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5 Cool Things to Do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is an incredible place to visit in the U.S. From insane rock formations to incredible sunrises, Bryce Canyon has a little bit of everything. Here are some of the coolest things you can do in Bryce Canyon National Park.

5. Hike the Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Trail

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This combination trail is one of the most iconic and rewarding hikes in the park. It takes you down into the heart of the Bryce Amphitheater into the hoodoos. The Queens Garden Trail is only 1.8 miles out and back and has very little elevation gain, so it’s great for an easy, nature-filled hike. Starting at Sunrise Point, combine the Navajo Loop Trail with the Queens Garden Trail for a 3.1-mile trip. Wear lots of sunscreen if you start in the morning, because it gets hot fast. Adding the Navajo Loop Trail to your trek means you get to see the Navajo Loop Switchbacks—one of the most beautiful sights in the park. Turn right at the first opportunity from the trailhead to make sure you get to see the switchbacks.

The Navajo Loop trail isn’t complete without a stop at Wall Street at the end of the switchbacks. Experience gorgeous colors and lights dancing on the canyon walls and remember to go early to beat the crowds.

4. Watch the Sunrise at Sunrise Point or Inspiration Point

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Sunrise Point is probably the most popular place to see the sun peek out from behind the horizon, but why not try the sunrise at Inspiration Point for fewer crowds? No matter where you go, be sure to see at least one sunrise in Bryce Canyon on your trip, because it’s unforgettable. You’ll see the sun illuminate the hoodoos in soft hues of orange and pink, and it’s the perfect way to start your day. From Inspiration Point, you can see the grand amphitheater, and at Sunrise Point, you’ll see Thor’s Hammer—both are really worth a visit at sunrise. Don’t forget a jacket, because the desert gets cold in the early hours of the day.

3. Stargazing at Night

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Bryce Canyon is renowned for its incredible stargazing opportunities. The astronomy programs offered at Bryce Point are a perfect combination of science and nature. Head out on a clear, moonless night to see the most stars possible. The Astronomy & Night Sky Programs are great because you get a tour of what stars and planets you are seeing. The night sky at Bryce is so dark that thousands of stars are visible, and you can even see the Milky Way from horizon to horizon. With so little light pollution, it’s one of the best night skies you may ever see in your life.

2. Scenic Drive 

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The Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive is a perfect option if you want to relax with some air conditioning, or it’s a great way to enjoy gorgeous views if you have limited mobility. Drive down Bryce Canyon Road and go the entire 18 miles, if you want. The road is extremely high elevation and goes up to 7,500 feet. There are a lot of photo ops, so make sure to give yourself enough time to enjoy the drive, at least 1-2 hours. It’s a great way to enjoy the park if you only have limited time there.

1. Horseback Riding Through the Hoodoos

One of the most unique and memorable experiences you can have in Bryce Canyon is to take a horseback ride through the incredible hoodoos. Hoodoos are towering columns of sandstone rock. Guided horseback rides range from $75-100, but the experience is unforgettable and worth the money. The rides are 2-3 hours, depending on what time of day you go, and rides are offered from April to October. 

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