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Bryce Canyon National Park – Scenic Drive
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Overview
Location

Bryce Canyon National Park

Sights

Large Hoodoos, Thick Forest, Expansive Views, Natural Bridge

Distance

38 Miles Roundtrip

Parking Lot Elevation

7800

Summit Elevation

9115

Elevation Gain/Loss

1315

Time Required

At least 3 hours at a leisurely pace

Pets

No

Fees

$25 Entrance Fee

Water Info

At Visitor Center

Best Season

Any

Trail Condition

Paved Highway, Paved Trails to lookouts

Restrooms

Visitor Center and each Trailhead

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Yes

Trail Map



Driving Directions



The Trail:

This National Park is really amazing and a must see. I enjoyed my time here immensely. We went in March so there was lots of snow from a recent storm and almost no people. It was gorgeous and peaceful and I really can’t wait to get back. I made the mistake of only spending one day here. I would advise at least two as the park is full of amazing hiking opportunities. This trek is for the driving and watching from above side of Bryce. There are 13 viewpoints with easy very short walks to amazing views. In pictures here they may start to look the same but trust me each one adds cool things and added a lot more hikes to my bucket list. I apologize a lot of my pictures here are not the best since I did the drive in the evening. The scenic part starts before the park on highway 12 where you will pass through two very famous arches.

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The signs pointing to the park are impossible to miss and you will soon be at the park.

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There is a very large and pretty visitor center with all kinds of info for the park.

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I was amazed how thick the forest is for most of the drive. It is very beautiful.

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Right after the visitor center is the turn off for the first viewpoint. Sunrise point is the favorite for a lot of visitors.

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Next is sunset point.

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Next up is Inspiration Point.

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Bryce Point was probably my favorite and is the last view of the main canyon.

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Farview Point

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Make sure and stop at each place. This is a great activity for families and kids and there were birds everywhere to see. Make sure your kids don’t get too close to the edges though. Next up is Natural Bridge and it was really cool and would be a great spot to take pictures in better lighting.

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Agua Canyon is a popular trailhead.

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Ponderosa Point was another of my favorites.

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Black Birch Canyon is almost at the top.

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Finally at the very top above 9000 Feet is Rainbow Point. There are amazing views here and several trailheads. This is where the Bristle Cone Trail is. I was disappointed that we had way to much snow to do that hike since they are my favorite trees.

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The Return:

This is an out and back road and on the way home we were pleasured with a really nice sunset.

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Personal Thoughts:

Bryce was a really amazing and peaceful place that normally doesn’t get as crowed as other Utah National Parks. It is also high enough in elevation to be cooler in the summer than the other parks. I plan on coming back many times as there is plenty to do and amazing views everywhere. I highly recommend everyone make a visit here!

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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