Bryce Canyon National Park

Hoodoo Amphitheater from Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon Amphitheater from Inspiration Point. Photo: Depositphotos

Explore Bryce Canyon National Park’s famous red rock spires and horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters.

Bryce Canyon transcends 2,000 feet of elevation, and therefore exists in three distinct climatic zones: spruce/fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest, and Pinyon Pine/juniper forest.

Maximize your experience at Bryce Canyon National Park by driving to Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce viewpoints. These are all spectacular overlooks of the park’s red hoodoos shooting up against evergreen forests in the background. Depending on the time of day, and the angle and light of the sun, the hoodoos and mysterious rock formations often take on unusual patterns and shapes, and some think, imaginary faces.

For more inspiration, lace up your hiking boots or other sturdy shoes and explore a trail. There is something for everyone at Bryce Canyon. Our favorite easy hikes include Bristlecone Loop Trail and Queens Garden Trail. Hat Shop is our favorite moderate hike. For more physically fit hikers looking for a strenuous adventure, do the 5.5-mile vertically challenging Peek-A-Boo Loop or the 7.9 Fairyland Loop rated “difficult” by the park service.