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1 full day in Bryce

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1 full day in Bryce

Hi, we have 1 full day to spend in Bryce national park in early October. We have two young kids, 7 and 10. What are the must-see points or trails we should hit? In addition, any recommendation for lodging? Thank you.

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1. Re: 1 full day in Bryce

Hike: Wall Street. Go to the pullouts. Very scenic.

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They are the right ages for doing the Jr Ranger program. This is designed to help kids get involved with the park on their level. Definitely look into it ahead of time and get the materials from the visitor center when you arrive.

http://www.nps.gov/brca/forkids/index.htm

Then you should have plenty of time to enjoy the park. Take a look at the main amphitheater (sunset, sunrise and inspiration points), then take the scenic drive to the end and back. Try the Bristlecone Pine trail for a warmup- nice and level and only a mile.

Then drive back and check out all the viewpoints. Don't miss the Natural Bridge near the beginning.

Paria and Bryce Points are good as well.

Then a lunch somewhere would be good. Either a picnic lunch or one at the lodge.

Then a hike down the Navajo to Queen's Garden loop. It goes right through the hoodoos and is the best place to see them.

If you haven't found the prairie dogs ask where they are.

Watch sunset along the rim somewhere.

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3. Re: 1 full day in Bryce

Thank you so much for the detailed suggestion!!

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4. Re: 1 full day in Bryce

Thank you.

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6. Re: 1 full day in Bryce

If your kids like to hike, try the "Hike the Hoodoos Challenge". They have to look for the markers and take pictures of themselves at them. Fun and they'll get a nice pin.

www.nps.gov/brca/parknews/hikethehoodoos.htm

I would recommend staying at the lodge in the park if there is availability. Bryce Lodge is managed by Forever Resorts. If that doesn't work for you, stay at one of the Ruby's properties outside of the park (Best Western.)

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