Things to do in Bryce Canyon with children

Bryce Canyon, with its unique hoodoo rock formations set amongst pine forest, is an astounding destination for families. At a higher altitude than Zion and Las Vegas, it offers a welcome respite from the heat of the desert, making it a much more comfortable climate for walking and exploring. Even the most cynical and disinterested children can’t fail to be impressed by the views, with added amusement of finding the rock formation named after Queen Victoria (it is said to be a good likeness)

As in all the National Parks, your best bet is to head straight to the visitor’s centre, where you will be given maps and walk recommendations. Bryce isn’t a huge park, so a day is easily enough to see the highlights. We recommend getting out of the car and exploring by foot. The Navajo loop and Queen’s Garden trails are both popular options and best explored early to escape the crowds.

There are also horse riding trips available which take you to the canyon floor along a scenic route. Whilst the groups are large, they operate with a ratio of 6 /7 riders per guide leaving at regular intervals, so you don’t feel the over-crowding. A lovely way to experience the beauty of the canyon. Rides can be booked at the Bryce Canyon lodge, or online.

Just outside of the National Park is Bryce Canyon City, a real tourist trap where you will almost certainly stay for the night. Whilst the food and accommodation options are not that exciting, there is a rodeo in town (Weds – Sun) which features racing and traditional bucking broncos. It is for tourist’s amusement, but the atmosphere is great all the same and guaranteed all the family will be whooping and cheering by the end.


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