For the best hiking experience, guests should consider hiking at least one of these popular trails in Bryce Canyon.
This short hike is just under one mile, but it is packed with gorgeous sights. Hikers will travel along a stream to get to a mossy overhang. In this area, there is also a small waterfall and a nice, shady place to rest. This hike is suitable for the whole family and should be on every visitor’s itinerary.
At just over a mile, this hike is considered moderately difficult. It leads hikers from Sunset Point down into the Bryce Amphitheater. Hikers will see gorgeous red rock formations, towering Douglas Firs, and a panoramic view of the Bryce Canyon landscape.
This strenuous hike is not for the faint of heart. It is a difficult eight-mile round trip filled with challenging obstacles. This hike is well worth the hard work, though. Hikers will see spectacular views of China Wall, Tower Bridge, and countless hoodoos.
Bryce Canyon is one of the few national parks that allow horseback riding experiences within the park limits. Guests can also enjoy one of the many experiences on the outskirts of the park.
Horseback guides will take guests down into the Bryce Amphitheater. Riders will have to depend on their horse to do the hard work of walking along the rocky landscape.
Though Peek-a-Boo Loop is a very strenuous hike, those who are not equipped for a tough hike can still experience this fascinating trail. By taking this trail on horseback, riders will see all that the heart of the amphitheater has to offer, like the Wall of Windows, without having to do the walking themselves.
Outside of the Park
Beyond park limits, there are many other opportunities to horseback ride. Riders can be guided through meadows, along winding trails, or run their horse in a wide-open space. Experienced riders may even be able to take their horse out without guides to truly get a magical experience.
There are three main places in Bryce Canyon to set up camp. Each one offers an incredible experience in the Bryce wilderness.
North Campground is near the visitor center, Bryce Amphitheater, and the Bryce Canyon Lodge. RV and tent sites fill up quickly, so it is best to reserve a spot as soon as possible.
Near North Campground lies Sunset Campground, which is a large campground with many tent and RV sites. It is surrounded by Ponderosa Pines, which provide inviting shade and beautiful scenery.
Backcountry camping can be a thrilling experience. There are a limited number of backcountry campsites, so those wishing to enjoy the joy the camping in the untamed wilderness should reserve a backcountry campsite upon arrival.
There are various Ranger programs throughout the year that help to keep guests engaged and interested in the many amazing features of the park. The following are some of the most popular programs.
Every day, guests can find a Ranger at either Sunset Point or the visitor center who will teach them about the geological history of Bryce Canyon. Rangers will explain which types of geological formations can be found, how the formations were made, and answer questions about Bryce Canyon’s unique geology.
There are many different programs at Bryce Canyon, all of which are family-friendly, but the kid’s programs are specifically tailored for children. Almost every day, the Rangers put on a different program for kids. Guests can look at the kid’s program schedule and sign up for activities at the visitor center.
Full Moon Hikes
On and near full moons each month, guests can take a guided tour under the breathtaking Bryce Canyon night sky. These tours are led by Rangers who have a wealth of knowledge about Bryce Canyon astronomy.
There are a few things visitors should know before heading into the backcountry, like permits that must be obtained and safety measures that should be followed.
The fee for traveling into the backcountry is $5 per person for ages 16 and up. Permits can be purchased at the visitor center from 9 am to one hour before closing.
From Bryce Point to Rainbow Point, which makes up the 22.9-mile-long Under-the-Rim Trail, there are many intersecting trails. These trails are all quite strenuous and should not be attempted by inexperienced hikers.
Dangers of the Backcountry
Steep drops, unkempt trails, lack of water, and many other challenges will arise while hiking and camping in the backcountry. Unprepared hikers could find themselves in a very dangerous situation, so it is important to be fully prepared for everything the backcountry may bring.
The following are some of the most popular festivals in the Bryce Canyon area.
People from all over the world gather in Bryce Canyon to share their mutual love of geology. There is no better place than Bryce Canyon, with its many unique geological wonders, to enjoy this exciting science.
Prairie Dog Festival
The Utah prairie dog is a vital species to the Bryce Canyon ecosystem. During National Parks Week, guests can gather to marvel at these busy, adorable little creatures.
Bryce Canyon has an unbelievable view of the night sky, thanks to the lack of light pollution. Guests will see more stars than they ever knew existed and gain in-depth knowledge of Bryce Canyon astronomy. Guests will be able to use advanced telescopes, star maps, and talk to knowledgeable astronomers.