It's that time of year when those who love winter, get the best of Bryce Canyon.
With elevations that range from 8,000 to 9,000 feet on the Paunsaugunt plateau, snow is an expectation in winter months at Bryce Canyon. With that in mind many shy away from visiting the park during this time of year, but that is one of the key reasons why visiting Bryce Canyon in winter is so spectacular.
Light snow begins to disappear on Byway 12 in Red Canyon, near Bryce Canyon.
Snow levels: Snow comes and goes and depending on the season there may be light or heavy amounts of snow in the park. Roads to the four most scenic overlooks of Sunset, Sunrise, Bryce, and Inspiration points are plowed immediately after snow storms. Longer roads to the southern end of the park and some other areas may take several hours to be cleared after a snow storm.
Cross Country SkiingCross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing: The roads to Fairyland and Paria Point are purposely not plowed to allow a smooth trek for cross-country ski enthusiasts. Enthusiasts can find their own course through the forest and along the scenic rim trails.
On President's Day weekend, in February each year, the park and local businesses host a winter festival that includes, snowshoe hikes, astronomy and geology events. With good snow levels there are many activities. Learn more here - Events
Come with appropriate winter clothing and shoes, and even traction devices for your shoes. View weather conditions and forecasts prior to your trip.