Sunrise Point is one of Bryce Canyon’s most spectacular viewpoints and a popular spot for hikers and nature lovers within the Bryce Canyon National Park.
The park itself is a magical land of hoodoos, peculiar rock formations and towering pillars that make it one of the most breathtaking places to explore.
Sunrise Point, Hike Trail Map, Parking, Bryce Canyon National Park Utah
The resulting visual unrest is the result of tectonic activity that led to the varied elevation across the Paunsasugunt Plateau and led to the tilt that is easy to spot from the Sunrise Point. Boat Mesa is easy to spot as it is a dominant structure located in the park’s northern region, rising to more than 8000 feet from the canyon’s floor. This Mesa separates the Bryce and Fairyland Canyons and is one of the most iconic sightings at Sunrise Point. These views stand against the vibrantly colored surfaces of the Pink Cliffs.
In addition to the views, one of the most noticeable features at this viewpoint is The Limber Pine & a desolate tree with its roots exposed revealing the erosion along the rim. It is a reminder of how nature adapts to the desert’s harsh conditions.
Look out for Ponderosa Pines that dot the forest just below the rim. These towering trees are visible in patches as you descend to the Queen’s Garden. Sections of the canyon visible from Sunrise Point boast Manzanita shrubs before giving way to Bristlecone Pines at the park’s most arid regions.
Sunrise Point also marks the start of Queen’s Garden Trail that takes hikers through the Queen Victoria Hoodoo system, as well as the trail end of the Navajo Loop.
Amenities available here include restrooms, a general store, snack bar, as well as clean drinking water.