• Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

    Bryce Canyon

    National Park Utah

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  • 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, multiple backcountry campsites have been closed until further notice: Sheep Creek, Swamp Canyon, Natural Bridge, Iron Spring, Corral Hollow, Riggs Spring and Yovimpa Pass.

Full Moon Hikes

Full Moon over Powell Point in background with Park Ranger Kevin Poe in silhouette
Full Moon over Powell Point with Park Ranger Kevin Poe in silhouette
NPS
 
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).

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, (2-3 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 PRIOR to receiving tickets.

RULES:
  • Attendance is capped at 30 people per hike. (25 for snowshoe hikes when offered). During Summer we usually offer 2 concurrent hikes each night.
  • Children under age 6 are not permitted.
  • Hiking boots or hiking shoes (lug soles) are required. HAVE YOUR LUG TRACTION FOOTWEAR PRESENT when seeking ticket(s).
  • Flashlights, headlamps are not allowed. Flash photography may be permitted under key restrictions.
  • Bring drinking water and jacket (evenings are cool).
  • Due to steep and rocky trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.

NOTE: Tickets are required for full-moon hikes and are FREE, but ONLY distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign-up begins at 8:00 a.m. at the visitor center (line starts forming at 6:30 a.m.) on the morning of the scheduled hike. IN SUMMER, HIKES USUALLY FILL UP WITHIN THE FIRST HALF HOUR OF SIGN UP! ABSOLUTELY NO ADVANCE RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED! For groups of people, tickets will only be given out if the entire group arrives in person so that each group member receives their own ticket. EXCEPTION: One parent may sign up his or her spouse and their non-emancipated children (kids who get to sleep in are more enjoyable during the hike than those who have to get up early to stand in line). :-)

Watch this Video to Learn More about Bryce Canyon Full Moon Hikes.

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.

Starting locations and routes are not announced in advance, but are made known to ticket holders.

 
Day / Time Date 2014 Full Moon Hikes
Weds 5:00pm
Jan 15 25 FREE tickets available on Snowshoes (snowpack permitting)
Fri 5:15pm Feb 14 25 FREE tickets available on Snowshoes (snowpack permitting)
Sun 7:00pm March 16 25 FREE tickets available on Snowshoes (snowpack permitting)
NEW NIGHT!
Mon 7:15pm
With KUED PBS Television
April 14
25 FREE tickets available, but MUST sign photo release
Followed by telescope viewing of TOTAL Lunar Eclipse!
Tue 8:30pm April 15 30 FREE tickets available
Tue 8:00pm May 13 30 FREE tickets available
Wed 8:30pm May 14 30 FREE tickets available
Thu 8:15pm June 12 60 FREE tickets available
Fri 9:00pm June 13 60 FREE tickets available
Fri 8:30pm July 11 60 FREE tickets available
Sat 8:45pm July 12 60 FREE tickets available
Sun 8:00pm Aug 10 60 FREE tickets available
Mon 8:30pm Aug 11 60 FREE tickets available
Tue 8:00pm Sept 9 60 FREE tickets available
Wed 8:30pm Sept 10 60 FREE tickets available
Wed 7:00pm Oct 8 30 FREE tickets available
Thu 7:30pm Oct 9 30 FREE tickets available
Thu 5:15pm Nov 6 25 FREE tickets available on Snowshoes (snowpack permitting)
Sat 5:00pm Dec 6 25 FREE tickets available on Snowshoes (snowpack permitting)
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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. ONLY during these winter months are you also allowed to make phone reservations for moon hike tickets @ 435-834-4747 -- but only 2 days in advance of the scheduled hikes (see schedule above).

 

Did You Know?

Utah Prairie Dog

Utah Prairie Dogs are a threatened species found only in southwestern Utah. Distinguishable by its white tail and black eyebrows, several colonies are located within Bryce Canyon's boundaries. More...