See Bryce Canyon at different times of day (or night!)
Although Bryce Canyon is impressive pretty much anytime, part of the wonder of this place is how much it can change with the light. If your visit allows it, make sure you make a plan to watch either the sunrise or sunset over the canyon. This is pretty easy to do, since Sunset Point and Sunrise Point are locations made just for that purpose. It’s a memorable experience to watch the sun slowly rise over the horizon, light stretching over the hoodoos and casting long shadows that trick the eyes. From Sunrise Point, you can also see Thor’s Hammer, one of Bryce Canyon’s most famous hoodoos– named for its resemblance to the thick hammer wielded by the mythical Norse god Thor (or the Avenger Chris played by Hemsworth, as your kids would know him).
You might not think to explore Bryce Canyon by night, but the sun setting actually brings a host of new opportunities for adventure in the park. No vacation to Bryce Canyon National Park can be complete without some stargazing! Because of the park’s remote location and lack of light pollution, the night sky above the canyon is a wonder. On a clear night, you can see the entire Milky Way, count up to 7500 stars (if you can stay awake that long!), and even spot the planets of Jupiter and Venus shining brightly enough to cast their own nighttime shadow.
The park rangers at Bryce Canyon National Park regularly offer night hikes, full moon hikes, and astronomy activities where the whole family can learn from park rangers and take a look through their powerful telescopes.
Note that by no means is this an exhaustive list. No matter what your interests, Bryce Canyon has something for everyone, from camping and backpacking to trail riding and fine dining to sledding and cross country skiing in the winter.
In addition, be sure to check the National Park Service’s website to be aware of current conditions, upcoming events, and any closures before you visit.
Plan your trip
National Park Express is an easy, cost-effective, and stress-free option to get you to Bryce Canyon and other top outdoors destinations in the southwest US. Check out our tour options to Bryce Canyon leaving from Las Vegas, Nevada here.
If independent travel is more your thing, you can combine a visit to Bryce Canyon with some of the other world-class destinations in the region like Zion National Park, Escalante, Kanab, Antelope Canyon, or Grand Canyon by taking advantage of our easy shuttle system linking these amazing destinations to each other as well as the hubs of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City.
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