What to See and Do at Bryce Canyon National Park
Go for a Scenic Drive or Cycle
The 18-mile park road (which is State Highway 63, reached from Scenic Byway 12) stretches the length of Bryce Canyon, providing motorists and cyclists with access to Bryce’s multiple viewpoints and trail heads. Rent mountain bikes by the hour or the day from outfitters like Ruby’s Inn, where you can park your rental car while you explore the trails. Since most overlooks are on the east side of Bryce, the National Park Service recommends first driving to the southernmost point of the park and stopping at Rainbow Point, the highest lookout at more than 9,100 feet. Then make your way back north, stopping at viewpoints as you head back toward the park entrance. Following this route helps prevent drivers from disrupting traffic or having to make left-hand turns.
Enjoy postcard-worthy views of the amphitheaters and hoodoos at Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce points; stop at Agua Canyon, where you’ll see two prominent hoodoos, The Hunter and Rabbit, with the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument in the distance. Experience the hoodoos up close at Fairyland Point by taking Fairyland Point Road just after the park boundary, roughly a mile north of the visitor center.
Hop on the Park's Free Shuttles
If you’d rather leave the car behind for the day, hop on the park’s free shuttle bus, which operates daily from April to October (check the National Park Service website for up-to-date information). The shuttle picks up from four locations in nearby Bryce Canyon City and at the visitor center, as well as several overlooks and trail heads within the park. The route duration is 50 minutes, not including time spent at stops.
If you’d prefer a guided tour, reserve a spot on the free, 3.5-hour Rainbow Point Shuttle Tour, which departs twice daily from Ruby’s Inn, Ruby’s Campground and the shuttle boarding area across from the inn—all just north of the park’s entrance—plus The Lodge at Bryce Canyon, North Campground and Sunset Campground inside the park. Parking is available at each of these six pickup points.