Josh and I have been on quite a roll this year visiting more and more of the US. About a year ago, it kinda dawned on us that while we have traveled to various parts of the globe, we haven’t seen much of our own country. Obviously we needed to change that asap and get out there to explore more of our backyard. So with some help from our US National Park annual pass, we started crossing off destinations from our US bucket list.
And at the very top of that list was Bryce Canyon, and we knew we had to go before summer was over. Luckily, the stars aligned for us and we (finally!!) made it to Bryce over Labor Day weekend, with the in-laws and Phoebe in tow. And I have to say, Bryce Canyon did not disappoint — it was just as amazing as I had imagined!
So hopefully with this simple travel guide to Bryce Canyon, it’ll help inspire you to visit this beautiful gem too!
Simple Travel Guide to Bryce Canyon
Hike along Wall Street
Where is Bryce Canyon?
Bryce Canyon is located in southern Utah, so kinda in the middle of nowhere. So having a car is essential.
While Bryce does have a regional airport, it can be quite expensive to fly into. The two biggest, international airports closest to Bryce Canyon are McCarran International airport in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City International Airport. Both are about 4 1/2 hours away. So as you can see, having a car to get you around is crucial.
Bryce Canyon Map
Where to stay when visiting Bryce Canyon?
The best place to stay is either right inside the park or right outside in the city of Bryce. Within Bryce Canyon National Park, there is a campground, cabins, and a lodge. Be sure to book in advance!
Within the city of Bryce, there is a really nice Best Western thats right in the heart of everything (mind you, the city of Bryce is really small). We stayed at American Inn in the city of Tropic and it’s about 10-15 minutes away from the entrance of Bryce, so relatively close. However, I will say, spend a little extra and book a cabin. We had cabin envy the entire time!
What to do in Bryce Canyon
Hiking and exploring are among the top things to do in Bryce Canyon and trust me, it does not disappoint.
My top recommendations for my travel guide to Bryce Canyon:
Hike the Wall Street Trail and get amongst the 30-40 million year old colorful hoodoos (the colorful, spiral rock formations). Explore along the 5+ mile Peekaboo Queen’s Garden Loop and take in the dramatic views. If you’re feeling active, add the Navajo Loop in addition to Queen’s Garden. Bring your pup and walk along the top at Rim Trail from Sunrise to Sunset point (doggies are welcomed on the paved trails!). Admire the canyon views from Inspiration Point. Drive to the end (or take the shuttle) to Rainbow Point and work your way back. Check out the amazing Natural Bridge.
There is plenty to do for all kinds of travelers to make the most of your time at Bryce Canyon.
Hoodoos on hoodoos
When is the best time to visit Bryce Canyon?
Any time is good to visit! Keep in mind since Bryce Canyon is at a higher elevation, it does get freezing in the wintertime. Be sure to dress warm and bring layers – no matter the season.
How much time do I need in Bryce Canyon?
A full day should be sufficient to check out everything. The park itself is on the smaller side so it makes it easy to cover in just one day.
I hope my simple travel guide to Bryce Canyon helps you plan out the perfect trip. Bryce Canyon is unique, gorgeous and perfect for all travelers. Whether you want adventure and prefer horseback riding through the hoodoo’s or take it easy by walking the Rim Trail, the options are yours! If you have any additional questions, please comment below and I hope to see you come by blog again!