Do you wonder what it’s like visiting Bryce Canyon in May?
Use the information below and our Bryce Canyon travel guide to see if May is the best time for you to visit!
We share everything you need to know about Bryce Canyon National Park in May: what to pack, where to stay, things to do and more!
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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!
DOWNLOAD OUR FREE US National Park Packing List!
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.
- 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
TOP REASON TO VISIT BRYCE CANYON IN MAY
Amazing weather!! May temperatures are “just right” to enjoy Bryce Canyon activities
There are so many things to do at Bryce Canyon National Park like hiking, biking, horseback riding and more.
You’ll enjoy the cooler mornings and evenings, and warmer days that aren’t “too hot”.
There’s not much shade on along the trails at Bryce Canyon, so having moderate temperatures is a big reason to visit in May!
One drawback for a trip to Bryce Canyon in May is the crowds.
Utah National Parks are busy during the peak seasons of spring, summer and fall so be prepared for crowds.
Our big tip to avoid the crowds is to get into the park early. You can’t beat the sunrise at Bryce Canyon and hiking in the morning!
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GOING
Does the Shuttle Run in May?
In May the Bryce Canyon shuttle runs every day. Riding the shuttle is not mandatory.
The buses bring visitors to 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 May.
Weather at Bryce Canyon in May
May weather at Bryce Canyon National Park is pretty much perfect, but be prepared for rain just in case. Always check the weather forecast so you have the right clothing for the conditions.
Due to the high elevation, the temperatures at Bryce in May are still on the cooler side. The highs are usually in the low 60s and the lows are in the low 30s. The mornings and evening will be cool so you’ll want a fleece jacket. Layers are best for all-day activities.
Does Bryce Canyon National Park Close in May?
Bryce Canyon National Park is open 24 hours a day, all year long.
We’ve put together a resource of the best time to visit Bryce Canyon if you’re interested in what it’s like at different seasons and months of the year.
Can you drive through Bryce Canyon in May?
In May the shuttles are running, but you can drive your car to the various Bryce Canyon views and photo spots along the scenic drive.
You can also drive and park at the various amphitheater lots. Parking could be an issue so again, we recommend exploring the park in the morning or later in the day.
THINGS TO DO IN MAY
There are a ton of things to do at Bryce Canyon National Park any time of year. Below are the activities you can do in May.
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.
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 Wall Street side of the Navajo Loop might be closed in April, but the Two Bridges side of the Navajo Loop remains open. The Navajo Loop Queen’s Garden trail is great for a down-and-back hiking experience.
When hiking at Bryce Canyon keep in mind:
- Day Hike Checklist
- What to Bring on a Hike
- Photography Gear for Hiking
- Hiking Gear for Kids & Tips for Hiking with Kids
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.
Check out our Bryce Canyon photography guide with tips and best times to take pictures at each viewpoint!
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 May, 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
Plan Your Bryce Canyon Vacation
- Bryce Canyon Travel Guide
- Things to Do at Bryce Canyon National Park
- Bryce Canyon Photography Guide
- Best Time to Visit Bryce Canyon
- Tourist Attractions in Bryce Canyon
- Bryce Canyon Tours