Rim Road Scenic Drive

Lonely Planet review

The lookout views along along the park's 18-mile-long main road are amazing; navigate using the park brochure you receive at the entrance. Bryce Amphitheater – where hoodoos stand like melting sandcastles in shades of coral, magenta, ocher and white, set against a deep-green pine forest – stretches from Sunrise Point to Bryce Point . For full effect, be sure to walk all the way out to the end of any of the viewpoints; a shaft of sunlight suddenly breaking through clouds as you watch can transform the scene from grand to breathtaking.

Note that the scenic overlooks lie on the road's east side. You can avoid left turns on the very busy road by driving all the way south to Rainbow Point , then turning around and working your way back, stopping at the pullouts on your right. From late May to early September a free bus shuttle goes as far as Bryce Amphitheater, the most congested area. You can hop off and back on at viewpoints. The free Rainbow Point bus tour hits the highlights daily at 9am and 1pm; inquire at the visitor center.