Bryce Canyon National Park is Open for the 2020-2021 Winter Season

Bryce Canyon National Park News Release


November 18, 2020

For Immediate Release

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Winter Operations at Bryce Canyon National Park

Access, Services, and Events for the 2020-2021 Winter Season


Bryce, UT – The first signs of winter have arrived here at 8,000 feet. As days grow shorter, snowstorms blanket the hoodoos, and temperatures fall below freezing, park and concessionaire operations have begun making seasonal changes.


Currently the Visitor Center and Bookstore is operating under its winter hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with maximum capacity limits to promote social distancing indoors. Thursday, November 26th and Friday, December 25th are the only days the park’s Visitor Center and Bookstore will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Indoor services this winter include the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association Bookstore, park museum, and restrooms. Ranger programs are continuing with daily geology talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will include ranger-led snowshoe hikes once snow levels increase.


North Campground Loop A remains open for first-come, first-served camping through the winter season with all other loops closed. Sunset Campground and the North Campground dump station are now closed until Spring 2021. Visit and click “Plan Your Winter Visit” for more information on winter activities and operations.


Concessions operations have begun to wind down for the year as well. Lodging within the park will be available at the Sunset Hotel until January 3rd, 2021, while the Lodge at Bryce Canyon, Western Cabins, Sunrise Hotel, and the General Store near Sunrise Point are all closed for the season. Lodging within the park will resume in late spring of 2021. For all park lodging rates and availability visit or call 877-386-4383. Horse and mule rides provided by Canyon Trail Rides ( have also ended for the year but will resume May 1, 2021, with potential earlier dates, weather and trail conditions permitting. For additional lodging and activities in the nearby area, visit


Annual winter events currently scheduled include the 2020 Christmas Bird Count, which will take place on Saturday, December 19th at 8 a.m. Nature lovers and birders of all levels of experience are invited to participate. This year’s event will be modified to occur entirely outdoors.  Those who volunteer will receive free park admission. Those interested should contact Ranger Peter Densmore at [email protected] or by phone at 435-834-4744. Early next year, the popular Bryce Canyon Winter Festival is currently scheduled for February 13th through the 15th and will offer events both within the park and in nearby Bryce Canyon City.


Throughout the winter the park’s main road will remain open but will be subject to temporary closures just past the Bryce Amphitheater at milepost 3 for snow removal. The Fairyland Point and Paria View roads are now closed to vehicular traffic for cross-country skiers and snowshoeing.  Cross-country skiing is permitted above the canyon rim; however no skiing, snowboarding or other sliding is allowed below the rim.  Hikers are encouraged to prepare by dressing warmly and hiking with snowshoes or footwear traction devices as well as hiking poles. Those planning hikes below the rim are encouraged to check with the Visitor Center for weather updates and trail conditions.


As the park continues to provide recreational access and services, visitors are asked to observe all Center for Disease Control and Utah state public health guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including maintaining social distancing, complying with state and local mandates, and following Leave No Trace principles. Visitors should be aware that on November 8, 2020, Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued a state of emergency declaring that one must wear a mask in public and when within six feet of anyone they don’t live with. This mandate is expected to be extended for the foreseeable future. More information on Utah state guidelines can be found by visiting


Additional information can be obtained at or by calling the park’s information line at (435) 834-5322.




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Celebrate Fall at Bryce Canyon National Park

BRYCE, UT—October brings cooler temperatures, outstanding colors, and changing services to Bryce Canyon National Park. Here are the construction projects, hours, and operations for park visitor services and concessions as the fall season begins.

The project to expand and improve parking within the Visitor Center parking lot is expected to be completed by mid-month. Beginning Sunday, October 6th, the park Visitor Center and Bookstore will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Visitor Center and Bookstore will transition to their winter hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 10th. Thursday, November 28th and Wednesday, December 25th are the only days that the park’s Visitor Center and Bookstore will not be open, in observance of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The park remains open year-round.

Sunset Campground has now reopened for first-come-first-serve camping, while North Campground is currently closed for paving. Once paving is completed, North Campground Loop A will reopen for the winter season. The North Campground dump station and Sunset Campground will close November 1st or earlier if overnight temperatures drop consistently below freezing.

The Bryce Canyon Shuttle is currently on its fall schedule, providing service beginning at 8:00 a.m. until the final outbound bus departs the Visitor Center leaving the park at 6:15 p.m. Shuttle service will continue in the park through Sunday, October 20th.

Concession lodging and food services will be available most of the fall and winter season at Bryce Canyon.  On Sunday, November 3 at 11:00 a.m., the Lodge at Bryce Canyon and the Sunrise Hotel unit will end their seasons. Both of these facilities will resume operations on Friday, March 27, 2020. Both Sunset Hotel and the General Store near Sunrise Point will end their season on January 2, 2020. While open, the General Store will provide limited breakfast, lunch, and early dinner options as well as restrooms, laundry, and public showers. Both the Sunset Hotel and General Store will re-open on March 6th, 2020.

By May 1st, 2020, all concession lodging, food, and beverage services will have resumed operation for the 2020 season, with the exception of Valhalla Pizzeria which will reopen May 22, 2020. Visit or call 877-386-4383 for all park lodging rates and availability.

The final day for horseback and mule rides operated by Canyon Trail Rides will be October 31st, unless weather dictates an earlier closing. Canyon Trail Rides will resume operations on May 1, 2020 or earlier if conditions permit.

We hope visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park will enjoy their fall experience.  Additional information can be obtained at or by calling the park’s information line at (435) 834-5322.



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New Years Eve Party

Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill

Monday, December 31, 2018

9:00PM- 12:30AM

Live DJ: Festival of Sounds

Prepay Prices: $4/person $15/Family

(Prepay at Ruby’s Inn or Bryce Canyon Grand hotel)

At the door: $5/ person $20/ Family

(No alcohol is allowed at the party)

The Cowboy Buffet and Steak Room will be open New Year’s Eve till 9:00 pm and will open at 8AM New Years Day!  Regular menu! Buffet all day!

The History of Bryce Canyon City

The city of Bryce Canyon is well known for Bryce Canyon National Park. However, there are many more amazing things to do and see in this city that make it the prefect vacation destination. Bryce Canyon is family-friendly, full of unique experiences, and is a dream for those who love the outdoors.

There are many things that make Bryce Canyon such a special place to visit. The history and people of the land, the places to stay, dine, and explore, as well as the many excursions to enjoy while in the area all combine to make a stay in Bryce Canyon one of the most action-packed and thrilling adventures anyone could ask for.

The People and History of Bryce Canyon City

Without the people who have settled, grown, and protected this land, Bryce Canyon would not be what it is today. Whether talking about the natives who first used this land or the Europeans who called it home, the people and history of Bryce Canyon have a very interesting story to tell.

Native Americans
Across the west, there were many groups of Native Americans who traveled across the landscape. These Native people gathered resources, lived off the land, and scoured for places to settle and call home. The two groups who left archeological evidence in Bryce Canyon, the Anasazi and the Paiute, are a big part of what has made Bryce the beautiful place it is today.

The Anasazi tribe is the first group of Native Americans to leave evidence of their presence in the Bryce Canyon area. It is unlikely that this group stayed in Bryce for long, due to the harsh winters, but they used the land and passed through Bryce several thousand years ago.

Once the Anasazi people passed through, the Paiute moved in. They used what is now Bryce Canyon for hunting, gathering, and they even cultivated the land. They likely stayed in the area longer than the Anasazi, braving the cold and harsh winter. Many Native Paiute Indians still live in many areas of Utah and other western states.

