Area Attractions

Bryce Canyon National Park More Information

Thousands of delicately-carved spires, called ‘hoodoos’ rise in brilliant color from the amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon National Park. Millions of years of wind, water and geologic mayhem have shaped and etched the pink cliffs of Bryce, which is not actually a canyon, but the eastern escarpment of the Paunsaguant Plateau. The most brilliant hues of Bryce Canyon come alive with the rising and setting of the sun.

Scenic Byway 12

Scenic Byway #12 leads you to the Bryce Valley Inn, which can be found nestled in a valley below the breathtaking crimson hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park in the charming town of Tropic Utah. The Bryce Valley is the prefect spot to use as a base camp for an extended vacation or a quick trip to see the wonders of Southern Utah.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument:

The Bryce Valley Inn sits at the doorway too the Grand Staircase -Escalante National Monument. Visitors to the monument can see such wonders as:

· Calf Creek Falls · Chinle Badlands
· The Grand Staircase · Grosvernor Arch
· Peek-a-boo Gulch · Phillips Arch.
· Hole in the Rock · Anasazi

This monument is a very unique region of canyons, arches, plateaus and cliffs. This area, which comprises 1.9 million acres, was designated a National Monument in 1996 and is considered to be one of the last explored areas of the continental United States.

Kodachrome Basin

Kodachrome Basin: Positioned at 5,800 feet in elevation, Kodachrome Basin State Park is perhaps Utah’s finest state park and is just a few minutes from Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Kodachrome Basin State Park covers over 4,000 acres of ground and is a magical place with unique geologic formations, caves, arches, walking paths, horseback and wagon riding, and much more. Many of the formations within the park were formed in a very unique way. Anciently there were many geysers in this area that, over time ceased to spew water from their natural rock pipes within the ground. Over subsequent eons of time these pipes were filled with sediment which then became harder rock than the surrounding sediment. Over more time, the surrounding sediment was eroded away leaving the standing rock towers that had filled the pipes of the geysers.

Mossy Cave

Mossy Cave is located 3.5-miles from the Bryce Valley Inn. This short hike off of the main road will take visitors to a watery/green oasis in the deserts of Southern Utah. Many of Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos and aches can be seen from the trail. Once hikers reach the cave they will be treated to a large mossy alcove of sandstone that seeps and trickles water. During winter months large icicles hang from the walls like deep cavern stalactites.

Petrified Forest State Park

The Petrified Forest State Park has the largest known collection of petrified wood accessible to the public and is located only 38-miles from the Bryce Valley Inn. The park has a $4.00 entrance fee, but is well worth the cost. Explorers can see and touch pieces of wood that are millions of years old, but please don’t take any home.

Other activities at the park:

Learn about the Petrified Forest at the Visitor’s Center Hike the Petrified Forest Trail
Hike the Rainbow Loop Trail Swim, Canoe or Fish the Wide Hollow Reservoir

Zion National Park

The Bryce Valley Inn is just 79-miles from the entrance to Zion National Park. This area of natural wonder and awe can keep visitors to Southern Utah busy for many days. The park offers several hiking and walking trails for visitors of all experience levels.

Day hikes to Weeping Rock or the Lower Emerald Pools are fairly easy walks good for beginners or those weary from a longer journey.

Intermediate hikers may like the trek to Middle Emerald Pools or the Taylor Creek trail.
Advanced hikers would enjoy hiking Angel’s Landing, Watchman or Hidden Creek trails.

For the more adventurous hikers take the Virgin River to the famed Narrows of Zion. Everyone hiking the Narrows will get wet, so it’s a great way to cool off on a hot summer day.

The park also offers science drives, horseback riding, mountain biking trails and of course a trip through the tunnel at Mt. Carmel that connects Zion Park with the Checkerboard Mesa.

*National Parks charge for an entrance pass, which is good at that specific park for 7-days.
Yearlong Park passes, good at all National Parks are available for $50.00.

Highway 24

Highway 24 is north of Bryce Canyon, and it provides access to Capitol Reef National Park (link to the section of this page about the national park). Another highlight along this roadway is Hell’s Backbone which is features an exciting ride as there are dramatic drop offs on each side of the road. This stretch of road does also provide excellent views of the photogenic Box-Death Hollow Wilderness Area.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is northwest of Bryce Canyon National Park and is best known for its wide range of buttes, monoliths, and folds of Navajo Sandstone. These features create wondrous scenes of beautiful natural rock formations that the early pioneers in the area thought resemble the elegant and classical buildings in Washington, D.C. In the past Fremont and Paiute Indians populated the region, and people occasionally find remnants — like arrowheads, petroglyphs, pictographs, and ancient dwellings still standing — of their existence.


The area surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park has several lakes that are popular among area and visiting fishers. These lakes and reservoirs include: Pine Lake, Lake Powell, Tropic Reservoir, Baker Reservoir, Posey Lake, and Wide Hallow Reservoir.

Winter Activities

While Southern Utah is better known for its summertime activities, there are still plenty of fun winter recreational options since the area does get decent snowfall each year. Two of the most popular things to do are skiing and snowmobiling. Many of the trails that people use during the summer to hike, bike, and ride horseback on make great pathways for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. These activities are great since they allow people to go explore how this wondrous area changes when it has snow on it. Many companies in the region rent ski equipment and snowmobiles; some even provide guided tours. In fact, there is a ski resort in Brian Head.