25 Best Things to Do in Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

Bryce Canyon National Park
silky / shutterstock.com

Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the most famous and beautiful tourist destinations in Southern Utah.

Every year, this place welcomes more than a million visitors who soak up the area's beauty.

The canyon offers various adventurous activities that are suitable for solo as well as group travelers.

It is definitely one of the most fascinating and charming places to visit, especially with its many colorful hoodoos and rock formations.

From the beautiful Sunset Point and the Natural Bridge to the Rim Trail and the Tower Bridge, Bryce Canyon is an unbelievably beautiful place in Utah.

Various events and festivals are regularly organized in this park and provide visitors with knowledge and adventure.

This national park is a serene and breathtaking place worth adding to your bucket list.

Here are the best things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah:

View the Natural Bridge

Daytime view of the beautiful Natural Bridge
Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

The bridge is hidden behind wooden barricades that prevent you from seeing it from the road.

A dirt road 13.5 miles (22 kilometers) south of CA-190 leads to the Natural Bridge parking lot and trailhead.

Elevation sign of Natural Bridge
Nico Strotmann / Shutterstock.com

Although the road is usually well-kept and accessible to most vehicles, washouts and deep ruts occasionally occur.

So check with a ranger for the most up-to-date information.

Hike the Queens Garden Trail

Queen’s Garden Trail
Unai Huizi Photography / Shutterstock.com

The Queens Garden Trail is only 1.8 miles long.

It is also the easiest trail that leads to Bryce Canyon's main amphitheater.

However, the ease of this hike does not disregard its beauty and the adventure it offers visitors.

Sign board of Queens Garden Trail

The trail is absolutely beautiful and perfect for hiking.

If you are not an expert or are trying hiking for the first time, the Queens Garden Trail is perfect for you.

A tourish walking through a natural rock tunnel along the Queens Garden Trail
Andriy Blokhin / Shutterstock.com

Enjoy the Sights along the Navajo Loop Trail

Stunning view of the Navajo Loop Trail
Andriy Blokhin / Shutterstock.com

The Navajo Loop Trail is a perfect place for those who want to indulge in Bryce Canyon's natural beauty.

Located at the deep end of the canyon's base, the Navajo Loop trail is only 1.4 miles in length.

Even though this trail is relatively short, it offers some breathtaking views, just like other places in the canyon.

Hikers exploring the Navajo Loop
SL-Photography / Shutterstock.com

You can also enjoy picnicking in this area and capture some mesmerizing pictures here.

This hike presents an excellent opportunity to sport some incredible hoodoos at different angles.

Tall trees along Navajo Loop
Pedro Carrilho / Shutterstock.com

Observe Local Wildlife in Their Natural Habitat

Mule deer at Bryce Canyon
Peter Wey / Shutterstock.com

Bryce Canyon is a place where you can spot a lot of wild animals.

The major wildlife species that can be spotted in this area are elk, mules, pronghorn, rattlesnakes, prairie dogs, and so forth.

Squirrel standing on its legs at Bryce Canyon
DavidTB / Shutterstock.com

The animals have adapted to the environment around them and blend in quite nicely.

However, you have to be a bit alert and active in order to make sure that you do not end up hurting the animals and vice versa.

Explore the Peek-a-Boo

Stone arch at Peekaboo Loop
Laurens Hoddenbagh / Shutterstock.com

The Peekaboo Loop path drops almost 1,000 feet (305 meters).

Take the Bryce Amphitheater's bottom before heading north into one of the park's most densely forested sections.

Wall of windows along Peekaboo Loop
HannaTor / Shutterstock.com

Shaded north-facing slopes conserve moisture and produce a varied forest among the colorful rock spires.

The trail's name comes from the numerous curves and elevation changes.

Horse and mule riders may be among the surprises in the summer.

Iconic dried tree roots at Peekaboo Loop
Dayel / Shutterstock.com

Try Photography at Inspiration Point

Scenic view from Inspiration Point
dibrova / Shutterstock.com

Inspiration Point is between mile marks 2 and 3 along the Scenic Drive.

This viewpoint differs from the others.

Bryce amphitheater rock formations as seen from Inspiration Point
kojihirano / Shutterstock.com

It has three levels that allow amazing views of the park's central part, the Bryce Amphitheater.

It is also a fantastic and attractive spot to see "Silent City," a giant hoodoo maze.

