For anyone visiting Sin City, there are countless things to do–not just in the city itself, but also during day or overnight trips to the surrounding areas. Because of Vegas’ remoteness, a trip here may be the best opportunity many Americans will have to visit the natural wonders of the American West. A Bryce Canyon tour is often one of the most memorable side trips anyone can take.
Hoodoos form in many places in the world. These towering rock and soft stone spires are sometimes found individually, but are commonly found as part of a group formation with hundreds of individual spires and peaks.
Hoodoos are created by extreme changes in weather. In the case of Bryce National Park, hoodoos form over 200 freeze-thaw cycles that happen annually because the park sits at an altitude of over 7,000 feet.
In addition to hoodoos, Bryce Canyon is famous for its scenic drives. There is a thirty-eight-mile round trip drive with thirteen stunning viewpoints that allow you to truly see the park from various angles.
For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, the true magic of Bryce Canyon is found by hiking its miles of trails. If you want to experience the true beauty of the park, we recommend a multi-day visit to allow time for a few treks.
The park is open year-round, although the visitor center has reduced hours during the winter months. It’s important to note that regardless of the time of year, due to its altitude of over 7,000 feet, the weather can be quite chilly whenever the sun isn’t shining.
Depending on the time of year you visit, you should take a look at the expected weather conditions for the park and pack the appropriate gear. Nothing makes for a more unpleasant trip than spending your day trying not to freeze; you should also follow the advice of all park rangers and staff if you plan on hiking the area. Be sure to make extra space in your bag for any empty bottles, snack bags, and other trash and be sure to carry it out of the park with you.
The drive to Bryce Canyon from Vegas is a straight shot northeast on Interstate 15. There are some other smaller, local roads you can take, as well. Depending on your route, without stops, the drive is approximately four to four and one-half hours. It is important to note for time purposes that when crossing from Nevada to Utah, you will change time zones and go back one hour.
If you have the time, there are some highly recommended stops along the way for a full-day adventure. You could also make a several-day loop that includes other parks; it is worth looking into how to visit Monument Valley as part of a larger trip.
Here are some other sites to consider:
A gorgeous sandstone geological feature with stunning, bright-red formations. This is also Nevada’s first state park, which opened in 1935.
Conveniently located next to each other, these two sites can be photographed from the roadside. Don’t miss these two stunning landscapes just a few miles before you reach Bryce Canyon.
If you’re willing to spend an extra hour driving, you can swing southwest to see the Hoover Dam before heading back north. Follow Highway 167 towards Interstate 15 and then northeast again towards Bryce.
Planning and driving the Bryce Canyon area on your own can be an adventure—and sometimes an exhausting one. Luckily, Maxtour can pick you up from your Vegas hotel and take you right back at the end of one of our convenient group tours! Instead of focusing on the road to the canyon, you’ll be able to stare out the window at all the beautiful views the American Southwest has to offer along the way.