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Bryce Canyon National Park holidays

HOODOO? YOU DO.

On a high plateau in southern Utah, you’ll find Bryce Canyon and its famous hoodoos – it’s the largest collection of this geological phenomena anywhere on Earth. Hikers travel from across the globe to explore this sedimentary bowl on a holiday to Bryce Canyon National Park. Whether you choose to explore on foot, on horseback, or on four wheels, Bryce Canyon’s forest of orange and gold rock towers is always a sight worth seeing.

Four hours from both Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon National Park makes a great overnight wilderness escape. There isn’t loads of accommodation in the canyon itself, so one of the best ways to visit this spectacular region is by renting an RV. You can visit on a short road trip, or stop off during a longer itinerary.

You’ll find plenty of hiking trails in the national park. Most are easy enough for novices and families, but challenging trails are available, too. Several named routes have been designed to help you catch the most famous landmarks and uncover hidden sights. Simply choose your difficulty level, select your distance, and start walking.

Prefer to be guided in style? Horseback riding, covered wagons, ATV tours, scenic drives, and even helicopter flights are also available here. And the winter snow brings opportunities for snow walks and cross-country skiing.

Meanwhile, Bryce Canyon City and its historic Old Bryce Town offer a glimpse of the Old West. Boutique stores and ice-cream shops stand in traditional wooden rows beside the dusty central road. Whatever you’re drawn to, you can take life a little slower in the desert and discover the unique beauty of Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Bryce Canyon City

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Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Follow the famous hiking trails of Bryce Canyon, or find your own way to explore. You can take a horseback tour through the twisting paths. Sit back and watch the scenery go by from a traditional covered wagon, or move a little faster on an ATV tour. Drive gently through the valley and climb rock face switchbacks to spectacular lookout points.

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For a different view, why not rise above the landscape on a scenic helicopter flight? You’ll be able to get a new perspective on the spectacular formations below. Let a ranger introduce you to the stars above, unspoiled by city lights and creating a glittering tapestry in the night sky.

After an action-packed day, you can grab dinner and a show. Head to the rodeo. Or amble along a Wild West street straight from the movies at Old Bryce Town.

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Bryce Canyon City

Bryce Canyon City is the permanent home to less than 200 people – but it grows each summer to accommodate visitors and workers for the national park. Get ready to experience a true slice of the Old West at the southern edge of Utah.

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Stroll between the wooden porches and saloon doors of Old Bryce Town in the park’s tiny city. You can browse souvenirs from old western clothing to Native American jewellery. Try a dipped ice-cream or sit down for a Cowboy Dinner Show with wandering minstrels. And feel the atmosphere and admire the riding skills at your first rodeo.

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Hiking trails

Bryce Canyon is all about the trails meandering around a breath-taking bowl of hoodoos, with unique geological formations at every turn.

You can hike the Navajo Loop through the valley from Sunrise to Sunset Points. Pass Queen’s Garden and rise through scenic switchbacks to complete the trek via the Rim Trail. Or take on the eight-mile Fairyland Loop through a magical forest-like canopy of sedimentary structures.

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Descend into the canyon amphitheatre along the Peek-a-Boo Loop, ducking through arches and passing beside cracked rocks. Walk the quieter paths of Bristlecone Pines where blue spruce and ancient firs are filled with desert birds and wildlife. Follow the three-mile out-and-back to majestic Tower Bridge, or explore the darkness of Mossy Cave. Whichever trails you choose, they’re guaranteed to take your breath away.

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Best time to visit Bryce Canyon National Park

May to September in Bryce Canyon offers warm dry days, averaging 15°C to 25°C. And, at this time of year, there are lots of activities on offer across the park. June is also when you can catch Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival, where you’ll be encouraged to lie back and look up into the unpolluted night.

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Weather is more varied between October and April, when the days can be very wet or unseasonably warm. At the peak of winter, dustings of snow add new beauty to the volcanic shapes of the valley bowl and present an annual opportunity to explore on snowshoes or try cross-country skiing. The park is open, day and night, all year round – but some routes and facilities can be restricted during the quieter winter season, especially during bad weather.

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Things to do

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Follow the famous hiking trails of Bryce Canyon, or find your own way to explore. You can take a horseback tour through the twisting paths. Sit back and watch the scenery go by from a traditional covered wagon, or move a little faster on an ATV tour. Drive gently through the valley and climb rock face switchbacks to spectacular lookout points.

Show More
Show Less

For a different view, why not rise above the landscape on a scenic helicopter flight? You’ll be able to get a new perspective on the spectacular formations below. Let a ranger introduce you to the stars above, unspoiled by city lights and creating a glittering tapestry in the night sky.

After an action-packed day, you can grab dinner and a show. Head to the rodeo. Or amble along a Wild West street straight from the movies at Old Bryce Town.

Show More
Show Less

Bryce Canyon City

Bryce Canyon City

Bryce Canyon City is the permanent home to less than 200 people – but it grows each summer to accommodate visitors and workers for the national park. Get ready to experience a true slice of the Old West at the southern edge of Utah.

Show More
Show Less

Stroll between the wooden porches and saloon doors of Old Bryce Town in the park’s tiny city. You can browse souvenirs from old western clothing to Native American jewellery. Try a dipped ice-cream or sit down for a Cowboy Dinner Show with wandering minstrels. And feel the atmosphere and admire the riding skills at your first rodeo.

Show More
Show Less

Nature

Hiking trails

Bryce Canyon is all about the trails meandering around a breath-taking bowl of hoodoos, with unique geological formations at every turn.

You can hike the Navajo Loop through the valley from Sunrise to Sunset Points. Pass Queen’s Garden and rise through scenic switchbacks to complete the trek via the Rim Trail. Or take on the eight-mile Fairyland Loop through a magical forest-like canopy of sedimentary structures.

Show More
Show Less

Descend into the canyon amphitheatre along the Peek-a-Boo Loop, ducking through arches and passing beside cracked rocks. Walk the quieter paths of Bristlecone Pines where blue spruce and ancient firs are filled with desert birds and wildlife. Follow the three-mile out-and-back to majestic Tower Bridge, or explore the darkness of Mossy Cave. Whichever trails you choose, they’re guaranteed to take your breath away.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Bryce Canyon National Park

May to September in Bryce Canyon offers warm dry days, averaging 15°C to 25°C. And, at this time of year, there are lots of activities on offer across the park. June is also when you can catch Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival, where you’ll be encouraged to lie back and look up into the unpolluted night.

Show More
Show Less

Weather is more varied between October and April, when the days can be very wet or unseasonably warm. At the peak of winter, dustings of snow add new beauty to the volcanic shapes of the valley bowl and present an annual opportunity to explore on snowshoes or try cross-country skiing. The park is open, day and night, all year round – but some routes and facilities can be restricted during the quieter winter season, especially during bad weather.

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