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Sunset and Sunrise Points in Bryce Canyon

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Sunset and Sunrise Points are two of the most dramatic viewpoints in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Sunrise Point

Sunrise Point is on the far North of this main amphitheater and Sunset Point is on the South end. The parking lots connect and there is a paved path along the rim that goes between these two points.

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon, the only lodge inside the park is located here near Sunrise Point.

From Sunrise point you can hike down the Queen’s Garden Trail or you can walk along the rim a half mile to Sunset Point.

The path between Sunrise and Sunset Point are wheelchair accessible and have a paved path between them. There are railings at the dramatic ends, but for part of the middle, the path is just at least a dozen feet from the edge.

Sunset Point

Sunset Point is one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the whole park.

Right from the rim there are incredible views! This is also an amazing place to hike down into the canyon. The Navajo Loop Trail, Two Bridges, and Wall Street begin here.

You can also connect the Navajo Loop with the Peekaboo Loop to make a longer hike.

Bryce Canyon at Night

Bryce Canyon is an official International Dark Sky location and is spectacular for night photos! These are a few I took around Sunset Point.

Here are a few taken at night illuminated by the nearly full moon before it set.

Sunrise to Sunset Point

Stats: Distance – 1.1 miles there and back
Approximate hiking time – 30-60 minutes 
Elevation gain – 51 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – Yes
Seasons to hike – Year Round (use micro-spikes when icy or snowy about November through March. You can rent them in town.)
Permits needed – $35 per vehicle for 7-day pass or National Parks Pass
Pets allowed – No

If you want to add to your hike along the rim, Inspiration Point is 0.7 miles further, so it would add 1.5 miles round trip. This section isn’t paved, but it’s mostly flat, packed trail. The views are beautiful from Inspiration Point!


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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