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4 Day Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Itinerary with Kids – 2024 Guide

    The hoodoo amphitheater of Bryce Canyon National Park is iconic with its tall reaching columns of orange rock. These amazing formations are shaped by wind, water, and ice erosion, carving individual spires from a single wall of rock. Windows form first, and then the crevices widen until the hoodoos seem entirely separate from one another. But unfortunately, this erosion continues and eventually each hoodoo will be worn down to a simple rounded hill.

    You might be surprised to know that the hoodoos in Bryce aren’t entirely unique! Freestanding rock columns like these can also be called goblins, tent rocks, spires, pinnacles, fairy chimneys, and earth pyramids. You can find other similar rock formations in places like Goblin Valley State Park and Chiricahua National Monument and in a handful of other countries around the world.

    While they are certainly interesting and impressive when viewed from the overlooks above the amphitheater, there’s nothing quite like walking among these rock giants along the various hiking trails. It’s a view well worth the extra effort. Your Bryce Canyon family vacation will be one to remember for decades to come!

    Where to Stay in Bryce Canyon

    Bryce Canyon National Park is not a very big park, but the area around it is pretty spread out, so we see a big advantage to staying inside the park or directly outside of it in the Bryce Canyon City area that the park shuttle visits. Staying inside the park makes it much more convenient to watch the sunrise or do any night sky viewing. And you’ll have the option to walk or bike to nearby trailheads.

    Lodging in Bryce Canyon National Park

    The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is a beautiful historic building, surrounded by cabins, just a short walk from Sunset Point, one of the park’s most popular overlooks. The lodge offers both a sit-down restaurant and a pizzeria/coffee shop. Visitors can also purchase grab and go meals at the general store nearby. To stay at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon, you should book well in advance and ask about restaurant schedules at the time of your visit.

    Camping in Bryce Canyon National Park

    Bryce Canyon has 2 campgrounds, which operate as First Come First Served for the slower season and reservation only for the peak season. Both campgrounds are located in the main Bryce amphitheater area, making them ideal locations for visitors.

    Lodging Outside of Bryce Canyon National Park

    The closet lodging outside of Bryce Canyon National Park is in Bryce Canyon City just outside of the park entrance. Staying in this area has a huge advantage over other lodging outside the park, because the Bryce shuttle has multiple stops in this area.

    Other hotels are located along route 12 with a large portion of those in the town of Tropic. Staying in Tropic is a great option for those wanting to stay outside of Bryce, because you can be in the park in about 20 minutes, and it offers a few more amenities than Bryce Canyon City. You’ll find a small grocery store, a couple of restaurants, and a coffee shop here, as well as a 24 hour laundromat. If you decide to stay outside of Bryce Canyon National Park, you’ll want to drive into the park early or plan on riding the shuttle.

    Some of the areas outside of Bryce, such as Tropic and Cannonville, are at a lower elevation than Bryce Canyon National Park and Bryce Canyon City. This elevation change will make winter nights less chilly in the colder months but will also mean hotter days during the summer months.

    Camping Outside of Bryce Canyon National Park

    Outside the park, you’ll find a smattering of RV parks, nearby state park campgrounds, and plenty of dispersed camping areas. There’s something for every type of camper! Keep in mind my note about elevation above, as weather affects campers even more than other visitors. We moved from a campsite at 7,700 feet to a RV park at 5,900 feet to avoid a few nights of freezing temperatures during our visit in May.

    Best Time to Visit Bryce Canyon National Park

    Bryce Canyon National Park is located at a very high elevation, so it basically has 2 seasons, summer and winter. The summer months (June to September) are of course the most popular, but you’ll also have access to everything in the park once seasonal closures have ended. And the temperatures are very pleasant with cool evenings, making summer a great time for your Bryce Canyon family vacation.

    Winter in Bryce starts in October and ends in May, but those months are transitional. Year to year, different facilities and amenities may be available at different times. If you’re visiting in these shoulder season months, you may experience snow. We spent 2 days in the park in early May and were surprised to see evening temperatures in the 20s. The park got a dusting of snow, but just a day earlier we were hiking without our jackets!

