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Discover the magic of Bryce Canyon National Park, home to the greatest number of hoodoos on Earth.


Over two million visitors come to experience the otherworldly magic of Bryce Canyon National Park each year. However long your visit, the information on this page will help you plan like a park ranger and make the most of your time.

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A Typical Summer Visit in 1-3 Hours

A Typical Summer Visit in 1-3 Hours

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A Typical Summer Visit in 4+ Hours

A Typical Summer Visit in 4+ Hours

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Operating Hours & Seasons

Find Visitor Center hours and seasonal information here.

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Fees & Passes

Learn about entrance and campground fees or buy a digital pass.

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Directions & Transportation

Getting to Bryce Canyon and transportation options within the park.

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From easy walks to strenuous hikes, find the perfect activity for you.

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Things to Do

From hiking to stargazing there is something for everyone at Bryce Canyon.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Hiking questions? Shuttle Questions? What's a Hoodoo? Find answers to our most commonly asked questions here.

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What to See

There's no shortage of beautiful places to see in Bryce Canyon.

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Permits & Reservations

You don't need a reservation to enter the park but information on other permits and reservations can be found here.

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A Typical Winter Visit in 1-3 Hours

A shorter visit should focus on the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater along the first 3 miles of the park. Enjoy an easy or moderate hike.

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A Typical Winter Visit in 4+ Hours

After enjoying the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, visit the Southern Scenic Drive, enjoy longer hikes and take in a ranger program.

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Backcountry Hiking & Camping

Learn more about hiking and camping in Bryce Canyon's backcountry.

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Seasonal weather information to help you plan your visit.

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Current Conditions

Check for alerts and current conditions in the park.

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Rules & Regulations

Rules and regulations are in place to protect visitors and resources. Please do your part to protect your park.

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Be aware of these safety precautions to ensure an enjoyable trip.

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Learn about wheelchair accessibility and how to plan an accessible visit to Bryce Canyon National Park.


The Highlights of a Visit

Bryce Canyon is not a single canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters or bowls, carved into the edge of a high plateau. The most famous of these is the Bryce Amphitheater, which is filled with irregularly eroded spires of rocks called hoodoos. Perhaps every visitor to the park will spend at least some time marvelling at its four main viewpoints, all found within the first few miles of the park: Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point. Between April and October a shuttle service is operated in this area of the park to reduce congestion.

Other viewpoints are found all along the park's 18-mile main road which travels from the park's only entrance in the north along the plateau rim to its highest elevations in the south (over 9,000 ft / 2,743 m). Hiking trails explore the forests of the plateau, connect between viewpoints along the rim of the Bryce Amphitheater, and wander through the hoodoos below.

Deepen your understanding of the park by attending a ranger program, whether it be a daily geology talk, rim walk, evening program, astronomy program, or full moon hike. Be sure to ask about our Jr. Ranger Program at the visitor information desk. Concessioner-provided horseback rides are another way to experience Bryce Canyon during the summer season. There are activities for everyone!

Bryce Canyon offers two campground sites (one in winter) and lodging is available at the Bryce Canyon Lodge during the summer season. During winter, hotel rooms are available in the park at the Sunset Hotel.

Explore the park map to begin familiarizing yourself with the layout of this special place.

Last updated: May 3, 2024

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Mailing Address:

P.O Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764


435 834-5322
Phones are answered and messages returned as soon as possible as staffing allows.

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