Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Visitor Services

Head northeast from Zion along U.S. 89. Turn east on National Scenic Byway 12, an All-American Road. Drive through scenic Red Canyon to the top of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, then turn south onto Route 63 to Bryce Canyon National Park. The distance from Zion is 86 miles.

Park Fees: Entrance to Bryce is $25 per car and $12 per pedestrian or bicyclist (good for seven days). Fees are subject to change. A free shuttle system, included with the park's entrance fee, primarily serves the main amphitheater. It operates daily during the summer. 

Head northeast from Zion along U.S. 89. Turn east on National Scenic Byway 12, an All-American Road. Drive through scenic Red Canyon to the top of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, then turn south onto Route 63 to Bryce Canyon National Park. The distance from Zion is 86 miles.

Park Fees: Entrance to Bryce is $25 per car and $12 per pedestrian or bicyclist (good for seven days). Fees are subject to change. A free shuttle system, included with the park's entrance fee, primarily serves the main amphitheater. It operates daily during the summer. 

Visitor Center: Open year-round, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the center is located one mile inside the park boundary and houses a natural history museum. A video program is shown daily in the auditorium. Hoodoo, the park newspaper published by Bryce Canyon Natural History Association, is available for visitors who want more in-depth information about Bryce Canyon. Current schedules for activities are posted at the visitor center.

Camping: Visit our camping section for more information.

Dining: Inside the park, dine in the rustic style and elegance of the 1930s at the Bryce Canyon Lodge dining room. Dinner is by reservation; call (435) 834-8760. Picnic sack lunches can also be prepared. Order them from the dining room cashier by 9 p.m. for pickup the next morning. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available, including children's menus. The dining room is open April through October. Restaurants are also located in communities outside the national park.

Gasoline: There are no gas stations in the park but there are several located in towns just outside the park, including Tropic.

Gifts: The Bryce Canyon Lodge gift shop, a Fred Harvey Trading Company store, offers a fine selection of authentic, handmade American Indian jewelry, pottery and gifts as well as film, sundries and souvenirs distinctive to Bryce Canyon. Open from April 1 to October 31. Books, maps, compact discs and other educational materials produced by the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association are also available year round at the visitor center. Gift shops in local communities offer a wide range of souvenirs, art, gifts and traveler's needs. One-hour photo and digital downloading services are available at Ruby's Inn, located just outside the park. 

Groceries: Snacks, camping supplies and sundries may be purchased at the General Store, which is located a 0.5-mile north of the Bryce Canyon Lodge near Sunrise Point. The General Store is open from mid-April to mid-October, generally from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but call Bryce Canyon Lodge at (435) 834-8700 to confirm current hours. Groceries are also available in nearby communities.

Guided and Self-Guiding Tours: The NPS offers guided talks, walks and hikes throughout the summer.

Driving: Drive to the southern end of the park's 18-mile scenic road and stop at the various overlooks as you return back to the north. Bryce's famous pinnacles, spires and monuments can be seen from Fairyland View, Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce points, and Paria View. Long distance views are best from Farview, Rainbow and Yovimpa points.

Horseback Tours: Offered in two-hour or half-day durations, these tours can be arranged at Bryce Canyon Lodge. To schedule a horseback tour before arriving at the park, contact Canyon Trail Rides, P.O. Box 128, Tropic, UT 84776; or please call (435) 679-8665.

Ground and Aerial Tours: Try these popular ways to get to know the park. Ask at the Bryce Canyon Airport on the north side of Hwy 12 or at Ruby's Inn for more information.

Lodging: Bryce Canyon Lodge has three deluxe suites, a studio, 70 motel rooms and 40 deluxe cabin units. It is open April through October. The lodge has been restored to reflect the rustic style of the 1930s. Even the company that manufactured the original hickory furniture was commissioned to produce the new furniture. Exhibits inside describe the park's human history. Designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood, the lodge is now a National Historic Landmark.

As a general rule, accommodations are in heavy demand from May through October. Visitors are encouraged to make reservations several months in advance. Contact Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, 6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle, Suite 600 North, Greenwood Village, CO 80111; (303) 29-PARKS (297-2757) or toll-free at (888) 297-2757; or visit www.brycecanyonlodge.com The reservations office is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MST), seven-days-a-week.

Other lodging is available year-round outside the park. For visitor services in Garfield County, call (800) 444-6689, or visit us on the web at www.brycecanyoncountry.com.

Medical Emergencies: First aid is available at the visitor center year-round and at the lodge in the summer. Call 911 for 24-hour emergency service. The nearest hospital is in Pan- guitch, which is 24 miles from park headquarters.

Post Office: Stamps may be purchased at the park's visitor center. There is a post office available year-round at Ruby's Inn, located just outside the park. 

Religious Services: There are nondenominational and Latter-day Saints services held at Bryce Canyon Lodge. Other services are held locally. Check at the visitor center or the lodge for current schedules.

Road Information: All vehicles are restricted to paved roads and designated parking areas only. Trailers are not allowed south of Sunset Campground. Roads are plowed after snowfalls and are reopened as soon as weather permits.

RV Facilities: There are no hookups available at the campgrounds, but a sanitary dump station, located just south of North Campground, is open in the summertime. RV parks and services can be found just outside the park and in local communities. 

Showers and Laundry: Laundry and showers are located adjacent to the General Store. Hours may vary. They are open from mid-April to late October. 

Special Services -: Most park buildings, restrooms and viewpoints are accessible, as is the partially paved, fairly level trail between Sunrise and Sunset points. In summer, Sunset Campground has accessible campsites for visitors with mobility impairments. Some ranger-led programs are accessible as well.

Weather Information: The weather is ever-changing at Bryce. Summer days are generally warm while winters are cold and snowy. Spring and fall offer pleasant daytime temperatures and crisp, cool evenings.

Park Address: For more information, contact Bryce Canyon National Park,  P.O. Box 640201, Bryce, UT 84764; (435) 834-5322.