Best Hiking Trails in Bryce Canyon National Park

Overview

Beautiful Bryce Canyon beckons visitors into its stunning amphitheater of towering red rock spires called “hoodoos.” Visit during sunrise for fantastic, glowing reds, and anytime of day or year for majestic views.

Getting Started

Everyone loves Bryce Canyon, and it can definitely get conjested. Worried about traffic jams and clogged parking lots during the busier months? Try out the free shuttle from April to October! Check out this page for lodging, camping, ranger programs, a park map and more.

There are a ton of worthy hikes in the area, and you can find many of them below in our 'Popular Hikes' section. A couple favorites are the 3-mile Queen's Garden Loop through fantastic scenery, and for those wanting the true tour, the additional Peakaboo Loop for a longer, even more magnificent day. Thor's Hammer via the Navajo Loop and Wall Street is also a must-see. The hidden cavern, Mossy Cave, is a great place to visit without much walking required (but beware the small parking lot if it's busy out).

If you haven't finished driving the 124-mile Scenic Byway 12, don't miss it, and make sure to visit other Utah crown gems like Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Capital Reef National Park, Dixie National Forest and nearby Zion National Park amongst others.

When to Go

The park is open year-round, though it can get very crowded during the summer and holidays. If you're visiting in the winter (a good way to beat the crowds and the heat, albeit snow will be on the ground), check for current conditions.

Permits

Like most national parks, entrance fees apply and can be purchased on-site or beforehand.

Dog Info

Like most national parks, dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet, and are restricted to campgrounds, paved roads and parking lots and paved viewpoint areas. Check the NPS page for a couple paved trails dogs are allowed to join you on.

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