Explore Bryce Canyon National Park's famous red rock spires and horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters.
Maximize your experience at Bryce Canyon National Park by driving to Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce viewpoints. These are all spectacular overlooks of the park’s red hoodoos shooting up against evergreen forests in the background. Depending on the time of day, and the angle and light of the sun, the hoodoos and mysterious rock formations often take on unusual patterns and shapes, and some think, imaginary faces.
For more inspiration, lace up your hiking boots or other sturdy shoes and explore a trail. There is something for everyone at Bryce Canyon. Our favorite easy hikes include Bristlecone Loop Trail and Queens Garden Trail. Hat Shop is our favorite moderate hike. For more physically fit hikers looking for a strenuous adventure, do the 5.5-mile vertically challenging Peek-A-Boo Loop or the 7.9 Fairyland Loop rated “difficult” by the park service.
Learn more about the park at www.myutahparks.com
Give Back to Bryce
In 2003, the iconic Navajo Loop Trail, along with some other sites in Bryce Canyon National Park, needed repair. But with park funds tight, Ruby’s Inn, located just outside of Bryce, saw an opportunity to help.
It launched the “Dollar Check-Off” program in 2004 that gives guests the option to donate $1 for each night of their stay to the Bryce Canyon National History Association. In the years since, it has raised $700,000 for the history association at its three hotels: Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn, Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel and Bryce View Lodge.
“The program has grown to be a valuable resource to the Bryce Canyon National History Association, as there are limited funds for parks,” says Lance Syrett, general manager of Ruby’s Inn.
Donations have funded wildlife studies, paleontology research and education materials.
Ruby’s Inn is at 26 South Main in Bryce Canyon City; www.rubysinn.com