As the smallest National Park in Utah, Bryce Canyon provides a challenge for visitors looking to escape the crowds, but with just a little planning, this park’s brilliant hikes, fantastic vistas, and forests of hoodoos can become the quiet refuge we’re all looking for.
Things to Do
The Park Shuttle: Use It As Much As Possible
An estimated four times as many cars enter the park each day as there are available parking spaces. Arrive before 830am for easy and convenient parking, then leave your car where it is until evening.
Photo Credit: NPS
Peak Alternative: Rainbow Point & Bristlecone Pine Loop
The lone exception to the “Never Drive Anywhere” rule would be a trip out to Rainbow Point.
Day Hike Recommendation: Fairyland Loop Trail (8.0 mi)
Uncrowded, spectacular, and horseless, Fairyland Loop is the best trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.
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All Camping is First-Come, First Serve
Both car camping campgrounds in the park fill around noon. The nearest reservable campsite on Recreation.gov is Pine Lake in Dixie National Forest, 30 minutes away by car.
Mather's One-Day Itinerary
These times are based on summer daylight hours, typical temperatures, and crowd sizes.
700a: Wake Up
800a: Arrive Park Gate
815a: Park @ Sunrise Point (near the General Store)
830a-130p: Fairyland Loop Trail
130-230p: Lunch and Recover
230-330p: Shuttle to Visitor Center for Passport Stamp and Junior Ranger Books
330-4p: Shuttle to Bryce Point
4-6p: Walk Rim Trail back to your car at Sunrise Point. Enjoy ALL the Main Amphitheatre vistas along the way.
6-730p: Dinner at North Campground Picnic Area
730-9p: Enjoy sunset along Rim Trail or at Sunrise Point.
930p: Pass Out