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A One-Day Guide to Bryce Canyon

Updated: Jul 24, 2022

If you ever get the chance to go to Southern Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is a MUST SEE. I got the opportunity to go this past July, but unfortunately only had one day to take in all that the park had to offer. The park is so big, it truly is not possible to see everything in just one day, but we tried to see as much as we could, and I was definitely satisfied with what we were able to see. In this post I will go through sort of our 1-day Bryce Canyon itinerary, as well as add some suggestions that we received from others.

one of the arches along the combination trail

If you only have one day to explore the park make sure you get there early! The shuttles start running at about 8:30am and run every 15 minutes. Personally, we found it easiest to park at the base of the park by the visitor's center and take the shuttle to any viewpoints we wanted to see, and I'm glad we made that decision. Each viewpoint we arrived at, the parking lots were full by about 9:00am, so in my opinion, it's only worth parking at these viewpoints if you plan on spending the whole day in that area.

descending into the canyon

If you are planning on hiking and actually going down into Bryce Canyon as opposed to just around the rim, I highly suggest the Queen's/Navajo Combination Loop. This trail is ranked as moderate, which was definitely appropriate, but it certainly was not a hard hike. The loop is about 3 miles total and took us about 2.5 hours. This hike allowed us to walk down into the canyon and see all of the different rock formations, but also took us back up through the canyon to see the beautiful views of the hoodoos, including the most famous one, Thor's Hammer.