    Visiting Bryce Canyon in the winter is truly beautiful and it’s definitely on our bucket list. The scenic drive through Bryce may close beyond mile 3 in snowy conditions until the road is cleared and certain hiking trails will close for the entire winter. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are available and the park will even provide snowshoes and poles to visitors participating in a ranger-led hike. Ruby’s Inn Winter Adventure Center offers snowshoe and cross country ski rentals. If the snow on the trails isn’t fresh and has had time to melt, you’ll want to swap your snowshoes for traction devices to traverse the steep and icy trails. And of course, if you choose to visit Bryce Canyon in the winter, you’ll want to come well prepared with waterproof winter coat and pants as well as winter boots.

    Bryce Canyon Shuttle Bus System and Parking

    National Park shuttle systems have become more and more common over the last few years as parks have become more crowded, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing! We’d much rather utilize the park shuttle system than circle endlessly looking for parking! And you can’t arrive at every popular spot in the park before 9:30. You have to do something in the middle of the day! The shuttle is also a great way for families or groups to split up if different people want to go different places.

    The Bryce Canyon shuttle system has 15 stops, starting outside the park at their shuttle station and stopping a couple times around Bryce Canyon City. The shuttle station has tons of parking and space for RVs too. Once entering the park, the shuttle system stops at the Visitor Center and campground before hitting the four Bryce amphitheater overlooks and the lodge. The whole loop around takes just under an hour if you don’t disembark. These four main overlooks are very popular, so we highly recommend taking the shuttle to avoid the stress of trying to park at each one.

    If you’re planning to tour these overlook areas in the peak hours of the day, you’ll probably want to take advantage of Bryce’s free shuttle system. You can park your vehicle at the Bryce Canyon Shuttle Station outside the park or at the overflow parking lot by North Campground and hop right on the shuttle at either location. We noticed lots of cars driving through fully packed parking lots during the middle of the day and rangers were stationed to keep cars moving, assist with parking, and even block off vehicle access to overcrowded overlooks.

    So do you even need a vehicle at Bryce Canyon? Are you better off using the shuttle for your entire park visit? Actually, no! A significant portion of the park is not accessed by the shuttle system. The four Bryce amphitheater viewpoints and the Visitor Center are just the first part of the park. There’s another 15 miles of park road that we’ll talk about in a bit!

    Tips for Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park

    Even if you don’t hike down into the Bryce amphitheater, be prepared for some uphill walking. Most of the main scenic overlooks required walking up a decent incline. We were pleased to see that these overlooks (I believe) were all sloped accessible sidewalks and not stairs.

    If you’re able to hike down into the hoodoos, you will get a completely different perspective as they tower over you. We saw hikers of all ages and skill levels on our Queens Garden/Navajo Loop hike. Many used hiking poles and everyone we saw equipped with water was doing well. (The people we saw who appeared to be struggling also did not appear to be carrying water.)

    Bryce Canyon is situated around 8,000 feet above sea level, so many visitors will be unaccustomed to the high elevation. Thinner air at high elevation can lead you to feel winded faster, so it’s important not to push yourself too hard on hikes and have plenty of water and snacks on hand.

    Bryce’s high elevation also means that temperatures will be cooler than surrounding areas. We visited Bryce right after spending a few days in Zion and at the beginning of May, those two places can have vastly different temperatures. We traded 80 degree days in Zion for 55 degree days in Bryce with lows below freezing!

    Bryce Canyon is in a pretty remote area, so you’ll want to plan ahead and bring in your own supplies. You also might want to check out the local restaurant options and their hours of operation to get a plan together. Nobody wants to drive to the pizza place for lunch and find out it’s only open for dinner!

    Top 10 Must Do Activities in Bryce Canyon National Park:

    1. Visit the Bryce amphitheater overlooks – Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point are the most popular viewpoints in the park for good reason! The views are simply incredible!

