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Autumn Changes at Bryce Canyon National Park

A large red rock arch stands at the bottom of a slope before a vast forested landscape

NPS/Peter Densmore

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News Release Date: October 1, 2021

With summer’s end, cooler overnight temperatures and shifting colors accompany annual changes to park operations. Here are upcoming adjustments to facility operating hours and important dates for park visitor services and concessions operations.

The park Visitor Center and Bookstore is currently open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will transition to fall hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 10th. Winter hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will take effect on Sunday, November 7th. The park and Visitor Center remain open year-round.

Sunset Campground remains open for camping by reservation through until Saturday, October 16th, when it will transition to first-come, first-served camping. Sunset Campground closes for the season on Monday, November 1st, or earlier if overnight temperatures drop consistently below freezing. North Campground is currently open for first-come, first-served camping. While Loop A will remain open year-round, the rest of North Campground and its Dump Station will close when overnight temperatures drop consistently below freezing, which typically occurs mid to late October.

The Bryce Canyon Shuttle is currently operating from 8:00 a.m. until the final outbound bus departs the Visitor Center leaving the park at 6:20 p.m. Shuttle service will continue in the park through Sunday, October 17th. Modifications for visitor safety remain in place, including hourly bus sanitization and a mask requirement for all riders. Shuttle service will resume in April 2022.

Concession lodging and food services within the park will operate for most of the fall season. On Monday, November 1st, the Lodge at Bryce Canyon will close for the winter at 11 a.m. Lodging within the park will remain available until the Sunset Hotel unit closes on Saturday, November 27th. The General Store will close for the season at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 28th. These facilities will resume operations in the spring of 2022. Visit or call 877-386-4383 for park lodging rates and availability.

The final day for horseback and mule rides operated by Canyon Trail Rides will be Saturday, October 30th unless weather dictates an earlier closing. Canyon Trail Rides will resume operations on Sunday, May 1, 2022 or earlier if trail conditions permit. Visit or call 435-679-8665 for more information.

We hope visitors to Bryce Canyon National Park will enjoy their autumn experience in the park. Additional information on modifications to park operations can be obtained at or by calling the park’s information line at (435) 834-5322.

Last updated: October 1, 2021

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