Winter Outdoor Activities
Bryce Canyon is even more beautiful in the winter! In the cold, crisp air, it's thrilling to hop in and out of the warm car at the various overlooks to see the striking contrast of white snow, red rock, and blue sky. Feeling more adventurous? Bryce offers many opportunities to enjoy all of its snowy splendor. BEFORE setting out on one of the adventures described below, stop at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center to get up-to-date weather and safety information.
Though we've never had a fatality from such an event, visitors who ignored this warning and became victims of mud or snow slides have been injured and badly traumatized by the experience. Avoid these hazards by staying on designated trails and NOT skiing (or sliding) off of the canyon rim!
After a big snowfall most of the park's day-hiking trails require snowshoes. However, after a few days of melt, and with continued use, the trails become so well packed and icy that snowshoes are no longer effective to provide traction and stable footing.
For much of the winter the most popular trails are so icy that steep sections cannot be safely traversed without some sort of additional traction device for your hiking shoes or boots. Mountaineering crampons or other, lighter options which fasten over your winter footwear like the one pictured here work well.
Traction devices may be available for purchase at the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association's bookstore at the Visitor Center.
Don't have your own snowshoes? The Bryce Canyon Snowshoe Program is designed for all levels of experience, from beginner to expert. These Ranger-guided outings introduce visitors to the wonder of Bryce Canyon in the winter. Snowshoes and poles are available for FREE for those joining Bryce Canyon's Snowshoe Rangers (when snow depth and staffing are sufficient). Please note that snowshoes are only provided for participants of ranger guided snowshoe activities and are not available at other times.
Registration is required as group size is limited and hikes are subject to cancellation. When snow depth and weather permit, sign-up will be offered at the Visitor Center the day of the program beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until full. No advance sign-up or reservations are available.
NOTE: You must provide your own waterproof hiking boots, or ideally snowboots, to ranger led programs.
Note: If you wish to snowshoe at Bryce Canyon but do not have your own equipment & cannot participate in one of our guided hikes, snowshoes are available for rent outside the park in Bryce Canyon City.
Ranger Guided Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes
For more information, contact the Visitor Center at (435) 834-4747.
Although sledding is allowed above the canyon rim (sledding off of the canyon rim being strictly prohibited), there are very few suitable places within the boundaries of Bryce Canyon National Park to enjoy sledding. Local residents prefer to do their sledding in nearby Red Canyon.
Last updated: September 26, 2018