Discover a kaleidoscope of desert colours in Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon might not be as famous as its Grand neighbour over in Arizona, but it’ll leave you in awe all the same. This epic national park is home to the world’s largest concentration of hoodoos (towering rock spires) which sprawl across a vast amphitheatre for as far as the eye can see. Get up close and personal with these unique rock structures on a guided hike down to the canyon floor, watch the hoodoos shift in colour with the setting sun, and maybe even live out a Wild West fantasy on a horseback ride through lesser-known parts of the park.
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Marvel at the hoodoos
Often described as a ‘forest of stone’ and a ‘cave without a roof’, the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon are breathtaking. Sure, you might've seen similar formations in Turkey’s Cappadocia region or Australia’s Pinnacles Desert, but they're nothing like this. These towering spindles of red rock have been sculpted by millions of years of erosion, and each one is unique in shape, texture and colour — ranging from bright orange to rose pink.
Hit the trails
Whether you're a seasoned hiker or prefer a scenic stroll, there's a trail for everyone at Bryce Canyon. Hit the Navajo Loop Trail which weaves past some of the park's most iconic hoodoos, enjoy the Fairyland Loop Trail for some of the most stunning views of the canyon or tackle the Queen's Garden Trail for a mix of easy and more challenging sections with steep climbs and rocky terrain.
Watch a Bryce Canyon sunset
If you think Bryce Canyon is spectacular during the day, just wait until you see it at golden hour. As the sun gradually sets over the desert, the light hits the sandstone spindles and illuminates them with a pink, red and orange glow. Even if you've seen a million sunsets before, there's a good chance this'll be one of the most impressive (and memorable) you've seen yet.
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Bryce Canyon is located on the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in south-central Utah, the United States.
There's no 'best' time to visit Bryce Canyon as each season offers something slightly different. Our trips run in the summer months between May and September when the weather is consistently warm and sunny — and perfect for exploring! The weather in spring and autumn can be unpredictable and nights are chilly, while winter sees freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall.
Bryce Canyon has a cooler climate than other national parks in Utah as it has an elevation of 2,438 metres. Summer sees average highs of 24-27°C, with July and August being the hottest months. July and August also see the highest rainfall and thunderstorms are frequent, though they usually occur in the afternoon and don't last too long. Winter is chilly with lows of -9°C in December and January and heavy snowfall across the park. The weather in spring and autumn varies, but it's typically mild during the day and chilly at night.
At a minimum, you'll need a sturdy pair of well-fitting hiking boots, a mixture of lightweight and warm layers (think shorts/leggings, t-shirts, a hoodie and warm pants), a water bottle or bladder, and a camera. We also recommend bringing a windproof jacket, a sun hat and a beanie for the evenings.
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