Full Moon Hikes

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A ranger leads of group of hikers into the canyon under the light of the full moon.  Hiking shoes/boots required.

NPS photo by Brian Roanhorse

 
Hiking shoe with lug traction

Example of a permissible shoe for full moon hikes. BE WEARING or HAVE WITH YOU your proof of lug traction footwear when getting your ticket(s).

Hikes are subject to change and/or cancellation. We recommend stopping at the Visitor Center for the most current information.

You are cordially invited to celebrate Bryce Canyon's thrilling Night Life! Check your calendar and join us for these uniquely-Bryce experiences. During full moons, (1-2 consecutive nights each month), when the mix of shadows and moonlight cause the hoodoos to take on spooky personalities, we offer 1-2 mile-long moonlit hikes. These hikes descend down into the canyon along steep and rocky trails. Due to the nature of this special activity all participants must agree to the following rules.

RULES:
  • Children under age 6 are not permitted.
  • Hiking boots or hiking shoes (lug soles) are required for your safety and the safety of the Park Staff and other Participant(s).
  • Flashlights, headlamps are not allowed. Flash photography may be permitted under key restrictions.
  • Bring drinking water and a jacket - nightime temperatures can be cold.
  • Due to steep and rocky trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.

NOTE: The number of visitors we can accommodate on our Full Moon Hikes is limited for safety reasons. Tickets for the Full Moon Hike will be distributed via lottery on the day of the hike. Each person in your group must be present at the lottery with the hiking shoes/boots they plan to wear. Once your footwear has passed inspection, ONE lottery ticket will be issued per group. The Ranger giving you the lottery ticket will write the number in your party (maximum of 6) on the back of your lottery ticket. If your lottery ticket is drawn, only the number of people written on the back of the winning lottery ticket will be issued hiker tickets.

Lotter Location: Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium
Lottery tickets issued: Beginning at 4pm MDT (Please do not arrive at the Lodge before this time.)
Lotter begins: 4: 15pm MDT sharp (no lottery tickets will be distributed once the lottery begins.)


Watch this Video to Learn More about Bryce Canyon Full Moon Hikes. ATTENTION!!! Procedures for the registration of the Full Moon Hike have changed from the directions of the video link. The most current registration requirements are above the video link. If further questions, contact or visit the Visitor Center Help Desk. Visitor Front Desk (435) 834-4747. (26 June 2015)

We would love to offer these programs more than 2-3 times a month but unfortunately, as the name of the activity implies, we don't have that kind of control.... over Moon, Earth, & Sun. :-). Please check at the visitor center for up-to-date information.

 
Day / Time Date 2015 Full Moon Hikes (Stop by the Visitor Center or use this page's Contact Us link for more information.)
Sun
Jan 4 Open to Public. On Snowshoes (snowpack permitting)
Tues Feb 3 Open to Public. On Snowshoes (snowpack permitting)
Thurs March 5 Open to Public. On Snowshoes (snowpack permitting)
Sat April 4 CHANGE: Due to unexpected high interest this hike will be ticketed using a lottery as described in the note above.
Sat May 2 Ticket required - see note above.
Sun May 3 Ticket required - see note above.
Mon June 1 Ticket required - see note above.
Tues June 2 Ticket required - see note above.
Tues June 30 Ticket required - see note above.
Wed
Wed
July 1
July 29
Ticket required - see note above.
Ticket required - see note above.
Thurs July 30 Ticket required - see note above.
Fri
Sat
Aug 28
Aug 29
Ticket required - see note above.
Ticket required - see note above.
Sat Sept 26 Ticket required - see note above.
Sun Sept 27 Ticket required - see note above.
Tues Oct 27 Ticket required - see note above.
Wed Nov 25 To Be Determined. Call ahead for status.
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Ranger Patrick Hair leads a full moon snowshoe hike.

Ranger Patrick Hair leads a full moon snowshoe hike

NPS photo by Kevin Poe

WINTER FULL MOON HIKES ON SNOWSHOES!

During Winter full moons November - March (when snow depth exceeds 12") we offer our full moon hikes as a snowshoe activity. Snowshoes and poles are provided FREE of charge, but you must dress warmly and provide your own waterproof hiking boots (hiking shoes NOT acceptable) or better yet snow-boots. Full Moon Snow Shoe hikes are free and open to the public (Weather Permitting). Come visit the Visitor Center or call us at 435.834.4747 for additional information. (see schedule above).

Pre-registration for Moonlight Snowshoe Hikes is REQUIRED and LIMITED to 25 participants.

 

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