Utah is well known for its scenic desert locations, rock formations, and beautiful national parks. One of those parks just happens to be Bryce Canyon, a world famous tourist attraction that ranks as arguably one of the top 10 National Parks of the United States. It has been described as many things, a “cave without a roof” for one example, but words cannot describe the sheer beauty of a view one will experience when looking over Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon offers up a plethora of different activities for tourists and local residents to enjoy, everything from hiking to camping to stargazing can be enjoyed in this Utah National Park.
When can I visit Bryce Canyon National Park?
The park itself is open daily, 24 hours a day, with the exception of possible closures due to unforeseen storms or natural disasters. All newcomers are highly encourages to check out the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center, which has varying hours depending on the season.
- Spring Hours (April): 8 AM – 6 PM
- Summer Hours (May – September): 8 AM – 8 PM
- Fall Hours (October): 8 AM – 6 PM
- Winter Hours (November – March): 8 AM – 4:30 PM
The visitor center and fee boths will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. You’ll have access to the Bryce Canyon Bookstore, Gift shop, Information desk, and restrooms at the visitor center. For any additional inquiries you can contact the center via phone at (435) 834-5322.
How much does it cost to visit Bryce Canyon National Park?
Pricing for the Bryce Canyon National Park is offered through seven day passes. Those travelling in a private vehicle will pay $25 for the pass which will cover all passengers of the vehicle as well. Individuals travelling on foot, bicycle, or motorcycle, will pay $12 for the seven day pass. Anyone with the pass will also have access to the shuttle services of Bryce Canyon, but it does not cover camping fees.
There are several fee free days where admittance doesn’t cost anything, these days include: Martin Luther King Jr Day (January 21st), National Park Week (April 22-26th), National Public Lands Day (September 28th), and Veteran’s Day Weekend (November 9th-11th).
What is there to do in Bryce Canyon National Park?
Possibilities are nearly endless at Bryce Canyon, even if hiking and camping aren’t your thing there is still plenty of activities available for the whole family. For example, the visitor center offers up a 22 minute film displaying the features of the park, this film starts every 30-minutes on the hour or half-hour. Visitors are highly encouraged to check out some of the many Bryce viewpoints which offer up unbelievable sights.
Of course hiking can’t be ignored, as this is the biggest attraction other than viewing the beauty of the park. There are multiple canyon trails to hike and try out, or visitors can also choose to just stroll along the rim. For current conditions of each hiking trail, you can check out the visitor center and get the latest updates.
Be sure to stop by for the Annual Utah Prairie Dog Day, which takes place June 21st from 9 AM – 8 PM.
Bryce Canyon Campgrounds
Bryce camping is split into three different options, the North Campground, the Sunset Campground, or the Sunset Group Site. Group pricing will vary, but for the North or the Sunset Campgrounds the price is $15 per night, per campsite. There are various camping regulations that visitors must abide by while visiting Bryce Canyon, this helps preserve the park and ensures that everyone is able to enjoy themselves.