- Address: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, United States
- Phone: +1-4358345322
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, View Point, Hiking Trail, Nature
Sunset Point offers views of some of the most breathtaking Bryce Canyon's hoodoos. Directly below the point towards the south, the Silent City rises from the canyon floor and a maze of hoodoos and fins can be seen tightly packed in a formation. Just below the overlook on the northern edge, you will find Thor's Hammer standing alone. The colors of Bryce Canyon's rock are best displayed from Sunset Point. Also called the Claron Formation, this unique rock is primarily composed of limestone deposited approximately 50 million years ago. It was deposited in a large freshwater lake, known to geologists as Lake Claron. Iron oxide minerals are the reason behind the vibrant red, oranges, and yellows of the lower half of the cliffs which geologists refer to as the Pink Member. As its geological name suggests, here too patches of pink and purple caused by manganese oxides add to the present rainbow of color. The change from orange to white marks the beginning of the Upper Member.
- Do not take the hike if you are physically unfit.
- Carry water with you.
- Carry wind-cheaters just in case it starts to rain.
- Keep your cameras handy.
- Only prices to the Bryce Canyon National Park apply.
- Only hours to the Bryce Canyon National Park apply. For additional hours like for the trail and overnight visit, please contact the visitor centre.
- Recommended time to visit: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
- Take the shuttle service to Bryce Canyon National Park.
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83.64% of people who visit Bryce Canyon National Park include Sunset Point in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
27.91% of people start their Sunset Point visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Sunset Point
92.86% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sunset Point
Breathtaking views of the valley. Please do yourself a favor and walk down the stair walk to take the loop to sunrise point. It is a bit strenuous but you won't regret it, absolutely marvelous.
Definitely at least hike down in as far as the bottom of the switchbacks to the trees in what's called "Wall Street." Very neat and well-worth the descent and return climb, even with really bad knees that were already killing me from having hiked The Narrows @ Zion the day before. I just braced up and took it slowly, and my husband let me hold his hand for support. 😊 There's also a really short little side path to a little "window" where you can look out to the other side of the canyon wall there near the top of the switchbacks which is kind of cool, too.
Go here to watch the sunRISE, its honestly the best view, and less people as well! Well worth waking up early to catch the sunrising, trust me, it's an amazingly experience. Also a great place to come and stargaze on a moonless night.
In case it isn't obvious, this is definitely the best place in the park to catch the sunset. The setting sun illuminates the canyon walls as it sets here and makes for a breath taking view. This is also a great place to set off to explore the canyon on the hiking trails which descend down into it. Make sure to at least take the trail around the rim to get some great views. Head down in as well if you have the time, you won't regret it.
Sunset and Sunrise Points are somewhat easy hikes from the biggest parking area in the National Park. We hit them last and were a bit tired, so did not take many photos that were worthwhile. Luckily many before us have taken and uploaded lots of good photos.