2 - 3 Hours
One Per Car
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Bryce Canyon Tour
Welcome to the GPS-enabled offline self-guided driving tour of Bryce Canyon National Park! This incredible “City of Hoodoos” is part of Utah’s iconic “Mighty Five.”
Explore this ancestral home of the Paiute people, renowned for its striking vistas and iconic hoodoos. Learn about the great geological movements that formed this alien landscape as you drive along with the Bryce Amphitheatre and embark on walks and hikes on your Bryce Canyon tour.
About the Tour
Our journey through Utah’s stunning Bryce Canyon begins at the park’s entrance and continues on into this epic landscape. Our first stop will be at Fairyland Point, a lovely overlook offering our first glimpse at the kind of beauty that’s in store at Bryce.
As we drive, we’ll hear how Bryce got its name, and learn all about the Paiute tribe who lived here long before anyone else ever laid eyes on the place. We’ll pause at Sunrise Point and get our first look at the hoodoos which make this park famous. The Paiute believed these stone monoliths were the remains of ancient giants–and I’m sure you’ll see why once you visit one in person!
Next on the Bryce Canyon tour, we’ll visit Sunset Point, the perfect sister to Sunrise Point, which offers one-of-a-kind views. Come sunset, photographers from all around the world gather here to capture the breathtaking final rays of fiery sunlight.
As we continue on toward Inspiration Point, another phenomenal vista, we’ll start to uncover how this astonishing landscape actually formed in the first place. Then, it’s time to turn back the clock and recount the story of the first Mormon pioneers who arrived here and declared this place their new home.
After that, we’ll visit Swamp Canyon Overlook, which hides some seriously stunning views behind its modest name. But first, we’ll hear the Paiute tale of how people first came into the world and get the facts about the connection Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid have with this park!
We’ll keep driving through the earth’s oldest trees and learn about the curse which supposedly befalls anyone who dares study these trees too closely. Next, we’ll visit a natural arch–one of Mother Nature’s most impressive creations.
Then it’s on to a couple of canyons guaranteed to take your breath away with their sweeping views and lush interiors, plus a mythical tale of malevolent water spirits which the Paiute once believed occupied these rivers.
On our way to Rainbow Point, we’ll fill you in on all the wildlife you can see here, and give you the details on what to do in Bryce after the sun goes down. Have you ever seen the sky without light pollution? So clear you can see the Milky Way galaxy stretching out across the heavens? If not, it’s something you absolutely cannot miss. This will bring us to the conclusion of our Bryce Canyon tour.
Starting Point Address
From Bryce Canyon Country Circle: 139 UT-12, Bryce, UT 84764, USA
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How does it work?
- Once you book a tour, you’ll get a text/email with instructions.
- Download the app (while in good wifi/signal) and use your unique password to access your tours.
- To begin touring, go to the starting point and launch the app.
- The audio starts automatically once you reach the starting point. Stick to the tour route & speed limit for the best experience.
- Please note that no one will meet you at the starting point.
What You'll See
Welcome to Bryce Canyon
Bryce Sign, Fairyland Point
Entrance Passes & Visitor Center
The Paiute People
Canyon or Amphitheater?
Geology, Part 1
Geology, Part 2: Hoodoos
Paiute Creation Myth
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
Swamp Canyon Overlook
Earth’s Oldest Trees
Black Birch Canyon
Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point
Preview The Tour
While there’s lots of natural beauty to love in Bryce Canyon, the park is most famous for its gravity-defying hoodoos. These strange, towering rock formations look like something from another world, and are an essential bucket list item! Visit our blog to learn about Bryce Canyon’s best view.
It depends on what you’re looking for! Bryce Canyon offers an otherworldly desert landscape, while Zion’s river makes for a lush, rocky oasis. But since the parks are right next to one another, why not visit both?
Late spring or early fall are the best times of year to visit Bryce Canyon, especially if you want to avoid the heat. If the hot sun doesn’t scare you, however, summer is also a great time! Winter can be tricky, as snows make conditions unpredictable. Visit our blog for more information.
Absolutely! As one of Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks, Bryce Canyon is near the top of the list of America’s must-see destinations.
Bryce Canyon was home to the Paiute people over 800 years ago. Then came the Mormon settlers and, finally, the National Park Service. But, of course, its geologic story dates back way farther than any of that!
The term “hoodoo” actually arises from the same root word as “voodoo”! Hoodoo spirituality, originating in West Africa, suggests that certain natural formations such as those found in Bryce Canyon exhibit mystical powers.
Because Bryce Canyon is a national park, it’s owned by the federal government. This allows the Park Service to protect the land from development and preserve this important wilderness.
It might be hard to believe when you see it, but Bryce Canyon is totally natural. And yes, that includes the hoodoos!
Thanks to how compact it is, one day is enough to adequately explore Bryce Canyon. If you’re an avid hiker, however, you’ll probably want at least two days to get the most out of the park’s best trails. For more details, visit the blog to know timing.
Yes, Bryce Canyon has snakes. The one to be most cautious of is the Great Basin Rattlesnake. When hiking, just make sure to keep your eyes and ears open and keep your distance from any snakes you encounter.
Bryce Canyon is about 200 miles from Provo, Utah and 250 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada. However, there’s plenty of lodging available in the nearby towns of Bryce, Tropic, and Cannonville.
Bryce Canyon is open 24 hours a day all year round! That said, it’s important to check the National Park Service website before you visit, just in case there are any unexpected road closures.
Bryce Canyon gets its striking red color from the high iron content in the rocks. Think of the way that iron turns red as it rusts—that’s basically what you’re seeing in Bryce Canyon!
Inclusions and Exclusions
- App on your phone: A link to download the Action Tour Guide App and Password for your tours.
- Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on next trip. Never expires.
- Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat, or Email.
- At your own pace: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace.
- Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
- Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated videos, text, and hidden gems.
- Transportation, parking fees, food, and drinks.
- Entry tickets or reservations to any attractions along the route.
- Car Rental: Please arrange a rental car at the closest airport or train station.