The Grand Canyon might be known worldwide, but Bryce Canyon National Park, its little brother, actually deserves at least as much attention. Bryce might be smaller, but the rock formations are much more special than the Grand Canyon. Bryce Canyon is situated in the southwest corner of Utah, which might be one of the most beautiful parts of the USA. There are just so much beautiful national parks here!
Bryce Canyon really is the perfect road trip destination. It is a beautiful piece of nature, but it’s not too big to handle. When you park your car in the lot the stunning view of the Bryce Canyon amphitheater is just a minute away. You’ll be stunned immediately with what almost seems as an alien landscape.
A hike through the canyon is a real must. Horseback tours are also offered here, but you better ignore these and just walk. There’s different trails that go into and through the canyon, which are all clearly indicated with signs. You can find all the different Bryce Canyon trails right here. The moderate hikes should be doable for almost anyone, so it is advisable you do these. With hikes from two to seven kilometers you’ll be gone for at most a few hours. The trails cross each other at some points, so if you see something you’d really like to see you can just switch. Don’t forget to bring enough water, because it can get hot very quickly in Bryce Canyon. At the parking lot the temperature might still be nice, but when you go down the canyon, it may rise quickly.
Admit it: you have always wanted to drive through one of these tunnels (Red Canyon)
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Near Bryce Canyon there are a few nice “bonus” canyons: when you drive to Bryce you’ll probably pass Red Canyon, which is kind of a miniature version of Bryce Canyon. A nice warming up, so to speak. A little further down the road, in Dixie National Forest, you’ll find Cedar Breaks National Monument. This small detour is a must if you’re driving to Zion National Park or when you’re coming from there and are driving to Bryce. Cedar Breaks is also similar to Bryce Canyon. Just stopping at the side of the road, at the viewing point, will give you a perfect view of the vast landscape that is Cedar Breaks. Definitely worth stopping here!