Wheelchair-accessible & Limited Mobility Trails and Viewpoints in Bryce Canyon

Thor's Hammer (upper left) and other hoodoos and views in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Thor’s Hammer (upper left) and other hoodoos and views in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon has so many wheelchair-accessible views!  In fact, except for the trails that go down into the canyon, many (most?) of the popular sights and activities in the park are wheelchair-friendly and great for those with limited mobility.  Given that some of the best views are from these very viewpoints, it’s not hard to enjoy your visit to the park.

Wheelchair-Friendly Viewpoints in Bryce Canyon

Views into Swamp Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Looking into Swamp Canyon. PC Eduard Marmet, CC BY-SA 2.0

Swamp Canyon

While not the most scenic viewpoint in Bryce, views extend down to some remote hoodoos in a small side canyon.  Views can be had from the parking area, or take the short path to the viewpoint.

GPS Coordinate: 37.5873966°, -112.2135228° (37°35.24380′, -112°12.81137′ / 37°35’14.6279″, -112°12’48.6820″)

Views from Farview Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Views from Farview Point. PC Matt Kieffer, CC BY-SA 2.0

Farview Point

Views extend far beyond Bryce Canyon and nearby hoodoos from Farview Point.  The path to the viewpoint is only 120ft. RT with an average grade of 3.6% (max 8.9%).  From here, an unpaved trail continues (0.4 miles RT) to even better views at Piracy Point (2.7% average grade; max 10.9%).

GPS Coordinate: 37.5443699°, -112.2471026° (37°32.66219′, -112°14.82616′ / 37°32’39.7315″, -112°14’49.5694″)

Bryce Canyon's Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon’s Natural Bridge. PC Jim & Robin, CC BY 2.0

Natural Bridge

Enjoy looking down to (and through!) a natural bridge created in a hoodoo-studded fin.  The viewpoint is attached to the parking area, so you don’t have to go far to see the natural bridge.

GPS Coordinate: 37.5318581°, -112.2602203° (37°31.91148′, -112°15.61322′ / 37°31’54.6890″, -112°15’36.7930″)

Pink Cliffs

This viewpoint is not wheelchair-accessible (curb/gravel), but you should be able to see some of the pink cliffs from your vehicle at this roadside pulloff.

GPS Coordinate: 37.5244330°, -112.2603743° (37°31.46598′, -112°15.62246′ / 37°31’27.9587″, -112°15’37.3473″)

Rock formations at Agua Canyon Overlook, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Rock formations at Agua Canyon Overlook. PC Tony Hisgett, CC BY 2.0

Agua Canyon Overlook

A viewpoint right next to the parking lot offers great views of hoodoos in a side canyon.

GPS Coordinate: 37.5164975°, -112.2647816° (37°30.98985′, -112°15.88689′ / 37°30’59.3910″, -112°15’53.2136″)

Hoodoos in Ponderosa Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Hoodoos in Ponderosa Canyon. PC mtnscll, CC BY-SA 2.0

Ponderosa Canyon

Hoodoos in a side canyon are viewable from this viewpoint right next to the parking area.

GPS Coordinate: 37.5037038°, -112.2623838° (37°30.22223′, -112°15.74303′ / 37°30’13.3335″, -112°15’44.5815″)

Black Birch Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Black Birch Canyon. PC Matt Kieffer, CC BY-SA 2.0

Black Birch Canyon

Views are available right in the parking area.  Or you can take the short (200ft. RT) trail out to the viewpoint of a forested canyon and distant cliffs and hills.  Average grade is 4.9% (max 7%).

GPS Coordinate: 37.4945767°, -112.2548898° (37°29.67460′, -112°15.29339′ / 37°29’40.4760″, -112°15’17.6032″)

Unnamed Pulloff

This is not an official overlook, but it’s located between Black Birch Canyon and Yovimpa Point.  Again, the pulloff is not wheelchair-accessible, but you can see hoodoos from your vehicle.

GPS Coordinate: 37.4805531°, -112.2472414° (37°28.83318′, -112°14.83448′ / 37°28’49.9911″, -112°14’50.0690″)

Wheelchair-Friendly Trails

Views from Fairyland Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Views from Fairyland Point. PC John Buie, CC BY 2.0

Fairyland Point Trail

A small side canyon packed with hoodoos is gorgeous!  The trail is only 180ft. RT over firmly compacted sediment with an average grade of 3.7% (max 4.7%).

GPS Coordinate: 37.6491920°, -112.1473653° (37°38.95152′, -112°08.84192′ / 37°38’57.0913″, -112°08’50.5150″)

Sunrise at Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Sunrise at Sunrise Point. PC Terry Ott, CC BY 2.0

Sunrise Point

The point offers a broad view across Bryce Canyon.  The path is paved for the entirety of its 0.6 miles RT with an average grade of 3.9% (max 10.4%).  (An unpaved, steep trail also leads to a lower overlook.)

