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. Light snow begins to disappear on Byway 12 in Red Canyon, near Bryce Canyon.

Quiet time: With lesser numbers of people and snow on the ground the sounds of the park are even more muted, and solitude is yours for the taking. Some trails in the park are cleared for those who want to venture down among the hoodoos. Those who descend these trails will find themselves sheltered from the weather on the plateau, and primed to enjoy a surreal experience.

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 Skiing 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.

Winter Events
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

Preparation:
Come with appropriate winter clothing and shoes, and even traction devices for your shoes. View weather conditions and forecasts prior to your trip.

Bryce Canyon National Park is perfect in the winter with the glimmering snow on the hoodoos, spires and canyon amphitheater.