• Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

    Bryce Canyon

    National Park Utah

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  • Back Country Campsite Closed

    Due to bear activity at Bryce Canyon's back-country, the following campsite has been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek

Park Shuttle

Shuttle arriving at a shuttle stop and embarking and disembarking passengers

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Ride With Us!
Bryce Canyon is one of many busy national parks that has a mass transit system to minimize vehicle congestion and the resulting impacts that jeopardize the very things we all treasure about national parks. Although using our shuttle system is NOT mandatory, by riding our buses you will show us that you support our efforts to keep our parking lots from growing any larger, to keep our pure air as clean as possible, and to provide enough room in our little park for everyone to experience the magic of Bryce Canyon.

 
How to use the Shuttle

Using the Bryce Canyon Shuttle is easy and convenient. If you are not staying overnight inside the park at either the Bryce Canyon Lodge or North or Sunset Campground, we strongly encourage you to leave your vehicle outside the park. Please park and board the shuttle at the Shuttle Staging area (near Ruby's Inn) or at Ruby's Campground. To make planning your visit even easier, you can also take a trip on our Shuttle eTour before you arrive.

There is no extra fee to use the shuttle system in the developed area as indicated by the stops listed below. Paying your $25 entrance fee to Bryce Canyon entitles you to unlimited use of the Bryce Canyon Shuttle buses. Annual Passes waive the entrance fee to not only this park but all other National Park Service Areas and other Federal lands that may have fees, across the entire country. If you do not already have one of these annual passes they can be purchased at the entrance to the park.

 

Bryce Canyon Shuttle 2013

The 2013 Bryce Canyon Shuttle runs May 10th through October 13th. The shuttle begins operation at 8 a.m. (Mountain Daylight Time); times for the last bus vary during the season, check the park newspaper for times (route times are also posted at shuttle stops). Route duration is about 50 minutes, not including stops at facilities and overlooks. Check here for a special tour.

Bryce Canyon Shuttle Stops/Route Sequence

  1. Shuttle Staging Area
  2. Ruby's Inn
  3. Ruby's Campground (Southbound only/along Main Road/does not enter campground)
  4. Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  5. Sunset Campground (Southbound/on main road/does not enter campground)
  6. Bryce Point
  7. Inspiration Point
  8. Sunset Campground (Northbound/on main road/does not enter campground)
  9. Sunset Point
  10. . Bryce Canyon Lodge
  11. . Sunrise Point (General Store & High Plateau Inst. are nearby)
  12. . Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
  13. . Shuttle Staging Area
 

Intervals between shuttle buses for the summer of 2013 (tentative):

Time Interval
8:00 - 10:00 AM (MDT) 20 minutes
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT) 10-15 minutes
5:00 PM - 7:40 PM (MDT)
20 minutes

The last shuttle leaves Bryce Point at 7:20 PM MDT exiting the park with the following exceptions: May 10 - 23 and September 15 - October 5 at 6:20 PM MDT; October 6 - 13 at 5:20 PM.
 
Shuttle bus at staging area

Shuttle Bus

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2013 Rainbow Point Shuttle Tour

Bryce Canyon National Park offers a daily guided tour to Rainbow Point, free of charge, from May to October, twice daily (at 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM).

Operated by the Bryce Canyon Shuttle, this 3.5 hour round-trip tour covers 40 miles with stops along many of the park's scenic viewpoints.

Reservations are required and can be made in person at the shuttle offices at Ruby's Inn, Ruby's Campground, the Shuttle Parking and Boarding Area, or by calling 435-834-5290 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Reservations can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Buses will hold up to 45 passengers. Unclaimed spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Passengers can board at any of six shuttle boarding areas: Ruby's Inn, Ruby's Campground, Shuttle Parking and Boarding Area (across the road from Ruby's Inn), Bryce Canyon Lodge, North Campground and Sunset Campground. There will be approximately eight stops at the scenic viewpoints in the southern section of the park. Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and bring lunch, snacks, water, etc.

This tour is ideal for backpackers wanting to be dropped off at any of the park's backcountry trailheads. If backpackers wish to be picked up following a backcountry hike, it is important that they adhere to the scheduled pickup times and locations.

 

Following are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the shuttle:

  • Is a shuttle really needed? During the summer, much of the magic of Bryce Canyon is lost when visitors spend time waiting in lines to enter parking lots, circling parking lots looking for empty spaces, or fighting traffic in congested areas. There is one parking space for every four cars entering the park. Other alternatives considered, such as enlarging parking areas or limiting the number of visitors in the park, have their own negative consequences.

  • Can I get on and off the shuttle at different stops? Yes, but only at designated stops. The shuttle serves the park’s main amphitheater with stops at the Shuttle Staging Area near Ruby’s Inn, Ruby’s Campground, Bryce Canyon Shuttle Building/Parking, Bryce Canyon Visitor Center, Sunset Point, Sunset Campground, Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon Lodge, Sunrise Point and North Campground. The buses run every 12-15 minutes.

  • What if I want to drive my personal vehicle into the park? If visitors elect to drive their personal vehicles into the park, they will be charged a $25 fee at the entrance station. Once inside the park, all visitors will have the option of using the shuttle throughout their stay. Park pass holders will be admitted free.

  • What if I want to camp, or have lodging arrangements within the park? You will have to pay the $25 fee in order to drive your vehicle to the Bryce Canyon Lodge or campgrounds, and you will have the option of using the shuttle throughout your stay in the park. You will pay camping fees of $15 at the campground locations. Click here for more information regarding camping.

  • What if I'm on a commercial bus? Is it necessary for bus passengers to disembark and ride the shuttle? No, it's not necessary for commercial buses to unload their passengers to ride our shuttle. Commercial buses are allowed at the same viewpoints as shuttle buses, and we appreciate the fact that commercial buses are already doing their part to provide mass transit to park visitors.


Did You Know?

small herd of Pronghorn Antelope

Pronghorn, once roaming the plains of North America in numbers second only to Bison, can be found at Bryce Canyon National Park. They are the fastest land mammal on the continent and only the second fastest mammalian runner in the whole world, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph! More...