Hike By Moonlight Light During This Whimsical Winter Outing In Utah
If you want to truly experience the wonder and beauty of Utah’s national parks, you’ll head off on a hiking trail or two. Hiking is the best way to immerse yourself in nature and get a look at parts of the parks that you’d never see from your car. Bryce Canyon National park is no exception, and the park service offers special Full Moon Hikes every month throughout the year. Keep reading to see how you can participate.
For more information, call the park’s Visitor Center at (435) 834-5322, and to see the 2019 calendar and get more information, visit the Full Moon Hike page of the Bryce Canyon National Park’s website.
Learn more about the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon‘s amphitheater in our feature article.
Bryce Canyon Full Moon Hikes
What are some other amazing hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park?
One of the most unique and awe-inspiring places in the country, Bryce Canyon National Park is a sea of red rocks, pink cliffs, and endless vistas. It’s a hiker’s paradise, a fantastic place to camp, and boasts incredible views and top-notch stargazing. Here are a few of our must-take hikes in Bryce Canyon:
- The Queens Garden-Navajo Loop Trail. This visitor-favorite is nothing if not scenic, and with its varied topography, it’s a fun adventure, too. On the 3.5-mile Navajo Loop & Queen’s Garden Trail, which is ranked as moderately difficult, you’ll drop right down amongst the hoodoos along the three-mile loop trail, and feel as though you’ve entered the pages of a bizarre — yet wholly wonderful — Dr. Seuss fantasy. This loop starts with a fairly steep clockwise climb, but it leads to some impressive overlooks.
- Sunset Point to Sunrise Point. Another popular trail in the Utah national park, this mile-long hike is a nice, easy trek, perfect for someone short on time who still wants the reward of a breathtaking view.
What are some other ways to experience Bryce Canyon after dark?
The Full Moon Hikes are certainly a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the nocturnal scenery of Bryce Canyon, but so is camping! The park has two campgrounds, North and Sunset, located in close proximity to the Visitor Center. Sunset Campground accepts reservations up to six months in advance, while North Campground is first-come, first-served. The park is also acclaimed for its stellar stargazing; hosting an annual Astronomy Festival several years now. For those who prefer to stargaze on their own, the skies above Bryce Canyon are some of the darkest in Utah!