Bikes are prohibited on all trails, and are forbidden from traveling cross-country within the national park boundaries. The park's established scenic drive is open to road or mountain bikers, although you need to be aware that the 18-mile road through the park is narrow and winding, and can be crowded with motor vehicles during the summer.

Because mountain bikers are not welcome on national park hiking trails, you'll have to leave Bryce in search of trails. Fortunately, you won't have to go far -- the Dixie National Forest, which abuts the park, has numerous mountain biking opportunities.

Mountain bikes can be rented across the road from Ruby's Inn at the Bryce Canyon American Car Care Center (tel. 866/866-6616 or 435/834-5232; for $20 for up to 6 hours and $35 for a full day.


The closest fishing hole to the park is at Tropic Reservoir in the Dixie National Forest.

Horseback Riding

To see Bryce Canyon the way the early pioneers did, you need to look down from a horse. Canyon Trail Rides, P.O. Box 128, Tropic, UT 84776 (tel. 435/679-8665;, offers a close-up view of Bryce's spectacular rock formations from the relative comfort of a saddle. The company has a desk inside Bryce Lodge. A 2-hour ride to the canyon floor and back costs $50 per person, and a half-day trip farther into the canyon costs $75 per person. Rides are offered April through November. Riders must be at least 7 years old for the 2-hour trip, at least 10 for the half-day ride, and weigh no more than 220 pounds.

Horseback rides are also offered by several companies in Red Canyon, just outside the national park.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.