Planning a Family Vacation to Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon Picture

Location: Bryce, UT

Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Fee: $35 7 day pass (per vehicle)

$40 Bryce Canyon annual pass

         $80 America the Beautiful Pass


Bryce Canyon National Park is a must visit for RVers. With driving tours, scenic overlooks, short walks and a variety of hikes, there is something here for everyone. Like most national parks there are ranger led programs, an excellent museum, and a film about the park for those who like to learn more about the history and geography of the area.


Though it is desert, Bryce’s elevation means weather is variable and often cold and snowy. Even the summer weather is pleasant, with most rain falling in July and August.


Visit viewpoints: The most popular are Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce.

Take a hike: From short, flat walks along the rim to longer hikes into the canyon, there is something for everyone. Queen’s Garden is a short (1.8 mile) hike into (and then back out of) the canyon, which everyone able should do. The more adventurous can obtain a permit for backcountry overnight hiking.

Learn: Explore the museum, watch the movie, participate in a ranger led program, and complete the Junior Ranger book.

picture at Bryce Canyon


The elevation at Bryce is as high as 9100 feet – nearly 2 miles above sea level. Visitors should be aware of altitude sickness and be vigilant to stay hydrated.

Plan at least 3 hours to drive to all the viewpoints, an hour for the visitors center, and at least two hours for a hike.

Winter (and often spring and fall) are cold and snowy, Be prepared to stay warm and dry. However these are great times to visit – the park is much less crowded than during summer and the snow is beautiful against the red rocks.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon has a seasonal restaurant and counter service. There is also a general store in the park that is open most of the year. There are also several local eateries at the park entrance and in nearby Panguitch, UT. There are picnic tables available throughout the park.

Check out our post on visiting Utah with Kids for more great places to visit.

If you can’t wait to visit but want to make the most of your time, join Family RV Caravan on one of our trips to Bryce Canyon and southern Utah. You will get to visit this magical part of the country without the stress of planning – we do that for you! And our guides are experts in RVing, so you will have the opportunity to get all your RV and travel questions answered, while making friends with families with similar interests. What other vacation offers all of that?

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