GPS Coordinate: 37.6282604°, -112.1629578° (

The Navajo Trail from the Rim Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
The Navajo Trail from the Rim Trail

Rim Trail (Sunrise Point to Sunset Point)

Only ½ mile of the 1.1 mile trail between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point is accessible to wheelchairs.  The surface is natural with grades of 9% in some areas.

A cool rock formation near Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
A cool rock formation near Sunset Point

Sunset Point

Sunset Point is one of my favorite views in Bryce Canyon, as it includes sweeping vistas and intimate views of hoodoos.  The paved path is 0.2 miles RT with an average grade of only 1.7% (max 4.1%).  You can also travel along the rim for a short distance in this area for even more views.

GPS Coordinate: 37.6226616°, -112.1659948° (37°37.35969′, -112°09.95969′ / 37°37’21.5817″, -112°09’57.5811″)

So many hoodoos below Inspiration Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
So many hoodoos below Inspiration Point. PC Thank You (24 Millions ) views, CC BY 2.0

Inspiration Point

If you love looking down into the hoodoos, Inspiration Point is for you!  It also showcases some of the cliffs at the head of Bryce Canyon.  A paved, 0.1 mile RT sidewalk leads to the Lower Overlook (the middle and upper overlooks require a steep unpaved trail); average grade is 3.7% (max 6.3%).

GPS Coordinate: 37.6160110°, -112.1702743° (37°36.96066′, -112°10.21646′ / 37°36’57.6395″, -112°10’12.9874″)

Views near Bryce Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Views near Bryce Point

Bryce Point

Again, this overlook has so many great views across Bryce Canyon and down on hoodoos.  It’s only 0.1 miles RT on a paved trail to the first overlook, with another optional 0.1 mile RT paved trail to the second overlook – however, the grade is steep at an average of 5.5% (max. 11.3%).

GPS Coordinate (first overlook): 37.6044035°, -112.1564597° (37°36.26421′, -112°09.38758′ / 37°36’15.8525″, -112°09’23.2549″)

GPS Coordinate (second overlook): 37.6059713°, -112.1575133° (37°36.35828′, -112°09.45080′ / 37°36’21.4967″, -112°09’27.0477″)

Rock formations from Paria View, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Rock formations from Paria View. PC Julien Chatelain, CC BY-SA 2.0

Paria View

Views extend from Paria View down Yellow Creek to the cliffs of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  The trail is paved, with the first viewpoint 0.05 miles RT and the second, 0.3 miles RT.  Average grade is around 3%.

GPS Coordinate: 37.5952218°, -112.1712274° (37°35.71331′, -112°10.27365′ / 37°35’42.7985″, -112°10’16.4187″)

Looking down from Yovimpa Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Looking down from Yovimpa Point. PC Kristina D.C. Hoeppner, CC BY-SA 2.0

Yovimpa Point

Yovimpa Point is the only overlook on this list that faces south and a little west (most of the viewpoints are east-facing).  While the NPS claims that the paved sidewalk is only 160ft. RT, I’m not sure how they got that number.  My sources estimate it closer to 0.3 miles RT.  Average grade is around 2%.

GPS Coordinate: 37.4724764°, -112.2402470° (37°28.34858′, -112°14.41482′ / 37°28’20.9150″, -112°14’24.8893″)

Views along the Bristlecone Loop, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Views along the Bristlecone Loop. PC John Manard, CC BY-SA 2.0

Bristlecone Loop

This 1.0 mile trail travels between the Yovimpa Point parking area and Rainbow Point, passing bristlecone pine trees that are upwards of 1,800 years old.  It is hard-surfaced, but steep grades (11%) make it difficult without assistance.

Distant views from Rainbow Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Distant views from Rainbow Point. PC Tony Hisgett, CC BY 2.0

Rainbow Point

The views from Rainbow Point are gorgeous.  Hoodoos, forest canyons, striped cliffs, and distant hills are all visible from this point.  The path is paved, 0.15 miles RT, and has an average grade of 2.4% (max 5.6%).  There are also sidewalks in the area for additional exploration along the rim.

GPS Coordinate: 37.4760898°, -112.2406253° (37°28.56539′, -112°14.43752′ / 37°28’33.9231″, -112°14’26.2510″)

Views near Fairyland Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Views near Fairyland Point

Need to Know about Bryce Canyon

Fees to enter the national park are $35/vehicle.  Access and other America the Beautiful National Parks & Federal Lands Passes are accepted.

Restrooms at the visitor center, Bryce Canyon Lodge, the General Store, Loop A at Sunset Campground, Fairview Point, and Rainbow Point are all wheelchair-friendly.  Wheelchairs can also be used inside the visitor center without difficulty.

If you would rather tour the park by the shuttle bus (typically running from April to October), these can accommodate up to two wheelchairs in each bus.  They also have powered wheelchair lifts.

Bryce Canyon has only limited services and open roads in the winter season (November-April).  Visit the park site for more closure information.

Some ranger programs are also wheelchair accessible.  Ask at the visitor center for a list of the current programs and the Accessibility Guide.

Looking down on hoodoos from near Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Looking down on hoodoos from near Sunset Point

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