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Visiting Bryce Canyon with Kids

A trip to Bryce Canyon offers many opportunities for families to explore, learn, and connect with the park. Whether hiking on a trail, having a picnic, or attending a ranger-led program you will find something that is great for your family. To help in your trip planning here are a few things to keep in mind:

Trails – Bryce Canyon has several trails rated at Easy that are great for families with young kids. The Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Point is half a mile in length, flat and paved. This trail is accessible for strollers and provides panoramic views of the main Bryce Amphitheater. Other Easy trails are the Queens Garden Trail, Mossy Cave Trail and Bristlecone Loop Trail.

Shared-use Path – A 17 mile paved multi-use bike and walking path connects Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest to Bryce Canyon National Park and ends in the park at Inspiration Point. The Shared-use path provides many opportunities to experience the national park and national forest. The 5 mile stretch in the park is bike and stroller friendly and wheelchair accessible with some assistance.

Shuttles – During the peak season, free shuttle bus service is available in the park. The shuttle system will connect you to many of the park’s main viewpoints, trails and points of interest. Eating is not permitted on the buses, but drinking water is allowed. Please remember to stay hydrated on your visit to the park. The buses are able to carry up to two bicycles as well as strollers.

Food and Picnic Areas – Food is available for purchase in the park at Bryce Canyon Lodge and the General Store. The towns surround the park offer many opportunities for the purchase of food at restaurants or grocery stores. While in the park, picnic areas with tables are available at the General Store, Sunset Point, Rainbow Point, and on the scenic drive near mile marker 5 and 9. Please dispose of your recycling or trash properly and remember to never feed wildlife.


More information to plan your visit is available in the Map & Guide. Remember, your safety is your responsibility.

 

Become a Junior Ranger

The Junior Ranger program is a fun way to learn about your park while earning your own souvenir junior ranger badge. The Junior Ranger activity book is available at the Visitor Center for free. When completed, the Junior Ranger activity book should be brought to the visitor center to have a ranger check over the book and to receive your badge.

More information about the Junior Ranger program at Bryce Canyon is available.

 

Explore the Visitor Center

The park visitor center is a great stopping off point to starting your trip to Bryce Canyon. Explore the interactive exhibits to learn the areas people, geology, night sky, and plants and animals. While in the visitor center you can also watch the parks 22 minute park film, shown on the hour and on the half hour, look for a souvenir in the bookstore.

 

Attend a Ranger-led Program

Ranger-led programs are scheduled thorough the year and are a great way to learn about the park. Talks, walks, telescopes, and snowshoe hikes are just some of the programs offered at Bryce Canyon.

More information about Ranger-led programs at Bryce Canyon is available.

 
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Every Kid Outdoors

The Every Kid Outdoors initiative is aimed at providing an opportunity for each fourth grade student across the country to experience federal lands and water in person. Students logon onto the Every Kid Outdoors website to complete an on-line activity and earn a voucher that can be exchanged for a plastic pass at park entrance stations. The Every Kid Outdoors Pass gives students free access to public lands during their fourth-grade school year and up through August 31.

 

School Programs

Curriculum based education programs are offered throughout the school year and on request when staffing allows.

 
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Research
Need help with a research paper about the features and history of Bryce Canyon? Read about the first inhabitants Bryce region and the frontier men and women that have settled the surrounding area.
 
Bryce and Paiute Tribe member Jeremy.
Ebenezer Bryce and Paiute Tribe member Jeremy.

NPS Photo

People have lived in the Bryce Canyon area for about 10,000 years. To learn more about these People look in the History and Culture section of our website.
 
Raven at Rainbow Point.
Raven perched on the Rainbow Point sign at Rainbow Point.

Photographed by Brian B. Roanhorse 20 January, 2014.

Nature and Science
Visit Nature and Science: learn about the Utah prairie dog, the clever Clark's Nutcracker bird, and the Ponderosa forest; our night skies are the darkest around!
 
Sunrise on the Rim Trail near Sunset Point.
Sunrise on the Rim Trail near Sunset Point.

Photographed by Brian B. Roanhorse 30 October, 2015.

Geologic Formations
Bryce Canyon is really famous for its beautiful rock features; there's even a place called Fairyland Point! We have rock arches, fins, walls...and "hoodoos." Interested? Visit Bryce Canyon's Geologic Formations website.

Last updated: January 16, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764

Phone:

(435) 834-5322
Phones are answered and messages returned as soon as possible as staffing allows.

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