When visiting Bryce Canyon National Park in July, you’ll find moderate temperatures to enjoy outdoor activities. But July is a busy time at Bryce Canyon so be prepared for crowds.
Use the information below and our Bryce Canyon travel guide to plan your trip in July.
Keep reading to get everything you need to know for a Bryce Canyon July vacation: what to pack, where to stay, things to do and more!
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Bryce Canyon Packing List
→ Download the free Bryce Canyon Packing List! Here’s a list of the items we recommend:
- Merrell Moab hiking shoes or Oboz hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- Water – carry a hydration pack or a refillable water bottle in your backpack
- Healthy food that’s portable and filling!
- Columbia fleece jacket
- Wicking, quick-drying clothing
- Lip balm with UV protection
- Sun protection – sunscreen (even in the winter) and a sunhat
- UV sunglasses are good for summer and winter
- Travel hand sanitizer
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Bryce Canyon guides and maps
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Camera gear – DOWNLOAD the free checklist!
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 JULY
There are so many things to do at Bryce Canyon National Park like hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
The July weather is perfect to enjoy these outdoor Bryce Canyon activities. The mornings and evenings will be cool and the daytime temperatures will be just right!
Summer months at all Utah National Parks are peak times so be prepared for crowds.
Our big tip to avoid the crowds is to get into the park early. You can’t beat Bryce Canyon sunrise photography and hiking in the morning!
Does the Bryce Canyon Shuttle Run in July?
Yes, in July the Bryce Canyon shuttle runs every day, but it’s not mandatory to ride the shuttle to access the park. The shuttle buses take visitors to the Bryce Amphitheater area of the park.
There is a Rainbow Bus tour to provide visitors a shuttle-based exploration of the Bryce Canyon scenic drive. You can also drive this road with your private vehicle. Start early to beat the crowds and have the best light to take photos.
**Check the Bryce Canyon NP shuttle schedule for exact times of operation in July.
Weather at Bryce Canyon in July
July weather at Bryce Canyon National Park is just right, not too hot and not too cold! Highs are near 80 and lows near 50 degrees F.
During the rainy season in July, afternoon thunderstorms can produce heavy rain and frequent lightning. The park has the reminder “when thunder roars go indoors!” because lightning is dangerous at Bryce Canyon!
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!
Zion & Bryce Canyon AUDIO TOUR
“Download the app to your phone – no cell or wifi service needed. Based on your GPS location, the app takes you on a guided tour of the park and points out all the interesting features and stops. It’s like having a park ranger in the car with you.”
THINGS TO DO AT BRYCE CANYON IN JULY
Any time of year you can enjoy outdoor Bryce Canyon activities. Here’s a list of things you can do in July.
Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
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. Check out what ranger-led programs are available in July.
Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive in July
We recommend exploring the Bryce Canyon scenic drive to see all of park’s points of interest. At each overlook you’ll see different views of hoodoos, arches and windows.
We always recommend you start by driving to the end of the road at Rainbow Point first. Then as you make your way back to the amphitheater all the overlooks are on the right so it’s easy to pull in and out of each parking lot.
Bryce Canyon Hiking in July
You’ll find easy, moderate and strenuous Bryce Canyon hikes to accommodate all levels of hikers. Hiking is the best way to explore Bryce Canyon and see the hoodoos and windows up close!
In July some trails may be closed due to unsafe conditions caused by the heavy monsoon rains. Always check with the visitor center before heading out on any trail.
The one hike we always recommend is the Navajo Loop Queen’s Garden trail. Sometime the Wall Street side of the Navajo Loop is closed, but you can take the Two Bridges side of the Navajo Loop to complete this hike.
Hiking at Bryce Canyon means going down into the canyon then back up. Going down is fairly easy, but going back you’ll find steep canyon trails that can be tough!
- Day Hike Checklist
- What to Bring on a Hike
- Photography Gear for Hiking
- Hiking Gear for Kids & Tips for Hiking with Kids
Bryce Canyon Photography in July
Bryce Canyon sunrise photography is spectacular because the light creates a glow on the multi-colored hoodoos that cannot be missed. In July you’ll want to focus on sunrise and sunset, and avoid the harsh light during the day.
We’ve got a free Bryce Canyon photo spots checklist you can download as well!
Stargazing in July at Bryce Canyon
You’ll be amazing at the endless sky of stars you’ll see here! Stargazing at Bryce Canyon is a must-do activity. We recommend you take one night to head out and just look up!
Check out all the astronomy and night sky programs available at Bryce Canyon.
Biking in July 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.
Horseback Riding in July at Bryce Canyon
One of the fun tourist attractions in Bryce Canyon is a guided horseback tour. Exploring the park on horseback provides a different view of Bryce Canyon.
You’ll find horseback tour options taking you through Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon and the surrounding areas.
More Bryce Canyon Activities
- Backcountry trails and camping
- Bryce Canyon National Park camping
- Geology Festival
- Ranger-led programs
- Bryce Canyon virtual tour
Check Amazon for: Bryce Canyon Guides and Maps
Things To Do Near Bryce Canyon
- Zion National Park Travel Guide
- Visiting Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
- Best Stops Along Scenic Byway 12
- Capitol Reef National Park Guide
- Lower Calf Creek Falls Hiking Guide
Where to Stay Near Bryce Canyon:
- Bryce Canyon Places to Stay
- Bryce Canyon Hotels
- Bryce Canyon National Park Camping
- Bryce Canyon National Park RV Vacation
- 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!