    2. Hike down into the hoodoos – I’ll share the length and elevation for the park’s most popular hikes below.

    3. Drive to Rainbow Point – Drive the additional 15 miles of the main park road to additional viewpoints.

    4. Take the park shuttle – It’s a great way to rest after a long hike and a convenient way to get around the park’s most popular spots without hunting for an elusive parking spot!

    5. Visit Bryce Canyon City – Browse the gift shop or have some fun at Old Bryce Town.

    6. See Natural Bridge – There are natural bridges throughout the park, but you can’t miss the one marked on the park map. It’s gigantic and very close to the overlook!

    7. Hike Mossy Cave Trail – Avoid the steep ascent at the end of all the other Bryce Canyon hikes and add this short trail to your Bryce Canyon travel itinerary.

    8. Check out the museum and park film at the Visitor Center – Kids will especially love the exhibit about prairie dogs.

    9. Do some star gazing – Bryce is an International Dark Sky Park, so this is a great place for night sky viewing!

    10. Watch the sunrise over the canyon – I’m so bummed that we had to cut our trip short due to weather and I missed out on this!

    Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

    Scenic Drives and Overlook Areas

    The main Bryce Amphitheater area covers the first 3 miles of the main park road. Driving the remaining 15 miles will take you to a number of scenic overlooks. We spent about 2 hours driving the additional 15 miles to Rainbow Point and enjoying the many scenic overlooks on the way back. Natural Bridge is an absolute must do and about halfway along the road, so if you’re short on time, drive there and do the overlooks on the way back.

    Quick tip: Don’t miss Fairyland Point. The turn for Fairyland Point is located between the park sign and the entrance fee station, so it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. The Fairyland Loop Trail starts here but it’s also a great overlook.

    The Visitor Center

    The Bryce Canyon Visitor Center has a gift shop, park film, museum exhibits, and restrooms. In the museum, you can learn about the rock layers found in the park, the formation of hoodoos, prairie dogs, and night sky light pollution. The park film plays every half hour.

    Biking Bryce Canyon

    Did you know you can bike into Bryce Canyon all the way from the hoodoos in Red Canyon? An 18 mile paved bike path weaves along Route 12 and continues into the park all the way to Inspiration Point. Bryce Canyon National Park announced in 2024 that they have plans to continue the bike path to Bryce Point, allowing bikers to access all the same overlooks that the shuttle system travels.

    In addition to this main bike path, additional multi-use paths weave throughout the main overlook areas. But bikes are not allowed on the Rim Trail or in the actual overlook areas, so you’ll need to lock up your bikes before reaching the scenic overlooks. Some of these paths have a lot of elevation changes, so e-bikes might be helpful.

    If you’d like to utilize the bike paths as a park crowd control strategy, you can park your vehicle at the Bryce Canyon Shuttle Station outside the park or at the overflow parking lot by North Campground.

    Visit Bryce Canyon City

    Although Bryce Canyon City is not large, it is very convenient to access since the Bryce Canyon shuttle circles it with each loop of the park. In addition to the general store and laundry facilities inside the park, you’ll find another laundromat and small grocery store here. You will also find a large gift shop, restaurant, and old fashioned photo studio inside the main hotel building.

    The Old Bryce Town area has a fun ‘wild west’ façade and contains gift shops (including a rock shop), an ice cream shop, and a bakery. Take some fun family photos here with the old western photo stand-ins, covered wagon, and jail storefront. You can also book ATV tours and horseback rides of Red Canyon or Bryce Canyon in this area.

    Visit Tropic

    About 20 minutes from the park entrance, the town of Tropic has a couple of restaurants, a cute coffee shop, a small grocery store, 24 hour laundromat, an ice cream shop, 2 gas stations, and various lodging options. We really enjoyed The Pizza Place and the banana bread at Bryce Canyon Coffee Co. comes very highly recommended. If you’re spending a couple of days in Bryce Canyon National Park, you’ll probably want to mix up your food options by eating at least one of your meals here. And while we didn’t compare any prices ourselves, we got a tip from a local that the Tropic grocery store has better prices than the one in Bryce Canyon City.

