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.
Thor’s Hammer can be spotted standing alone on the northern edge of this magnificent viewpoint.
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.
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)
The natural arch is just past Mile 12. The arch was formed through erosion.
Thor’s Hammer is accessed by taking the Navajo Loop Trail.
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.
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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