Bryce Canyon National Park



Bryce Canyon is actually a collection of giant amphitheaters and canyons along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The amphitheaters contain hunderds of hoodoos (eroded columns or pinnacles of rock). I've been to Bryce thrice, once in 1979, again in 1989, and most recently in 2019 (40 years, yikes!). There are lots of hiking and horseback trails. Some of the more popular are Rim, Navajo, Fairyland, Peek-a-boo, and Queen's Garden trails. If my memory serves me correctly (big if), most of the photos from the two earlier trips were taken from Rim and Navajo trails. I don't remember exactly where I took a lot of the pre-2019 photos, so I've captioned them as "Untitled".



Park sign


Visitor Center


Information desk and exhibits


Thunderstorm on the horizon (1979)


Hoodoos


Not sure which trail this is.


Untitled (1979)


Untitled (1989)


Trail ride (1989)


Viewpoints along Rim Trail

The Rim Trail is 5.5 miles long with several moderately steep elevation changes along the way. The five viewpoints along the trail are (in order from north to south) Fairyland Point Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point, and Bryce Point. Each of these viewpoints can be accessed individually by shuttle or private vehicle. Hiking about 2.5 miles from Bryce Point to Sunrise Point (or vice versa) provides the hiker with constantly changing spectacular top-down views of Bryce Amphitheater. Needless to say, this one of the easiest and most popular trails in the park. I hiked the rim from Sunrise Point to Bryce Point on my trip to Bryce in 2019.


Sunrise Point


View from Rim Trail near Sunrise Point


View from Rim trail near Sunrise Point


Rim trail at Sunrise Point


Sunrise Point elev 8015 ft


View from Sunrise Point


Hoodoos in the morning


Sunset Point


Rim trail near Sunset Point


Caption


Thor's Hammer center (1979)


Thor's Hammer lower right (2019)


Navajo Loop Trail


Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel


Sunset Point panorama


Inspiration Point


Shuttle stop


Bryce Amphitheater (1989)


Bryce Amphitheater (2019)


Navajo Loop Trail


Inspiration Point


Wall of Windows


View from Inspiration Point


Bryce Point


Bryce Point elevation 8300 ft


Rock formations Bryce Point


Rock formations Bryce Point


Bryce Point panorama


Bryce Point view


Bryce Point view


Many hoodoos


Peekaboo Loop Trail


Viewpoints along the park road (Utah SR-63)

Once you've hiked the Rim Trail and hit all the viewpoints around Bryce Amphitheater, then it's time to drive the 18 miles or so along the park road, checking out all the viewpoints along the way.


Swamp Canyon


Swamp Canyon


Farview Point


Farview Point elevation 8819 ft


View from Farview Point (1989)


Farview Point view


Panoramic view from near Farview Point (1979)


Left part of previous photo

Natural Bridge


Natural Bridge elevation 8627 ft


Natural Bridge (1979)


Natural Bridge (2019)


Natural Bridge


Agua Canyon


Agua Canyon elevation 8800 ft


View from Agua Canyon Overlook (1979)


View from Agua Canyon Overlook (2019)


Thor's Hammer wanabe


Ponderosa Point


Ponderosa Point elevation 8904 ft


Ponderosa Point view


Ponderosa Point view


Ponderosa Point hoodoos


Rainbow Point


Rainbow Point elevation 9115 ft


View north from Rainbow Point (1979)


Rainbow Point shelter


Rainbow Point view


Rainbow Point view


Rainbow Point view


Yovimpa Point (end of the line)


Yovimpa Point elevation?


Yovimpa Point panorama


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