Bryce Canyon National Park
It’s worth visiting regardless of the season of the year. Summer months (May through September) is the park’s tourist season with pleasant weather perfect for a day’s exploration. Though spring (April) and fall (October) have lesser crowds yet the best time to enjoy serene vacation experience. Winter (November) offers plenty of snowfall and amazing winter activities.
Sitting at a relatively high elevation of 8,000 to 9,000 feet, Bryce Canyon National Park is colder than any national park in Utah including Zion, Canyonlands and Arches. Summer temperature is pleasant and mild with little fluctuations. Night time in spring and fall are chilly but winter is the coldest with plenty of snowfall. Remember to pack your warm clothes when planning your trip to Bryce Canyon National Park anytime of the year. Monthly average maximum temperatures:
More details: Bryce Canyon Climate
Spring (March – May): Weather during spring transition from cold to mildly warm. Nonetheless, visitors still need a jacket as it can be relatively cool. This is the time to see snow melt from the higher elevation mountains surrounding this spectacular park.
Summer (June – August): Experience pleasant days and cool nights during summer. The best weather is in July, the warmest month. Rainfall during mid to late summer comes as afternoon thundershowers. These are also the peak tourist months with heavy crowds.
Fall (September – October): Especially September is a great month with pleasant temperatures, blue sky, clear and crisp air. However, weather can be unpredictable and fall nights can be relatively chilly. It is possible to experience some snowfall in October.
Winter (November – February): Winter is the coldest time to visit Bryce Canyon. One will experience lots of snow between January and February, making it ideal time to enjoy snow activities such as skiing and sledging. Much of the area experience snowstorm from October through April. The coldest month is December. Few facilities and amenities will either remain closed or reduce their operating hours.
Avoiding Tourist Crowds
The park is attracting over 1.5 million people annually. Summertime is the peak tourist season. Quieter times are winter, early spring and late fall. In September, the crowds start to thin out at least a little after Labor Day (first Monday in September). June, July and August bring the heaviest crowds. In May it already starts to get busy, especially on weekends. To avoid the crowds, start your day’s exploration early and go mid-week if possible. Finding the perfect parking space can sometimes be challenging especially at the view points along the scenic drive. However, you can find a nice parking spot just few kilometers away from the more packed ones. Hiking enthusiasts should also start very early as most hiking trails will be packed later. The family friendly and moderate trails are packed in high season: Rim Trail, Queens Garden Loop, Navajo Loop, … You can find solitude, even in peak season, on the more strenuous day hikes like Fairyland Loop and Peekaboo Loop. Especially if you start early. Hiking Trails Overview
Opening Hours and Shuttles
The park is open 24 hours throughout the year. The Visitor center is modern, with everything you need. No restaurant though. Visitor Center Operating Hours
Shuttle service for the Bryce Canyon stops in late October and resumes with the start of spring. Detailed schedule: Bryce Canyon Park Shuttle
Bryce Canyon National Park boasts the most beautiful sandstone scenery in the American West. Here is the largest collection of hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) in the world! Descriptions fail. Photographs and words can not do justice.
Review by user Ray Downs: Great hiking everywhere, tons of trails and guides can show you around. Can be VERY crowded in the peak summers months. I like it best in the winter but it can be very cold...but the snow on the red rocks makes the best photos. Sunset and sunrise are the best times to be on the rim...mid day in the bottoms allows light to filter down. Be safe and take lots of water in the summer.