Bryce, Utah

Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive

Originally added by Mariya Dondonyan

Inspiration Point. Driving distance: 6.9 miles from visitor center. Elevation: 8,100 ft. Swamp Canyon Loop. Develop a more intimate connection with the landscape with this smaller canyon overlook. Driving distance: 6.5 miles from Inspiration Point. Elevation: 8,079 ft. Farview Point. Long distance views from a group of colorful hoodoos below the rim over the long valley of Willis Creek. Driving distance: 1.8 miles from Swamp Canyon Loop. Elevation: 8,819 ft. Natural Bridge. A large arch in the sandstone rock framing pine woods several hundred feet below on the floor of Bridge Canyon. Driving distance: 2 miles from farview point. Elevation: 8,627 ft.

Inspiration Point:All who look out from this point are bound to be inspired. The intricacies of the hoodoos and their formation through the erosion of the Claron Formation is simply beautiful. You get the most spectacular perspective of the main amphitheater in Bryce Canyon here.

Swamp Canyon:Swamp Canyon appears relatively small and sheltered from the overlook, bounded on both sides by fins and hoodoos hence why you'll get a closer and more intimate connection with Bryce's canyon.

Farview Point: From this vista you can look out over parts of Bryce Canyon, and also famous features in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. From north to south you can see the Aquarius Plateau (Pink Cliffs), the Kaiparowits Plateau (Grey Cliffs), Molly's Nipple (White Cliffs), and parts of the Kaibab Plateau. On most days you can easily see Navajo Mountain.

Natural Bridge: The structure called Natural Bridge is one of several natural arches found in Bryce Canyon (not a bridge) This arch is particularly photogenic in Bryce: it has been sculpted from some of the reddest rock of the Claron Formation (rich in iron oxide minerals) and has a beautiful contrast to the dark green of the Ponderosa forest that peeks through the arch from the canyon below and if you go during the winter time, the snow makes for more gorgeous views of all these points.

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Fantastic way to see all the major sights

The Bryce Canyon scenic drive is a fantastic way to see all the major sights, but beware the road is currently closed off beyond the natural bridge due to snowfall. The best sights are definitely the natural bridge and inspiration point. Bryce Canyon is a natural wonder, absolutely stunning and bursting with unique views and hikes. For those who are physically unable to descend into the canyon, have no fear of missing out - the scenic drive is amazing!

Great views, But Not During A Storm

This was a great drive. The view points were spectacular, until a snow storm came in and we couldn't see much of anything. We got to see the Natural Bridge which was great!

Worth the drive

Hard to judge because it was in the midst of a rainstorm when I did the scenic drive in Bryce so it was more admiring the low-hanging clouds than the landscapes, but either way we were impressed multiple times at the viewpoints. Not as good as hiking in, but still time well spent.

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