Bryce Canyon National Park, Thunderhead at Sunset, Sunrise Point

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is a fairyland of red, orange, and white hoodoos and spires. The rim elevation varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet.

Rooms in the park can be difficult to obtain, so book early.

The images in this article were taken in early August. Both are panoramas taken just behind the railing at Sunrise Point and just before sunset.

Feature Image Details

I used a Canon 16-35MM F4 L Lens at 17mm and blended 8 vertical images together with lots of overlap. I shot as ISO 500, F16 for 1/5th of a second.

Using the same technique here another image, taken just a few minutes after the one above.

Lightning was striking the rim at Bryce Point near that big pink cloud. You can drive there.

That is one of the few spots in the park you can actually watch sunset, but again, I prefer the views looking away from the sun.

It’s a short hike between Sunrise and Sunset Point along the scenic rim trail.

Sunset Point is not well named. You cannot watch a Sunset over the canyon at sunset point at any time of year.

These views face South and the sunset will be behind you.

However, you can watch a sunrise at both points.

I prefer Sunrise Point for Sunrise, but looking away from the sun. The canyon spires glow at dawn.

I you do want to see the sun rising up over the canyon, Sunset Point is a better angle. Hike down to a spot called Thor’s Hammer on the Navajo Loop Trail.

Then I recommend coming back up a bit and taking that trail counterclockwise. There are some spectacular trees on the Navajo Loop Trail and you keep those views in front of you if you hike counterclockwise.

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