Bryce Canyon National Park: Sunset Point

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Welcome back to National Parks & other public lands with T! In response to the increased internet traffic from Covid-19 quarantines, Google has released 5 interactive virtual tours of National Parks, including one for Bryce Canyon. To see it, click here.

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Bryce Canyon National Park is famous for its rock formations called hoodoos, spires of red rock rising from the canyon floor. Not actually a canyon, Bryce is an amphitheater filled with a maze of hoodoos. We didn’t have enough time to do this beautiful park justice, so we got a great overview with Canyon Trail Rides, then headed to a couple of the lookout points around the park.

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The view from Sunset Point is stunning, but my husband didn’t get to see it. When we arrived in the parking lot, just down the road from the lodge, there weren’t any spaces. My husband let us out while he circled in hopes of a spot, with about 100 other people with the same idea.

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There is a shuttle bus from the visitor center to the park’s main lookouts, but it doesn’t run in the shoulder seasons, which is when we were there. My daughter and I walked along the rim trail and took some photos before hopping back in the car. There is a trail down into the canyon there too which would be nice to explore on a future visit.

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Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, UT-63, Bryce, UT 84764

Designation: National Park

Date established/designated: 2/25/1928

Date of my visit: 4/12/2017

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24 thoughts on “Bryce Canyon National Park: Sunset Point

  1. Wonderful photos which brought back memories of Bryce – besides Arches – one of our favorite National Parks in the West. It was a little scary, however, when we were there four years ago and walked down to the bottom of the canyon amongst the hoodoos. A thunder and lighting storm came up suddenly and we remembered the ranger saying, “If there’s lightning, don’t take shelter by a hoodoo.” Well, there wasn’t anything else around besides some small trees so we made record time back up the trail to the top. Our hearts were pounding and not just from the strenuous nature of the hike back up.

  2. Memories of our January 2018 trip during government shutdown, except there was no problem finding parking and there was no park fee on the first day. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well with you and your family T. Allan

    1. Thanks Allan! I’d imagine January would be quieter, but at the time we needed to work around my daughter’s school schedule. We look forward to traveling in off season going forward. So far we are good. We are in the epicenter for New Jersey, just outside NYC, so things seem a little apocalyptic from where we sit. Just trying to keep my mind occupied.😊

  3. Great post. When we lived in Utah, the National Parks were our playground and we spent a fair amount of time at Bryce. To our minds, Bryce is one of the tougher parks to get to know. The drive-by sightseeing is impressive but it is very limited – look down, now look down again. To know Bryce one has to get to the bottom and work one’s way up. There are fabulous old cattle trails into the labyrinths and getting “lost” is one of the attractions. Definitely a place to visit on foot after the requisite drive-bys have been enjoyed to their fullest. It’s also a spectacular place to experience the seasonal changes. Thunderstorms, snowstorms, rain and sunny days are all so…raw. Thanks for jogging some good memories!

  4. Your photography is breathtaking. I just love your blog … so much to see in this vast country. When we are able to move around again I shan’t know where to start. Correction. I will start with your blog!

  5. I’ve only been to Bryce Canyon N.P. once, nearly twenty years ago, and I barely got to spend a couple of hours there. I look forward to seeing it in more depth in the future, but for now I’ll be at home! We are still allowed to get outside but can’t leave the county, so all Spring trips out of the valley are scratched. Beautiful colors, reminds me why I love nature so much!

  6. I really loved the unique landscape of Bryce. So different from the other Utah parks. Your perspective is wonderful. We are thinking of revisiting next year and want to do more hiking and maybe the trail ride too! Thanks for sharing.

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