Full Moon Hikes

A full moon rises along a distant horizon beyond a rock spire known as Thors Hammer and other red rock features

NPS Photo / Gaelyn Olmsted

 

You are cordially invited to celebrate Bryce Canyon's thrilling Night-Life! Check your calendar and join us for a uniquely "Bryce" experience.

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.

Typically (but depending on staffing) the park offers two hike options--a more strenuous hike that descends down into the canyon along steep and rocky trails and an easier hike that travels along the rim of the plateau.
 
Hiking shoe with lug traction
Example of a permissible shoe for full moon hikes. You must wear or bring your lug traction footwear when getting your lottery ticket.

General Rules

Due to the nature of this special activity all participants must agree to the following rules:
  • Children 7 and younger are not permitted.
  • Hiking boots or hiking shoes (lug soles) are required for your safety and the safety of Park Staff and other Participant(s).
  • Flashlights, headlamps are not allowed to be used during the hike (you may bring them for later use). 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.
 

Full Moon Lottery Information

Note: Due to COVID-19 Full Moon hike lotteries are now being held at the Visitor Center Plaza Information Tent.
Lottery tickets can be picked up anytime the day of the hike between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Lottery results can be viewed at the same location anytime between 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.


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.

Hikes from November through March can be signed up for in the Visitor Center Auditorium at 4 PM. April through October the lottery will be held in the Bryce Lodge Auditorium at 4 PM. Contact us for more information about the lottery at brca_information@nps.gov.

 

2021 Moon Hike Schedule

DAY DATES TICKET INFO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Thu/Fri Jan 28/29 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Sat/Sun Feb 27/28 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Sun/Mon Mar 28/29 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
TBD Apr TBD Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Wed/Thu May 26/27 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Thu/Fri Jun 24/25 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Fri/Sat Jul 23/24 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Sat/Sun Aug 21/22 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Mon/Tue Sep 20/21 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Wed/Thu Oct 20/21 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Fri/Sat Nov 19/20 Ticket Required For registration, read lottery info above.
Sun/Mon Dec 19/20 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.

 

Winter Full Moon Snowshoe Hike

Possible November - March (snowpack depth must exceed 16")

During Winter full moons when snow levels are at 16" or higher, we offer our full moon hikes as a snowshoe activity for free. All other moon hike details remain the same, but the addition of snowshoes does make this a more strenous activity. Come visit the Visitor Center or explore our website for additional Winter Activity information.

Last updated: March 20, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764

Phone:

(435) 834-5322
Phones are answered and messages returned as soon as possible as staffing allows.

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