Free Shuttle Makes Touring Bryce Canyon National Park Easy

Tour Bryce Canyon National Park this year on the free shuttles. NPS photo by Dan Ng.

Touring Bryce Canyon National Park this summer will be easier than ever thanks to free daily tours the park is offering on the Bryce Canyon Shuttle. And if you're a backpacker, this is a great way to catch a ride to the trailhead and then back to your car.

The tours run daily until late September. Four hours in duration, the trips cover 40 miles with stops along many of Bryce Canyon’s scenic viewpoints. Tours begin at 11:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM.

Reservations are required and can be made in person at the shuttle offices at Ruby’s Inn, Ruby’s Campground, the Shuttle Parking area building or by calling 435-834-5290 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Reservations can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Buses will hold up to 45 passengers and are first-come, first-served.

Passengers can board at any of six shuttle boarding areas: Ruby's Inn, Ruby's Campground, Shuttle Parking area (across the road from Ruby’s Inn), Bryce Canyon Lodge, North Campground and Sunset Campground. There will be approximately eight stops at the scenic viewpoints within the park. Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and bring lunch, water, etc.

This tour is ideal for backpackers wanting to be dropped off at any of the park’s backcountry trailheads. It is important for backpackers to adhere to the scheduled pickup times and locations since there is only one bus for the return trip.