Discover the world’s largest collection of hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. Here is a list of the most popular viewpoints and tips for visiting the park.

Bryce Canyon’s scenic drive is 38 miles round-trip and will take about 4 hours including stops. There are 13 viewpoints to enjoy along the route. If you plan to drive instead of taking the shuttle, arrive early in the day, before the park is congested and parking areas are at full capacity. Taking the free shuttle, departing every 15 minutes, helps alleviate delays and offers stops at the most popular viewpoints.

Popular viewpoints at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Point Amphitheatre

This wide cavern is one of the most popular viewpoints. The immense display of limestone hoodoos is probably the most photographed spot in the entire park. This spot offers incredible photo opportunities at sunrise and sunset. Here you will find some of the larger, sturdier hoodoos, that look as if cement was poured on top of them. This coating protects the weaker limestone beneath from eroding and has been naturally produced by dolomite, a magnesium rich limestone.

Travel to Bryce Canyon to discover The largest hoodoo collection in the world. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Travel to Bryce Canyon to discover The largest hoodoo collection in the world. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Sunset Point

Thor’s Hammer can be spotted standing alone on the northern edge of this magnificent viewpoint.

Sunrise Point

This vista point allows access to the Queen’s Trail and has views of the tilted rock formation ‘Sinking Ship’ on the mesa to the northeast.

Inspiration Point 

A three-level viewing area of the spectacular hoodoos is offered here, but remember there is no trail access at this point. Do not wander off the designated pathways and remain behind the railings. The sheer drops are extremely slippery and very dangerous.

Rainbow and Yovimpa Points

The stop at Mile 18 provides some of the longest continuous views available in North America. One a clear day, you can see the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This viewpoint provides access to the Bristlecone Loop trail. (see below)

Natural Bridge

The natural arch is just past Mile 12. The arch was formed through erosion.

Natural Bridge is an arch - Travel to Bryce Canyon to discover the largest hoodoo collection in the world. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

Natural Bridge is an arch. Travel to Bryce Canyon to discover the largest hoodoo collection in the world. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Thor’s Hammer is accessed by taking the Navajo Loop Trail.

Travel to Bryce Canyon to discover The largest hoodoo collection in the world. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

Travel to Bryce Canyon to discover the largest hoodoo collection in the world. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Wall Street is the only slot canyon found in the park and can be seen on the Navajo Loop Trail.

Queen Victoria is a rock formation found on the Queen’s Garden Trail.

Wildlife viewing in Bryce Canyon National Park

Do not feed the animals or get close to them. Rodents can bite and pass deadly viruses like the Bubonic Plague and Hantavirus on to humans. Keep a lookout for Utah Prairie Dogs, a rare species only found in Utah southwest region. In the summer, watch for Elk and Mule Deer grazing in the forested areas.

Travel to Bryce Canyon to discover The largest hoodoo collection in the world.

Travel to Bryce Canyon to discover the largest hoodoo collection in the world. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Plan your visit to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Check the current weather conditions. Some areas of the park close in winter. Be sure to carry plenty of water and wear appropriate footwear with good traction and support if you plan to hike.

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