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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  • This comes on no picture so beautiful about than that it actually is. It just seems an alien glandschap.
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  • It is a climb to reach Inspiration Point but well worth your time and effort! The elevation is high and breathing can be difficult but take it slow and you should have no problems. The view will rewar...  more »
  • Here is a wonderful view to some of the most spectacular rock formations in Bryce. A unique view.
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  • One word: breathtaking, and like no other. For the best light, come early and watch the sunrise -- it's spectacular and you'll have it all to yourself. Dress warm though, you're high up and temperatures drop during the night!
  • I chose Inspiration Point to photograph the sunrise over snow covered hoodoo's and canyons. I was not disappointed but having stood at the edge waiting for the sun to show itself I nearly froze myself! I didn't pack any heavy cloths for my trip to Vegas so I was very unprepared for the morning chill as I decided to drive here just for a few pictures. I loved it (once I thawed out) and would like to come back and include some of the other close national parks in the deal.
  • So glad we asked the park rangers where to go for the best views at Sunset. The angle of the sun hits the canyon best from inspiration point. Don't miss it if you are in search of the iconic Bryce Canyon photos and memories
  • Sunrise here is incredible. A must see, and one of the most beautiful places on Earth
  • Do not miss this point. One of the most spectacular views you will ever see. Loved the natures amphitheater.

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Where to stay in Bryce Canyon National Park

Owned by the National Park Service, the Lodge at Bryce Canyon provides rustic cabins and hotel-style accommodations inside Bryce Canyon National Park. The next most convenient option is to stay in one of the park's gateway communities. The village of Tropic sits just off of the park's eastern entrance and offers everything from chain hotels to independently owned motels to bed and breakfasts in historic homes. Various other lodging options are available along Route 12, and you'll find a few more on Route 89 west of the park.
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