100 Things to Do at Bryce Canyon

Jul 28, 2016

Bryce Canyon's Galactic Geometry

Like a fine wine or Ziggy Stardust, Bryce Canyon only gets better with age. Bryce’s unlikely amphitheatres took 60 million years to make but us measly humans only just stumbled upon them. Reuben “Ruby” Syrett thought that a terrific waste, so he built a lodge and some cabins in 1916, which he named Ruby's Inn, to help the world’s un-Bryced population make up for lost time. It's pretty darn easy to create your own family traditions when you take the entire crew to Bryce Canyon National Park. Boredom just isn’t an option. You’ll have something to do day and night, year after year and for generations as your family adds layers like so much Jurassic red rock. Maybe your great grandkids will ride hoverboards through Bryce.

 

Thanks to Ruby's Inn, Great-grandpa Ruby & Mother Nature

HORSEBACK RIDING IN THE BRYCE CANYON AREA

  1. Red Canyon
  2. Willis Creek – Sheep Creek (4.5 – 5 hours)
  3. Rock Spring’s Draw – Paria (6.5 – 8 hours)
  4. Rock Spring’s Draw – Snake Creek Ride (7 – 8 hours)
  5. Rock Spring’s Draw – Sam Pollock Arch Ride (9 – 10 hours)

All horseback riding info Winter rides are available by reservation only, 48 hours in advance

HIKING TRAILS IN BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK & SURROUNDING AREA

EASY HIKING TRAILS6. Sheep Creek | 3–5 miles one way7. Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail | 1 mile one way8. Whiteman Connecting Trail | 0.9 mile one way9. Bristlecone Loop | 1 mile overall10. Mossy Cave | 0.4 mile one way11. Red Hollow | 2 miles round-trip12. Dianas Throne | 2.1 miles round-trip

MODERATE HIKING TRAILS13. Fairyland Loop | 8-mile loop14. Rim Trail | 5.5 miles one way15. Queen’s Garden Complex | 0.9 mile one way16. Navajo Loop | 1.4 miles overall17. Peekaboo Loop | 5.5 miles overall18. Agua Canyon Connecting Trail | 1.8 miles one way19. Riggs Spring Loop | 8.8 miles overall20. Red Canyon Loop | 9.8 miles round-trip21. Losee Canyon | 3 miles one way22. Sugar Knoll | 2.1 miles one way23. White Tower | 6.1 miles one way24. Willis Creek Slot Canyon | 4 miles round-trip

STRENUOUS HIKING TRAILS25. Under the Rim Trail | 23 miles one way26. Coral Pink Sand Dunes | 2.5 miles overall

MOUNTAIN BIKING NEAR BRYCE CANYON

27.Dave’s Hollow area28. Casto Canyon 29. Paunsaugunt Trail30. Pine Lake/Powell Point31. Kodachrome Basin32. Bryce Canyon Premier Bike Trail33. Red Canyon to Bryce Canyon Bike Trail (paved)34. Thunder Mountain Trail35. Brian Head Resort36. Cassidy TrailNote: Keep to designated trails and roads in all scenic places. Bicycles are only permitted along paved bike trails within Bryce Canyon National Park.

GUIDED ATV/UTV TOURS

  1. Half-hour ride
  2. One-hour ride
  3. One-hour sunset ride

RANGER-GUIDED ACTIVITIES

  1. Starry Nights Telescope Viewing
  2. Geology Talks
  3. Rim Walk
  4. Kids’ Programs
  5. Full Moon Hikes
  6. Astronomy Programs
  7. Snowshoe Hikes

Note: All programs are subject to change. Weather and staffing permitting. Check in with the visitor center for more information.

HOTEL & CAMPGROUND ACTIVITIES

  1. Swim in the pool at Ruby’s Inn or Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
  2. Play Marco Polo in the swimming pool at Ruby’s RV Park & Campground
  3. Hot tub!
  4. Hotel room movie marathon

ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo
  2. Live country music at Ebenezer's Barn & Grill

FOOD

  1. Canyon Diner
  2. Cowboy's Buffet & Steak Room
  3. General Store: Groceries, coffee, drinks, snacks
  4. Ice Cream in the Old Bryce Town

EVENTS

  1. Bryce Canyon Mule Days (May)
  2. Bryce 100, 50 & 50k Trail Run (June)
  3. Annual Bryce Canyon Half Marathon & 5K (July)
  4. Annual Geology Festival (July)
  5. Boulder Heritage Festival (July)
  6. Garfield County Fair (August)
  7. Bryce ATV Rally (August)
  8. Bryce Canyon Fly-In & Car Show (August)
  9. Bryce Canyon Rim Run (August)
  10. Escalante Canyons Art Festival / Everett Ruess Day (September)
  11. Escalante Canyons Marathon & 10-Miler (October)
  12. New Year's Eve Celebration (December)
  13. Fishing Derby (January)
  14. Bryce Canyon Winter Festival (February)
  15. Escalante Heritage Festival (May)
  16. Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival (May–June)
  17. Quilt Walk Festival (June)

WINTER ACTIVITIES

  1. Snowshoeing
  2. Cross country skiing
  3. Ice skating
  4. Sleigh rides
  5. Snowmobiling (Note: not permitted in the park, but there are nearby areas in Garfield County where you can snowmobile)

More winter activities info

SCENIC FLIGHTS

  1. Airborne photography tour
  2. Scenic tour of Bryce in a helicopter or open cockpit bi-plane
  3. Fly over Bryce & The Grand Canyon
  4. Fly to Monument Valley
  5. Fly over Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park
  6. Fly over Bryce, Monument Valley & Zion National Park

ARTS & CULTURE

  1. Western Arts Gallery

SOUVENIR SHOPPING

  1. Rock Shop in Old Town Bryce
  2. Ruby’s Inn General Store: gifts, books, Native American art, knives, pottery, jewelry, etc.

VIEWPOINTS & SCENIC DRIVES

  1. Sunrise Point
  2. Sunset Point
  3. Inspiration Point
  4. Bryce Point
  5. Paria View
  6. Fairview Point
  7. Natural Bridge
  8. Rainbow Point
  9. Yovimpa Point
  10. Scenic Byway 12

EXPLORE NEARBY AREAS

  1. Kodachrome Basin State Park
  2. Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument
  3. Escalante State Park

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