European Americans
As with most places across the United States, settlers slowly began to trickle into southern Utah. These settlers brought only their families and what they could carry to try and find a place to call home and start a better life for themselves.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder-day Saints
Also called Mormons, these pioneers were responsible for settling the Bryce area in the 1850s. The Mormons are responsible for the settlement of most of Utah. They fled to Utah after settlements in the Midwest were attacked and they eventually found what is now the state of Utah to be their haven.

Ebenezer Bryce
In 1874, a homesteader named Ebenezer Bryce called this area of land his home. Though Ebenezer Bryce lived in many areas of Utah, his reputation and many contributions as a homesteader in the Bryce area earned him the right to have his name used for the area.

Bryce Canyon City Today

While much of the natural landscape of Bryce Canyon remains untouched, especially within Bryce Canyon National Park, the area has been developed to be the perfect destination for travelers. Within the city limits, there are many places to stay, restaurants to enjoy, and activities to take part in. These terrific businesses allow visitors to get the best of both worlds while staying in Bryce Canyon City, which are the beauty of nature and the convenience of a big city.

This is one aspect of a vacation that can make or break the entire experience. Guests should feel comfortable wherever they choose to stay, be it a fancy hotel or a tent on a campsite. With Bryce’s many lodging options, every traveler can find the perfect place to call home during their trip.

Ruby’s Inn
For an incredible room and much more, Ruby’s Inn is a great lodging option. They have rooms to accommodate anywhere from two guests to two whole families. Their rooms include cable television, high-speed internet, a coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, and much more.

Ruby’s Inn also has a campground that can accommodate tents and RVs of all sizes.
In addition to lodging, Ruby’s Inn has shopping, dining, and other fun activities on site. This means guests can have a fun filled day without leaving the Ruby’s Inn area.

Bryce View Lodge
The spacious rooms and comfortable beds at Bryce View Lodge will make visitors feel as though they never left home. Included in each room are various amenities, such as WIFI and cable television. There is also a nearby outdoor pool to cool off and a shuttle to the local airport.

Bryce Canyon Pines
When staying at Bryce Canyon Pines, guests can choose from rooms, cottages, or campsites. They have something for every traveler’s needs. There is also a restaurant on site and an outdoor pool and hot tub. Each room includes free WIFI, kitchen amenities, and cable television.

Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
This updated and modern hotel includes luxurious suites, double queens, or king bed rooms. This Best Western provides all the amenities travelers expect to receive. Those who stay here give the hotel great reviews. There is a full breakfast buffet, exercise room, and a nearby restaurant for guest’s convenience. The outside area features a well-maintained pool, hot tub, and patio for the ultimate outdoor relaxation.

Bryce Canyon Resort
Guests can choose from rooms or cabins while staying at Bryce Canyon Resort. This lodging option is pet-friendly, so visitors won’t have to leave their furry friends out of the excitement. This resort provides basic rooms for a comfortable but inexpensive stay with the bonus of an indoor pool and a brand new outdoor pool. Guests should also be sure to visit the onsite restaurant for a delicious and convenient meal.


What’s a vacation without terrific food? There is nothing worse than getting to a destination only to find that the dining options are limited to takeout and fast food. This won’t be a problem in Bryce Canyon City since the city is home to some of the most delicious dining imaginable.

Cowboys Buffet and Steak Room
Fill up after a long day of outdoor adventures. This buffet and steak room’s best feature is their expansive buffet, though there is a menu to order from, as well. Included in the buffet are various meats, like steak and ribs, delicious and filling sides, like mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese, as well as desserts and even ice cream.

Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill
Guests will get so much more than a great meal at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill. They will be treated to dinner and a show. While eating delicious cowboy-style fare, diners will take in one of the various cowboy or country music shows on the barn and grill stage. There are four menu options to choose from, which include either steak, salmon, ribs, or chicken with sides. To finish the meal, guests will enjoy one of Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill’s tasty desserts.

Canyon Diner
This is the place to go for a quick bite of American classics like burgers and fries. Canyon Diner provides fast food style dining for travelers that want to get back to their adventure. This diner is located at the Best Western.

Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant
The food at Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant is rated number one in Bryce Canyon City. They provide down-home cooking in a warm atmosphere. Diners can choose from many options including steak, soups, sides, and their famous pie.

Foster’s Family Steak House
Travelers can stop into Foster’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner during their stay. They have traditional cowboy fare, like steak, ribs, and seafood in their lovely restaurant decorated with a western theme.


In between relaxing and eating, guest will want to fill their time with exciting adventures. Getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of Bryce is the number one thing visitors choose to do. However, there are plenty of other exciting things to do that don’t involve strenuous outdoor activity. When it comes to things to do, Bryce Canyon City hits the mark every time.

Bryce Canyon National Park
The biggest reason visitors come to Bryce Canyon City is to enjoy the beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park. There is so much to do and see within the park limits. Some of the most popular activities guests enjoy are hiking and enjoying the scenic overlooks and views.

Outdoor Adventures
Outside of the park, guests can enjoy many thrilling adventures that they may not be able to experience otherwise. There are many companies surrounding Bryce Canyon which offer fun adventures like ATV riding, horseback riding, and aerial tours of the park and surrounding areas.

Old Bryce Town
In Old Bryce Town, which is a popular tourist destination, visitors will find unique shopping and businesses. This area is so much fun to explore and is a great way to take a break from all the outdoor action.

Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo
Staying in Bryce will inspire guests to bring out their inner cowboy. There is no better way to do that, and get a feel for the Wild West, than with Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo. The rodeo features cowboy shows and competitions that are fun for the whole family. Guests can even get in on the action and try to ride a bucking bronco or bull. This exciting rodeo is a great way to spend an evening while in Bryce Canyon City.

A Deep History and Bright Future in Bryce Canyon City

Both historically and presently Bryce Canyon is a terrific place to explore. The area has grown immensely to accommodate travelers and provide an exciting experience for even the worldliest of people. Guests can enjoy the outdoors, stay in a comfortable, modern room, and dine on fine foods during their stay. Bryce Canyon City is one of the most impressive cities in all of Utah and will give travelers a vacation they will never forget.

The Flavors of Bryce Canyon

Of the many wonderful things to enjoy while visiting Bryce Canyon, dining is not one that is often spoken about. Visitors rave about the scenic views and exciting activities, but they often fail to mention that Bryce Canyon has some of the most unique and delicious dining experiences available.

Bryce Canyon is home to many different restaurants, most of which are locally owned and operated. These restaurants range from low-key pizza shops to over the top dinner and shows. While every restaurant is different, they all have a few things in common. Every place to dine in Bryce Canyon offers delicious food, a great atmosphere, and friendly, knowledgeable employees. No matter which restaurant is chosen, the experience is sure to be a wonderful one.

Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill

Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill is unlike any other restaurant in the Bryce Canyon area. Named after Bryce Canyon’s namesake, Ebenezer Bryce, Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill offers a unique, exciting way to dine. Guests will walk into a beautiful barn-style restaurant, filled with traditional western décor. The unique structure and beautiful decorations lend themselves to the amazing dining experience that awaits. The spacious restaurant seats many guests comfortably and is happy to boast a kid-friendly atmosphere. Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill is also handicap accessible, so everyone in the family can join in on the fun. This all-inclusive environment is the perfect place to fill up while in Bryce Canyon.