    Sunset and Sunrise in Bryce Canyon

    Watching the sunset in a national park is a very popular activity for visitors, but Bryce Canyon is one place where you’ll want to get up early and watch the sunrise instead! In the evening, the hoodoos are completely in shadow well before sunset, but in the morning, they GLOW! None of the four amphitheater overlooks (Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration, and Bryce Points) is a bad choice for watching the sunrise. Many people will head to Sunrise Point, because of its name, but Sunset Point is very close by and has a very similar view. Inspiration Point also has an advantage, because there is a pretty wide viewing area here, which might make your experience more enjoyable on a busy morning. Additionally, walking part of the Rim Trail between two overlooks (like Sunrise and Sunset) could give you a little more space to have a quiet sunrise moment if there are a lot of other visitors.

    It’s important to note that the Bryce Canyon shuttle will not be running before sunrise, so you’ll need to drive your own vehicle into the park to see the sunrise. You’ll want to be in the park about 30 minutes before sunrise so you can park and walk to the overlook before the sun peeks over the horizon.

    Because the overlooks of Bryce Canyon are all mostly facing east, you won’t really get a great sunset view anywhere in the park. Even Sunset Point is facing east and if you turned around you’d see a bunch of tall trees which would block your view of the sunset.

    Short Hikes

    Mossy Cave – .8 miles and 150 feet of elevation. Follow the stream to a grotto and to Tropic Ditch Falls.

    Rim Trail – Up to 11 miles and 719 feet of elevation. The Rim Trail stretches between the Bryce Amphitheater viewpoints from Bryce Point to Fairyland Point. The 1 mile Sunset to Sunrise portion of this trail is paved. The Bryce to Inspiration portion of the trail is closed in the winter and also has the most elevation changes (both up and down). Hiking from Bryce or Inspiration towards Fairyland Point makes this more of a downhill hike than an uphill. And of course, pair this hike (or a portion of it) with the shuttle!

    Bristlecone Loop – 1 mile and 200 feet of elevation. Located at Rainbow Point, this hike weaves through bristlecone pine trees and offers a very different view from the other Bryce Canyon hiking trails.

    Queen’s Garden – 1.8 miles and 450 feet of elevation. Follow this trail into the amphitheater to see the Queen Victoria hoodoo.

    Navajo Loop – 1.3 miles and 515 feet of elevation. The Wall Street side is closed in the winter, making this an out and back hike. When both sides are open, rangers recommend hiking counter-clockwise.

    Queen’s Garden/Navajo Combination Loop – 2.9 miles and 625 feet of elevation. Start at Sunrise Point to enjoy the Queen’s Garden hoodoos. Be sure to see the Queen Victoria hoodoo before continuing towards Sunset Point and the Navajo section. Ascend one of the Navajo Loop portions (or Two Bridges if Wall Street is closed) and finish the loop by walking back to Sunrise Point along the Rim Trail.

    Tower Bridge – 3 miles and 760 feet of elevation. Descend from the Rim Trail north of Sunrise Point to the Tower Bridge hoodoo. Can be combined with the Fairyland Loop trail.

    If you only have time for (or your children only have stamina for) 1 hike, we’d highly recommend the Queen’s Garden/Navajo Combination. While the Rim Trail certainly offers different views than the overlooks it connects, you’re still getting the same perspective of looking down on the hoodoos. We loved walking down amongst the hoodoos and as soon as the hike was over, I was wishing for more time down in the amphitheater.

    Longer Hikes

    Hat Shop – 4 miles and 1380 feet of elevation. This trail starts at Bryce Point and follows the first portion of the Under-the-Rim-Trail to a section of balanced-rock hoodoos the park calls The Hat Shop.

    Peekaboo Loop – 5.5 miles and 1560 feet of elevation. Rangers recommend taking this loop clockwise.

