Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA (with Map & Photos)

Bryce Canyon is a national park in the United States in southern Utah, north of the Grand Canyon. The park is named for Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce. It became a national park in 1924. Bryce Canyon National Park is world famous for its unique geology and especially clean and transparent air. Water, ice and limestones have created a grandiose museum of sculptural and architectural wonders of nature. The majestic amphitheater of the canyon is filled with thousands of turrets, spiers called hoodoos, temples and minarets of reddish, pink and creamy hues. Together, these unique formations have bizarre shapes, colored with numerous colors, and create an unprecedented, magical landscape.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park

General Information

As the legend says, the great Indian Spirit, saddened by the excess of evil on Earth, gathered all the unworthy people here and turned them into stone. The Spirit wanted it or not, but the spectacle turned out to be breathtaking.

Bryce Canyon National Park, located at an altitude of 2.4-2.7 km, is cool in summer and offers amazingly peaceful views in winter under a cover of fresh snow. The scenic 30 km long road from the Information Center snakes its way to Evimpa Point, passing 13 viewpoints, from where you can admire the canyons of the Colorado River for 160 km around. Although it is allowed to drive your own car, nevertheless, in order to preserve the environment, it is suggested to use free, regularly running buses.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park

Most hikers on the day trails at Bryce Amphitheater, where the sophistication of the rock formations delight the eye, have chosen trails such as the Queen's Garden, the Navajo Loop, and the Coo-Coo Loop. Try to be in the park at sunset to watch the natural light show in the walls of the circus, when the red rocks turn reddish yellow and then deep purple.

A 7-day vehicle pass to Bryce Canyon National Park costs $25 and the Visitor Center is open 8:00-20:00 May-September, 8:00-16:30 November-March, 8:00-18:00 October and April. Website:

What to see

Bryce Canyon - the pearl of the "Land of the Red Mountains" will meet you with stone amphitheaters full of fantastic red arches, spiers and hoods.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park

Rocks Mushrooms (Pedestal Rocks), or Hoodoos (as they are commonly called) are mysterious figures of soft clay and sandy rocks, protected from erosion by stone hats. Hoodoos tend to live in pits that have been washed and weathered for thousands of years, live in groups and are always of considerable photographic interest. The best time to photograph them is at dawn or dusk, when the low rays of the sun add contrast to the landscape and change the shades of the rocks in an amazing way. Rome Rock Hoodoos- one of these mushrooms. Sent to the canyon in 1870 by the US government explorer Clarence Dutton, rightly called Bryce Canyon the most outstanding phenomenon that a person can see on planet Earth, the "Old turkey buzzard" tune from the unforgettable western "Mackenna's Gold" will accompany you all the way.

The first point to visit is to choose Sunset point. From here, a wonderful view of the amphitheater, the rock of the Hammer of Thor (Molot Torah) and the gorge of Wall Street (Wall Street) was opened. Then you can not only view Bryce from above, but also go down and walk among the enchanting hoodoos.

Ideal for this purpose is the Navajo trail (Navajo trail), connecting with the Royal Garden trail (Queen's Garden trail). It is better to start from Navajo, as it is steeper, and on the way back, climb up along the gently sloping Queen's Garden. The walk takes approximately three hours (1.8 km).

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park

The Navajo trail immediately takes a steep slope and snakes you down to a depth of 158 meters right into the Wall Street gorge. Among the tall walls you feel quite tiny and lost.

Yes, be sure to wear special boots before hiking; sprained ankle is the most common injury on this trail.

Coming out of the gorge, you find yourself at the very bottom of Bryce Canyon, where you can admire its walls from below. You will be seized by sensations similar to those arising in the spring Russian forest, when even the air rings with purity. The road will take you to the Royal Garden trail. At first, a huge piece of rock, similar to the sails of a ship, attracts attention. It’s called exactly that: “Sunken ship” (Sinking ship). In general, in this place, many Hoodoo groups have names associated with the sea: Aquarius plateau (Aquarius Plateau), Boat mesa (Boat Mesa), Water canyon (Water Canyon), Aqua canyon (Aqua Canyon), Piracy point (Pirate Arrow) and so Further.

Such a transparent hint that all unusual shapes are carved with water. The word "castle" is often used in the title. For example, Gulliver's Castle really resembles a huge impregnable fortress, as if surrounded by a powerful palisade. The Queen's Castle has a more elegant and graceful architecture. Around it are stone vases, and the mistress of the castle - Queen Victoria (Queen Victoria) is waiting for weary travelers in her garden.

This dead-end section of the trail leads to a small picnic area that can be used for its intended purpose or just to relax. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity offered, as the ascent to the top will not be easy. But you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of the surrounding area and in especially good weather you can even see the Grand Canyon, which stretches 160 miles to the south.

The top point of the trail is the Royal Garden called Sunrise point. From here to Sunset point, where you left the car and started your journey, is only half a mile along the crest of the canyon. I can’t say that both trails are too difficult, but climbing up requires strength.

Recommended next point to visit is Inspiration point, overlooking the Silent city. And indeed, numerous hoodoos below seemed to make up the quarters of an abandoned city. The place has amazing acoustics. The voices of birds that periodically fly into Silent City are carried very far and are accompanied by a long echo.

Bryce Canyon National Park Map