Sunrise Point

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Sunrise Point featuring a gorge or canyon, desert views and tranquil scenes

Embark on the Queens Garden Trail or watch the sun rising over Boat Mesa and the Sinking Ship from this favorite destination in Bryce Canyon.

As you might assume from its name, sunrise at Sunrise Point is spectacular. Enjoy stunning views any time of day, spanning some of the most iconic geologic formations in Bryce Canyon National Park.

To catch sunrise in all its splendor, arrive while the morning is still dark. As the sun slowly shows its face, the rocks in the canyon transform into brilliant shades of orange. Bring your camera and some warm layers, as temperatures are quite low in the mornings.

Look northeast from Sunrise Point and pick out the unmistakable shape of Boat Mesa, a large mesa set high above the rocks. Identify the tilting triangular form of Sinking Ship nearby. Bryce Canyon’s sweeping Pink Cliffs provide a stunning backdrop to the views. Hoodoos, towering stalagmite-like rock formations, cover the canyon floor.

Admire the stunning nature on display at Sunrise Point. Look for a resilient limber pine clinging to the canyon rim, its roots exposed by erosion. Geologic forces are still at work within the Bryce Canyon. Geologists have calculated that in approximately 3 million years, it will have completely eroded away.

Sunrise Point acts as the trailhead for the Queens Garden Trail. At 1.8 miles (3.0 kilometers) long, the trail is short but slightly strenuous because of its descent. Hike down into a crop of hoodoos presided over by Queen Victoria, a hoodoo that vaguely resembles the queen in a bustled dress. Explore the rock amphitheater further by continuing along the connecting Navajo Loop Trail. Enjoy stunning aerial panoramic views along the leisurely Rim Trail, which connects many of the favorite viewpoints in Bryce Canyon, including Sunset Point, Sunrise Point, Bryce Point and Inspiration Point. The paved portion between Sunset and Sunrise points is wheelchair-accessible.

Find Sunrise Point just off Bryce Canyon’s scenic route, right on the canyon rim. It is about 1.5 miles (2 kilometers) from the visitor center. Drive here yourself or take a guided tour on the Bryce Canyon Shuttle. Hop aboard the complimentary shuttle at the visitor center.

Top Hotels Close to Sunrise Point

Bryce Country Cabins
Bryce Country Cabins
2 out of 5
280 North Main, Tropic, UT
The price is $88 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
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
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
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 Sunrise Point

Bryce Country Cabins
Bryce Country Cabins
2 out of 5
280 North Main, Tropic, UT
The price is $88 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
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
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 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 23 to Jan 24
Bryce Trails Bed and Breakfast
Scenic Large-Group Retreat, 1 Mi to Bryce Canyon!
Scenic Large-Group Retreat, 1 Mi to Bryce Canyon!
Bryce Canyon, UT
Scenic Large-Group Retreat, 1 Mi to Bryce Canyon!
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 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.