The Sunrise Point Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park. This short trail brings hikers to an incredible viewpoint overlooking the world-famous Bryce Amphitheater. The Sunrise Point Trail is one of the few spots in Bryce Canyon where dogs are welcome, so this is a great place to go with the whole family to enjoy the stunning views that this National Park has to offer.
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Route Description for Sunrise Point
The Sunrise Point Trail is a short and sweet hike to an incredible overlook in Bryce Canyon National Park. This trail is accessible year-round, but gets very icy in the winter and early spring. If you are hiking at that time of year, we strongly recommend wearing a pair of traction devices such as microspikes to prevent a slip and fall. If you are hiking this route at sunrise, be sure to bring a cozy layer or a blanket to fight off the morning chill as you watch the sun peek over the horizon.
Even if you are not an early-riser, the Sunrise Point Trail is a must-do on your trip to Bryce Canyon National Park. This short out-and-back hike offers a whole lotta bang for your buck. The trail itself is mostly flat and the views at the end are guaranteed to take your breath away. With a fantastic panoramic view of the Byrce Amphitheater, and the perfect perches on which to watch the sunrise, a hike along the Sunrise Point Trail is one to remember.
From the Trailhead, follow the path east for approximately 100 yards, before taking a right at the divide. Continue along the path to an intersection of several trails and continue on the path straight ahead to hike the last few hundred yards to Sunrise Point.
If you are hiking this trail in the wee hours of the morning, find a cozy spot at Sunrise Point and snuggle up with your loved ones to watch the sunrise above the stunning Utah landscape.
One of the most iconic sections of Bryce Canyon National Park, the Bryce Amphitheater is a bowl-like depression with hundreds of pink-hued hoodoos.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the hike to Sunrise Point?
The Sunrise Point Trail is 0.6 km round-trip.
Where do you park at Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon?
To hike the Sunrise Point Trail, park at the lot along Sunrise Point Road. If that parking area is full, overflow parking is available on the south side of Lodge Loop Road, just east of The Lodge at Bryce Canyon.
Insider Hints for Sunrise Point
- The mornings in Bryce Canyon can be chilly: bring along a blanket and hot drink to enjoy as you watch the sunrise.
- If you are staying at the North Campground, the Sunset Campground, or the Lodge, the Sunrise Point Trail is a great way to start your day exploring Bryce Canyon National Park.
- If you are looking to spend some quality time exploring Utah, check out our tours that include activities and accommodations in Bryce Canyon National Park and the surrounding destinations.
Getting to the Sunrise Point Trailhead
From the Bryce Canyon Visitors Center, head south down Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive for 0.8 km, before taking your first left onto Lodge Loop Road. Follow Lodge Loop Road for 0.8 km before taking another left onto Sunrise Point Road. Park at the Sunrise Point Parking area on the right side of the road at the Sunrise Point Trailhead.
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