Best Sunrise Spot in Bryce Canyon National Park

Note to my fellow wanderers: This guide was written from my first-hand experiences. I try my best not to over-glamorize any location I travel to because I want HappyWander’s content to be as authentic as possible. My goal is to provide you real information so that you can have the best possible adventures wandering the world. Enjoy!

So you’ve navigated to this page because you’re looking for the best sunrise in Bryce Canyon National Park. There are quite a few spots to choose from, and it’s hard to choose a bad spot because the area is so stunning. Keep reading to learn 3 top sunrise spots and my personal favorite sunrise spot in Bryce Canyon.

About Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park, nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, stands as a testament to the incredible forces of erosion that have sculpted its landscape over millions of years. The park’s most iconic feature is undoubtedly its collection of hoodoos, towering spires of rock that seem to defy gravity as they rise from the canyon floor. These hoodoos, with their intricate patterns and vibrant hues of red, orange, and pink, create a surreal and mesmerizing environment that draws visitors from around the world. If you haven’t been to Bryce National Park, it is truly a wonderful experience that I think everyone needs to see for themselves.

Read about my Bryce Canyon National Park hike

Popular Sunrise Options

I am going to highlight 3 of the most popular sunrise options in Bryce Canyon that I researched and personally checked out.

Sunrise Point

Sunrise Point is a 5-10 minute walk from Sunset Point with very little elevation climbing to do. It’s located along the Rim Trail, which is pretty close by the Sunset Point parking lot. This view offers a different angle of the Hoodoos, which is certainly beautiful.

Sunset Point

The most accessible of any of the sunrise spots, Sunrise Point is a 2 minute walk from the parking lot with near 0 elevation. This would certainly be a good spot to watch the sunrise, even given the name of Sunset Point. I don’t quite understand why its name is Sunset Point because the sun sets the opposite direction of this view and is unviewable from here.

Inspiration Point

Another option to watch the sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park is Inspiration Point. This is located in a different parking area than the previous 2 options, and requires a little more effort to get to due to the somewhat steep ascent up. There is a Lower Inspiration Point and an Upper Inspiration Point. There is always an observation deck about midway up you. As you climb this hill, you’ll get a choice as to which view you like best. The walk to Upper Inspiration Point to the parking lot is less than 10 minutes.

Planning Your Sunrise Adventure FAQs

In this section I will answer some common FAQs you may have about planning your next sunrise adventure at Bryce Canyon National Park.

What Time of the Year Should I Go to See the Sunrise?

There is really no right answer here. I visited in early March when there was still sun on the ground. I loved the added snow effect that the sunrise illuminated, it offered great contrast to the orange/red Hoodoos. The negative of going this time of year is that it is cold, especially at the location I chose because it is exposed to strong winds.

What Time Do I Need To Get to the Sunrise Location?

I’d recommend getting to your sunrise location of choice at least 30 minutes before the scheduled sunrise, but preferably 45 minutes earlier. In early March, the sunrise was at 7:00 AM, so I arrived at 6:20 AM. Fortunately for me, I live on the East Coast so I was wide awake by 5:00 AM!

Can I Use My Phone to Take Photos?

Yes, you can use your phone! I used my Samsung Galaxy 24 Ultra to capture these shots. Professional cameras will further enhance the quality of your photos, but taking photos and videos with a nice phone will certainly do the job.

What’s the Best Sunrise Spot in Bryce Canyon?

Great question! I chose Inspiration Point about half way up. In the next section I will show you the shots I got and why I think Inspiration Point is the best spot.

My Sunrise Spot Choice at Bryce Canyon National Park

In my opinion and having walked and hiked all around the main areas of Bryce Canyon National Park, I believe Inspiration Point is the best sunrise spot. Lower Inspiration Point is okay and Upper Inspiration Point is better. Around the midway point, you’ll see another deck that I took these shots at:

Before the Sunrise

Before the sun came up, I was blessed to have some amazing clouds illuminate the sky with yellow, orange, reds, and purples.

Best Sunrise Spot at Bryce Canyon National Park - Inspiration Point 1

At Sunrise

Once the sun came up, it beautifully illuminated the canyon and nearby snow.

Best Sunrise Spot at Bryce Canyon National Park - Inspiration Point 2

I loved this spot most because of higher viewpoint, the unique Hoodoos / formations, and the more isolated location with fewer people. Here is the video view:

It’s hard to describe this sunrise view, I think it’s my favorite sunrise I’ve ever seen. So you get an idea of the magnitude, here is a panoramic view of what I was looking at:

Final Thoughts on Choosing the Best Sunrise Spot at Bryce Canyon National Park

If you’ve made the decision to wake up early enough to see a sunrise at Bryce Canyon, you’re in for a wonderful treat. Some days are better than others due to the cloud coverage, but I don’t think you can go wrong any non-stormy day that you choose. Thank you for reading my guide on the best sunrise spot in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Happy wandering to you!

Anthony Bart
Author: Anthony Bart

Hello! Welcome to HappyWanders! My name is Anthony, I'm on a mission to live a life full of adventure and to help you to do the same. As an ex-corporate worker and current entrepreneur, I've been working to design a life with more time for adventure and less time for the 9-5 grind. If you're ready for an adventure, you're my type of person!

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