Bryce Point Overlook, Bryce Canyon National Park

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Bryce Point

Bryce Point is one of the main highlights of Bryce Canyon, overlooking the natural amphitheater of red rock formations and geological wonders which are best seen at sunrise.

  • Bryce Point is the largest of 13 amphitheaters in Bryce Canyon National Park 
  • It is named after the Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce who settled here in 1870 
  • Experienced hikers will enjoy the challenges of the Peek-a-Boo Loop Trail 
  • Sunrise is the best time to appreciate the spectacular hoodoos

Overview

Bryce Point is the best known geological feature in Bryce National Park and is an important part of the history of Bryce Canyon. It overlooks a massive amphitheater which is filled with countless hoodoos and grottoes.

Location and Information

Bryce Point can be reached from the main paved Hwy 63 shortly after entering the park. Open all year round, weather permitting. More Information on the National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/brycepoint.htm

Activities

Hiking/Mule Rides
Bryce Point is the starting point for the Peek-a-boo Loop Trail which explores these phenomenal rock formations. See the Wall of Windows and the Three Wise Men along the way. This strenuous trail runs for 5.5 miles and mule rides can be taken from the bottom of the steep path.

Viewpoint
Bryce Point is a breathtaking viewpoint from which to admire the magnificent red rock hoodoos and unique geological formations within the natural amphitheater. Imagine how tough life was for the first settler Ebenezer Bryce, after whom the canyon was named and now part of Bryce Canyon National Park history.

Dawn Watch
Sunrise at Bryce Point is the best time to admire the stunning natural features. As the sun creeps above the surrounding mountains it lights up each hoodoo with brilliant orange color, gradually working its way down into the deepest crevices.

Nature Spotting
There is plenty of flora and fauna to be seen at Bryce Point where Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels and Uinta chipmunks abound. Birdwatchers may spot ospreys or one of the recently re-introduced California condors which were once part of Bryce Canyon history. The endemic Bryce Canyon paintbrush may also be seen here.

Fun Facts

Bryce Point, and indeed the national park itself, are named after the first known settler Ebenezer Bryce who is now a part of Bruce Canyon Utah history. A Mormon pioneer, he facilitated roads for transporting lumber and surveyed the area to enable later settlements in Bryce history.