Bryce Canyon Auto Tour Itinerary

3 Days 2 Nights

Red Canyon Sunset Point Aqua Canyon Natural Bridge Bryce Village Mossy Cave Highway 12

This 3-day, 2-night trip allows you to see and experience the best of Bryce Canyon National Park area from your car and with a few short walks to lookout points.

Day 1

Drive to Red Canyon and stop at the Visitor Center to learn about that scenic area.

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Stop at a Local Grocery store to get food for the trip. Ruby's Inn has a store, and there are others in the area. Drive to Bryce Canyon and check in to your accommodations.

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Drive to the Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center to get maps, info, and an overview of the area. Drive to Sunset Point and watch the evening sunset. If you want to take a short hike, the easiest trail is the section of Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Points. (1 mi/1.6 km round trip)

Day 2

Eat Breakfast.

Auto Tour Bryce Canyon
Drive or take the park shuttle to Rainbow Point 40 mi/64 km one way and stop at the 13 viewpoints on your return trip.
Swamp Canyon
Piracy Pointe
Fairview Point
Aqua Canyon
Natural Bridge
Ponderosa Canyon
Black Birch Canyon
Rainbow Point
Yovimpa Point

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Tour the Old Bryce Town, located across the street from Ruby's Inn.
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Eat Dinner at a Restaurant in Bryce Canyon.

See Western Rodeo (2 hour)

Ruby's Inn hosts this old-fashioned rodeo, complete with cowboys and bucking broncos. This is classic Western entertainment. Rodeos start on Saturday May 28, 2011 and will operate�4 nights a week, Wednesday through Saturday, 7:00 pm (Utah Time)�Adults $10.00 and Children�ages 3-12 are�$7.00
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Day 3

Pack your bags and check out of your accommodations

Drive All American Road Hwy 12 (4 hours)

This drive cuts through a corner of Bryce Canyon National Park and then follows a breathtaking scenic route through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It is a good, paved highway, but steep in spots. It descends into the Escalante Canyons region and then climbs over Boulder Mountain. From Boulder Mountain you can see the Waterpocket fold section of Capitol Reef National Park. Stop at scenic turnoffs as time permits. Hwy 12 ends in Torrey near the Capitol Reef National Park entrance.

Highlights of Highway 12:
Mossy Cave, a sneak peak of Bryce. Drive past Bryce toward Tropic and there is a pullout on the right. Play in the small cave and waterfall down a short half mile path.
Kodachrome Basin (22 mi/35 km) from Bryce
Escalante State Park (44 mi/70 km) from Bryce
Calf Creek Falls (67.6 mi/107 km) from Bryce
Anasazi Indian Village (80.8 mi/130 km) from Bryce

Lunch along the route.

Drive to I-15 or I-70 and return home.

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