Most park facilities were constructed between 1930 and 1960. Some have been upgraded for accessibility, while others could be used with assistance. Because of the park's natural terrain, only a 1/2 mile section of the Rim Trail between Sunset and Sunrise Points is wheelchair accessible. The one-mile Bristlecone Loop at Rainbow Point has a hard surface and could be used with assistance, but several grades do not meet standards. Parking is marked at all overlooks and public facilities. Accessible campsites are available in Sunset Campground.
Two moderately sloping ramps lead from the parking lot to the Visitor Center. The building is equipped with a lowered information/sales desk and fully accessible auditorium with a captioned 22-minute film. Restrooms have fully-accessible stalls.
Accessible restroom stalls are available at the Visitor Center, Bryce Canyon Lodge, the General Store, Loop A and the group site of Sunset Campground, Farview Point, and Rainbow Point. Restrooms at Sunset Point are accessible with assistance.
Sites 223 and 224 in Loop A of Sunset Campground are reserved for visitors with mobility impairments. These sites offer pull-through access, picnic tables with extensions, and stand-up fire grills. The sites are located across from a fully accessible restroom. Sunset Campground is closed during winter months (typically mid-October through late April).
The Sunrise Unit of Bryce Canyon Lodge (303-297-2757 or 435-834-5361) has rooms designed for handicapped access with adjacent handicapped parking facilities. Motel rooms outside the park also offer accessible rooms. Specify that you would like these rooms when you make reservations.
The two-hour horseback ride below the rim is a great way to see the rock formations if you have a strong sense of balance and some upper leg muscle control. For more information, contact Canyon Trail Rides at the Bryce Canyon Lodge or call 435-834-5500 or 435-679-8665.
A captioned version of the 22-minute film shown in the Visitor Center auditorium is available for those with hearing impairments.
During the summer, National Park Service rangers offer several walks and talks which are accessible to visitors with mobility impairments. Some activities are listed below, but check the activity schedule at the visitor center for exact times and locations.
Join a ranger for a 30-minute talk on the geologic features of Bryce Canyon. Talks are held at Sunset Point. Learn the story behind the scenery, while enjoying a canyon view. During inclement weather, talk is held indoors at specified location.
Enjoy the afternoon colors and longer shadows as a ranger discusses Bryce Canyon’s geology and natural and cultural history. This 1½ hour walk follows the rim along a paved, relatively level section of trail.
Auditoriums in both the Visitor Center and Bryce Canyon Lodge are wheelchair accessible. Evening program topics are displayed on the large information display in the visitor center or posted on campground bulletin boards. North Campground Amphitheater has a sloped ramp that could be used with assistance.
For more detailed information, including specific details regarding access to each of Bryce Canyon's 14 viewpoints, download a printable version of our Access Guide (PDF, 200 kb).