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Bryce Canyon National Park   |  Paul Brady

Winter in Bryce Canyon National Park

See red rock hoodoos coated with a dusting of snow against a stunning scenic backdrop on an unforgettable winter visit to Bryce Canyon National Park. With elevations of up to 9,100 feet and an average winter snowfall of nearly 100 inches, there is plenty of winter to be found at this high-elevation scenic wonder. Plan for cold and snow, and get ready to explore. A winter visit means fewer people and gorgeous scenery, with opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and plenty of other winter fun, like the annual Bryce Canyon Winter Festival.

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Winter Weather in Bryce Canyon

Prepare for cold and snow, and be sure to check current conditions as well as the weather forecast before planning your journey. Normally, winter daytime highs are slightly above freezing, but be prepared for cold snaps. Bryce Canyon’s winter temperatures have plunged as low as -26 degrees Fahrenheit, and subzero temperatures can occur during any winter month. Plan for a snowy visit. The park typically receives just under 100 inches of snow a year, though one year 82 inches of snow fell in January alone. Expect freezing temperatures most nights from October through May, with the possibility of snow. December through February is typically the time of year with the coldest temperatures and most snow, though March and April snowstorms can also be significant.

Average Daily High and Low Temperature

Oct.
Nov.
Dec.
Jan.
Feb.

58/32 F
14/0 C

45/23 F
7/-5 C
36/15 F
2/-9 C
37/15 F
2/-9 C
38/17 F
3/-8 C

Bryce Canyon Winter Activities

Winter Camping Near Bryce

Hardy winter campers will enjoy the park’s North Campground, where Loop A is open year-round and sites are first-come, first-served. RVs are allowed, but sewer, water and electrical hookups are not available. The campground is located at approximately 8,000 feet, so be prepared for cold weather and snow. 

People looking for a more luxe camping experience may enjoy yurt camping, and nearby towns such as Tropic and Panguitch offer plenty of hotels, motels and other lodging options. 

Winter Travel Tips

  • Bryce Canyon National Park is open year-round. In winter, the visitor center has reduced hours and is closed on holidays.
  • Check the park’s website or call to find out about current conditions and closures. Roads, trails, overlooks and other areas may close due to hazardous conditions, and some are closed all winter. 
  • Some trails are closed for safety during the winter, and some can be icy enough that mountaineering crampons may be a good option, but consult park rangers for current conditions and recommendations.
  • The park’s surfaces (including parking lots, trails, and other areas) can become very icy in the winter, and “over the shoe” traction devices are strongly recommended. Expect snowy and icy trails, and know all areas can be slippery and hazardous. 
  • Skiing, snowboarding or sledding from the canyon’s rim into the canyon is illegal, very dangerous and can damage the fragile environment. Please follow all park rules and regulations.
  • The park encourages visitors to carefully plan their trip and leave a trip plan with an emergency contact. 
  • Be flexible with your plans. Check the forecast the day of your trip and be prepared to switch to Plan B (which could be staying indoors) depending on conditions.
  • Always bring appropriate winter gear, including plenty of warm clothes for layering — along with extras in case your clothes get wet — as well as sunglasses and sunscreen. Be sure to properly prepare for a winter visit.
  • Make sure you and your car are prepared for winter driving, with chains or snow tires, and a full winter emergency kit. 

Winter in Bryce Canyon National Park

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