Are you wondering what it’s like to visit Bryce Canyon in April?
Bryce Canyon National Park in the spring is a terrific time to go.
Many people have a Bryce Canyon vacation on their bucket list, but it’s important to know what to expect during the month of April.
Use this guide to help you decide if an April vacation to Bryce Canyon is the right time for you to enjoy outdoor spring adventures at this park.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR A NATIONAL PARK TRIP IN THE SPRING
Packing for a trip in the spring means being prepared for any type of weather!
1. US National Parks Pass
- You can order passes online or get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas.
- → BUY THE PASS AT REI and they will donate 10% of sales to the National Park Foundation.
2. Hiking Gear
- Spring hiking at some national parks may mean wet trails, and even some patches of snow! You’ll want waterproof hiking boots or shoes: → Check out our favorite Merrell Moab hiking shoes!
- Hiking socks that breath… and if they prevent blisters, that’s even better: → Check out the BEST SOCKS by Darn Tough!
- Walking stick or trekking poles
3. Clothing – Layers
- Wicking and quick-drying base layers
- Fleece or insulated jacket: → Columbia fleece jackets are our favorite!
- Waterproof rain jacket
- WATER: → Use refillable water bottles or a hydration backpack
- FOOD: → Check out our list of healthy snacks
- Flashlight or headlamp
- National Park maps
- Lip protection with sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Hand lotion
- Toilet paper (carry out in a bag – do not bury)
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
- Cell phone
- Portable charger
- Guide books
- Camera Gear – DOWNLOAD the free camera gear checklist!
- Photography gear for hiking
Where to Stay near Bryce Canyon:
- 8 Popular & Unique Bryce Canyon Places to Stay
- Bryce Canyon Camping
- Vacation Rentals Near Bryce Canyon
- Best Western Ruby’s Inn – easy access right outside the park
- Best Western Plus – also right outside the park
- Rent an RV – have it dropped off at your vacation destination!
TOP REASON TO VISIT BRYCE CANYON IN APRIL
Fewer crowds! April is considered the shoulder season at Bryce Canyon so the visitor numbers are much lower than summer or fall. One thing to note: the park will get busy during any Utah spring break!
The popular Bryce Canyon hiking trails won’t be as crowded in April, and often you’ll enjoy them all to yourself!
One drawback for a trip to Bryce Canyon in April is weather. Spring can bring warm sunny days that are perfect for outdoor activities. Or a spring rain or snow storm can close roads and trails.
Be prepared for any type of weather and as well as conditions that may be muddy, snowy or icy.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GOING
Does the Shuttle Run in April?
In April the Bryce Canyon shuttle runs every day. Riding the shuttle is not mandatory.
The buses bring visitors to areas of interest, viewpoints, and trailheads within the Bryce Amphitheater area of the park. The Rainbow Bus tour provides a shuttle-based exploration of the Bryce Canyon scenic drive, which can also be accessed by private vehicle.
**Be sure to check the shuttle schedule for exact dates for the month of April.
Weather at Bryce Canyon in April
April weather at Bryce Canyon National Park is unpredictable! Be prepared with rain and/or snow gear in case a storm rolls through so you can still enjoy the outdoor activities at the park. Always check the weather forecast so you have the right clothing for the conditions.
Due to the high elevation, the temperatures at Bryce in April are still on the cool side. The highs are usually in the mid 50s and the lows are close to 30. The mornings and evening will be cool so you’ll want a jacket. Layers are best for all-day activities.
Does it Snow at Bryce Canyon?
Due to the high elevation of the park, there’s a good chance you’ll experience snow at Bryce Canyon in April.
When it does snow, the park does a great job of plowing the roads as well as the parking lots near the viewpoints.
Does Bryce Canyon National Park Close in April?
Bryce Canyon National Park is open all year long. It is open every day of the year. The park will close roads temporarily for snow removal when needed.
Getting to Bryce Canyon in April
Driving to Bryce Canyon in April MAY take some advanced planning compared to driving there in the summer due to it’s remote and mountainous location.
Our biggest tip is to watch the weather forecast and consider other options and routes if snow is expected. The narrow and steep backcountry roads to get to Bryce Canyon may not be plowed right after a storm, and can be very scary in the snow!
Once you get to Bryce Canyon, the main road and major parking lots are usually plowed quickly.
Check the Conditions Page for road status.
Can you drive through Bryce Canyon in April?
In April the shuttles are running, but you can drive your car to the various points on the Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive.
You can also drive and park at the various amphitheater lots. In April you shouldn’t have any problem finding a spot to park, unless it’s a Utah spring break week!
SCENIC DRIVE IN APRIL
The Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive offers views of hoodoos, arches and windows at various viewpoints and overlooks.
We always recommend you start by driving to the end of the road at Rainbow Point then working your way back to the amphitheater. This way all the overlooks are on the right so it’s easy to pull in and out of each parking lot.
HIKING IN APRIL
Bryce Canyon hikes are the best way to explore this National Park that encompasses over 35,000 acres of picturesque expansive views!
There are easy, moderate and strenuous trails at Bryce Canyon to accommodate all levels of hikers.
If a storm rolls through, you may find closed trails due to unsafe conditions. The trails in April may be muddy, snowy or icy so check with the visitor’s center for the most current trail conditions before setting out on any hike in April.
The Wall Street side of the Navajo Loop will be closed in April, but the Two Bridges side of the Navajo Loop remains open for down-and-back hiking or for combination with the Queen’s Garden or Peekaboo Trails.
When hiking in the spring at Bryce Canyon keep in mind:
- Wear waterproof hiking shoes
- Carry lots of water – we like hydration backpacks
- Dress in layers
- You MAY need crampons and winter hiking poles for extra grip and support
PHOTOGRAPHY IN APRIL
The best time to photograph the park is sunrise. The colors are vibrant and the light creates a spectacular glow on the multi-colored hoodoos that cannot be missed.
People come from around the world to see the amazing Bryce Canyon views and capture the beauty with Bryce Canyon photos.
Our favorite sunrise photo spots at Bryce Canyon are Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point.
Be sure to download our camera gear checklist before arriving at the park to make sure you have everything you need.
RANGER LED PROGRAMS IN APRIL
In April, there will be fun ranger led programs running at Bryce Canyon:
- Hoodoo Geology Talk
- Rim Walk Showshoe Hike
- Constellation Tours
Check the Visitor Center or online for updated information