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Ranger Programs

Note: Ranger programs are currently being offered with modifications. Visit our public health page and calendar for current details.
We have something for everyone year-round. Ranger programs are always free, though some (such as winter snowshoe hikes and full moon hikes) require advance sign-up or are subject to a lottery. Visit our calendar page for current and any special programming beyond the standard programs offered below, or if you're in the park check our Ranger Program board in the park's Visitor Center.
Note: All outdoor programs are weather-dependent and may be cancelled due to inclement weather. This is often lightning and thunderstorms in summer, and outdoor air temperatures or combined wind chill temperatures below 10°F (-12.2°C) in winter.

Memorial Day through September


11 a.m.

Geology Talk at Sunset Point


1 p.m.

Rim Walk at Sunset Point


2 p.m.

Geology Talk at Sunset Point


4 p.m.

Rim Walk at Sunset Point


8 p.m.

Evening Program at Lodge


9 p.m.

Evening Program at North Campground Amphitheater


10 p.m.

Telescopes at Visitor Center

October and November


11 a.m.

Hoodoo Geology Talk at Sunset Point


12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m

Grand Staircase Geology Talk at Yovimpa Point


2 p.m.

Hoodoo Geology Talk at Sunset Point



Constellation tours Sign up at Visitor Center

*When staffing allows; check at Visitor Center or online


Hoodoo Geology Talks

When: Daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Sunset Point
Duration: 20 minutes

Geologists have spent years studying the unique story of Bryce Canyon. Join the Ranger as we discuss the current scientific explanation behind Bryce Canyon's unique geologic history from ancient lakes to the power of erosion. Stop by the visitor center for current information. No reservations needed.


Rim Walks

Memorial Day to Labor Day: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Where: Sunset Point
Duration: 75 minutes - 1/2 Mile

Great views, fascinating plant and wildlife stories, a touch of geology and a wealth of cultural history - what more could you ask for? Join a park ranger for an overview of Bryce Canyon as you stroll along the rim of the Main Amphitheater. No reservations are required.


Grand Staircase Geology Talks

When: Memorial Day to Labor day 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Labor Day to Memorial Day: 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. as staffing and weather permits.

Where: Yovimpa Point
Duration: 20 minutes

The Grand Staircase is an incredible area covering much of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. The rocks of the Grand Staircase, and the fossils found within, reveal the secrets of ancient environments that created much of the Colorado Plateau.

Evening Programs

Memorial Day to Labor Day
Sunday - Wednesday: 8 p.m. in the Lodge Auditorium
Thursday - Saturday: 9 p.m. at the North Campground Amphitheater
Duration: 45 minutes

Evening programs offer an in-depth look at some of the compelling stories and interesting resources that Bryce Canyon National Park protects. Check at the Visitor Center or Lodge for topics, start times, and locations.


Constellation Tours

When: Thu-Sat
Where: Sign up at Visitor Center information area
Duration: 20 minutes

Rangers with lasers will point out constellations visible in the night sky and educate visitors about the science and cultural history of astronomy and Bryce canyon's international dark sky park status.

Full Moon Hikes

Where: Held at Visitor Center Plaza Information Tent, same day. Tickets can be picked up anytime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and lottery results can be viewed at the same location anytime between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Duration: 1-2 miles, 2-3 hours
Join one of Bryce Canyon's "Night Sky Rangers" for a nocturnal adventure. These highly popular hikes are only offered during the full moon. Flashlights are prohibited and "lug traction" footwear is required. Children must be age 8 or older. Visit our Full Moon Hike page for more information.


Snowshoe Hikes

Labor Day to Memorial Day: 1 p.m. when snowpack allows
Where: Sign-up at Visitor Center between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Duration: 1½ - 2½ hrs. 1-2 miles, moderately strenuous

Winters at Bryce offer views of a sparkling wonderland under a crystal blue sky, plenty of solitude, and most years, enough snow for snowshoeing! Accompany a park ranger for a snowshoe hike and we will supply the snowshoes! Learn about the winter ecology of our park and how hoodoos are the product of the winter struggle between ice and sun. Children must be age 8 or older. More information about Winter Activities.



Memorial Day to Labor Day: Thursday - Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Visitor Center
Labor Day to Memorial Day: Not Occuring at this time
90 minutes
Join a park ranger for a celebration of Bryce Canyon's unparalleled night skies. Explore the stories of the constellations, track the motions of stars and planets, gaze at distant galaxies, and more!


Kids Programs

When: Summer, days vary
Where: High Plateaus Institute
Duration: 1 hr.

All of Bryce Canyon's ranger programs are family friendly, but these in particular are fun for kids and parents alike. Rangers present a wide range of programs appealing to a variety of interests. Check at the visitor center for program topic and age requirements. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations required.

Last updated: October 18, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O Box 640201
Bryce, UT 84764


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

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