- 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.
Hiking, Trails, Cross-country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Winter, Spring, Fall
Additional Logding Options
Stone Canyon Inn (1380 W Stone Canyon Ln, Tropic, UT 84776)
Phone: (866) 489-4680
Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn (26 South Main St, Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764)
Phone: (435) 834-5341
Bryce View Lodge (105 East Center Street, Bryce Canyon, UT 84764)
Phone: (888) 279-2304