Bryce Canyon National Park is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to experience the wonder and beauty of the American Southwest. The park’s stunning terrain, formed by wind, water, and snow, creates a red-rock wonderland that draws hikers, sightseers, and rock climbers from all over the world. In this travel guide, we’ll take a look at what you can see, do, and eat near Bryce Canyon National Park.
Things to See in Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon is full of natural marvels that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Discover Panoramic Views at Inspiration Point
See a spectacular panorama of the Bryce Amphitheater, filled with a collection of crimson-colored hoodoos, and views that stretch for miles. Inspiration Point Lookout is an ideal spot for photography and soaking in the park’s dramatic landscape.
Take Epic Photos at Sunrise Point
Sweeping canyon views come alive with color at Sunrise Point. Capture photos of pink and orange sandstone cliffs and spires illuminated by the sun’s warm glow at the start of each day.
See Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge is one of several natural arches in Bryce Canyon and is a breathtaking sight. The 85-foot arch carved in sandstone over millions of years is a window to the Ponderosa Pine forest below. There’s a small parking lot for viewing the Natural Bridge 12-miles from the Visitor Center.
Gaze at a Star-Filled Sky
Bryce Canyon National Park boasts some of the darkest skies in the U.S. The glittering stars, planets, and constellations create a mesmerizing display. On a moonless night, you might spot the Milky Way! The park offers ranger-led stargazing programs and unique opportunities to view the night sky.
Things to Do in Bryce Canyon National Park
In addition to sightseeing, Bryce Canyon offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure.
Walk the Rim Trail
This 5.5-mile easy, paved trail follows the edge of the Bryce Amphitheater. It’s one of the best trails in Bryce Canyon for incredible views of one of the park’s most impressive features.
Check out the Hoodoos at Navajo Loop Trail
This 1.5-mile moderate loop trail leads into the heart of the Bryce Amphitheater, where you can get up close and personal with the park’s iconic hoodoos. The route features steep switchbacks and can be challenging in some places, but the views are well worth it.
Go Canyoneering with Under Canvas Adventures
For a more adventurous way to experience the park’s terrain, consider a canyoneering excursion with Under Canvas Adventures. You’ll explore narrow slot canyons, rappel down rock faces, and navigate through water-filled chutes, all under the guidance of experienced guides.
Hike the Fairyland Loop Trail
This strenuous 8-mile loop trail takes you through some of the park’s most spectacular landscapes, including the Tower Bridge rock formation and the Chinese Wall.
Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail
The 5.5-mile loop trail begins at Bryce Point and descends to the canyon floor for views of towering cliffs, plenty of hoodoos, and pine forests.
Where to Eat & Drink in Bryce Canyon
If you’re staying at Under Canvas Bryce Canyon, you’ll have access to an on-site restaurant that serves up delicious meals made with locally sourced ingredients. However, if you’re looking for places to eat in Bryce Canyon, here are a few places to check out:
Restaurants Inside Bryce Canyon National Park
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Dining Room
Dine on classic American cuisine with stunning views of Bryce Canyon in a rustic yet elegant setting.
The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Valhalla Pizzeria & Coffee Shop
Also located inside the Lodge at Bryce Canyon, Valhalla Pizzeria serves up wood-fired pizzas, salads, and sandwiches with beer, wine, and coffee drinks.
The General Store
For quick grab-and-go items, including sandwiches, snacks, and beverages, check out the General Store.
Restaurants Outside of Bryce Canyon National Park
If you’re looking for additional dining options outside the park, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in nearby towns like Bryce Canyon City, Tropic, and Hatch.
Stone Hearth Grill
Feast your eyes on views of Bryce National Park in a casual fine dining atmosphere in Tropic.
Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill
Enjoy a hearty and delicious BBQ dinner and a show with live country music in Bryce Canyon City.
Savor southern-style BBQ and classic sides at this counter-serve restaurant with outdoor picnic tables in Tropic—a perfect option for dog-friendly dining in Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant
Save room for a slice of homemade pie after a delicious home-style meal in a cozy, rustic setting in Hatch.
Your Bryce Canyon Glamping Vacation
Bryce Canyon National Park is a true gem of the American Southwest, offering stunning natural beauty and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Whether you’re hiking through the hoodoos, canyoneering through narrow slot canyons, or simply soaking in the scenery, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And if you’re looking for a luxurious and unique way to experience the park, be sure to check out Under Canvas Bryce Canyon. With its comfortable tent accommodations, on-site amenities, and range of activities, it’s the perfect base camp for your high-alpine desert adventure.