Bryce Gotta See: The Top 10 Things to Do

Things to Do — By julietrevelyan on March 25, 2010 at 4:16 am

You’re visiting Bryce to see the gorgeous outdoor sights, yes? These are the classic unmissable top 10. Whether a hike or a ranger-led activity, these are absolutely key to gaining a well-rounded view of Bryce and checking out the best it has with which to delight and astound you. Most of these hikes & viewpoints can be appreciated by a variety of ages and abilities, although some are definitely more ambitious in scope—but certainly no less spectacular! Bryce is justifiably famous for its views, and this top ten list won’t disappoint. Make your list, check it twice for all your necessary gear…and get on it.

photo courtesy of Navin75

Peekaboo Loop.This is truly classic Bryce. At 5.5 miles a good length for most visitors. Or you can see it from horseback.

Navajo Loop. It’s easy and it sports jaw-dropping views.

Sunset Point. Guess when the best time is to visit this drive-to spot?

Bryce Point. You’ll understand why this was “a hell of a place to lose a cow” when you look out from it!

Sunrise Point. Get up early and drive to this point with camera ready…well worth dragging yourself out of bed before the crack of dawn.

Rim Trail. This 5.5 mile one-way hike requires a car shuttle. Tramp it in spring or fall, the best seasons to do it.

photo courtesy of Alaskan Dude

Night Sky Programs. Bryce has some of the darkest night skies in the U.S., and the best “dark rangers” to teach you about the stars above.

Full Moon Hikes. One of the Park’s most popular activities for good reason—it’s an amazing way to experience the spires of the hoodoos under the light of the moon. Make sure to get reservations (free).

Rainbow Point. Drive to it. Ogle it. Take photos from it. And see how many fantastic colors you can find in the rocks.

photo courtesy of msn678

Under-the-Rim Trail. This granddaddy of hikes is the backpacker’s backpack. If you can hack, do it. It’s 23 remote, rugged, inspiring miles you’ll never forget.

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