Ebenezer’s offers so much more than just food to enjoy. Each dinner also includes an exciting show for guests. Diners can enjoy singing, dancing, and roping skill shows throughout the season at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill. The most popular forms of entertainment at Ebenezer’s are talented musicians, who place family-friendly country tunes, amazing dancing from skilled country-style dancers, and roping skill shows put on by cowboys and cowgirls of Bryce Canyon. The dinner and show at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill is sure to be a winning combination.

Popular Menu Items

For this dinner and a show, guests can choose from multiple entrée options, including cowboy chicken, flat iron steak, barbeque plate, and baked salmon dinner. These entrees come with cowboy beans, mashed potatoes, creamy coleslaw, and a biscuit. These meals also include dessert and soft drink, making this filling dinner an excellent value.

Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant

The best thing to find while traveling in an unfamiliar place is food that tastes just like it was made at home. That is exactly what can be found at Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant. Their home-style meals and friendly atmosphere make this diner one of the best places to enjoy a meal in the Bryce Canyon area. In fact, Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant was ranked as the best diner near Bryce Canyon.

While enjoying delicious food at Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant, guests can also immerse themselves in a bit of Bryce Canyon history. The location of Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant has stood for many years since being built in the 1930s. It began as a local hangout spot, complete with a large dance floor. Though Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant no longer hosts dancing events, the old dance floor remains. Throughout the restaurant, guests can pour over pictures from this era of ‘The Pines,’ as the locals call it, which hang on the walls of the restaurant. The extra dose of local history thrown in with an incredible meal makes dining at Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant a unique and exciting experience.

Popular Menu Items

Breakfast at Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant has everyone’s favorites. Eggs, pancakes, and other breakfast treats share the menu with their huge “grand slam” breakfast, which has eggs, pancakes or French toast, hash browns, toast, and a choice of breakfast meats.

Lunches range from simple salads and sandwiches to interesting options like the Butch Cassidy Elk Burger. Guests can also purchase a boxed lunch to go, which will save them time and get them back into nature.

T-Bone steaks, halibut, and delicious burgers share the dinner menu at Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant. They also have a variety of sandwiches and salads for lighter eating. The extensive menu at Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant means that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Cowboy’s Buffet and Steak Room

The Cowboy’s Buffet and Steak Room is a delicious dining option in Bryce Canyon, located in the main lodge at the Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn. This buffet-style restaurant is open year-round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The décor of this restaurant is western themed, which allows guests to feel surrounded by the traditional wild west. The restaurant is spacious and leaves plenty of room for guests. Cowboy’s Buffet and Steak Room is family friendly, as well, with special pricing for younger guests. Those visiting Bryce Canyon will find a delicious meal for everyone in their group at Cowboy’s Buffet and Steak Room.

As the name suggests, there is an extensive buffet available, with many different cuisines to choose from. Also, there are many cuts of meat available which can be cooked to the diner’s specifications. In addition to the buffet and steaks, Cowboy’s Buffet and Steak Room has individual entrees which can be purchased. This is perfect for those who don’t enjoy filling up with buffets and people with food restrictions, such as vegetarians. The inviting atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious meal options make Cowboy’s Buffet and Steak Room a terrific place to enjoy a meal after a busy day.

Popular Menu Items

For breakfast, guests can choose from an extensive seasonal buffet full of all the breakfast favorites imaginable or individual plates with items like eggs, omelets, pancakes, and more. The breakfast at Cowboy’s Buffet and Steak Room is filling enough to keep adventurers fueled and ready for all their daily activities.

There is also a lunch buffet available with delicious items like steaks, chicken, and many incredible sides. For those who prefer a single plate, there are menu items such as chicken wraps, juicy burgers, and ribeye steaks. The all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar is a perfect option for those who prefer lighter fare.

The dinner buffet includes a huge variety of meats, sides, soups, and salads. Individual dinners, such as prime rib, rocky mountain rainbow trout, and Rustler’s Ribs, are very popular. These meals are cooked to perfection to provide an unbelievably delicious dining experience.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Restaurant

For a unique and enjoyable dining experience, visitors to Bryce Canyon should be sure to visit The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Restaurant. This restaurant is unique in that it is a collaboration with the National Park Service to spread their “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” initiative. The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the busiest months of the year, from late March to early November, and closes for the rest of the year. Those in Bryce during their open season can enjoy a healthy, delicious, sustainable meal that has been crafted to be a perfect choice for those partaking in Bryce Canyon adventures.

This large restaurant has everything an outdoor enthusiast could dream of. Their meals are made in as healthy a way as possible, without the use of trans fats or processed items. The pork, chicken, and beef used are sourced regionally and with minimal use of hormones and antibiotics. The meats used are lean, which gives diners healthy proteins they need to complete exciting Bryce Canyon excursions. They have many items that are perfect for those with restricted diets, such as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. For a healthy meal that tastes amazing and is also nutritious, look no further than The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Restaurant.

Popular Menu Items

For breakfast at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Restaurant, there are many options on the menu. Some of the popular items include Fairyland French Toast, the Grand Staircase Breakfast Burrito, and Panguitch Pancakes. These items can be served with Fair Trade Organic coffee. There is also a breakfast buffet, perfect for those who can’t pick just one item from the extensive menu.

Lunch at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon Restaurant offers a wide variety of soups, stews, salads, sandwiches, and other filling entrees. Guests can enjoy Cowboy Pete’s Bison Stew, Canyon Classic Caesar Salad, and the Grand Canyon Club as they relax in the restaurant’s cozy atmosphere.

Dinner includes impressive options such as Prime Rib, Elk Chili, and many tempting vegetarian options. Visitors can enjoy their meal with an adult beverage of choice and finish off with a decadent dessert, like Crème Brulee.

The Canyon Diner

The Canyon Diner is a great place to grab a quick bite while in the Bryce Canyon area. This restaurant is conveniently located near Ruby’s Inn main lodge. Canyon Diner offers diner-style menu items with a home-style touch. This diner is open seasonally, from May to October, which are the busiest months of the year. During this time, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This means that travelers can fuel up before, during, and after their daily adventures.

The Canyon Diner is practically always busy thanks to their great food and convenience. This is a great place to grab a bite to eat before setting out for the day, while waiting for a shuttle, or before heading in for the night. Their food choices, which include everything from fast-food style meals to delicious slices of homemade pie, provide something for every visitor.

Popular Menu Items

Breakfast at The Canyon Diner has a classic menu, including eggs, pancakes, and omelets. Diners can get food to go or dine in. Add a coffee or a glass of juice to get the day off to the right start.

The Canyon Diner has the perfect options for a quick lunch. Those who would like to get back into the wilderness can stop for a quick pizza or grab something to go. They offer packaged lunches with sandwiches and sides, Piccadilly Pizzas, and traditional American fast food like burgers, a quarter pound hot dog, and steak sandwiches.

Dinner at The Canyon Diner offers many different options. The burgers, sandwiches, and salads are perfect for every visitor. To finish a meal, guests can order shakes and malts for a deliciously sweet treat.

Indulge in Bryce Canyon Dining

Travelers shouldn’t let the fact that Bryce Canyon isn’t known for its cuisine fool them. There are so many amazing places to dine in this small area. Each restaurant offers a different fare and experience that will leave a lasting memory for those who visit. After a long day of hiking, climbing, biking, and more, visitors will be grateful for the delicious food that will restore their energy and offer welcome comfort after a strenuous day.