Hikers enjoying the stunning view from Inspiration Point
Margaret.Wiktor / Shutterstock.com

You can also see this vast collection of hoodoos from Sunset Point.

People like to visit this place because of the lovely photography due to the best views of the sunrise and sunset.  

Go to Bristlecone Loop

Signage of Bristlecone Loop
imageBROKER.com / Shutterstock.com

One trail you can follow in Bryce Canyon National Park is the 8.5-mile loop to Riggs Spring.

People don't generally make the trail because it takes two days to finish, with a night spent at one of three basic campsites along the way.

The other is the one-mile Bristlecone Loop Trail.

The view from Bristlecone Loop
Antonio Cabo / Shutterstock.com

You'll wind through a dense spruce forest and fir to multiple overlooks of cliffs, canyons, and hoodoos on the Paunsaugunt Plateau's south end.

Here, you can find some bristlecone pine trees that can bear weather, some of them around 2,000 years old.

Narrow trail in Bristlecone Loop
Dominic Gentilcore PhD / Shutterstock.com

You can return to the path with a short walk to Yovimpa Point for a quick 40-minute round trip.

Witness the Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Fairyland Loop Trail

Dusty trail along the Fairyland Loop
christian_b / Shutterstock.com

The Fairyland Loop Trail is a place that offers breathtaking views of the canyon.

This place is accessible only after hitting the trails.

However, the efforts will be worth it because at the end of the hike, what you will experience is nothing less than a fairyland.

Landscape of the Fairyland Loop
Autumn Sky Photography / Shutterstock.com

The towering rock formations in the place look like they have come alive from a storybook.

This hike is a bit challenging and stretches across a total length of eight miles.

However, this place is absolutely gorgeous and one of the most famous spots in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Keep yourself well-equipped with water and good hiking shoes to make the hike a bit easier.

Hiking trail of Fairyland Loop
cb_travel / Shutterstock.com

Admire the Rock Formations at the Bryce Amphitheater

Aerial view of Bryce Amphitheater
Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

The Bryce Amphitheater offers the largest and the most beautiful hoodoo rock formations in the park.

It covers most of the viewing points of the park.

Camping at Bryce Canyon National Park
Don Mammoser / Shutterstock.com

This area of the park is also famously known as the Pink Cliffs, owing to its dramatic and colorful rock formations.

The amphitheater is perfect for capturing pictures at all spots.

Natural rock formation at Bryce Canyon National Park
Tanarch / Shutterstock.com

It is quite popular among visitors, so it can also be a great spot for getting in touch with people of different cultures and mingling with them.

Spot Amazing Views While Hiking the Rim Trail

View from Rim Trail
GybasDigiPhoto / Shutterstock.com

Another very beautiful and scenic trail, the Rim Trail is spread over a five-and-a-half-mile area.

This trail is located on the edge of the Bryce Amphitheater.

What makes this trail special is that it is the connecting point of all the spots that overlook the amphitheater.

A signage along the Rim Trail
cb_travel / Shutterstock.com

You can also enjoy the shuttle service from the Rim Trail to all other points in the park.

This place is quite beautiful and has a remarkable elevation of almost 1,700 feet.

The work can be completed within two to three hours, depending on your experience and walking speed.

Apart from some steep sections, the trail is safe and enjoyable, with unbelievable views.

People walking along the Rim Trail
Kristi Blokhin / Shutterstock.com

Go Horseback Riding around the Canyon

Horseback riding in Bryce Canyon
oksana.perkins / Shutterstock.com

Bryce Canyon is a perfect place for hiking on foot, but it does not make other activities in the area formidable.

The place is a great adventure spot if you are interested in horseback riding.

Horseback riding at Bryce Canyon
Kenneth Keifer / Shutterstock.com

It will likely result in some of the most memorable moments as you enjoy the beautiful spring vibes.

There are multiple horses and mules rides available in the amphitheater area.

A woman riding horse in a dusty trail at Bryce Canyon
HannaTor / Shutterstock.com

Canyon Trail Rides is the most famous service provider that allows you to make the most out of your horseback riding experience.

Some requirements have to be complied with before you can start riding in the canyon, and these can be easily found on the Bryce Canyon website.

Indulge in Stargazing and Participate in the Astronomy Festival

 Stargazing night sky at Bryce Canyon
Vezzani Photography / Shutterstock.com

Bryce Canyon is a place that is located a little ways away from the cities and bright lights.

