The beautiful vistas that bring visitors to Bryce Canyon Country from all over the world aren’t any less stunning in the winter months!
You may be thinking, “Really? Bryce Canyon in the winter?”
Yes! And here are some reasons why you should start planning a winter trip this year.
Anytime is a good time to be in Bryce Canyon Country, but winter holds special treats for those who venture here. Winter visitors can witness the rays of light hitting the hoodoos and spires as they sparkle and shimmer in the light with a blanket of white snow.
Bryce Canyon Country as a winter wonderland is an experience not as many tourists enjoy. But the locals know it might be the best time to explore.
Bryce Canyon Country is more crowded in the summer, which can make it harder to find parking, an empty trail or a restaurant table. Visiting in winter is a great way to enjoy this beautiful area while avoiding the masses.
If you visit in the winter, you can also expect a quieter scene in town. Because of the seasonal shift in travelers and the limited access to businesses because of snow, some restaurants are closed for the winter season. When planning your vacation, be sure to view restaurants’ seasonal hours or ask local businesses for accurate information.
There are still many cozy lodging and dining services readily available throughout winter in Bryce Canyon Country, and county roads are all hastily cleared of new-fallen snow.
Fun in the Snow
Snow only adds to the fun experiences Bryce Canyon has to offer! Although some places in the park may be closed for safety, there is hiking and plenty of other activities available when it gets colder.
Bryce Canyon averages 15 to 18 inches of precipitation a year, while heavier snowfall comes at higher elevations in areas such as Boulder Mountain. Colder winter temperatures are generally offset by the lack of wind and by the frequently sunny skies and dry climate.
Winter weather requires slightly different preparation than a summer visit. In addition to bringing water and staying hydrated, try to wear a non-cotton base layer for your clothing to wick away perspiration and keep you at a consistent temperature on your adventures.