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.
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.
Spring Break 2010
Contact: Daniel Ng, 435.834.4740
Abundant Snow Blankets Park for Spring Break Visitors
Winter is perhaps the most beautiful time to visit Bryce Canyon National Park. The colorful red hoodoos are layered in bands of white snow. This season, Bryce Canyon, as well as many locations in the Southwest, received well above average precipitation. Nearly 110 inches of snow have fallen (20 inches above normal) and the current snowpack at the Visitor Center (elev. 7,900 ft.) measures 39 inches. March temperatures average in the 40’s during the day and the teens 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 open daily from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. Visitors are reminded to prepare for winter driving conditions, high altitude and to dress warmly for the cold temperatures and snow.
Day hiking trails are open, but are snow-covered and icy. Queens Garden and Navajo Loop have received the most use this winter and currently are covered with several inches of packed snow and ice. Hiking boots/snowboots with traction devices are highly recommended. Other trails such as Fairyland Loop, Peek-a-boo Loop, Rim Trail (except for the Sunset to Sunrise section) are more difficult to navigate due to deep snow. Snowshoes are recommended for these trails. Due to deep snow, backcountry hiking is not recommended.
The Ruby's Inn Nordic Center rents snowshoes, cross-country skis and snowboots. Bryce Canyon park rangers offer guided snowshoe hikes (with free snowshoes), talks and occasional evening programs. Inquire at the Visitor Center. Cross-country ski trails in the park are 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. Ruby's Inn grooms ski trails outside the park.
The Bryce Canyon Lodge is currently closed and reopens April 1. The General Store (showers, laundry, groceries, snacks) reopens in mid-April. Horseback rides will resume once trails are free of snow and ice. For more information, please visit other portions of our Website at: www.nps.gov/brca or call 435-834-5322.
Did You Know?
The geologic term, hoodoo, lives on at Bryce Canyon National Park as perpetuated by early geologists who thought the rock formations could cast a spell on you with their magical spires and towering arches. More...