Bryce Canyon National Park: Open in the winter

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park – Photo Copyright Elizabeth R. Rose

Bryce Canyon with its beautiful red rock canyons and mystical hoodoo formations is actually open through winter. Imagine seeing snow in contrast with the beautiful red stone. Weather permitting, you could be in for a real treat.

The park is open 24 hours per day throughout the year. There may be temporary road closures during and shortly after winter snow storms until plowing is completed and conditions are safe for visitor traffic. Road maintenance may require brief closures of individual areas at other times. It might be wise to phone ahead –  435/834-5322.

The Visitor Center is open almost every day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter. It is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day but the park is open. The Visitor Center is located 4.5 miles south of the intersection of Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 63 OR 1.5 miles inside Bryce Canyon National Park’s northern boundary. The lodge at the park is closed in winter.

When it snows, the park offers Snowshoe Hikes. These hikes run from 1.5 to 2.5 hours and cover one to two miles. The park describes the ranger-led hike: Winter at Bryce is unique. You are treated to a crystal blue sky, solitude and most years, enough snow for snowshoeing! Accompany a park ranger for a snowshoe hike and we will supply the snowshoes! Learn about the winter ecology of our park and how hoodoos are the product of the winter struggle between ice and sun.

Snowshoe Hike

Snowshoe Hike at Bryce Canyon – Photo Courtesy: National Park Service

About Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon is a beautiful, yet small, national park in southwestern Utah. The park was named after the Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce. The park became a national park in 1928.

Bryce is famous for its unique geology. There are a series of horseshoe-shaped canyons carved out of the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. Erosion has shaped the rock into fascinating shapes including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called “hoodoos.” These areas are beautiful to photograph no matter what the season.

The park is fairly isolated, especially in winter. It is best to check road conditions before traveling.

More Information
Directions to the Park
Bryce Canyon Website
Hotels in Bryce Canyon City
Art Photography (Includes Bryce Photo)


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