Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Bryce Canyon National Park

The best time to visit Bryce National Park is May through September. Not only does this period offer the warmest weather of the year, it also yields plenty of ranger activities. October through April offers its own charms, too. There are fewer people, cooler temperatures and the fall foliage and wildflowers can be stunning. In the winter, the park is transformed by snow and visitors can go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. But remember: Because of its high elevation, the weather at Bryce Canyon in the fall, winter and spring can be quite variable.

Bryce National Park is open 24 hours a day, year-round, but from October through May, some roads, campgrounds and other visitor facilities are closed or operate on reduced hours. It's a good idea to check the current conditions on the National Weather Service website before your visit. 

Weather in Bryce Canyon National Park

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

May-September

In May, average high temperatures hover in the mid-60s. Daytime highs in June and September are usually in the high 60s to low 70s. And in July and August, temperatures rise to the high 70s to low 80s. However, these two months also constitute the rainy season, with frequent, usually short, afternoon thunderstorms that produce heavy rain and lightning. This means visitors should be prepared to find shelter. The bulk of the park's ranger programs also occur in these months.

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October-April

It can snow as early as October, but there are usually plenty of lovely fall days. Most of the snow falls between December and March, offering perfect conditions for the Bryce Canyon Snowshoe Program, which is designed for beginner snowshoers (though experienced snowshoers can participate, too). Free snowshoes and poles are available to participants who wish to borrow them. Other winter activities include cross-country skiing, hiking and guided full moon snowshoe hikes and winter astronomy programs.

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