This makes the area around the park quite low in terms of light pollution.

As a result, the area has a very clear night sky, which makes it ideal for stargazing and spotting celestial bodies.

Milky way at Bryce Canyon during winter
lkunl / Shutterstock.com

The rangers present at the park are always happy to help visitors with the astronomy formations and presentations.

You can also spot the Milky Way easily while at this park.

In addition to the regular stargazing and appreciation of the beautiful sky, the park also organizes an annual Astronomy Festival.

Mesmerizing view of the night sky at Bryce Canyon
RodClementPhotography / Shutterstock.com

This festival does not require any special reservations; it just requires visitors to reach the park by sundown.

During the festival, various speakers from the Salt Lake Astronomical Society are invited for guest lectures, which allows the visitors to learn more about stars and other night wonders.

If you are interested in attending this festival, make sure to schedule your visit for the summer.

Go Snowshoe Hiking across the Paria View

Snow-covered trails of Paria View
mzabarovsky / Shutterstock.com

Take a pair of snowshoes and go into the Catinaccio and Latemar regions during the depths of the Dolomite winter.

Rather than sinking into it, you'll walk on the snow, striding over gleaming snow sheets.

Snowshoe hiking is the gentlest of all winter sports, just like winter hiking.

Elevation sign of Paria View
Lissandra Melo / Shutterstock.com

When snowshoeing, however, extra caution is essential.

You need to bring an emergency kit if you enter open terrain.

Use regular situation reports in planning your tours.

A river flowing in Paria View
tusharkoley / Shutterstock.com

Be mindful of your surroundings and put yourselves in their shoes when traveling through the winter landscape.

You'll discover vital information on enjoying the Val d'Ega's natural beauty without endangering wildlife!

Join in the Festivities at Bryce Canyon Park's Annual Utah Prairie Dog Day

Bryce Canyon Park's Annual Utah Prairie Dog Day is organized every April during National Park Week.

Prairie dogs are quite common and are considered an essential species in Utah, and they play a very important role in maintaining the area's ecological health and ecosystem balance.

These animals are found exclusively in the west of the US, and the best location for spotting the dogs is the top of the park's ranges, making it quite a photogenic and fantastic experience.

Be Awed by the Scenes on the Mossy Cave Trail

A stream flowing along the Mossy Cave Trail
pixy / Shutterstock.com

A very easy and accessible train in the area, the Mossy Cave Trail is only a mile long both ways.

This cave trail at the northern end of Bryce Canyon National Park is less crowded and can be called a hidden gem.

It's perfect for spotting some hoodoos, a small waterfall, and a mossy cave.

A waterfall at Mossy Cave Trail
GagliardiPhotography / Shutterstock.com

This area was made in the 1890s when some local pioneers dug an irrigation pit.

The best time to walk this trail is during the winter months.

During this time, you can also spot icicles hanging off the mouth of the waterfall and the cave, making it quite pristine and beautiful.

The hills of Mossy Cave Trail
assaf ben shoshan / Shutterstock.com

Explore the Queen’s Garden Loop

Hiking trail of Queen’s Garden Loop
DeborahDesiree / Shutterstock.com

The Queens Garden Trail starts at Sunrise Point and descends 320 feet (98m).

The easiest way to access the canyon is from the rim.

You can find many hoodoos, which resemble garden elements, along this trail.

People exploring the Queen’s Garden Loop
Andriy Blokhin / Shutterstock.com

You might glimpse Queen Victoria at the end of a short spur trail.

Surveying the garden ahead of her, use your imagination, and you'll find her.

You must visit this Queen’s Garden Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Scenic view of the Queen’s Garden and Navajo Loop
Beach Creatives / Shutterstock.com

Watch the Sun Go Down at Sunset Point

View from Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon
Irina Sen / Shutterstock.com

Sunset Point is the perfect spot for people who are looking forward to watching some beautiful sunsets in the park.

In addition to the sunsets, this point also offers the most distinct views of some hoodoos in Bryce Canyon.

Signage of Sunset Point
Andriy Blokhin / Shutterstock.com

You can also look at the breathtaking views of the city and spot the spire of Thor's hammer.

This area is the most popular area for sunset photography.

View of rock formations from Sunset Point
jo Crebbin / Shutterstock.com

During the golden hour, it is quite common to see a lot of photographers.

