Rim Road Scenic Drive

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Rim Road Scenic Drive showing desert views, landscape views and a gorge or canyon

A range of overlooks and scenic points line a route that zigzags through the hoodoos and ponderosa trees of the park.

Visit Rim Road Scenic Drive, the route that meanders between the boulders and dramatic rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park. It twists and turns for 19 miles (30 kilometers), providing picturesque vistas of the gorge and its impressive walls of rock. Park at some of the many overlooks and appreciate the absolute serenity above the canyon.

Bring drinks and snacks and stop for a picnic at an observation area. If you have binoculars, zoom in on some of the impressive rock formations rising up from the gorge. Bring a camera to Sunset Point or Sunrise Point, arriving early or late for their namesake events. Sunsets turn the entire valley red, creating awe-inspiring vistas and photo opportunities. Note that the road reaches a height of 9,100 feet (2,800 meters), offering views stretching miles into the distance.

Pull off the road for other major stops along this route, including Inspiration Point, Bryce Point and Fairyland Point. You’ll be able to see countless hoodoos, like an army of narrow spikes rising from the valley floor.

Hike down a nature trail for a closer look at some of the hoodoos. Take on the moderate trail of Bristlecone Loop, which is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers). Enjoy the views of the giant trees from Ponderosa Canyon’s overlook and spot condors soaring from the Agua Canyon stop.

The route is also known as the Bryce Canyon National Park Scenic Drive. It is open year round and requires paying the park’s entrance fee for access.

The Rim Road Scenic Drive runs through the heart of Bryce Canyon National Park, on the southern side of Utah. From Las Vegas, travel northeast for 260 miles (420 kilometers) to get to the park’s northern entrance in about 5 hours by car.

Stop at some of the other scenic locations on the way, such as the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and Zion National Park.

Top Hotels Close to Rim Road Scenic Drive

Bryce Country Cabins
Bryce Country Cabins
2 out of 5
280 North Main, Tropic, UT
The price is $88 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Situated in a rural location, this cabin is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Bryce Canyon National Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kodachrome Basin State Park and Old Bryce ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,171 reviews)
"We stayed here for two snowy nights for the New Year 2022 while visiting Bryce Canyon National Park, in which these cabins were very conveniently located 15 minutes away from the park entrance by car. The wood cabins themselves are beautifully finished, fully decorated with Utah country charm, heated, ..."

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2022

Bryce Country Cabins
Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
2.5 out of 5
26 South Main Street, Bryce Canyon, UT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $90 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Old Bryce Town and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bryce Canyon National Park and Bryce Canyon ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,053 reviews)
"Great facility with everything you could need in one place. Friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2022

Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
30 North 100 East, Bryce Canyon, UT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $110 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Ebenezer's Barn and Grill and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Bryce Canyon National Park. Old ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,601 reviews)
"Hotel is clean and comfortable. Places to est are very limited and not very good. The best option is the BBQ place in Tropic a few minutes from the hotel by car."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Rim Road Scenic Drive

Bryce Country Cabins
Bryce Country Cabins
2 out of 5
280 North Main, Tropic, UT
The price is $88 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
Bryce Country Cabins
Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
2.5 out of 5
26 South Main Street, Bryce Canyon, UT
The price is $90 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
2.5 out of 5
30 North 100 East, Bryce Canyon, UT
The price is $110 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Bryce View Lodge, part of the Ruby’s Inn Resort
Bryce View Lodge, part of the Ruby’s Inn Resort
2 out of 5
105 E Center Street, Bryce Canyon, UT
Bryce View Lodge, part of the Ruby’s Inn Resort
Bryce Trails Bed and Breakfast
Bryce Trails Bed and Breakfast
3 out of 5
1001 Bryce Way, Tropic, UT
The price is $149 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Bryce Trails Bed and Breakfast
Luxe Bryce Canyon Home w/ Fireplace, Patio & Grill
Luxe Bryce Canyon Home w/ Fireplace, Patio & Grill
Bryce Canyon, UT
Luxe Bryce Canyon Home w/ Fireplace, Patio & Grill
Bryce Valley Lodging
Bryce Valley Lodging
2.5 out of 5
120 N Main Street, Tropic, UT
The price is $140 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Bryce Valley Lodging
Bryce Canyon Inn
Bryce Canyon Inn
2 out of 5
21 N Main St., Tropic, UT
Bryce Canyon Inn
Bryce Canyon Log Cabins
Bryce Canyon Log Cabins
2.5 out of 5
161 North 100 East, Tropic, UT
The price is $109 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Bryce Canyon Log Cabins
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.