bath home in Tropic, Utah, sleeps 10 and is your best choice for enjoying the natural beauty of the area! You'll feel you've returned to a simpler time and place from the moment you arrive at this lovely home. Adjacent to a ...

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$129/night
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Hilltop Lookout - Great View - 2 bedroom - sleeps 6

Rating: 5/5 (2reviews)

Perched on a hilltop, this 2 bedroom cottage has a beautiful view of the red rocks and the entire valley. Enjoy dinner and drinks sitting out on the covered porch. The stars are amazing from your cottage. You will love the peace and serenity t...

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$125/night
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Bryce Canyon, FALL SPECIAL $200 per night, on 3 pvt acres SAVE 10% Book Direct

Rating: 5/5 (37reviews)

Located in serine Bryce Valley. Only 15 miles from Bryce Canyon. Beautiful 3,000 sq.ft. home surrounded by Redrock views. Get away from all tourist traffic of Bryce Canyon. Peaceful setting in the farmlands. located next to the Paria River at ele...

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$200/night
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Grand View Lodge -Sleeps 20 in beds / Located on 9.5 arces -Bryce Canyon

Rating: 5/5 (10reviews)

Grand View Lodge is conveniently located between Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. It is bright and spacious with three levels of gathering areas and bedrooms. The main level showcases spectacular views with vaulted ceilings and w...

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Country Charmer. FALL SPECIAL $160 Great Reveiws, Pvt 1 acre SAVE 10% Book Direc

Rating: 5/5 (46reviews)

Historical 1930's Vintage Home. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, Sleeps 6, Dog Friendly, almost one acre Very Private, lot's of space, no close neighbors, Fully Fenced. Peaceful farm setting, good view of Bryce Canyon from the back yard, Fully Fenced, 15 frui...

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$150/night
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'Bryce Canyon Scenic Retreat' Massive 6BR House

Rating: 5/5 (19reviews)

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Pecos Lodge 6 Bedrooms/4 Baths With 2 Full Kitchens

Rating: 5/5 (7reviews)

Usually, when a cabin claims to 'sleep many'-- people are strewn about the floors and where ever else they can fit. Not here. Pecos boasts six nicely-sized private bedrooms with queen beds and premium bedding. Additionally, the bonus 'kid's loft' ...

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$386/night
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Additional Logding Options

Stone Canyon Inn (1380 W Stone Canyon Ln, Tropic, UT 84776)
Website: http://stonecanyoninn.com
Phone: (866) 489-4680

Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn (26 South Main St, Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764)
Website: http://rubysinn.com
Phone: (435) 834-5341

Bryce View Lodge (105 East Center Street, Bryce Canyon, UT 84764)
Website: http://bryceviewlodge.com
Phone: (888) 279-2304

Dining

Stone Hearth Grille (1380 W Stone Canyon Ln, Tropic, UT 84776)
Website: http://stonehearthgrille.com
Phone: (435) 679-8923

Ebenezer's Barn and Grill (110 Center St, Bryce Canyon, UT 84764)
Website: http://ebenezersbarnandgrill.com
Phone: (435) 834-5341

Rustler's Restaurant (141 N Main St, Tropic, UT 84776)
Website: No website, please call for more information
Phone: (435) 679-8383

Tours

Ruby’s ATV Tours (105 South Main, Bryce Canyon, UT 84764)
Website: http://m.mainstreethub.com/rubysatvtours
Phone: (435)834-5231

Red Canyon Trail Horseback Riding (Highways 12 Mile Marker 10, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT 84764)
Website: http://www.redcanyontrailrides.com/
Phone: 1-800-892-7923

Day Tour of Bryce Canyon
Website: http://utahscenictours.com/
Phone: (888)404-8687

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