• Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

    Bryce Canyon

    National Park Utah

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  • U.S. Highway 89 Bryce Canyon to Grand Canyon

    Road damage south of Page, Arizona will impact travel between Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks. Click for a travel advisory and link to a map with suggested alternate routes: More »

  • Sunset Campground Construction

    From April-July 2014, three new restroom facilities will be constructed in Sunset Campground. Visitors may experience construction noise and dust, as well as some campsite and restroom closures. 'Sunset Campground' webpage has additional information. More »

  • Bryce Point to Peekaboo Connector Trail Closure

    Due to a large rockslide, the connecting trail from Bryce Point to Peekaboo Loop is closed. Trail will be reopened once repairs are made. The Peekaboo Loop is open, but must be accessed from Sunset or Sunrise Point.

  • Wall Street Section of Navajo Loop Closed

    Due to dangerous conditions (falling rock and treacherous, icy switchbacks), the Wall Street section of the Navajo Loop Trail is CLOSED. It will reopen in Spring once freezing temperatures have subsided.

  • Backcountry Campsite Closures

    Due to bear activity at select campsites in Bryce Canyon's backcountry, two backcountry campsites have been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek and Iron Spring.

Ranger Guided Activities

RANGER PROGRAMS

Ever wonder why the rocks are red? Where we got the name hoodoo? What's a deer's favorite food? Well, you're not alone! The magic of Bryce Canyon sparks the imagination and wonder in park rangers as well as visitors. Spend a few minutes or a few hours with us as we share what we've learned about your national park. Ranger programs are a great way to expand your exploration of Bryce Canyon. They're free too!

Our summer schedule is packed! Check our Ranger Program board in the park's visitor center for current locations and times.
 
Park Ranger describing geological features to an audience of visitors to Bryce Canyon

Interpretive program at Inspiration Point

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GEOLOGY TALKS
When: Daily - Year-round
Where: Sunset Point
Duration: ½ hr.
Hoodoos, ancient lakes and something called frost-wedging? Geologists have spent years studying the unique story of Bryce Canyon. Spend a half hour with a ranger as we discuss the current scientific explanation behind Bryce Canyon's unique geologic history. Check at the visitor center for current information. (No reservations are required for this activity.)

 
Park Ranger interacting with visitors during an Interpretive progam along the rim of Bryce Canyon

Park Ranger interacting with visitors during an interpretive walk along the rim of Bryce Canyon

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RIM WALK
When: Daily - Spring, Summer & Fall
Where: Sunset Point
Duration: 1½ hrs. - 1 mile Roundtrip
Great views, fascinating plant and wildlife stories, a touch of geology, a smattering of cultural history - what more could you want? Join a park ranger for an overview of Bryce Canyon as you stroll along the rim of the Bryce Amphitheater. (No reservations are required for this activity.)
 
Park Ranger interacting with children during an interpretive program

Ranger and children enjoying a Family program

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KIDS PROGRAMS
When: Almost Daily - Summer
Where: North Campground Picnic Area
Duration: 1 hr.
All of Bryce Canyon's ranger programs are family friendly, but these in particular are fun for kids and parents alike. Rangers present a wide range of programs appealing to a variety of interests. Check at the visitor center for program topic and age requirements. In person reservations required. Sign up at the visitor center. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Ranger conducting evening program at outdoor amphitheater located at Sunset campground

Park Ranger conducting evening program at Sunset Campground amphitheater

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EVENING PROGRAMS
When: Nightly - Summer & Fall
Where: Varies
Duration: 1 hr.
Evening programs offer an in-depth look at some of the compelling stories and interesting resources that Bryce Canyon protects. Check at visitor center for topics, start times, and locations.
 
Full Moon over Powell Pt. with Dark Ranger in the foreground.

Full Moon rise over Powell Point with a Dark Ranger in the foreground.

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Full Moon Hikes
When:
Full Moon nights
(click here or photo for dates)
Where: Announced only to ticket holders
Duration: 1-2 miles, 2-3 hours
Join one of Bryce Canyon's "Dark Rangers" for a nocturnal adventure. These highly popular hikes are only offered during the full moon. Flashlights are prohibited and "lug traction" footwear is required. Tickets can only be obtained at the visitor center the morning of the hike on a first come, first served basis.

 
Visitor using Telescope during night sky program

Visitor looking through a telescope

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ASTRONOMY PROGRAMS
When:
click on photo to see schedule
Where: Varies, check at Visitor Center for specific information
Duration: 1 hr. multimedia show + stargazing with telescopes
Join a park ranger for a celebration of Bryce Canyon's unparalleled night sky. In this last grand sanctuary of natural darkness you can see stars like few places on Earth! more...
 
Snowshoe outing along the rim at Bryce Canyon National Park

Snowshoe "Hikers" along the rim

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NOTICE: Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are suspended until further notice due to lack of snow (effective 01/27/2014). We will again offer snowshoe hikes when/if snow conditions permit. Alternative guided activities may be offered, inquire at the Visitor Center.

SNOWSHOE HIKES
When: Winter, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday
xxxxxx(when snow depth & staffing allow)
Where: Sign-up at Visitor Center
Duration: 1½ - 2½ hrs. 1-2 miles, moderately strenuous
Winter at Bryce is unique.You are treated to a crystal blue sky, solitude and most years, enough snow for snowshoeing! Accompany a park ranger for a snowshoe hike and we will supply the snowshoes! Learn about the winter ecology of our park and how hoodoos are the product of the winter struggle between ice and sun. More information about Winter Activities.

Did You Know?

Temple-like spires can be seen in the main amphitheater at Bryce

March 13, 1919: A Utah Joint Memorial passed legislation which read in part: We urge that the Congress of the United States set aside for the use and enjoyment of the people a suitable area embracing "Bryce's Canyon" as a national monument under the name: "Temple of the Gods National Monument." More...