Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park

Survey colorful limestone spires and arches from a windswept vantage point at Inspiration Point. A lookout in Bryce Canyon National Park, the point gives panoramic views of the canyon's horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters, which contain naturally formed hoodoos--spires created in limestone due to erosion. You'll marvel at the contorted formations and their graduated color palette, which changes as the light of the day moves across the valley. If you are a bird-watcher, keep an eye out for the extremely rare California condor, which can sometimes be seen in the area. The point is an excellent spot for wildlife and landscape photography. Arrange to visit Inspiration Point and other attractions in Bryce Canyon National Park using our Bryce Canyon National Park trip planning website .
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  • We took the shuttle to Inspiration Point. There are three levels to the look-outs with steps up. At each level there is a viewing area with railings to look out along the Rim Trail and into the Canyon...  more »
  • What a view. In order to see it , you must climb a steep grade for a long way to get there. It will make your heart pump by the time you reach the outlook point.  more »
  • What an amazingly weird place this is. It is high up in the Colorado plateau, you travel many many miles up a twisting 2 laner and suddenly you see this otherworldy set of valleys. No rhime nor reason...  more »
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  • I love this place. I chose this place Inspiration Point for sunset time and was very happy with my choice. Panoramic view was fantastic and sunset was unforgettable. And I was back to this point around 1am to make night photography and was happy again. Inspiration place. No doubt.
  • A nice section to see great views of Bryce Canyon National Park. This area is significantly less busy than, say, Sunset or Sunrise Point. Additionally, there is a flat, easy hiking trail that connects Inspiration Point to Sunset Point that has great views. There is also ac(free) shuttle stop at Inspiration Point, making getting here easy and stress free.
  • Inspiration Point is one of the viewpoints along the Scenic Drive in Bryce Canyon National Park. Situated shortly after the turnoff east towards Bryce Viewpoint. The Inspiration point provides a east and northeast view into the Bryce Amphitheatre. While less impressive than what you will see at the next stop - Bryce Viewpoint, Inspiration Point is still very much making time, even if for just few minutes. From here you are very near impressive stacks of hoodoo structures and can see deeply into the amphitheatre. The views are very attractive. Note: There is a Shuttle bus stop at Inspiration Point for those who are not planning to drive their own vehicle. Further, the Rim trail start/stops at Bryce Point if you are interested in walking the Rim Trial to/from the Lodge area, passing by Inspiration along the way. In the end, we liked the close up view of the hoodoo stacks facing north and northeast from the Inspiration Viewpoint. Some fine colour displays were seen at the time of our visit, making for some nice photographs. Note: If you want to visit all of the viewpoints along the Scenic Drive, it is best to start from south to north. As such, drive all the way o Rainbow and Yavimpa Points, then make your way back north, pulling over to the right hand side when you approach a viewpoint which strikes your interest.
  • Incredible views! Path is not difficult or long, yet so worth the walk. Spectacular views into the canyon, and the valley and mountains beyond, both along the trail as well as at the viewpoint at the end of the trail. The grade is only slight.
  • This is a great spot to watch the sunset without the crowds of Sunset Point - however, if you want the FULL sunset with the main shadow just starting to cover the hoodoos, you need to get there at least 2 hours ahead of sunset. I got there about one hour ahead of sunset and the main shadow had already covered most of the hoodoos!
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