Sunset to Sunrise PointBryce Canyon National Park, Ut
Geological Wonders, History, Viewing Benches
Length: 1.1 mi (there and back)
Elevation Gain: 82 ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 0.5 to 1 hr
Features: Geological Features
Nearest Town: Tropic, Ut
It’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular hikes in the park. Sunset to Sunrise Point is one of the easier parts of the Rim Trail which winds around the Bryce Amphitheater. The trail provides walkers with spectacular views of the hoodoos below.
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- Trail Head Easy to Find 100% 100%
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1. Amazing Views
As you walk along the path between Sunset and Sunrise Points take time to enjoy the spectacular view of the Bryce Amphitheater below.
2. Take a Seat
Benches are set along the half mile path spanning the distance from Sunset to Sunrise Point. Take some time to sit, rest, and enjoy the view.
3. A Slice of History
About half way between Sunset and Sunrise Point lies the Bryce Canyon Lodge. A very short jaunt from the trail will bring you to a sign detailing the history of Bryce Canyon tourism.
Park at the Sunset Point parking lot or Sunrise Point parking lot which is located near the general store. To get the viewpoints follow the signs to Sunset or Sunrise Point and follow the half mile path that links the two.
Note that this is a fee area within Bryce Canyon National Park. From the parking area walk out to Sunset Point where you’ll find the trailhead.
You can start this trail at either Sunset or Sunrise Point. If you’re driving it’s worth it to come early to find a parking spot. Otherwise take the shuttle which is pretty fast and easy.
Starting from Sunset Point, take some time to enjoy the amazing view looking down at Wall Street and Thor’s Hammer.
From here take the paved path towards Sunrise Point. The path is relatively flat and paved for the entire trail, except the final walk up to Sunrise Point.
Take time to stop at the benches along the path and take in the views of the Bryce Canyon Amiphitheare below. It is one of the largest concentrations of hoodoos in the world!
About half way to Sunrise Point there is a trail which heads to the Bryce Canyon lodge. Here there are information signs about the history of tourism in Bryce Canyon. It’s a fun little side path to learn a little of the history.
The trail turns to hard packed gravel as it climbs to Sunrise Point.
Sunrise Point offers incredible views of the Queen’s Garden trail below and the Bryce Amphitheater in general. It’s possible to bypass this and head towards the parking area and general store.
From here either turn around to walk 0.5 miles back to Sunset Point or take the shuttle if it’s operating.
Why is this hike rated accessible?
The trail between Sunrise and Sunset Points is paved the entire distance. There is a small section that heads to the top of the Sunrise Point overlook that is steep and hard packed gravel, but still possible to get to with effort.
More Hikes to Choose From
Check out this and more hikes in and around Bryce Canyon National Park and Tropic, Ut.
The Navajo Loop Trail is one of the most popular trails into the Bryce Amphitheater and it’s easy to see why.
Check out one, two, or all the Bryce Canyon Viewpoints. Whether you’re visiting for a short time or just want an easy hike, this is it!
Length: 1.3 mi
Elevation Gain: 141 ft
Discover Mossy Cave and the Tropic Ditch Waterfall while visiting Bryce Canyon on this fun and easy hike for the whole family.