Bryce Canyon National Park’s mesmerizing landscape will take your breath away. Hoodoos, intricate rock formations, and sandstone pillars cover the valley. Bryce, in southwestern Utah, is famous for having the ✨ largest population of hoodoos ✨ in the world. Learn how to spend one day in Bryce Canyon seeing this magical landscape.
Hoodoos, sometimes called fairy chimneys or goblins, are tall, thin rocks that rise up from basins in spire formations. Hoodoos also refers to witchcraft or voodoo. Once you see hoodoos in Bryce, you’ll understand why they have this mystical name.
Because Bryce is relatively small, you can easily cover the park in a day. I have gone to this park three times and each time I fall further in love with it. Despite the park’s small size, the landscape is truly impactful and memorable. Below you will find recommendations for the best way to spend your day in Bryce.
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One Day Bryce Canyon Itinerary
Watch the Sunrise
I highly recommend that you wake up early for the sunrise over the hoodoos 🌅. The sunlight casts a low glow over the valley, while the various hues of purple, orange, and red wash light up the sky.
The best spot in the park to see sunrise is ironically Sunset Point. For different vantage points, you can walk from Sunset Point to Sunrise Point. This was the first time we saw the park’s landscape and we were left in awe. The sunrise at Bryce is magical and there is no better time to see the park than sunrise!
Trek Through the Hoodoos
Getting down into the hoodoos is one of the best things to do in Bryce! There’s nothing quite like staring up at these wild rock formations. Hues of oranges and reds contrast the bright blue sky overhead. Choose from one of the many great hikes that you can do in just a few hours 🥾!
Best Hikes in Bryce:
- Navajo Loop/Queen’s Garden Trail (2.9 miles)
- Fairyland Loop Trail (8 miles)
- Peek-a-Boo Loop Trail (5.2 miles).
Drive through Bryce Canyon Park
Because Bryce is fairly small, you can see plenty of the park simply by driving through it 🚗. If you get out at the lookout points, you will see different perspectives of the hoodoos that cover the valley. You can stop along the way and choose your favorite one!
Best Bryce Viewpoints:
End Day with a Sunset
Of course if you’re staying for the day, then you’ll want to watch the sunset 🌄 somewhere special. Sunset Point is the best point for both sunrise and sunset. End your day and your time in the park by watching the sky transform the hoodoos below at this spot.
Let me know if you found this one day itinerary helpful!
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