    Fairyland Loop – 8 miles and 1900 feet of elevation. While it’s called Fairyland Loop, it is actually an out and back trail unless you connect with Tower Bridge for a total trail length of 5.5 miles.

    Navajo/Peekaboo Combination Loop – 4.9 miles and 1475 feet of elevation. Start at sunset point and combine these two loop trails in a figure 8 pattern to enjoy the views of both trails while only needing to do the steep ascent once.

    The Figure-8 Combination – Combine all three trails: Queen’s Garden, Navajo Loop, and Peekaboo Loop. Rangers recommend hiking clockwise.

    Bryce Amphitheater Traverse – 4.7 miles and 1145 feet of elevation. For the serious hiker who wants to see all the hoodoos at once! Start at Bryce Point, hike Peekaboo Loop clockwise, then connect to Queen’s Garden and end at Sunrise Point. (And then you can use the shuttle to return to your vehicle!)

    What To Do Near Bryce Canyon National Park

    Here are some nearby parks, trails, and monuments within an hour’s drive that you might enjoy adding to your 4 day Bryce Canyon travel itinerary.

    Red Canyon – Just up the road from Bryce, this area has fewer hoodoos, but more opportunities for exploration than the national park. You’ll find hiking trails and biking paths here as well as ATV trails. (20 minutes away) (20 minutes away)

    Widtsoe Ghost Town – A church/school building, a cemetery, and a few homes are all that is left of this old Utah community. (20 minutes away)

    Kodachrome Basin State Park – This beautiful red rock park has 67 stone spires or chimneys. It’s also a great place for a bike ride or a guided horseback ride, and the state park also has a disc golf course and several lawn games available for rent. (35 minutes away)

    Grosvenor Arch – If you’re visiting Kodachrome Basin State Park, you’ll definitely want to stop here too. The towering sandstone double arch can be viewed from a paved walkway after driving a few miles down a dirt road. (55 minutes away)

    Willis Creek Slot Canyon – This 5.8 mile out and back slot canyon trail is considered a family friendly moderate hike. If you want to explore only the slot canyon section and not continue on following the creek, the total hike will be less than 3 miles. Read more about Willis Creek Slot Canyon and see recent hiker reviews here. Hikers should understand flash flood safety rules. (45 minutes away)

    Bull Valley Gorge Slot Canyon – While this slot canyon trail is less than a mile out and back, it’s considered challenging because technical gear and experience might be required to navigate deep pools and high rock walls. Read more about Bull Valley Slot Canyon and see recent hiker reviews here. Hikers should understand flash flood safety rules. (50 minutes away)

    Escalante Petrified Forest State Park – Walk nature trails through petrified forests and see dinosaur bones and other fossils at the Visitor Center. (55 minutes away)

    What to Bring to Bryce Canyon National Park

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    Food & supplies – Bryce Canyon is in a pretty rural location, so we recommend going shopping for food and other supplies at a major grocery store instead of waiting until you get closer to the park. There are a couple of stores near the park, but they are not large and prices may be much higher than what you’d normally pay. Restaurants in the area are also pretty limited.

    Water bottles or hydration backpacks – Water refill stations are available, but only at a few locations around the park, so you’ll want to carry plenty of water with you. If you’re planning to hike down into the hoodoos, I would highly recommend a hydration backpack for every member of your hiking crew, because you’ll want more than 1 water bottle’s worth. Here’s the kid’s size we have. We also carry a Platypus water bladder to refill my water bottle with.

    Hats and sunscreen – It’s very sunny here and mornings are also very cool, so you might want to hike like us, with winter beanies on first and ball caps on at the end.

    Water-resistant hiking shoes with good traction – Ankle injuries are 1 of the top 3 emergency situations that Bryce Canyon rangers see (along with heat exhaustion and elevation sickness), so it’s critical to have proper hiking shoes if you are descending into the amphitheater. We like these hiking boots for men and women, and our kids have these hiking sandals. We also purchased traction devices to fit over our boots (often called crampons, but these are much smaller than what you’d purchase for ice climbing).

