Photo Credit: Brian B. Roanhorse NPS November, 2015
Camping in Bryce Canyon in the winter is becoming more and more popular. Believe it or not there are a lot of things to do here in the winter. The obvious are cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and photography.
The north and Sunset Campground in the National Park are open during winter months. The showers and laundry are not available nor is the dump station for RVs during the winter.
There are horse drawn sleigh rides, ice skating in Bryce Canyon City. There is even a Winter Festival held at Ruby’s Inn. Click here for more info.
Fairyland Road and the Paria Point Roads are intentionally left unplowed in winter so as to provide a skiable/snowshoeable surface when snowpack is minimal. After winter storms, the road to the southern and higher elevation overlooks, may be closed for several hours or even overnight while snowplows work to reopen that half of the park. However, the roads and parking lots which provide access to the four most scenic overlooks (Bryce, Inspiration, Sunset and Sunrise Points) are plowed immediately after winter storms.
Snow is ONLY cleared from the sidewalks at the overlooks plus the paved trail from Sunset to Sunrise Point. Therefore, all hiking trails are CLOSED TO THOSE WHO wear tennis shoes, dress shoes, etc. Waterproof hiking boots or snow boots are essential if you plan to hike. Additional traction devices (see below) are necessary to traverse the most popular trails.