Visiting Bryce Canyon in November

Planning a trip to Bryce Canyon in November is a terrific time to go. There are so many fun things to do during the fall months. This Bryce Canyon travel guide includes everything you need to know: weather, services, things to do, what to pack, and where to stay!

Located in the southwest corner of Utah, Bryce Canyon showcases a unique landscape willed with colorful rock structures called ‘hoodoos’. There are many fall activities to enjoy at Bryce Canyon National Park in November.

bryce canyon in november

The weather at Bryce Canyon in November is pretty cold, but it’s not snowy yet so it’s a good time to visit and enjoy the outdoors. The busy season also begins to wind down in November so you can enjoy a more relaxing time at this amazing national park.

We live only a few hours away from Bryce Canyon and have visited during all four seasons. The tips we share are based on our experiences visiting the area throughout the years, and specifically for the month of November!

Here are some done-for-you Bryce Canyon itineraries to help you plan the perfect vacation:

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A Photo Tour of Bryce Canyon National Park

Take a visual tour through Bryce Canyon National Park to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!

Visiting Bryce Canyon in November

Bryce Canyon National Park is open 24/7, 365 days a year! Be sure to check the NPS website for the most current Bryce Canyon hours and closures for November.

You will need a National Park pass to enter Bryce Canyon. The annual park pass can be purchased online or at the park entrance booth. If you purchase a digital pass be sure to print or save it on your mobile device since connectivity is limited in the park.

The weather in November is great to enjoy outdoor Bryce Canyon activities. The mornings and evenings will be cool and the daytime temperatures will be just right!

November Weather at Bryce Canyon

November weather at Bryce Canyon means cold temperatures with the highs around 44 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows around 18 degrees at night.

It usually doesn’t snow in November at Bryce Canyon, but it may rain or even snow so be prepared with waterproof hiking gear. You can see current weather conditions at Bryce Canyon on the NPS website and check weather forecasts in advance for storms.

Since the morning and evening temps will be COLD, you should pack winter clothing:

If you’re not used to a dry environment, you may also need to use lotion and lip balm!

photographing Thor's Hammer
Wear layers at Bryce Canyon in November

Bryce Canyon Services in November

The park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, even on holidays! Be sure to check the website for the most updated information for the visitor center Bryce Canyon hours and closures in November. The Bryce Canyon shuttle does not run in November.

In November it’s rare to have a snow storm, but if one does roll through the area, there may be temporary road closures. Road(s) will stay closed until plowing is completed and conditions are safe for visitor traffic. Check Bryce Canyon current conditions for more information.

Lodge at Bryce Canyon in November: the Lodge “might” be open so check in advance.

Bryce Canyon Campgrounds in November: North Campground is open year-round and it’s first-come, first-served. The Sunset Campground is closed November through March.

When is the Best Time to Visit Bryce Canyon?

Bryce Canyon National Park is open 24 hours a day, all year long. Check out our resource of the best times to visit Bryce Canyon that includes specific information about what it’s like at different seasons and months of the year.

Bryce Canyon in the winter is a fun time to enjoy winter activities and avoid the crowds if you don’t mind cold and snow!

Things to do at Bryce Canyon in November

Here’s a list of Bryce Canyon National Park fall activities like hiking, biking, horseback riding, and photography.

If you’re visiting Bryce Canyon National Park with kids, there are fun way to get them excited before, during and after the trip with National Park activities:

Bryce Canyon Ranger Programs in November

Check out the Visitor Center when you first arrive to talk with the park ranger about the activities you plan to do. They will share important things to know as well as the conditions of the hiking trails.

There are fun Bryce Canyon ranger-led programs available in November: Hoodoo Geology Talk, Rim Walk, and the Junior Ranger Program for kids! On some Saturdays, you can enjoy looking at the constellations with the telescopes at the Visitor Center. 

Kids, and adults, will enjoy collecting stamps in their National Park Passport book! Passport booklets and stamp sets are “usually” available at the park visitor centers, but we recommend you get the passport book before the trip, just in case!! We’ve seen sad kiddos when a visitor center is out of passport books. Rangers can stamp a piece of paper, but it’s not just the same experience!

