Between the always perfect light and amazing natural beauty of the hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah quickly became one of my favorite national parks! I wish I spent more than two days there exploring and hiking.
My visit was in November, the beginning of the winter season, resulting in low foot traffic and few dining options. I must admit, I enjoyed having quiet trails and a bit of ease traveling around the park without any real congestion.
As with most national park visits, the park rangers were extremely helpful, providing information about the park and “must hike” trails for the season.
Tower Bridge – rated a moderate, 3 mile round trip hike. The turn back point is at the base of the Tower Bridge with views of the China Wall along the way. The hike in seemed a bit more strenuous than the hike out, surprisingly.
Queens Garden Trail + Navajo Loop – combine these two trails for a longer hike through the hoodoos in the Bryce Amphitheater. I started at Sunrise Point on the Queens Garden Trail and then continued onto the Navajo Loop when the trails crossed paths. The Navajo Loop ends at Sunset Point, in the same general parking area as Sunrise point.
Rim Trail – a short walk along the rim trail provides a beautiful overlook of the hoodoos, especially if you are looking for a quick and easy glance instead of a more involved hike.
Lodging and Restaurants
Ruby’s Inn – the accommodations and having a restaurant attached to the hotel made it easy and quick to grab a bite to eat between exploring. During peak season, Ruby’s Inn appears to have quite a few activities available for their guests as well. The stay was comfortable and the room was clean!
Bryce Canyon Pines – many of the local restaurants were closed for the season. Bryce Canyon Pines was recommended as an alternative to eating at the restaurant at Ruby’s Inn. The food was great and the atmosphere was casual and friendly. I hear the pies are amazing!
Have you been to Bryce Canyon National Park? Or are you planning a visit in the future? If so, I would love to hear form you in the comments below! I plan to make another trip back and would love recommendations on local activities and new hikes to explore :)