The state of Utah is known for all kinds of incredible and exciting things, but for those with a love of nature and the outdoors, the fact that it is home to five national parks is a huge draw. Known as the “Mighty Five”, it features Zion, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, and Bryce Canyon National Park. What this means is that residents and visitors have plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures and activities.
For those who have recently booked lodging in Bryce Canyon at a well-known establishment such as Ruby’s Inn, then you are most likely starting to give a thought to how you plan to spend your time in Bryce Canyon National Park. The good news is that there is a huge array of activities and adventures you can take part in, so it’s just a matter of narrowing down the list.
Easily one of the most popular activities to take part in is to explore the many hiking trails in the park. You’ll find trails of varying lengths and skill levels, which means you’re bound to find something that suits you. You’ll notice that the hiking trails are actually divided into three categories – easy, moderate, and strenuous – in order to help you choose the best option.
No matter which you end up picking, just be sure to bring water with you, wear supportive hiking boots with a good sole, bring snacks, and never feed the wildlife.
If you happen to be visiting Bryce Canyon National Park during the winter months then you will have the unique opportunity of snowshoeing. If you’re a beginner, you may want to try the ranger-guided snowshoeing tour, which provides free poles and snowshoes to use.
Keep in mind that while you are in the park, biking is only allowed on the paved roads, but if you want to enjoy more of that mountain biking feel there are plenty of trails outside the park that you can explore. Popular nearby trails include Red Canyon Paved Bike Trail, Thunder Mountain, Dave’s Hollow, Skunk and Badger, and Casto Canyon.
What some visitors may be surprised to learn is that Bryce Canyon National Park is also home to a number of festivals well worth checking out. These include the Astronomy Festival (June 26-29), Prairie Dog Day Festival (April 18-22), and the Geology Festival (June 26-27).
Another unique way to explore the park and learn about it is to sign up for a Ranger program. There are Ranger guided activities such as geology talks, kids programs, a Rim walk, full moon hikes, evening programs, astronomy programs, snowshoe hikes, and more.
A Wide Array of Activities
No matter what you choose to take part in while visiting Bryce National Park, one thing is for certain, and that’s the fact you are in for a memorable experience with awe-inspiring scenery as the backdrop. It’s the kind of destination that will keep you coming back for more.