Destination of the week: Bryce Canyon

“A hell of a place to lose a cow – Ebenezer Bryce”

Almost a decade ago, I travelled for a month around the West Coast of America. I loved the diversity I encountered, from the leafy forests of Yosemite, the (un)bearable heat in Death Valley, the history of Mesa Verde, the opulence in Las Vegas and the buzz in Los Angeles.

The stark contrast I encountered between American cities and European cities, made the trip all the more exciting. Everything seemed so much bigger, grander, more interesting. I know now America is not necessarily more interesting than Europe, or any other destination I’ve ever been to. It’s just different.

Bryce Canyon forest

While travelling through Utah, I passed through Bryce Canyon National Park. It was late afternoon, and the sun was casting a beautiful golden/orange glow over the canyon. This was by far my favourite area in America, and would love to return one day.

If you are into photography, the captivating formations which are distinctive to Bryce Canyon, are the perfect subject for a photo essay. Unfortunately, at the time, I wasn’t trying to expand my portfolio, so I only captured a few photos. Another reason for me to go back and document more of this fascinating region.

Bryce Canyon valley

Chipmunk Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon Info

– Bryce Canyon is located in South West Utah
– Temperatures range from -13 degrees in January to 28 degrees in July
– The geological formations are called ‘hoodoos’
– Archaeological finds show that people have been in the area for over 10000 years.
– Activities at Bryce Canyon include: Hiking, horse riding, skiing, stargazing and camping

Bryce Canyon landscape

Visiting Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon sees less visitors compared to Zion National Park and Grand Canyon as it’s more remote.

The closest airports are Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. There is no public transportation available to the park, so you’ll have to hire a car.

While in the park, you can make use of the free shuttle (available from May until October) which takes you to the most popular viewpoints.

To enter the park, you’ll have to pay $25 per vehicle. If you’re on foot, bicycle or motorbike, you’ll pay $12.

The park is open all year around and 24 hours per day, but some roads can be closed due to snowstorms.

If you’d like to stay at the park, you can choose between two camp-sites or the Bryce Canyon Lodge. There are also several hotels and lodges available near the park.

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos




Hi! I'm a Belgian travel blogger currently living in Vancouver, Canada after living in the UK for 7 years. I have a keen interest in responsible travel, volunteering and archaeology and I'm always on the lookout for new adventures around the world!

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5 Responses

  1. I haven’t been to Bryce Canyon but the rock formations are fascinating. Great tip on how this park gets less visitors than nearby Zion and Grand Canyon. I think the National Parks out west get a lot of attention for good reason, but Acadia National Park in Maine should be on every National Park goer’s must-see list. Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada win my prize for favorite parks outside of the U.S.

    1. Acadia National park looks gorgeous! I still have so many to visit, I don’t know where I’ll find the time 🙂
      I’ve never been to Canada, but I’m hoping to go there this year and hopefully visit the parks you mention.

  2. I love the Grand Canyon but never made it to Bryce Canyon. I have seen photos from friends who visited. I guess Utah has its own diversity. The South West is so vast and so different every hundred miles or so. That’s what I love about it.

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