Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park
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Address: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, United States
Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
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About Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park
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.
Sunset Point Information
- 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.
Sunset Point Ticket Prices
- Only prices to the Bryce Canyon National Park apply.
Sunset Point Opening and Closing Hours
- 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
How To reach Sunset Point by Public Transport
- Take the shuttle service to Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park Reviews
The sun sets behind you as you stand at Sunset Point and quickly wipes away from the rocks in the canyon below. Once it sets, wait and watch for the colorful glow of the sun's shadow wiping upwards through the atmosphere on the opposite horizon. If you are lucky and the weather/timing are right, you can also catch the moon rising...
Bryce canyon is as good as it gets. This summer we did a 19 State 7500 mile trip which put me at the 50 state Mark now. I have also been to over 70 countries and counting… That being said in my humble opinion Bryce Canyon is THE BEST PLACE ON THE PLANET. We visited during The heat wave of 2017 or most of the parks out west were topping the 100 degree mark. During that same time due to the elevation Bryce canyon was still a very comfortable 75° during the daytime topping out at 83 on our hottest day. It was a very dry comfortable place the views were beyond spectacular in the hiking was fantastic. I could've easily spent more than 30 days here and still have wanted more!
Extremely beautiful and dogs are allowed. Best to go in the afternoon.
Bryce Canyon is amazing. Interestingly enough this particular view point (Sunset Point) is not that well known and popular. It's actually unfair because it offers one of the best view on the Navajo Loop trail and Rim Trail. (This view point is right in between the two trails.) Be careful. Trails are not as easy as they look. Carry plenty of water and maybe some food and don't be scared (too much) if you suddenly caught by a thunderstorm. Happens all the time, usually lasts no longer than 30-45 mins.
Amazing hike! Did it in March and was a little muddy, but not bad and nice to see the snow mixed into the scenery. Also there were not many people in the park so it was very easy to get around and much more natural.