Outdoor Activities at Bryce Canyon National Park in July

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.

Bryce Canyon 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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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.

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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.

Be prepared for rain since the summer monsoons begin in July. Always check the Bryce Canyon NP weather forecast and carry rain gear so you can still enjoy the outdoors.

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!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

The Bryce Canyon views are unique and iconic. If you’re serious about taking pictures, check out our Bryce Canyon Photography Guide with tips and best times to photograph each viewpoint!

We’ve got a free Bryce Canyon photo spots checklist you can download as well!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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