The Best Views in Bryce Canyon

One of the best reasons to travel to Bryce Canyon is for the incredible views. This landscape is brimming with beautiful and unique sites. Around every corner, visitors can find an interesting natural feature that they would not be able to see anywhere else in the world. Many of these sites can be seen without a great deal of strenuous hiking, which is great news for those with mobility issues and for families with younger children. Whether travelers come to the area for the hoodoos, arches, amphitheaters, or one of the many other beautiful features of Bryce Canyon, they will leave the park with incredible memories of the gorgeous landscape, and hopefully a few pictures, as well.

The best, most efficient way to visit these incredible points is to follow the roadway that leads to the scenic viewpoints. This allows visitors to see the very best of Bryce Canyon National Park without taking days to do it. The trip to the following viewpoints takes most visitors only a few hours. This means they can see the best of Bryce and still have other exciting journeys in the same day. Guests can stay at each viewpoint as long as they like, taking in the views and allowing themselves to be engulfed in the beauty of nature.

Sunrise Point

This popular viewpoint in Bryce Canyon offers incredible views of the rock formations that Bryce is known for, which are hoodoos. These incredible structures are formed over millions of years due to erosion, freezing and thawing, and water movement. From Sunset Point, visitors can see Thor’s Hammer and The Silent City, some of Bryce’s most popular hoodoos. Visitors can also see Sinking Ship, an amazing rock formation set against Aquarius Plateau. Some other sites to look out for while gazing down from Sunrise Point are the Limber Pine, Fairyland Canyon, and the incredible reflection of the sun off the pink and red rock terrain.

One of the best things about Sunrise Point is the fact that it is quite easy to get to. From Bryce Canyon Lodge and the visitor center, getting to this scenic overlook is a short walk. With just a few minutes of light walking, guests will be peering over the edge of this amazing site in Bryce Canyon. For those who would like to get some better views, Sunrise Point is the trailhead for the popular Queen’s Garden and Fairyland Loop trails. Whether looking for an exciting adventure or just wanting to get an incredible view of Bryce Canyon National Park, Sunrise Point should not be missed.

Bryce Point

Looking down over Bryce Point gives visitors an unbeatable view of the Bryce amphitheater. While Bryce may be called a canyon, the large, gaping formation in the park is, in fact, an amphitheater. Within this amphitheater, there are countless rock formations to gaze at in wonder. Guests will notice the layers of rock, the resilient plant life, and the rocky terrain that make up this gorgeous landscape.

Bryce Point is one of the many scenic spots that the Bryce Canyon shuttle will stop at. This, or by car, is the easiest way to get to Bryce Point. There is no tough hiking required, so the trip to Bryce Point will be short, fun, and full of incredible views.

Paria View

For an incredible sunset view of some interesting rock formations, look no further than Paria View. This stunning viewpoint looks high over the floor of Bryce Canyon. The large hoodoo that rises from the base of the amphitheater bounces the sun’s rays back at visitors who choose to explore this view. This makes it the perfect place for photographers to visit during the “golden hour” of sunset.

For those who would like to get to Paria View from the road to take a view pictures, it is a relatively easy journey. This viewpoint can be found just two miles off the south road. It takes most visitors less than an hour to get to and from this photogenic area of Bryce.

Farview Point

This is a terrific overlook with incredible views. This overlook gets its name from the incredibly far distance visitors can see from the overlook area. Gazing out over this scenic area, guests will see a seemingly endless valley, hoodoos, slot canyons, and rocky ridges. The sun, no matter what time of day, bounces off the rock formations and across the landscape creating an unforgettable view.

It’s a short walk from the road to get to Farview Point. This makes it a great place to stop and explore after a long drive. Farview is also very close to Piracy Point, so when stopping at Farview it’s a great idea to take the short walk to Piracy Point for even more incredible views.

Piracy Point

This scenic viewpoint is often lumped in with Farview Point, but it truly deserves to be recognized on its own. Though many of the views are similar to Farview, there are many more incredible things to be seen from this overlook. The most impressive are two large rock formations that closely resemble battleships. It just takes a bit of imagination to see them sailing toward each other in the heat of battle. Along with these ships, there are various other rock formations and plant life that are a treat to see and photograph.

The number one reason to visit Piracy Point is that it is so close to Farview. For guests who are already at Farview Point, walking the short distance to Piracy Point is well worth the trip. Just a view minutes of walking along an easy path gives guests a whole new perspective on Bryce Canyon.

Natural Bridge

This amazing view makes nearly every list of things to see and do while in Bryce Canyon. Everything about this impressive formation makes it a point in Bryce Canyon National Park that should not be missed. Natural Bridge is a massive 85-foot structure that has been formed by erosion over millions of years. Guests can take incredible photographs of this terrific arch and can even get up close and personal with Natural Bridge for some unforgettable selfies.

Getting to Natural Bridge is not an arduous journey. There is a nearby parking lot where guests can start their short hike. From there, it is a short walk along the rocky but beautiful terrain to get to Natural Bridge. Guests will notice the stunning arch right away, making the anticipation of seeing this natural wonder nearly unbearable. Once guests arrive at Natural Bridge, they will want to have plenty of time to explore the arch and the surrounding area.

Rainbow Point

From staggering heights of 9,100 feet, visitors can peer over the edge of Rainbow Point and see an incredible array of rock formations and plant life. The rock formations vary in color based on their depth into the amphitheater. This allows visitors to see how different the rock layers are as the earth gets eroded further throughout the years. It is an incredible feeling to look down on this land and be a part of the history that goes along with it.

To get to Rainbow Point, it is a short walk along the terrain from parking the car. The best place to view Bryce from Rainbow Point is at the northern side, overlooking the southern rim of the amphitheater. The elevation thins the air greatly and reduces the oxygen giving visitors a unique feeling as they look at the landscape.

Fairyland Point

While all the scenic points in Bryce offer terrific views of hoodoos and rock formations, Fairyland Point may be the most unique and spectacular. From this point, visitors will see Fairyland Canyon, a narrow but breathtaking canyon in the amphitheater. From the top, guests can view parts of Fairyland Loop, which allows them to experience the trail’s beauty without having to make the difficult hike. Some other amazing views from this point are Sinking Ship, Aquarius Plateau, and Navajo Mountain. These views and more combine to make Fairyland Point an unforgettable experience.

Getting to Fairyland Point is quite simple. There is a parking area close to the point where guests can leave their car and take a short stroll to the most scenic part of the overlook. Fairyland Point is also the trailhead for Fairyland Loop, so it may be busy with hikers making their way onto the trail. The Fairyland Loop Trail should only be completed by prepared and experienced hikers, so visitors should not let the desire to see Fairyland Loop more closely lead them into a dangerous and strenuous hiking trip. The view from the point is magnificent on its own.

Take in the Views in Bryce Canyon National Park

The beauty that draws visitors from around the world to Bryce Canyon is an incredible thing to experience. Seeing the gorgeous landscape from one of these many overlooks and viewpoints gives guests a complete picture of why this land is so special. Whether driving through or staying a while, travelers should schedule in a bit of time to enjoy the beauty of Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon Trails and Hikes

There are many great reasons why people come to Bryce Canyon National Park. Visitors can bike, horseback ride, and take scenic tours through the area. However, of all the activities available in Bryce Canyon, hiking is by far the most popular.

