From its iconic hoodoos to its ranger programs and its underrated backcountry trails, southern Utah’s Bryce Canyon has a little something to see for every kind of traveler.
We spent five days in Bryce Canyon in September 2015 hiking the front country trails, attending ranger programs, then busting into the backcountry for a three-day hike along the 30-mile Under the Rim/Riggs Spring combination trail. Other highlights for us included hiking the Queens Garden/Navajo Trail loop, attending evening ranger programs, and gazing out at the Bryce Point overlook.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, Bryce Canyon Water World
- Our video highlights
- Our podcast, To the Overlook, and Beyond!
- Our Facebook photo album
- Hike part of the Rim Trail to Sunrise Point and/or Sunset Point
- Attend a ranger program to learn more about how the hoodoos were formed
- Hike into the canyon: we especially loved the popular (go early!) Queens Garden/Navajo Loop Trail
- Go backpacking along the Under the Rim Trail. You can use the shuttles to make your trip one-way.
- Take advantage of early mornings and late evenings in the parks: the lighting is spectacular and the crowds are not too thick yet.
- Try visiting in the off-season. The hoodoos dusted in snow is an incredible sight!
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.