Bryce Canyon National Park is a world-famous park with hundreds of sights to see. Hiking trails, swimming holes, hidden caves, rocky crags, and a plethora of natural wonders dot the landscape and invite visitors to explore and discover the natural beauty of Utah. The park encompasses thousands of acres, meaning every time you visit there’s a chance to see new things and find new vistas to lay your eyes on.
There are multiple trails to try for your first time visiting this iconic national park, with the most well-known and well-traveled being the Rim Trail. The Rim Trail allows visitors to gaze into the park’s natural amphitheater, and shouldn’t prove too difficult for the less-exercised members of your hiking party. It’s rated easy, and while long, there aren’t too many elevation changes. The most famous piece of imagery in the park, being “Thor’s Hammer” is also viewable in its most iconic state from this trail.
This trail is about 10.7 miles long and features plenty of opportunities to view wildlife in its natural state. Utah wildlife you might encounter includes rocky mountain elk, pronghorns, migratory hummingbirds, and even nesting peregrine falcon (the world’s fastest bird).
The Rim Trail is located closest to the Sunset Campground in Bryce Canyon National Park, which has hundreds of sites suitable for an RV. The Sunset Campground doesn’t have as many amenities as the North Campground, but it is much more conveniently located to all of the most popular hiking trails.
Despite its child-friendly name, this trail may not be as fun for younger members of your party. With a medium rating, this 5.2-mile trail has elevation changes and rough terrain alike, and therefore might not be the best option for a fun family hike. However, that doesn’t mean there still isn’t plenty going for it. Utah’s natural rock formations and wildlife are able to be seen in all their glory easily.
Horseback riding is an option on this trail for party members who might have some experience riding on rocky and uneven terrain. Trotting over the red rock and gravelly paths makes for a unique experience. With a river running aside this trail (which can flood in the spring and fall months), wildlife naturally gathers along this trail and virtually pose for photo ops.
This trail is located close to the Sunset Campground, which has multiple campsites which can house RVs. That means the walk from your campsite to the beginning of the trail won’t make you tired before you even start out exploring.
Fairyland Loop is a trail which usually doesn’t have too many crowds or groups on it due to its sheer difficulty. With 8.2 miles of trail running over steep and difficult terrain, the Fairyland Loop is no joke. Be prepared for limestone hoodoos in all their glory, as well as nesting falcons and other sites of natural beauty to take in.
This trail is definitely difficult, but that means privacy and more open air for you. Plus, it’s pet friendly, so suit up Fido and bring him along.
The Fairyland Loop connects with other trails in the park, meaning you can branch out and explore instead of taking the same old route that everyone has done before at one point or another. The Fairyland leads to a lesser-known overlook of the park’s canyon and “Thor’s Hammer,” but both sites can still be seen, and we ensure you that the view is still just as majestic as we know you want it to be.
The Fairyland Loop is located closer to the Sunset campground, so we recommend camping there if you’re planning on doing the entire Fairyland Loop in one day – it’s a tough trail, and you’re going to need all of your energy for it.
The park has two campgrounds: North Campground and Sunset Campground. Both campgrounds contain hundreds of sites, some with different amenities and rules and permissions, and all at a fee. The fee varies from site to site, but typically it doesn’t go higher than $25-$35.
Amenities that are included at the campsites include laundry, power hookups, swimming pools, showering facilities, electricity, Wi-Fi, animal care, fresh water, and even food! If you’re looking for a comprehensive hiking experience but still want to get everything you like at a moment’s notice, both campgrounds should do it for you.
While the North Campground is further away from hiking trails, it’s also the campground with more modern amenities. If this is of note to you, then you’ll do well to remember it. The Sunset Campground is more stripped-down, but it will give you prime access to hiking trails around the park, as it’s much closer to trailheads and the like. At the end of the day, it’s up to you: do you want more amenities, or do you want to be able to get out there and start hiking as soon as possible? We can’t wait for you to make that big decision.