Natural Bridge at Bryce Canyon
Natural Bridge

Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive in November

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.

Check out the Bryce Canyon GuideAlong App to hear fun behind-the scenes stories and local tips that play automatically as you drive, based on your GPS location. It’s a great way to have a tour guide in your car as you drive!

Sunrise near Thor’s Hammer

Bryce Canyon Photography in November

There’s nothing like the stunning landscape at this park. Your camera will get a workout taking pictures at the Bryce Canyon must see viewpoints that showcase naturally carved amphitheaters with colorful hoodoos and windows.

Definitely stop at all the pullouts along the Bryce Canyon scenic drive and take pictures of the amazing views! Be sure you pack your camera equipment for this stunning national park! 

We’ve got a free Bryce Canyon photo spots checklist you can download. Here are a few of our favorite photography spots:

  • Rainbow and Yovimpa Points
  • Agua Canyon
  • Natural Bridge
  • Bryce Point
  • Paria View
  • Amphitheater Overlooks

Grab our Bryce Canyon Photography Guide with tips for taking pictures with any camera!!

Stargazing in November

You cannot visit Bryce Canyon National Park in November without stargazing one evening. As you view the night sky, you will be blown away that you can see up to 7500 stars on a moonless night!

Take advantage of seeing the night sky at one of Utah’s International Dark Sky Parks. Check out all the Bryce Canyon astronomy and night sky programs available in November.

Hiking the Navajo Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon Hiking in November

There are so many great Bryce Canyon National Park fall hikes that you can do in November. The hikes are divided into easy, moderate, and hard depending on your hiking ability.

IMPORTANT TIP: remember that all trails below the rim have steep climbs out of the canyon! When hiking at Bryce Canyon keep these tips in mind.

  • Wear actual hiking boots
  • Carry lots of water (1 liter for every 2-3 hours of hiking) per person
  • Be aware that due to park elevation, you might get a little light-headed while hiking. 
  • Stay on maintained trails and do not climb hoodoos.

Most of Bryce Canyon’s popular hiking trails connect together so you can combine several easy hikes together to make a harder hike.

The best Bryce Canyon hike: Navajo Loop Queen’s Garden trail, you won’t be disappointed. It’s considered moderate difficulty due to the climb back UP! The famous Thor’s Hammer can be seen from this trail. If you don’t want to go all the way to the canyon floor, at least hike to the spot to see this feature up close, and not just from above along the rim!

bryce canyon biking shared use path
Bryce Canyon Shared Use Path

Biking in November at Bryce Canyon

From Bryce Canyon City to Inspiration Point, this 5 mile section of road is available to bikers to ride. The elevation gain is 746 going north to south. You can also take the park shuttle to Inspiration Point then ride back going downhill.

All viewpoints, the Lodge, Visitor Center and Shuttle Station have bike racks so you can stop at various places in the park to explore the area.

There’s an 18-mile Shared-Use Path connecting Red Canyon with Inspiration Point. Pedestrians, leashed pets, cyclists, skaters, longboards, non-motorized scooters and wheelchairs can use this path.

You can rent bikes in Bryce Canyon City. Read more about biking at Bryce Canyon and the Shared-Use Path.

Bryce Canyon Tours in October

There are a variety of Bryce Canyon National Park Tours available in November to fit your needs: guided hikes, photography, and ATV experiences! We highly recommend the horseback tours if they’re still available in November!

Bryce Canyon glamping
Bryce Canyon glamping

Bryce Canyon Camping and Lodging in November

There are two campgrounds near the Visitor Center and Amphitheater for Bryce Canyon National Park camping. The North Campground is open year-round and it’s first-come, first-served. The Sunset Campground is closed November through March.

Late fall ends the busy season at Bryce Canyon so many lodging options begin to close. Here are a few more camping ideas near Bryce Canyon, but check to see if they’re open for the dates you’ll visit:

You’ll also find a variety of places to stay near Bryce Canyon as well:

Bryce Canyon maps and guides

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Bryce Canyon National Park Packing List

Use our Bryce Canyon Packing List to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting in November! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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