Inspiration Point

Bryce Canyon National Park

Just a stone’s throw from the road, Inspiration Point is located in the northern section of Bryce Canyon National Park, famous for its exposed geologic history. The point looks out over a panoramic plateau of weathered hoodoos, the largest grouping of these formations in the country. Similar to a spire except for their irregular shape, the eerie orange and white hoodoos cover the valley for a breathtaking view.

Whether you are an avid hiker or enjoy the parks from the wheel of an RV, Bryce Canyon offers many chances to explore. From Inspiration Point, look north and east over patterned limestone amphitheatre, where you can pick out spruce, fir, ponderosa, and Pinyon pine and juniper forests in the distance.

To get a closer look at the canyon, hike down into the Queens Garden (1.8 miles round-trip) where you can walk between cities of pinnacles ranging from five to 100 feet tall. If you do not want to descend into the canyon, walk along the rim trail (0 to 11 miles round-trip) or take an afternoon to drive to Yovimpa Point, at the southern end of the park.

The colors and unique features of Bryce Canyon's landscape make it a must-see on a tour of desert parks. Bryce is part of the “Grand Staircase,” a sequence of sedimentary rocks stretching hundreds of miles to the Grand Canyon, displaying millions of years of geologic history and formation. The best way to see and understand this worldly unique region would be to travel from Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park, then south to the Grand Canyon. There is no better place to start understanding these detailed layers of history than Inspiration Point.

When to Go:

Bryce Canyon is open year round, and has an incredible ecosystem that changes with the seasons. Our favorite time to go is late spring or early fall, when there are fewer crowds and more comfortable hiking conditions. Weather can be unpredictable year-round, especially during summer, which brings monsoon season to the area.

GPS Coordinates:

N37° 36.9480’, W112° 10.2348’

Getting There:

From US-89, take UT-12 east until you reach UT-63, the main road that travels through Bryce Canyon National Park. Inspiration Point is on UT-63, less than three miles from the park entrance.

Road Conditions:

UT-63 is a paved park road. There is a wide, handicap-accessible parking lot within a short walk of Inspiration Point. If you are driving south toward Bryce Canyon through Cedar City, be advised that this road is steep and winding, reaching a 9,200-foot summit. Although this route has beautiful scenery, it is not advised during winter.

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