Bryce Canyon, located in Southwestern Utah, is a frequently visited National Park due to its close proximity to the nearby Zion National Park.
Bryce is famous for having the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. These structures come in all shapes and sizes. The views seen from atop the ridge are other-worldly. If you are able to visit on a clear day, the sun brings out the brightest colors which makes for excellent photos no matter what your photography skills may look like.
There are a number of different trails to experience. If you plan to visit in the off-season, some of the trails are are usually closed. One trail we were able to enjoy was Queen’s Garden Trail within the Bryce Amphitheater. Starting at Sunset Point, you can loop past Thor’s Hammer and Two Bridges and make you way up to Sunrise Point.
If you are looking to add one hike to your visit at Bryce, we recommend this. If you are visiting during the regular seasonal hours, add in the Navajo Loop which takes you through Wall Street.
There are a few campgrounds in Bryce Canyon. Our visit in November meant only one was open, North Campground. Since the temperature in winter can drop to sub-freezing, we were optimistic campsites would be in abundance. We were wrong! Do not underestimate our fellow outdoors enthusiasts! Arrive early when sites are first-come first-serve and plan for patience.
If you are unsuccessful at finding a spot, try nearby East Fork Road just to the west of the park which offers some extra camping opportunities.