Family Vacations to Bryce Canyon National Park

14th September 2017

Why Go

An other-worldly landscape made up of mysterious rock pillar hoodoos. Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah contains the largest expanse of these geological formations in the world. Located in southwest Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is part of a scenic area of red rock canyons that make up the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Only 70 miles from Zion National Park, it’s easy to combine a family trip to see both Bryce and Zion National Parks.

What to Do

At roughly 36,000 acres, Bryce Canyon is one of the smaller National Parks in the country, but the compact region packs a high concentration of immense natural beauty. The main draw of Bryce is the amphitheater studded with strange and beautiful rock pillars with names like Thor’s Hammer, Queen Victoria and Goblin Valley. As the light changes throughout the day and seasons, the landscape shifts in the canyon to reveal new delights. It’s worth getting down amongst the hoodoos and experiencing them up close.

Getting Around

Like many National Parks, Bryce Canyon is in a remote region of the United States. Having a car is absolutely necessary to get there. The closest major airports are in Las Vegas or Salt Lake City, both of which are approximately 270 miles from the park. However, once you arrive in the park, you can park your car and take the shuttle to cut down on traffic and pollution. Shuttle buses are free and run from 8 am until 6-7 pm depending on the season. Shuttles arrive approximately every 15 minutes at each stop.


Dave Parfitt is a reformed academic with a PhD in neuroscience, who began writing about his family travel adventures after surviving a trip to Walt Disney World with his two budding princesses, now ages 19 and 16. As owner and editor of Adventures By Daddy, Dave offers family travel advice and escapist fun from Dad’s point of view.

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