Being wheelchair accessible and only a half-mile walk, this is one of the best places that you should definitely check out in Bryce Canyon.

Visit Thor’s Hammer

Daytime view of the famous Thor’s Hammer
jessconlow / Shutterstock.com

The real Thor's Hammer is in Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park.

Thor can fly by flinging the hammer and gripping the lanyard.

Close view of Thor’s Hammer
Higgins Media Group / Shutterstock.com

The holder can control the storm's elements (lightning, wind, and rain) by stomping the handle twice on the ground.

Mjolnir's wielder can travel to other dimensions by opening interdimensional portals (such as from Earth to Asgard).

Enjoy an Overnight Adventure under the Sky

Night view of the super moon at Bryce Canyon
Tim Murphy / Shutterstock.com

Who would not enjoy spending a whole night under beautiful open skies?

Bryce Canyon was recognized as an International Dark Sky Park in 2019, which makes spending a night in the park totally worth it.

The full moon hikes are a unique experience led by the rangers in the area.

These hikes will allow you to explore the canyon once the sun goes down.

Full Moon at Bryce Canyon
RodClementPhotography / Shutterstock.com

Completely overshadowed by the unbelievable beauty of hoodoos in the charming moonlight, this experience is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

To ensure maximum comfort, do not forget to bring your warm jacket, most comfortable shoes, and a warm heart for welcoming adventures.

Embark on a Snowshoe Hike During the Winter Season

Bryce Canyon Park during winter
ASGARALY LOULOUA / Shutterstock.com

Bryce Canyon National Park is equally beautiful and spectacular during the winter season.

Even better, the park is less crowded and busy during this season.

Peopple hiking on snow at Bryce Canyon National Park
Klesika / Shutterstock.com

During the winter season, you can also spot freshly dusted snow.

It is perfect for ranger-led snowshoe hikes, which are organized without any additional costs.

People walking on the snow at Bryce Canyon National Park
nodrama_llama / Shutterstock.com

The snowshoes and other facilities are supplied by the park, and all you have to do is enjoy this wonderland covered with beautiful hoodoos.

Book a Stay at a Beautiful Lodges in Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon Lodge
Michael Gordon / Shutterstock.com

The accommodations at Bryce Canyon National Park are equally beautiful and luxurious.

If you are planning to spend a few nights or stay over the weekend, it is always advisable to reserve a private cabin or a hotel room.

Bryce Canyon Resort
Kristi Blokhin / Shutterstock.com

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is located only a short walk from the amphitheater and is extremely charming.

Have a Fun and Educational Experience at the Bryce Canyon Geology Festival

If you are interested in geology and rock formations, visiting the canyon during the Bryce Canyon Geology Festival could be the cherry on top of all the experiences you'll have on your trip.

Also known as the GeoFest, this annual festival features various activities like guided treks and hikes, geology programs, bus tours, lectures by guest speakers, rock exhibitions, and group activities.

A very educational and enjoyable experience, the festival can also be attended by people who are not so much into geology, as it is always interesting to learn more about the history of the formation of hoodoos.

Enjoy Your Choice of Physical Activities as You Explore Bryce Canyon's Every Corner

Cycling in Bryce Canyon
Sara Danielle / Shutterstock.com

Bryce Canyon is an extremely adventurous area that offers not only natural sightings but also other ways of exploring the place.

The trails in the park are perfect for various activities, such as roller-skating, longboarding, cycling, jogging, and more.

Most of the trails are pet-friendly and offer some really beautiful scenery.

These physical activities not only allow you to explore all the park's nooks and crannies, but they also allow you to keep yourself fit and fine even while you are on vacation.

The best part is that these activities never feel like a burden when the place is as beautiful as Bryce Canyon.

Go Camping at North Campground

By now, you know that the skies in Bryce Canyon Park are unbelievably beautiful.

Another way of enjoying and making the most out of these beautiful skies is to go for a camping trip at North Campground.

This campground is an excellent place for an extended stay.

The place is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

You can enjoy camping in both RVs and tents.

The campground also has seasonal features, such as firewood sales, camp stores, and more.

A perfect place to bid farewell to regular stays during vacations, North Campground could become your favorite camping location.

Final Thoughts

Bryce National Park is a stunning wonderland of geological formations, forests, and wildlife.

There are so many different things to do in the park, from hiking to biking to fishing and more, that everyone can enjoy.

The views are simply amazing, and there's nothing quite like spending time in this special place.