Hiking is such a popular activity for many reasons. The difficulty of hikes varies greatly, meaning there is somewhere for every hiker, regardless of strength or experience, to explore. Also, there are many popular trails in Bryce Canyon. Each trail offers many different views and experiences. Another great thing about hiking is that it doesn’t require a large amount of gear, especially when taking shorter, easier hikes. Lastly, and perhaps one of the best things about hiking, is that it can be done any time of year. These four great features make hiking through Bryce Canyon one of the most exciting experiences anyone could have.

Difficulty of Hikes
Different trails will have different levels of difficulty. Also, combining a few different trails for a longer hike can result in a more difficult hiking experience. The good news is, hikes can range from very easy, much like walking down a sidewalk, to extremely difficult, with climbing and rappelling required. No matter what the experience level, every hiker can find the perfect trail in Bryce Canyon.

Easy hikes will provide a nice walk through scenic areas without any strenuous hiking or obstacles. An easy hike would be either a hike along a paved area or a hike along a flat, well-marked path. Easy hikes are great for beginners, families, and those who may have mobility issues. Most easy hikes are either small loops or short out and back trails. The availability of easier hikes in Bryce Canyon makes it the perfect place for all travelers.

A moderate hike will include some more strenuous activities, such as climbing, scrambling, or wading through water, but it will have none or very few technical obstacles, like rappelling or swimming. A moderate hike is great for more athletic travelers or those with hiking experience. A moderate hike through Bryce Canyon will provide incredible views, great exercise, and a sense of pride upon completion.

Strenuous hikes are hikes that should be reserved for very athletic and experienced hikers. These hikes will combine technical skills, endurance, and hiking experience for an exciting time on the trails. Strenuous hikes may include many miles of hiking, obstacles that need to be rappelled or carefully climbed, and may require great map reading skills to find the proper trailheads and paths. While a strenuous hike can be quite thrilling, it should never be done by a person without the proper skills and experience.

Popular Trails
Bryce Canyon has many popular trails that people come from around the world to explore. These trails vary in difficulty, length, and views but they are all fantastic to travel along. Hikers may choose to take one trail or combine a few for a longer hiking experience. No matter where and how hikers explore Bryce Canyon, the hike will be unforgettable.

Rim Trail
This trail leads hikers along the upper rim of Bryce Canyon. It is the perfect trail to take for those who would like to see the most of Bryce Canyon in the least amount of time. Visitors can park their cars and start walking along the rim for as long as they would like. The total length of the trail, out and back, is eleven miles. This does not mean that hikers must complete the trail. Visitors can walk as far as they please, making this as easy or as hard of a trail as they like, and turn back when they’ve had their fill of the beautiful views.

Queen’s Garden
For an easy, short hike filled with incredible views, hikers should look no further than Queen’s Garden. This trail features tons of Bryce Canyon’s most popular formations, hoodoos, which are towering rock spires created over millions of years. The hoodoos on this 1.7-mile-long hike are how Queen’s Garden got its name. The famous hoodoo, Queen Victoria, gazes down on this trail filled with smaller hoodoos, which appear to be a perfectly manicured garden, created just for the queen.

Navajo Loop
This short loop trail is packed with tons of exciting things to see and explore along the way. The total length of Navajo Loop is only a little over one mile, but the scenic value of this hike is unrivaled. During this hike, hikers will see incredible hoodoos, like Thor’s Hammer, a narrow slot canyon called the Subway, and an area called the Silent City, which is a massive group of incredible hoodoos. The fact that this trail only takes about an hour to complete and gives hikers such amazing views of Bryce Canyon National Parks means that Navajo Loop should be on every visitor’s hiking bucket list.

Mossy Cave
At the end of a very short trail called Water Canyon, hikers will find the incredible area called Mossy Cave. This cave is covered in moss that protrudes from every surface. Being in this cave makes visitors feel as though they are on a completely different planet. The easy walk and great experience make visiting Mossy Cave an exciting adventure for the whole family.

Fairyland Loop
This moderately difficult trail is not for everyone, but those who are up for the challenge will be grateful that they didn’t miss hiking Fairyland Loop. The hike is about eight miles long and features a few challenging obstacles, elevation changes, and some areas that require technical skills. Most hikers will complete Fairyland Loop in about five hours and, during those five hours, will see some of the most amazing and complete views of Bryce Canyon available.

Hiking Gear
The small amount of gear needed for a day hike is a big part of what makes hiking such a great activity. Longer hikes will require much more gear, especially if hikers will be setting up camp and hiking over a few days. However, for the basic day hike, the following gear is all that should be needed to have a safe, comfortable journey.

It is recommended for each hiker to have at least a gallon of water with them for a hike, especially during the summer. Water can be carried in bottles in a backpack or in a wearable water reservoir.

High protein foods with lots of good fats are essential for hikers to absorb enough water and keep up their energy levels. Hikers should bring more food than they think they’ll need, packing things like nuts, energy bars, and jerky.

Boots should be broken in before heading out on a hike. They will need to be able to grip slick surfaces, repel water, and keep the hiker cool, comfortable, and dry.

Appropriate Clothing
A few different layers may be worn for elevation and weather changes. Clothing should protect the skin from elements like the sun, dust, dirt, and scrapes from rocks or plant life.

Some trails do not have trailheads and paths clearly marked. Hikers who have a map with them will be able to avoid being lost or needing to be rescued.

Hiking Through the Seasons
There are very few activities that can be done during every season. Hiking is one of those rare activities that are great to partake in year-round. If the weather conditions are non-threatening and hikers have the right gear, a hike during every season can be safe and enjoyable.

This can be a pretty harsh season at times. Winter brings freezing temperatures, ice, and snow. Though this may seem like an undesirable time to go hiking, it can be a wonderful journey. If conditions are safe, hikers can explore the Bryce Canyon area while it is covered in a blanket of crisp snow. The views during the winter months are unrivaled by all other seasons in Bryce Canyon.

The warmer weather makes spring a much more popular time to visit Bryce Canyon. The blooming foliage and more active wildlife make hiking along Bryce Canyon in the spring a unique journey. While later spring has these more favorable conditions, early spring can be similar to the weather in winter. Spring can also be unpredictable, so travelers should be prepared for many different weather scenarios.

Summer is usually the busiest time of year in Bryce Canyon. The temperature can soar mid-day, especially when the sun is beating down. The chance of thunderstorms increases slightly, though periods of the summer may experience a drought. On extremely hot days, it’s a good idea for hikers to limit hiking in exposed, unshaded areas to the morning and evening to prevent heat exhaustion, sun burns, and dehydration.

Many travelers agree that fall in Bryce Canyon is the most wonderful time of year. The foliage begins to change, the temperature cools, and the animals remain active as they prepare for the harsh winter. The later into fall it gets the fewer visitors will be at the park. This means that hikers who arrive during the later fall months may be able to enjoy the park better than they would with many people there. Hiking during the fall will prove to be a comfortable and exciting journey for all.

Experience the Joys of Hiking in Bryce Canyon
Hiking through any of the popular trails in Bryce Canyon will be an unforgettable experience. Hikers can get out into nature and really appreciate the beauty and wonder of the landscape. They will get great exercise while seeing the best parts of Bryce Canyon. No matter what time of year or which trail is hiked, visitors to Bryce Canyon will find absolute joy as they trek across this unique countryside.

