Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT 84764
In the park
A great trail, the Rim Trail will require shuttling at one end or the other. The Park shuttle runs to Bryce Point but not Fairyland Point, so plan accordingly. If motivated and it's not shuttle season, you can park in the middle at Sunrise Point, hike out to Fairyland Point, turn back and hike all the way to Bryce Point, then turn around again to head back to your car at Sunrise Point. Some steep climbs with some easier parts; bring moleskin for your tootsies if you don't hike a lot and make sure your boots fit well. The views of the hoodoo-laden hillsides are spectacular, like peering down into a nest of red and cream-colored spires jutting upward from the earth. Note that the Rim Trail is a good spring-through-fall jaunt, although it can be exposed, so be aware of the strong sun. In the wintertime, snow can block access to the trail, or at least make it very muddy and a less pleasant slog.
Photo courtesy of John Monson