Snowshoeing & Winter Hiking

Our hiking trails are not just available in the summer, but they also provide beautiful scenery and a great way to explore the outdoors in the winter.

After a big snowfall, the safest way to hike is with snowshoes. Take advantage of this opportunity and venture out on these winter devices to get a first-hand look at the ponderosa pines and looming hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. Snowshoeing makes it possible to travel through deep powdery snow that would be tough to get through with normal hiking shoes.

Bryce Canyon offers a Snowshoe Program designed for beginner snowshoers but enjoyed by explorers of all levels. When visitors become “Bryce Canyon Snowshoe Rangers,” snowshoes and poles of all sizes are available at no cost.

Bryce Canyon National Park also offers ranger-guided, full moon snowshoe hikes from November through March when snow depth exceeds 12″-18″.

Winter Hiking

You can bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis to move more quickly in the backcountry, but you’ll find that a good pair of snow boots is often sufficient to negotiate many areas of Bryce Canyon and other sites near the park. 

Of course, it’s always good to check snow levels as you make your hiking plans. A few days after a snowstorm, the snow often melts and compacts enough for walking.

For safety reasons, visitors should be well-equipped with the right gear. Mountaineering crampons work decently, but they are heavier and much more expensive than other traction devices. You can get traction devices at the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association’s bookstore at the Visitor Center for the discounted price of $25.

Trail explorers will find that the amphitheaters inside Bryce Canyon are quite comfortable, away from any breezes and sheltered amidst the hoodoos. Less snow will fall in the lower sections of Bryce Canyon Country, such as Grand Staircase, and winter hiking and exploring in this area can be quite ideal.

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