If you have never been to Bryce Canyon National Park, it is always a great idea to research out, and look into the seasonal weather conditions. Averages temperatures you will be experiencing while vacationing in Bryce Canyon National Park can vary drastically throughout the year. Bryce Canyon is in in the heart of South Central Utah, which has some extreme variance in weather depending on the current times of year and weather patterns. Bryce Canyon is much higher in elevation so temperatures can swing fast when cold fronts come in.
Visitors can enjoy Bryce Canyon’s mild weather during any season.
Summer days in Bryce are pleasant and nights are cool at 8,000-9,000 feet. July is the warmest month, with an average daytime high temperature of 83 degrees and a nighttime low of 47 degrees.
Much of the area’s precipitation comes as afternoon thundershowers during mid to late summer. Spring and fall weather is highly variable.
Cold winter days are offset by high altitude sun and dry climate. Winter nights are subfreezing. During some winters, Alaskan cold fronts descend on the Colorado Plateau region bringing temperatures as low as 30 degrees below zero.
Although March is the snowiest month, the area can have snowstorms from October through April. Annual snowfall averages 95 inches, giving you the change for the greatest for cross-country skiing and sledding in Utah’s world famous snow!
The high altitude sun can burn in any season– hats and sunscreen are recommended all year! Layered clothing is good preparation for the plateau’s temperature extremes and frequent strong winds. Boots with good tread and ankle support are strongly recommended when you want to adventure on Bryce Canyon’s Hiking Trails.
Summer Weather in Bryce
In the summer months (June- September), it can be moderately hot with low humidity making it feel hotter than you actually think it is. Bryce is much higher in elevation and is considered the high dessert mountains so the UV rays are much more intense, so sunscreen is a great idea for outdoor recreating. These are some things to think about when planning your trip to this park. The highest recorded temperature in Bryce was 98 degrees F. in 2002. July is always the hottest month of the year in the park, but it still cools down a lot in the evenings through mid morning. Summer is the time of year when Bryce Canyon generally receives the maximum average number of visitors.
Winter Weather in Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon during winter months (November- February), the park is slower but it is still open and draws many visitors for winter activities. The lowest recorded temperature in the park was -26 Degrees F. in 1963. Winter months typically have snow on the ground and are extremely chilly. December is the coldest month out of the year in Bryce Canyon.
Spring and Fall Weather in Bryce Canyon
Spring and Fall in Bryce Canyon are on the cooler to mildly warm side, but make no mistake a good jacket or coat is a great idea. In the spring you will see run off and snow melt from the higher elevation mountains that surround Bryce Canyon. In fall it is not surprising to see occasional snow storms in the earlier months of the year due to its high elevation.
First ask yourself this, am I looking to be entertained or am I looking for things to do in Bryce Canyon national Park? In Bryce Canyon country you have to realize the possibilities and activities are almost endless!
If you are planning a trip in the area of Bryce Canyon National Park and you are looking for entertainment, you are in the right spot to make some decisions. South Western Utah holds some nationally recognized entertainment options like the Ruby’s Inn Rodeo days & the esteemed Tuachan Amphitheater in St. George Utah.
Bryce Canyon in specific has several options that are very entertaining to all, and hard to choose from. If you are looking for something a little off the beaten path please look no further that all of the activities pages on this very website. You will find everything from scenic drive and overlooks, horseback rides, shopping, four wheeling, ATV tours, biking trails, hiking trails, fishing, golf, rodeo, museums, and many more options!
Remember that on some vacations and trips you look for things to entertain you, and then there are those, where you seek out your own idea of entertainment. This just might be that trip. Either way you will find so many things to do in Bryce Canyon that we hope that you can fit it all in. From places to see, and things to do there is something for everyone, and every age, in Bryce Canyon.
Here are a few of the aforementioned activities!
Spectacular outdoor musical with a backdrop of red sandstone cliffs reaching 1500 high.
Come relive yesteryear with us through traditional songs of the Old West. Hear favorites like Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Cool Water, Ghost Riders, and many more. Throw in some down-home cowboy cooking and some comedy entertainment and you’ll have a night, long to remember.
Ruby’s Inn Rodeo
Wednesday through Saturday, Memorial Day – End of August, Ruby’s Inn hosts the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo every summer. Join the fun and excitement at the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo. Watch the bronco busters and cowboys display their skills as they perform in this western competition. This is one event you won’t want to miss! The rodeo is held nightly, Wednesday – Saturday, through the summer at Ruby’s Inn Rodeo Grounds.
We wanted to share a user submitted photo of Bryce Canyon that’s simply stunning. Bryce in winter is a magical place and Kayla Bertagnolli captured it in an amazing way. Most shy away from visiting Bryce during the winter, but as you look at images like this we’re hoping that might change your mind. Now granted hiking down the Navajo Loop trail probably isn’t going to be on your list of winter activities in Bryce, but there is still so much you can do.
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The park itself offers night snowshoeing guides who will take you for a night hike in the snow to see the stars in all their glory. So if you get there in time to capture pictures like this before the sun goes down, and then wait around to join the snowshoeing adventures when the night falls! Truly Bryce in winter is one of the prettiest places you can see.
If you’re living in Southern Utah and are looking for a semi-short, scenic and fun drive or hike to take. I highly suggest taking a trip up Cedar Mountain, where you will also find Cedar Breaks National Monument. I was lucky enough to take a quick trip up the mountain and capture some pretty amazing […]
Night time in Bryce doesn’t bring on sleep for most. Here people get up and head out to capture some of the most amazing night skies in the US. Full moons bring about a different kind of experience by setting a soft glow to the already stunning red rock formations in the park. Moonlit hikes […]
You know how much we love out sunset at Sunset Point! Loving this shot! Photo Credit: Phil Varney on flickr
Cedar Mountain is flourishing with Autumn colors! If you are looking for the perfect fall drive to capture some of those amazing colors, we highly advise you to check out Cedar Mountain. Absolutely gorgeous! Photo Credit: Clay Hunter
Bryce Canyon’s Amphitheater is what everyone comes to Bryce to see! This amazing natural amphitheater is the most visited section of the park due to how easily accessed it is and because most of Bryce’s more famous structures can be seen from this viewpoint. Photo Credit: Amy S on flickr
Summer has finally ended and fall has found its way here. We are going to miss those bright red and green contrasting colors between the Ponderosa’s and Hoodoo’s of Bryce Canyon. Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn
Located a short distance rom Bryce Canyon is Kodachrome Basin State Park, also known to be one of the most photogenic parks in Utah, hence the name Kodachrome after the color film in 1948. There are 67 stone spires known as sedimentary pipes, and the scenery is unbelievable. The spires show off layers that reveal […]
Bryce Canyon sunrises and sunsets never disappoint. Always stunning and captivating its audiences. When looking for photos of Bryce you the top results will most likely be the night skies, Bryce winters, sunrises and sunsets. It’s no surprise to us why that is! Bryce is such a beautifully crafted landscape. Photo Credit: Kyle Miller on […]
Above anything else, Bryce Canyon has the most stunning night skies you will ever see in Utah. Due to the lack of light pollution, you can see the stars clearer than ever here. Nothing beats a starry night in Bryce Canyon. Photo Credit: Spencer Bawden on flickr
List of things to do in and around Bryce Canyon