Bryce Canyon Airport

Bryce Canyon Airport is a regional airport located 1 mile to the north of Bryce Canyon. This makes the drive to Bryce Canyon from the airport a little over 5 minutes. Its proximity to both Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase- Escalante make this airport perfect for flying into the area as well as using the airport to travel to nearby cities for a more complete and exciting vacation. Even for travelers who don’t intend to fly to a different destination, a visit to Bryce Canyon Airport can be a fun and exciting journey.
The features of Bryce Canyon Airport are what sets it apart from other airports. The most noticeable difference between this airport and others is the unique hangar. This hangar was built out of local Ponderosa Pines and resembles a rustic log barn. This incredible structure is leaps and bounds more aesthetically pleasing than the standard metal hangars that are seen at other airports. The Bryce Canyon Airport, with its 7,400-foot-long and 75-foot-wide runway, is a true joy to fly to and from.
When considering flying out of Bryce Canyon Airport, there are a few things that are great to know. Travelers will want to have an idea of where they can fly to, who they will fly with, and what other services are offered locally. With so much to offer to its guests, Bryce Canyon Airport will not disappoint even the worldliest of travelers.

Where to Fly
There are so many great places to go from the Bryce Canyon Airport. One of the best reasons to board a plane in Bryce is to travel to nearby cities to experience the best of Utah and the surrounding states. Instead of travelers having to spend hours driving to a big city, they can hop on a plane and get there in minutes. The following are just a few of the places visitors can fly to out of Bryce Canyon Airport.

Las Vegas
What better way to pump a little excitement into a vacation than with a trip to Las Vegas? In what will seem like the blink of an eye, guests can get from Bryce Canyon Airport to Las Vegas. They can spend some time trying their luck at the casinos, staying in luxury suites, and seeing the amazing shows and sites of Sin City. Once travelers have had enough of the sleepless city and its bright lights, they can return to Bryce Canyon just as quickly as they left. By flying out of Bryce Canyon Airport, guests can experience two very different vacations during one trip.

Salt Lake City
This large city in Utah, which also happens to be the capital of the state, is packed with exciting things to do. This city is very family friendly, so those vacationing with kids will not want to miss a visit here. Salt Lake City has fantastic dining, shopping, museums, and unique activities for all to enjoy. Visit the amazing Salt Lake, stay in one of their many beautiful hotels, and then return to Bryce Canyon. This short flight will take visitors to a whole different world without ever leaving the state.

St. George
A very short flight from Bryce Canyon Airport, St. George offers enough activities for either a short or long stay. There are many accommodating lodging options, great dining, and lots of other great things to do. Travelers will want to visit the St. George Temple, Snow Canyon State Park, and Sand Hollow State Park. While St. George is only about a two-hour drive from Bryce Canyon, flying there out of Bryce Canyon Airport will allow travelers more time to explore the gorgeous city since they will be able to get there much more quickly.

Cedar City
This lovely city offers many great things to do and see for travelers. It is full of great dining, hotels, and activities. Guests will spend their days visiting museums, trying local cuisine, and marveling at this unique city. For those traveling in the winter, Cedar City is the perfect place to stay when skiing at Brian Head Ski Resort. Spending a day or two in Cedar City and then flying back to Bryce Canyon is the perfect way to get the most out of a trip to Utah.

Page, Arizona
Located in Northern Arizona, Page is a city that can truly be called a hidden gem. While it may not be a household name, there is one amazing site in Page that many people have heard of. Page is home to Horseshoe Bend, an incredible rock formation where the water curves around a huge boulder below a steep cliff. Besides Horseshoe Bend, Page is home to Glen Canyon Dam, Antelope Canyon, and is one of the few places around that offers authentic Native American cuisine, like Mutton Stew and Navajo Tacos. Page is the perfect place to fly to for a lovely day trip or to spend a few fun-filled days.

Airlines at Bryce Canyon Airport
For a regional airport, Bryce Canyon Airport has an impressive selection of airlines to fly with. Most of these airlines travel to the cities listed above. Travelers can also take flight with a few of these airlines for sightseeing tours, which will land back at Bryce Canyon Airport. Whether traveling to a nearby city or just getting a bird’s eye view of the beautiful landscape, a flight out of Bryce Canyon Airport on one of their many reputable airlines will be an unforgettable journey.

The following airlines fly out of and into Bryce Canyon Airport:

  • Bryce Canyon Airlines
  • Air Grand Canyon
  • Air Vegas
  • Talon Air
  • Grand Canyon Airlines
  • King Air
  • Westwind

Services Offered
While it’s great to have a pleasant journey into and out of an airport, there is much more that goes into having a good experience. The local services offered when travelers get where they are going play a huge role in whether a trip will be successful and exciting. In and around Bryce Canyon Airport, there are many different services that will help to make the most out of every vacation.

Rental Cars
When flying into an area, it is important to have a car to get around to all the different sites, especially in more rural areas where public transportation is lacking. That is where the local rental car services come in. At the airport and nearby, guests will find two different rental car companies to choose from. Bryce Canyon Rent-A-Car and Hertz are conveniently located so travelers can rent the vehicle of their choice during their stay. Choose from sedans, vans, SUVs, or trucks, according to the renter’s preference. Keep in mind, rental companies have age restrictions for renting cars, often requiring renters to be over 21 or 25, so calling ahead is a great idea for younger travelers.

Nearby Lodging
Bryce Canyon has no shortage of beautiful places to stay. The town is home to many different lodging options. Guests can choose to stay in a hotel, motel, resort, cabin, campsite, and much more. Many of these lodging options offer special amenities like WIFI, breakfast, recreational areas, and discounts on other local businesses. A few of the more popular places to stay in Bryce Canyon are Ruby’s Inn, Bryce Canyon Resort, and Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Hotel. These are just a few of the many options. A quick search will bring up many more places to stay, which means every traveler can find the perfect lodging option during their time in Bryce Canyon.

Local Activities
What really draws the crowds into Bryce Canyon, and the main reason most people will fly into Bryce Canyon Airport, are the incredible parks. There are two unforgettable parks located minutes away from the airport. These parks bring in tons of visitors throughout the year, and for good reason. Guests can visit both Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase- Escalante during their stay in Bryce Canyon. These parks offer many fun activities, like horseback riding, hiking, and biking.

The most popular activity to partake in while in these parks is to hike and see the many incredible natural formations along the landscape. In Bryce Canyon, hiking along Rim Trail, Navajo Loop, or one of the many other trails in the area is a great way to see hoodoos, gorgeous amphitheaters, and unique wildlife. Grand Staircase- Escalante offers adventures such as hiking through slot canyons, like Zebra Slot Canyon and Peek-a-Boo Gulch, or discovering amazing natural structures, like the Devil’s Garden. Whether visiting just one or both parks, visitors will make incredible memories along this gorgeous, rocky terrain.

Fly with Bryce Canyon Airport
The choice to use Bryce Canyon Airport is a terrific one. Travelers can use this airport to get into Bryce Canyon, visit popular cities nearby, or get an aerial view of the amazing landscape. The option to fly to places like Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and other great cities means that guests can have two unique vacations in one. The many airlines that fly out of and into Bryce Canyon Airport are reputable and are centered around making sure that the customer has an incredible flying experience. Once guests arrive at Bryce Canyon Airport, they will be in awe of the wonderful services and activities available to them. For a one of a kind vacation that everyone will be envious of, travelers should fly into Bryce Canyon Airport and have an unforgettable adventure.

