• Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

    Bryce Canyon

    National Park Utah

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  • U.S. Highway 89 Bryce Canyon to Grand Canyon

    Road damage south of Page, Arizona will impact travel between Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks. Click for a travel advisory and link to a map with suggested alternate routes: More »

  • Sunset Campground Construction

    From April-July 2014, three new restroom facilities will be constructed in Sunset Campground. Visitors may experience construction noise and dust, as well as some campsite and restroom closures. 'Sunset Campground' webpage has additional information. More »

  • Bryce Point to Peekaboo Connector Trail Closure

    Due to a large rockslide, the connecting trail from Bryce Point to Peekaboo Loop is closed. Trail will be reopened once repairs are made. The Peekaboo Loop is open, but must be accessed from Sunset or Sunrise Point.

  • Wall Street Section of Navajo Loop Closed

    Due to dangerous conditions (falling rock and treacherous, icy switchbacks), the Wall Street section of the Navajo Loop Trail is CLOSED. It will reopen in Spring once freezing temperatures have subsided.

  • Backcountry Campsite Closures

    Due to bear activity at select campsites in Bryce Canyon's backcountry, two backcountry campsites have been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek and Iron Spring.

Welcome Spring Visitors

Snow at Bryce 2011
Snow on the hoodoos
Dan Ng

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Date: March 31, 2011
Contact: Dan Ng, 435.834.4740

Winter and early spring is perhaps the most beautiful time to visit Bryce Canyon National Park. Following snowstorms, the colorful red hoodoos are layered in bands of white snow. The park is largely snow covered on the plateau. The current snowpack at the Visitor Center (elev. 7,900 ft.) measures 11 inches. Snow in the southern end of the park towards Rainbow Point (elev. 9,100 ft.) is 2‐3 feet deep. March‐April temperatures average to 50° F during the day and drop to 20° F at night.

Fairyland and Paria View roads remain unplowed for use by cross‐country skiers and snowshoers. All other park roads and viewpoints remain open, though the main road to Rainbow Point may be temporarily closed due to snowstorms. The Visitor Center is opened daily from 8:00 AM‐4:30 PM and extending to 6:00 PM on April 3. Visitors are reminded to prepare for winter driving conditions, high elevation and to dress warmly for the cold temperatures and snow.

Day hiking trails are open, but are snow‐covered, icy and muddy. Hiking boots/snowboots with traction devices as well as hiking poles are highly recommended. For the Fairyland Loop and Peekaboo Loop, it is advisable to carry snowshoes. Due to deep snow in the southern section of the park, backcountry hiking is not recommended.

Due to rock slides and hazardous trail conditions, the Thors Hammer's side of the Navajo Loop is temporarily closed for visitor safety. Assessments will be made weekly to determine when the trail can be safely reopened. The Wall Street side (which is closed during winter) will remain closed for several more months.

Park rangers present geology talks daily, and on Saturdays, evening and night sky programs. Cross‐country ski trails in the park are on ungroomed 2‐track trails. The slope between the Plateau Rim and 7600 foot contour elevation is closed to skiing, snowboarding, sledding or sliding devices. Below the Rim, cross‐country skiing is permitted on the Under‐ the‐ Rim Trail and Riggs Spring Loop.

The Bryce Canyon Lodge, restaurant and gift shop reopen on April 1. Public showers and laundry will be open April 1st and the General Store by April 3. Horseback rides will resume around April 1 once trails are free of snow and ice. For more information, please visit the park's website or call 435‐834‐5322.

Did You Know?

Visibility from Yovimpa Point, looking south towards Arizona

On a clear day, the visibility at Bryce Canyon National Park often exceeds 100 miles! This is due to our exceptional air quality, low humidity and high elevation. More...