Full Moon Hikes

Moon above the Tabletop Plateau
Moon rise beside the Table Cliffs Plateau.

Photo courtesy of Dark Ranger Telescope Tours, LLC

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.

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.
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).
Due to the nature of this special activity all participants must agree to the following 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 - nigh time temperatures can be cold.
  • Due to steep and rocky trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.

*Hikes are subject to change and/or cancellation. Stop at the Visitor Center for most current Information.

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Full Moon Lottery Information: (Spring, Summer, & Fall Seasons Only)
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 (see below for months requiring tickets). 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.

Hikes from November through March can be signed up for in the Visitor Center Auditorium before 4 PM. Contact or visit the Visitor Center Help Desk for more information about the lottery. Help Desk phone number is (435) 834-4747 or email us at brca_information@nps.gov.


2016-2017 Moon Hike Schedule

Mon Nov 14 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Tues Nov 15 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Tues Dec 13 No Ticket Required On snowshoes, snowpack permitting
Thur Jan 12 No Ticket Required On snowshoes, snowpack permitting.
Fri Feb 10 No Ticket Required On snowshoes, snowpack permitting.
Sun Mar 12 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Tues Apr 11 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.

*Dates and Program(s) are subject to change. Check the Visitor Center for up-to-date information.

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Winter Full Moon Snowshoe Hike: November - March (snowpack depth must exceed 16")
During Winter full moons, we offer our full moon hikes as a snowshoe activity for free. In-person registration at the visitor center is required on the day of the hike.

Come visit the Visitor Center or call us at (435) 834-4747 for additional Winter Activity information.

Moon hike 20140514 Brian B. Roanhorse
A ranger leads a of group of hikers into the canyon under the light of the full moon.

Photographed by Brian Roanhorse 14 May, 2014.

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Mailing Address:

P.O Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764


(435) 834-5322

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