ATV Riding and Bryce Canyon

There are many exciting adventures awaiting those who travel to Bryce Canyon. From hiking to horseback riding, everyone can find the experience that fits them. There are more leisurely expeditions, like a short tour of the canyons, and more thrilling endeavors, like an ATV ride through Bryce Canyon and the surrounding area.
Those who are interested in exploring Bryce Canyon by ATV have a lot of different things to consider. The type of ATV, touring company, and trails to ride are just a few of the choices that must be made. As with any adventure, riders should carefully consider these aspects of the ride, and more.
The following breakdown of the usual ATV riding experience in Bryce Canyon is a great start to helping riders understand what to expect before hitting the trails. It will also ensure that riders have the best experience possible while on ATVs. After making these important decisions regarding the ATV riding experience, all riders have left to do is ride the trails and enjoy the gorgeous Bryce Canyon area.
Types of ATVs
There are a few different types of ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, available for rental. The type of ATV rented will depend upon the company that is renting them out and the preferences of the rider. There are ATVs that seat anywhere from one to six people. This means that groups of all ages and sizes can have an exciting adventure while ATV riding in Bryce Canyon.
The following are ATVs that are most commonly available for rental. Each rental company offers different types of ATVs, so it is important to make inquiries ahead of time to ensure that the desired ATV is available. There are great things about every type of ATV, so riders should be sure to consider all their options.
Traditional ATVs
A traditional ATV is what most people would call a quad or a four-wheeler. These ATVs can typically hold a driver and a passenger. These vehicles are terrific for small groups of older riders who would like to have control of the vehicle. Quads are also great for giving riders the full 360-degree view of the landscape. These rugged machines impress riders with their speed, agility, and climbing capabilities. Riding through Bryce Canyon on a traditional ATV is the ultimate outdoor sport.Side-By-Sides
Side-By-Sides are a relatively new ATV. These vehicles look like a dune buggy or go-cart. They come in many different sizes to accompany different amounts of passengers. Side-By-Sides can haul anywhere from one driver and one passenger to one driver and five passengers. These vehicles are perfect for families with younger kids or other members who cannot be in control of their own vehicle. It gives riders a chance to talk about the experience while it’s happening and truly take in the sights and sounds together. This more comfortable ATV will provide a luxurious and powerful ride through Bryce Canyon.Dirt Bikes
The dirt bike is perhaps the most extreme way to ride through Bryce Canyon. Riders who are already experienced on a dirt bike will have a blast speeding along the rugged Utah terrain. There are many different size dirt bikes to choose from when booking an ATV tour. Most companies that offer dirt bikes limit the riding capacity of bikes to only a driver, no passengers. This makes dirt bikes a great choice for more experienced groups of riders to get together and head out on the Bryce Canyon trails.

ATV Rental and Tour Companies
One of the great things about going ATV riding in the Bryce Canyon area is the huge number of companies available to ride with. There are several reputable companies in the area that offer a variety of different ATV options. These different companies will also have different trails and journeys to take riders on.
It is a great idea for riders to investigate a few different companies and get an idea of the vehicles they offer and trails they cover. By choosing the best fit for each rider, they are sure to have an incredible and memorable experience while ATV riding in Bryce Canyon.

Bryce Canyon ATV Adventures
Located in Bryce Canyon, Utah, Bryce Canyon ATV Adventures is a family-owned company dedicated to providing a fun and safe ATV adventure for each one of their riders. They pride themselves on teaching beginners how to ride safely, bringing awareness to conservation and local riding laws, and giving customers a great value.

Ruby’s Inn ATV Tours
This wonderful ATV rental company is a part of the booming business of Ruby’s Inn. Each tour begins just outside of Ruby’s Inn, near the Bryce Canyon Car Care Center. They offer shorter rides through the pine forests and up to the rim of Bryce Canyon. Riding with Ruby’s Inn gives riders a great chance to experience Bryce Canyon in a short period of time.

Grand Staircase ATV Tours
Located in Tropic, Utah, Grand Staircase ATV Tours offers rides on a variety of exciting terrains. They take their riders out to the Grand Staircase area, which is right next to Bryce Canyon. They offer tours anywhere from two hours to three or four days. This is a great company to choose for a truly immersive and exciting ATV ride.

Trails to Explore
There are so many incredible trails to explore in the Bryce Canyon area. This part of Utah is well-known for having a landscape that consists of many different terrains. From rocky canyons to lush forests, riders can experience a plethora of riding environments in a very short amount of time.

There are certain trails that different companies take riders on. For those who are looking to ride a certain trail or area, it is a good idea to consider the different companies and find one that services the area desired to be ridden. No matter which part of Bryce Canyon is ridden, it is sure to be a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Forest to Bryce Canyon Rim
Riders can ride along the winding trails through the Ponderosa pine forests of Bryce Canyon. These scenic trails lead right up to the Rim of Bryce Canyon, which is as close as ATV can get to the area. These beautiful rides are a great way to experience all that makes Bryce Canyon so incredible.

Grand Staircase
Riders can ride along Grand Staircase- Escalante, and even go all the way to the famous Grand Staircase- Escalante Monument. These rides provide a gorgeous view of the rocky landscape and an even more incredible view of the setting sun. These rides are sure to provide a memorable experience.

Casto Canyon
Riding through the incredible Casto Canyon is the closest thing to riding in Bryce Canyon National Park, which is not allowed. This canyon ride is challenging and beautiful. It provides a closer look at the rock formations that make this area of Utah so incredible.

Ride Durations and Prices to Ride
Costs to ride vary greatly between each company. The biggest factor in the price of a ride is the length of the ride. Riders looking for a short experience will pay the least, while longer rides will get increasingly more expensive.

The longer rides are well worth the cash, but even budget-conscious guests will find a great experience. By choosing a ride that fits their wallet, riders can get the most bang for their buck and have a relatively inexpensive day of adventure. Remember that prices vary according to the rental company, so it is important to verify prices upon booking.
The following price averages are based on an adventure on a traditional ATV. A traditional ATV is the least expensive vehicle to ride for many reasons. Renting a side-by-side or a dirt bike will be a bit more expensive. Riders should contact the company they would like to ride with ahead of time for more precise pricing information.Half Hour Rides
A half hour ride will generally cost around $40.00. These are great for families with young children or those who just want a short ride.One Hour Rides
A one-hour long ride will cost anywhere from $45.00 to $70.00 dollars. These are a great choice for a complete riding experience without having too strenuous of a journey.Three Hour Rides
These rides are usually around $100.00. Some may be more expensive depending on the location. This is a more immersive and intense ride that will leave the rider feeling as though they have really explored the area.

All Day or Multi-Day Rides
All day tours will usually cost around $200.00 for the entire day. Most all-day rides consist of an eight-hour rental period. Some companies even supply lunches.

There are a few companies that offer multi-day riding experiences. These tours vary in price greatly, so it is best to call the rental company to inquire about longer adventure tours. Most of these tours include overnight lodging and meals. They are a great way to get the most out of Bryce Canyon and the surrounding area.
Ride Through Bryce Canyon
Riding on ATVs is one of the most exhilarating things to experience while in Bryce Canyon. There are so many incredible things to enjoy during a ride along the trails. Riders can take in the amazing scenery, learn a new skill, and get their adrenaline pumping as they speed along the countryside.
While there are so many different activities to choose from while in Bryce Canyon, ATV riding is one that should not be missed. No matter which type of vehicle, which company, or which trails are ridden, riders will never forget the incredible experience of zipping along the Bryce Canyon landscape. Guests who want to complete their Bryce Canyon experience shouldn’t miss out on an exhilarating ATV ride.

