Bryce Canyon Vacations
As the main attraction of Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon is truly something that you must see to appreciate. The name Bryce Canyon is a misnomer, as it is actually a giant natural amphitheater that resulted from erosion. Today the area draws nearly 1 million visitors annually.
Bryce Canyon consists of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters along the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The erosion process made the limestone rock turn spectacular colors that range from white to purple to red. Frost and rainwater erosion have molded the rock into extraordinary shapes and spires called “hoodoos.”
For a spectacular view as the sun rises, head to Sunrise Point, adjacent to Bryce Canyon Lodge. See the amphitheater in all its glory as the sun’s rays hit its surface. Later in the day, hike to Sunset Point, which offers panoramic views of the hoodoos as the sun sinks below them.
Explore some of the many miles of trails running through and around Bryce Canyon. At 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) roundtrip, the popular Rim Trail can be hiked in a day. Follow this trail connecting many of the park’s best overlooks for a varied look at the splendor of Bryce Canyon.
Visit the Claron Formation, Bryce Canyon’s crown jewel. Thousands of years ago this area lay beneath a massive freshwater lake. Erosion carved a massive cluster of jutting pink rock which locals call the Pink Cliffs or the Grand Staircase, both accurately describing this natural marvel.
After visiting Bryce Canyon, head south to two other famous areas. In just under 2 hours' drive southwest you will reach Zion National Park. Four hours farther you will come to a natural gorge across the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Fly to Las Vegas or Salt Lake City, each around 4 hours’ drive from Bryce Canyon. Be sure to bring your camera. Everywhere you turn you’ll find breathtaking panoramic vistas that beg to be photographed.