How to Spend One Day in Bryce Canyon National Park

Sep 8, 2021 | Bryce Canyon National Park, Itineraries, National Parks, Simple Suit, United States, Utah

Hoping to spend one day in Bryce Canyon National Park and don’t know what to do? We can help!

If you’re traveling through southern Utah, Bryce Canyon is an absolute must-see!

We spent two days and nights in Bryce on our 7-day southern Utah road trip and it felt like the perfect amount of time. However, not everyone has two days, and you can certainly see much of the park in one day!

HIKE QUEEN’S GARDEN + NAVAJO LOOP TRAIL

Views of the canyon from up above are gorgeous, there’s no denying it. However, to fully experience Bryce, YOU MUST hike down into the canyon.

Wondering through the hoodoos as the sunlight dances through all the nooks and crannies is something we’ll never forget.

We suggest starting at Sunrise Point and taking the Queen’s Garden Trail. The path is steep, but the least steep of all trails leading into the canyon.

Follow the Queen’s Garden Trail until you reach the Navajo Loop. Take the Navajo Loop towards Wall Street (not Thor’s Hammer). Wind your way through a towering slot canyon until you reach Sunset Point.

Hike Length: 2.3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

towering red limestone hoodoos in bryce canyon in utah

TOUR THE VISITOR’S CENTER

There’s no better way to learn about the canyon than hearing about its history and speaking to the people who care for it day in and day out.

Head to the Visitor’s Center to watch an informative video about the park, talk to rangers, check out the interactive displays, and pick up a Junior Ranger booklet for the younger members of your crew.

bryce canyon 3d map in the visitors center

VISIT INSPIRATION POINT AND BRYCE POINT

Riding around the park on the shuttle is a great way to see the canyon without the hassle. Take a shuttle tour of Bryce Canyon and get off at all the vista points! Two sights that you don’t want to miss are Inspiration Point and Bryce Point.

Inspiration Point offers jaw-dropping views of the unique rock formations. If you’re feeling up to it, take the short, but steep, hike up to mid and upper Inspiration Point.

the view from lower inspiration point in bryce canyon

EXPLORE OLD TOWN BRYCE

Small and quaint, albeit touristy, most families will enjoy a stroll through Old Town Bryce. Pick up souvenirs, take silly pictures, and grab something to eat. This area is small enough that if you blink, you might miss it!

If you ride the shuttle into town, don’t forget to bring along your park entry ticket so you can re-enter the park…without paying twice.

family walking on path in old town bryce in utah
father and daughter posing for a picture in a western cutout in old town bryce

GO ON A WILDLIFE SIGHTING ADVENTURE

As dusk approaches, Bryce Canyon’s finest residents make an appearance. While wildlife isn’t nearly as diverse as Yellowstone, adventurers of all ages will enjoy spotting wild turkeys, mule deer, prairie dogs, chipmunks, and a variety of feathered friends.

We spotted the most creatures as we drove our car a few miles down the road, past Bryce Point toward Swamp Canyon and Whiteman Bench.

STROLL ALONG THE RIM TRAIL

Before the sun sets, hike the Rim Trail between Sunrise and Sunset Point. If you have extra time, hike from Inspiration Point to Sunrise Point.

This trail is mostly flat and hugs the edge of the canyon.  

Trail Length: 1-mile roundtrip (Sunrise to Sunset)

Difficulty: Easy

Enjoy the beauty of Bryce Canyon

While Bryce Canyon National Park may be one of the smaller national parks, it should definitely be on everyone’s list. There’s nothing quite like it in all the world!

Planning to stay longer than one day and have kids? Check out 9 Things to Do in Bryce Canyon With Kids!

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