Visiting Bryce Canyon in November

Visiting Bryce Canyon in November is a terrific time to go. There are so many fun things to do during the fall months.

Use our Bryce Canyon travel guide and our tips below to plan your November vacation.

The weather at Bryce Canyon in November is pretty cold, but it’s not snowy yet so it’s a good time outdoor activities. 

And the busy season begins to wind down so you can enjoy a more relaxing time at this amazing national park.

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WHAT TO PACK FOR BRYCE CANYON

Hiking Shoes & Socks

Did you know the #1 and #2 causes of injury at Bryce Canyon is bad choice of footwear. Be sure to wear hiking boots with good ankle support and ample traction. Sport-sandals & “trainers” are NOT safe hiking footwear. We use and always recommend our Merrell Moab hiking shoes or Oboz hiking shoes worn with Darn Tough socks.

Hydration and Food

The #5 cause of injury at Bryce is dehydration. Drink 1 quart / liter every 1-2 hours. Always carry water with you during all hiking activities. Refill stations at Bryce Canyon: Bryce Canyon Visitor Center, Sunset Point, Sunrise Point and Bryce Canyon Lodge. We use hydration packs or carry Hydroflask bottles in our packs. Also eat plenty of healthy snacks and food.

Remember it’s just as easy to become dehydrated in the cold as it is in the heat so carry plenty of water during the winter, and not just during the summer. 

Sun Protection

Sunburns also lead to dehydration. Wear a sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses to protect from the sun overhead and reflected UV light.

Utah’s high elevation and dry air can be hard on your skin so we always carry lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion to apply as needed when we’re out exploring the trails.

Clothing

Bryce Canyon summers mean high temperatures, unrelenting sunlight, and low humidity. To keep cool, wear light colored, loose fitting clothing that does not absorb sunlight.

During the winter, be sure to wear layers and winter clothing to stay dry and warm.

National Parks Pass

Before you visit Bryce Canyon National Park be sure to pack your The America the Beautiful Annual Pass.

Other items we recommend you pack for visiting Bryce:

November Weather at Bryce Canyon

November weather at Utah National Parks in the fall is amazing!

At Bryce Canyon, the temperatures begin to get cold with the highs around 44 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows around 18 degrees at night.

The daytime temperatures in November are terrific for exploring the Bryce Canyon hikes if you’re willing to wear layers. We recommend a fleece jacket, a buff or hat and gloves for those cold mornings and evenings. Definitely pack a winter jacket just in case!

It usually doesn’t snow in November at Bryce Canyon, but it may rain 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.

Services in November

The park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, even on holidays!

Be sure to check the Bryce Canyon website for the most updated information for the visitor center hours and closures 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 current conditions for more information.

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

If you want to camp at Bryce Canyon in November, the North Campground is open year-round and it’s first-come, first-served. The Sunset Campground is closed November through March.

Bryce Canyon sunrise is must-do Utah experience.

Things to do at Bryce Canyon in November

If you’re looking for the best time to visit Bryce Canyon, we highly recommend November because there are so many things to do at Bryce Canyon.

It’s a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors and avoid the crowds!

Be sure to check out our tips for visiting Bryce Canyon to help you plan the perfect vacation!

Ranger-Led Programs

While visiting Bryce Canyon National Park you will want to check out some of the amazing ranger-led programs. They are all free to do, although some do require you to preregister so you will want to sign up early. 

In November the programs include the Hoodoo Geology Talk and Rim Walk.

On some Saturdays, you can enjoy looking at the constellations with the telescopes at the Visitor Center. 

Scenic Drive

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.

Photography

There’s nothing like the stunning landscape at this park. Your camera will get a workout taking pictures of the Bryce Canyon views of 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! 

Some of our favorite photography spots are:

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

Check out our Bryce Canyon photography guide with tips and best times to take pictures at each viewpoint!

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Exploring the Visitor Center

Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center at Bryce Canyon, especially if it’s your first time visiting the park.

We find out the latest hiking trail conditions and talk to the ranger to see if they have any tips for us to do while visiting.

We also find out the weather forecast and what ranger-led programs are happening during our stay.

If you are traveling with kids you will want to grab Junior Ranger booklets as well. 

The services include:

  • Restrooms
  • Drinking Water
  • Backcountry permits
  • First Aid
  • Ranger Help Desk
  • Book Store
  • Twenty Minute Introduction Movie
  • Exhibits

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.

Hiking in November

There are so many great Bryce Canyon hikes: 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. 

Day hike packing list

Hiking gear for kids

 

Navajo Loop Queen’s Garden Trail

If you want to hike down into the canyon, Navajo Loop Queen’s Garden trail is a must!

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!

Mossy Cave Trail

Mossy Cave is a short (less than a mile) hike up the side of the stream up to a mossy grotto. It is fun to see the mossy icicles when it starts freezing at night. 

You’ll also enjoy seeing the small waterfall in the area known as Water Canyon.

Sunset to Sunrise Trail

Sunrise to Sunset is a one-mile paved hike along the rim, making this a great walk with kids.

It is one of the easiest hikes you will find to see the views of the Bryce Amphitheater. This is hike is a small portion of Rim Trail. 

Rim Trail

On this hike, you will be able to walk the entire rim of Bryce Amphitheater. This is NOT a loop trail!

The various trails you can take along the Rim Trail range from 1 mile all the way up to 11 miles, depending on the route you want to hike.

You will look down into the amphitheater canyon to view the hoodoos from above as you hike this trail. 

Bristlecone Loop Trail

Another one-mile easy hike for the whole family is the Bristlecone Loop Trail near Rainbow Point.

On this hike, you will walk through spruce-fir forests and take in the most incredible views. 

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