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. With the exception of vehicles measuring 20 feet/6 meters or longer, which are restricted from the Bryce Amphitheater during shuttle hours*, riding the shuttle is not mandatory. However, by riding our buses you will 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. The shuttle brings visitors to areas of interest, viewpoints, and trailheads within the Bryce Amphitheater area of the park. The Rainbow Bus tour provides a shuttle-based exploration of the park's southern areas, which can also be accessed by private vehicle.
All shuttle operations are subject to change. Shuttle typically arrives every 15 minutes.
Where to Park?
Vehicles over 20 ft / 6 m can be parked at the Additional Parking Lot across from the Visitor Center, the Shuttle Station Parking Lot in Bryce Canyon City, or a park campsite.
How to use the Shuttle
There is no extra fee to use the shuttle system. Paying your $35 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.
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 Station (near Ruby's Inn, on the left side of the road before entering the park) or at Ruby's Campground.
Now You Can Track the Shuttle!
Busses typically come every 15 minutes, but with the new Bryce Canyon Shuttle Tracker you can time your next ride to the minute.
Bryce Canyon Shuttle Stops
The shuttle begins its route at the Shuttle Station north of the park, but can be boarded at any stop with proof of park admission. At the Shuttle Station you can easily park and pay your entrance fee before boarding. The Shuttle brings visitors to the four most iconic viewpoints of Bryce Canyon National Park (Bryce, Inspiration, Sunset, and Sunrise Points) as well as other areas of interest in the park, including:
Route duration is about 50 minutes, not including stops at facilities and overlooks. Shuttle bus schedule are subject to change.
Rainbow Point Shuttle Tour
Bryce Canyon National Park offers a daily guided tour to Rainbow Point, free of charge, beginning April 13, 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. Reservations can be made up to 7 days in advance. Buses will hold up to 40 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. Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and bring lunch, snacks, water, etc.
This tour is also 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.
Commonly Asked Questions
Last updated: February 11, 2020