10 Reasons to Visit Bryce Canyon National Park

Things to Do, What's New — By julietrevelyan on May 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

Home of hoodoos, fantastic rock formations shaped by water and wind, crisp high altitude air, and adoring visitors, Bryce Canyon National Park is a favorite for many. Here are my 10 favorite reasons to visit Bryce Canyon. Feel free to add your own in the comments!

1. Fairyland Loop. Not as crowded as other trails, totally gorgeous. Put it on your to-do list.

2. Night Skies Program. Check out some of the darkest skies in North America and learn cool star stuff from the “dark rangers.”

3. Full Moon Hikes. Super popular, super cool. Must make reservations the morning of the hike. Yes, you must be there during a full moon.

4. Navajo Loop. A classic must-do. Short & sweet, it shows off classic Bryce scenery.


Navajo Loop

[photo: CLightPictures/Flickr]

5. Junior Ranger program. Introduce the kids to the great outdoors, watch them learn while having fun.

6. Bryce  Canyon Shuttle. Ride the free, clean-fuel shuttle, save on gas, save the environment, feel good.

7. Rim Trail. Follow under the rim of Bryce Canyon’s amphitheater and gaze down into hoodoo land below.

8. Canyon Trail Rides. Get on a horse and see Bryce Canyon in old west style.

9. Queen’s Garden. Yes, it’s true: some claim to see Queen Victoria’s stately visage in the hoodoos.

10. Red Canyon. Okay, this is not actually in Bryce Canyon. However, it’s only nine miles away, it’s like a mini-Bryce, and it has all the natural amenities yet fewer crowds. Great biking trails, too.



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