    Trekking poles – Hiking poles are very helpful for any hikes with elevation and we saw a lot of people using them. (We forgot ours in the RV.)

    Your camera – You’ll definitely want to capture the beauty of the hoodoos from the overlooks!

    Bikes – The bike trails in Bryce looked like a great way to get around, but there were some hills, so we’d recommend e-bikes.

    Bryce Canyon National Park with Kids:

    Read about Bryce Canyon

    Get your kids excited about their family vacation to Bryce Canyon by reading some books ahead of time. Here are some you might enjoy:
    Goodnight Bryce Canyon by Adam Gamble
    Bryce Canyon by Jennifer Hackett
    Bryce Canyon: The Story Behind the Scenery by John Bezy
    Scout Moore, Junior Ranger: On the Colorado Plateau – This series is put out by the Grand Canyon Conservancy and can be hard to get ahold of outside the parks. But if you see them, buy this 3 park series. They’re a big hit in our house! This book includes all the Utah parks.
    Who Pooped on the Colorado Plateau? by Gary D Robson
    Olivia Owl Explores Utah by Chad Reinertson
    Utah & Nevada: 50 Hikes with Kids by Wendy Gorton
    National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks by Erin McHugh
    All Aboard! National Parks by Hailey and Kevin Meyers
    National Parks of the U.S.A. by Kate Siber

    Junior Ranger Program

    You’ll want to grab your Bryce Canyon Junior Ranger books at the beginning of your trip as several activities need to be done in certain areas. The booklet uses a handy symbol system so you know what activities need to be done outside in nature, which should be done in the Visitor Center, and which can be done anywhere. There’s also a special hiking program noted inside the book and space given on the back cover of the Junior Ranger book to make pencil rubbings while on your hikes. I appreciated the large amount of activities to choose from, which makes it easy for families to complete the required number even on a short visit.

    Bryce Canyon Activities Kids Will Love

    Learn about prairie dogs at the Visitor Center – The prairie dog display was such a hit with all the kids in the Visitor Center museum! But they also enjoyed the large hoodoos and the night sky exhibit.

    Ride the shuttle – My kids always love riding the shuttle in every national park that they can.

    Playground by Ruby’s Inn – It was such a fun surprise to find a playground right outside a national park! Take the shuttle to Ruby’s Inn Best Western and let the kids run off some energy without worrying that they’ll cause a rockslide!

    Old Bryce Town – This fun area is sure to please anyone who likes posing for silly photos! Not to mention the cool rock shop and ice cream.

    Widtsoe Ghost Town – We didn’t have a chance to visit here, but our kids loved looking around ghost towns in Colorado last year.

    Willis Creek Slot Canyon – We’ve heard from so many families that this hike is a kid-favorite! Unfortunately, bad weather cut our trip short, but we will definitely be doing this next time!

    How to Plan Your 2 Day Bryce Canyon Travel Itinerary

    Two days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Bryce Canyon unless you have a long list of hikes that you want to do. But there are some other really cool things to do within a few hours drive of Bryce, so we’ll offer a 4 day Bryce Canyon travel itinerary too, which will include some other attractions nearby.

    1 Day Bryce Canyon Travel Itinerary

    If you have just 1 day in Bryce Canyon, we recommend starting your day with the Queen’s Garden/Navajo combination hike. You’ll start at Sunrise Point and end at Sunset Point, hitting 2 of the 4 Bryce amphitheater overlooks. Hop on the shuttle to rest your feet and hit the other two overlooks: Bryce Point and Inspiration Point. If you didn’t bring a picnic lunch with you, stop by one of the restaurants in Bryce Canyon City for some lunch and then drive your car along the scenic road. If you’re running out of time, stop at Natural Bridge and turn around there. Fairyland Point is another great overlook at the beginning of the park, so make sure to stop there on your way out.

