Visiting for 4+ hours and want to do some longer hikes?
If you have a half day or more to hike in Bryce Canyon, we recommend starting with the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater. This iconic area is located along the first three miles of the main road and is home to some of the most popular trails in the park, including Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop. However, with some extra time you can explore some longer, more strenuous trails in the area as well. Many trails in this area can easily be combined to form longer hikes.
More time also gives you the opportunity to hike other areas of the park like the 8.0 mile (12.9 km) Fairyland Loop or the Swamp Canyon Loop along the Southern Scenic Drive.
Scroll down to find moderate and strenuous hikes that take you a little deeper into Bryce Canyon.
Getting AroundAvoid full parking lots: Use the free shuttle to access the viewpoints and trailheads in the Bryce Amphitheater (April to October).
During shuttle hours, vehicles over 23 feet (7 meters) are restricted from parking in the Bryce Amphitheater area. Instead, park at the shuttle station and use the free shuttle.
SafetyBryce Canyon is a high altitude park ranging from 8,000 feet (2438 m) to over 9,000 feet (2743 m) in elevation. Even mild exertion in the park can lead to altitude-sickness if you're not prepared. Visit our Hiking at High Altitudes page to learn more.
Wear hiking boots with good ankle support and "lug" traction. In winter, traction devices are strongly recommended. Wearing shoes or boots not designed for hiking is the number one cause of rescues and injuries that require hospital visits at Bryce Canyon National Park.