Tips for 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!

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

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

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

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 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 winter 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.

Bryce Canyon sunrise is must-do Utah experience.

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 Bryce Canyon website for the most updated information for the visitor center 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.

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

Bryce Canyon National Park camping in November, the 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

We really like to plan a trip in November because there are so many things to do at Bryce Canyon 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!

Bryce Canyon Visitor Center and Ranger-Led Programs

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.

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. 

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.

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Bryce Canyon Photography in November

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

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.

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Bryce Canyon 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.

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!

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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.

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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.

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