    If you’re taking a day trip to Bryce Canyon National Park from Zion or another nearby location and have just a few hours in the park, that’s ok! You can still enjoy the iconic hoodoos in the Bryce Amphitheater. Park in the large shuttle lot right outside the park since you’re arriving later in the morning and do the whole shuttle loop, stopping at the Visitor Center and each of the four main overlooks of the amphitheater. You’ll need about 2 to 2.5 hours for the shuttle loop, accounting for your stops. If you still have a few hours before you need to head out, hike Queens’ Garden or the Queen’s Garden/Navajo combination.

    2 Day Bryce Canyon Travel Itinerary

    For a 2 day Bryce Canyon travel itinerary, we can spread out our 1 day itinerary from above. Spend the first day focusing on your hike and the amphitheater overlooks and if you have extra time, you can check out the park film and museum exhibits at the Visitor Center.

    Start day 2 of your Bryce Canyon travel itinerary watching the sunrise over the hoodoos and then head out on another hike. If Queen’s Garden/Navajo felt like a bigger hiker for you, do the Mossy Cave Trail which is a much flatter trail. If you’re excited to do another descent and ascent in the amphitheater, you could do Hat Shop, Peekaboo Loop, or Tower Bridge/Fairyland Combination. In the afternoon, rest your feet by driving the 15 mile scenic drive and additional Bryce Canyon overlooks.

    4 Day Bryce Canyon Travel Itinerary

    With a 4 day Bryce Canyon family vacation, follow our 2 day itinerary above and then spend 2 days adventuring outside of Bryce Canyon.

    On day 3, visit the ghost town of Widtsoe and then bike or hike some trails through Red Canyon. (Total drive time: 1 hour 15 minutes)

    Finish your 4 day Bryce Canyon family vacation with a hike through Willis Creek Slot Canyon. After 3-4 hours here, drive to Kodachrome Basin State Park to see the stone chimney formations and stop by Grosvenor Arch before returning to Bryce Canyon. (Total drive time: 2 hours 40 minutes)

    As an alternative, if you’d like to do a 2 day Zion 2 day Bryce Canyon travel itinerary, we’ll outline our best tips for that below.

    What Else To Do on Your Utah Road Trip?

    If you have enough time for a 7 day Utah travel itinerary, where else should you go? Utah is FULL of so many other amazing spots, even some within just a couple hours drive of Bryce Canyon National Park. Here are some stops to consider for your Utah family road trip:

    Zion National Park – It’s rare to find 2 national parks less than 90 minutes from each other, so we highly recommend pairing your Bryce Canyon family vacation with a visit to Zion as well. We’ll talk more about that in just a minute.

    Devil’s Garden – The strange formations along this 1 mile loop trail in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument include hoodoos, small arches, and domes. (1.5 hours)

    Anasazi State Park Museum – View the archeological discovery of an ancestral Puebloan village as well as a replica house. (1.5 hours)

    Capitol Reef National Park – Another of Utah’s Mighty Five national parks, Capitol Reef probably is the least well known, but has aspects of all the other parks. (2 hours)

    Goblin Valley State Park – Another hoodoo park, Goblin Valley is filled with sandstone formations, many of which have a fun mushroom shape. (3.5 hours)

    Moab – In Moab you’ll find both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, which makes it worth the extra drive time! (4.5 hours)

    Pairing your Bryce Canyon Family Vacation with Zion National Park

    If you’re planning to spend 2 days at Bryce Canyon, you might also want to spend a few days at Zion National Park. It takes about 90 minutes to drive from Bryce Canyon to the east entrance of Zion. Ideally, you’d have 2 days in Bryce Canyon and about 4 days to explore most of Zion National Park, but you could also pair either park’s 1 or 2 day itineraries for a fantastic shorter trip. You’ll want to read through my Zion National Park post, as I have lots of tips for that park and oversized vehicles will have to pay for a permit to drive through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. With these two amazing national parks so close together, it would be a shame to visit just one of them.

    4 Day Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Itinerary with Kids

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