Find romance on quiet trails as you travel on horseback along the Peekaboo Trail through Bryce Amphitheater. Witness the grandeur of the beautiful red rock formations sculpted by nature’s elements, up close and personal. From Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos to ancient bristlecone pine groves or remote outlaw hideouts, you’ll experience the illusion of time standing still in scenic Bryce Canyon Country.
Scenic Drives, Lakes, and Slot Canyons
When it comes to setting the stage for romance, Bryce Canyon Country is the perfect backdrop. A drive along Scenic Byway 12 is a romantic destination in itself, winding through a ruggedly beautiful and diverse landscape. Charming towns dot the highway, each with its own distinct character and offering a taste of the simple life. Pullouts along the highway offer scenic viewpoints and incredible panoramic vistas, the ideal backdrop for a picnic lunch. Pack a picnic and head out to one of Bryce Canyon Country’s incredibly scenic lakes. From Panguitch, Scenic Byway 12 connects to Scenic Highway 143, winding through pine forests and lava fields on the way to serene Panguitch Lake. Scenic Byway 12 combines with Pine Creek and Hell’s Backbone Bridge for a scenic loop past pine forests, dramatic drop-offs, and sweeping views of the Grand Staircase on the way to Posey Lake. Dozens of secluded lakes highlight Boulder Mountain’s 50,000 acres of foliage, especially beautiful in fall. From Ticaboo, head to Lake Powell, where sparkling blue waters and a myriad of secluded and serene slot canyons await.
Bryce Canyon National Park
From sun up to sundown, Bryce Canyon National Park is breathtakingly romantic and almost achingly beautiful. Watch the spectacular early morning light wash over the hoodoos from Sunrise Point, or take an evening stroll along the rim and watch the nightfall from Sunset Point. Rainbow Point, the southernmost point in Bryce Canyon National Park, is a perfect picnic spot, with some of the most expansive views of the park. If hiking with your loved one is what gets your heart racing, descend the Navajo Loop Trail leading to the ancient Wall Street pines. Full moon hikes are one of the most romantic ways to explore Bryce Canyon National Park, with the glow of the moonlight casting mystical light and shadows on the hoodoos. And with some of the clearest air in the country, Bryce Canyon National Park also offers unsurpassed stargazing.
As Above, So Below
Take romance to new heights with a sunrise aerial tour over scenic Bryce Canyon, Kodachrome State Park, and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument for some of the most breathtaking views imaginable. A scenic helicopter or airplane flight is a way to get a bird’s eye view of Bryce Canyon Country’s scenic jewels and hidden wonders, as you fly over majestic hoodoos, deep gorges, remote canyons, and seasonal waterfalls that can only be viewed from above.
Annual Events / Date Nights
Bryce Canyon Country hosts a variety of events throughout the year that are perfect for a low-stress, fun-filled alternative to traditional date nights. There’s nothing quite like the early morning launch and hissing of hot air balloons at the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally. Head to the launch site at dawn, cozy up in a blanket, and watch the sky fill with brilliant colors. Night owls may prefer late-night stargazing during the Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival. Stroll down charming Main Street during the Escalante Canyons Art Festival and enjoy lunch in a small-town café, or relish a bit of history during the Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival.
Charming bed and breakfasts, serene inns, camping under the stars—Bryce Canyon Country has it all. Lodging options outside Bryce Canyon National Park offer romantic options, even in the winter. Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon offers sleigh rides to scenic overlooks.