See Bryce Canyon on Horseback

To ride through the Bryce Canyon wilderness on horseback is to experience the west as the natives, as well as the pioneers, once did. The leisurely stroll through this incredibly beautiful area allows riders to take in the magnificent views throughout the entire ride. These views, as well as many other aspects of the ride, are what help make this activity so special.
There are many things to know and plan before beginning a horseback riding journey. From proper riding basics to views to look out for, these things come together to provide an unforgettable horseback riding excursion.
Riding basics
As with any activity, there are some things that are important to know before the journey begins. Beginners and pros alike will benefit from running through the horse riding basics, such as riding gear, experience levels, and businesses to ride with. Covering these important pieces of horseback riding knowledge will ensure a fun and safe excursion. No matter what type of riding trip has been planned, these basics will apply and be an important part if the overall experience.Riding Gear
The gear that is used during a horseback ride is an important thing to be familiar with. There is gear for the horse as well as the rider. For the horse, gear like the saddle, bit and bridle, and the reigns are all very important pieces of the ride. Being familiar with their function is a great step in understanding how riding a horse efficiently truly works.
The rider will also have important gear like a helmet, proper shoes, and appropriate clothing. These articles help to reduce the chance that the rider could be injured during the journey. While the helmet may be provided by the stable, other appropriate clothing is the responsibility of the rider. A safe ride is a fun ride, and the proper gear ensures that the ride is safe for everyone.
Experience levels
One of the most important things to know before beginning a horseback riding adventure is the experience level of the rider. Those who have only ridden a few times, or have never ridden, can assume that they are at a beginner level. For those who have ridden many times, on varying terrains, for long amounts of time, may be considered expert or experienced riders. This distinction is incredibly important to ensure that no one is injured or put into a difficult situation during a ride. To avoid getting in over their head, riders should speak with their horseback tour guide before heading out to decide what experience level they are.Riding companies
In the Bryce Canyon area, there are many different stables in which to rent a horse and schedule a guided tour. With a choice of places available, it may be difficult to decide exactly who to ride with. In order to make this decision, it is a great idea to look at several factors. The location of the ride, how long the ride will last, and the types of riding that will be done will all play a role in which company to choose. Riders should investigate each company and become familiar with all they offer. By picking the perfect people to host a horse riding tour, chances of having a wonderful experience increase greatly.Views to look for
What sets Bryce Canyon apart from every other location in the world is its incredible landscape. There are so many different new sights to be seen along each path. Inside the park and outside of the park have so many incredible views to offer. From geological formations to scurrying wildlife, around each corner of Bryce Canyon, there is a new experience awaiting visitors. Riding through Bryce Canyon on horseback allows riders to experience the beautiful views in a leisurely manner.Geological wonders
Some of the most incredible things to see in Bryce Canyon were made over the course of millions of years. The amazing rock formations of the area are unlike any other in the world. Canyons, hoodoos, and mesas are just a few of the formations to be on the lookout for during a horseback ride. These rock formations are unlike any other found in other parts of the country, and across the world. The views transport horseback riders to a simpler time, when the land was wild and the landscapes were never ending.

When horseback riding, taking a ride at sunrise or sunset can make the journey even more beautiful. While the rising and setting sun is gorgeous across the globe, there is something about these times of day at Bryce Canyon that is truly breathtaking. The sunlight from the low sun bounces off the red and pink rocks, engulfing horseback riders in a world of deep, rich warmth. Pictures could never do the Bryce Canyon horizon justice. It must be experienced to understand its beauty, and there is no better way to experience it than on horseback.

The wildlife in Bryce Canyon is as unique as every other feature in the park. While on horseback, riders are likely to come across some of the magnificent creatures that call the park home. From woodland creatures to reptiles to soaring birds, a horseback adventure provides a multitude of wildlife viewing opportunities. While taking in the scenery, it’s a great idea to look for the wildlife that makes Bryce Canyon so special.

Riding lengths and locations
The trail that will be ridden and the length of the horseback riding adventure will depend on a variety of factors. The riders experience level, the area preferred for riding, and the amount of time desired to be spent on the trails are all important to consider. No matter where or how long the ride is, Bryce Canyon has a trail and experience for every rider. Some of the more popular rides are listed and described below.

One and a half-hour tour
The shortest tour available, a quick one and a half-hour tour is great for first-timers. Easing into horseback riding by starting out with a quick trail loop is a great way to get experience without the risk of being stuck on a long, uncomfortable journey.

One and a half-hour tours lead through the Bryce Canyon back country and along beautiful trails near the canyon. This is a great way to get the horseback experience without dedicating an entire day to an outing.
Half-day tour
The half-day tours are usually around three or four hours long. These tours are great for both experienced and inexperienced riders. The longer duration allows for a complete horseback riding experience, so the rider will not feel like they’ve missed anything.
A half-day tour leads riders through gorgeous scenery and down to the canyon floor. There are many opportunities to see the beautiful landscape and rock formations along these trails. Also, it’s a great way to experience the canyon without having to hike.
Full-day tour
For experienced riders, the full-day tour usually lasts around five or six hours. It is important for riders to have quite a few hours on the saddle before embarking on this riding excursion. During the tour, the group will stop, have lunch, and take in the breathtaking beauty of Bryce Canyon.
The full-day tour leads down to the canyon floor and along the canyon trails. This ride is one of the most unique experiences one can have while at Bryce Canyon. Riders get to spend the day living like cowboys before returning to their everyday life.


Thunder Mountain Ride

The Thunder Mountain Trail starts at the bottom of Red Canyon and ends at the top of Red Canyon. This ride offers the most breathtaking scenery in Bryce Canyon Area as your backdrop. The Thunder Mountain Trail with its switchbacks and narrow backbones will leave you with an experience that you will remember for years to come.  Leaves daily at 8:30 a.m. May 1 through September 30. Children must be at least 10 years old.
This ride is seasonal.

Year-round fun
Horseback riding in Bryce Canyon is one if the few activities that are available throughout the entire year. No matter what time of year the journey takes place, each season has something fantastic to offer.Winter
Ride along the canyon during one if it’s most beautiful times. With a dusting of snow and the bright shimmer of ice, the Bryce Canyon rock has never looked more beautiful than it does during the winter. Temperatures are usually quite bearable, but even in the cold, the amazing view is well worth the extra layers of clothing.Spring
Spring is a time of life and renewal. Horseback riding through Bryce Canyon in the spring is the perfect opportunity to see the incredible flora and fauna of the area. Though spring has more days of rain than other seasons, looking ahead at the weather forecast ensures that each ride remains uninterrupted.Summer
For those who love hot weather and a bright sun, a horseback ride in the summer is a fantastic experience. Riding at sunrise or sunset during this time gives an incredible view of the horizon. There is a lower chance of rain in the summer, which means adventures are unlikely to be interrupted by poor weather. When visiting Bryce in the summer, a horseback ride should be a top priority.

Fall is a terrific time of year for a variety of reasons. A leisurely horseback ride is more enjoyable thanks to the temperate weather. The views of the changing flora are another terrific perk of horseback riding in Bryce during the fall. Horseback riding is one of the most exciting activities to partake in during the fall.

Saddle up
Saddling up and heading out to horseback ride in Bryce Canyon will be an unforgettable experience. There is no other way to feel so connected with the outdoors and the history of the west at the same time. Horseback riding in Bryce Canyon is an opportunity to learn new things, see unique land, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Riders will experience Bryce Canyon in the same way the pioneers did, and there is nothing quite as magical as that!