Bryce Canyon's climate is often described as the unique combination of
mountain and desert environments. This means that not only can almost any
kind of weather happen (such as thunder and lightning snow storms), but it
can change very rapidly.
Please use the weather table below to better plan
your vacation to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Hiking is the most popular activity at Bryce Canyon.
Hiking trails range from an easy 1/2 mile loop rim trail to an 23 mile
beneath the rim which features backcountry campsites.
Keep in mind that all trails below the rim involve
steep climbs out of the canyon. Wear hiking boots with good traction and
ankle support. Drink plenty of water. Know and respect your own physical
The Under-the-Rim Trail extends 23 miles from
Bryce Point to Rainbow Point and has eight backcountry campsites. The
Riggs Spring Loop Trail (8.8 miles round trip) from Yovimpa Point has four
backcountry sites. Both trails drop below the rim of the plateau and lead
through forested areas. A backcountry permit is required for all overnight
hiking. Permits are available at the Visitor Center for $5.
Permits must be obtained in person and are issued
at the park visitor center from 8:00 a.m. until two hours before sunset or
one hour before the Visitor Center closes. No phone or email reservations
will be accepted. In person reservation can be made up to 48 hrs. in
advance. Park staff reserves the right to refuse permits to parties that
fail to demonstrate the necessary preparedness that Bryce Canyon's high
and dry backcountry demands.
Bryce Canyon's backcountry is a primitive area and
managed according to regulations that protect its wilderness values.
Backcountry camping is allowed on a limited basis and ONLY at designated
NOTE: PETS ARE
NOT ALLOWED ON PARK TRAILS OR AT VIEW POINTS. However pets CAN BE WALKED
along roads, in campgrounds, and parking lots, BUT MUST BE ON A LEASH AT
For more information on hiking in the
visit the National Park Service site.
National Park has two
campgrounds located in close proximity to the
Center, Bryce Canyon Lodge and
the geologic wonder that is the Bryce Amphitheater. Both have restrooms
with flush toilets, and drinking water. During the summer months token
operated laundry and shower facilities are available at the general store
nearby. A fee-for-use dump-station is available for RV users at the south
end of North Campground. NOTE: Dump-station is closed during winter
because of freezing temperatures.
Both campgrounds have a very similar appearance
being located in Ponderosa Pine forest habitat with equal amounts of shade
and sun. Neither campground has hook-ups, but a fee-for-use sanitary dump
station is available seasonally near North Campground. All sites are
limited to 6 people, 3 tents and 2 vehicles and cost $10 per night.