Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park in the Spring

Bryce Canyon National Park is a stunning destination located in southern Utah. If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, we recommend visiting Bryce Canyon National Park in the spring.

When planning your spring vacation, this Bryce Canyon travel guide provides all you need to know: services available, weather, and more!

Bryce Canyon vacation in the spring

In the spring you can enjoy a variety of Bryce Canyon activities like hiking, biking, scenic drives, photography, and even horseback riding.

The Bryce Canyon spring weather is perfect to enjoy outdoor activities exploring the park, making it one of the best places to visit in Utah in the spring!

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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!

Bryce Canyon National Park in the Spring

Late spring is one of the best times to visit Bryce Canyon due to the moderate temperatures. In March you may still need your winter clothes (insulated jacket, hat, and gloves) during the mornings and evenings.

Here’s the expected Bryce Canyon National Park weather in the spring:

hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park
Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon

Things to Do at Bryce Canyon National Park in the Spring

There are a variety of Bryce Canyon spring activities to choose from to explore the unique beauty of this park!

Bryce Canyon Ranger Programs in the Spring

While visiting we highly recommend joining a Bryce Canyon ranger program. Be sure to check the schedule to know the programs that are offered at the time you visit.

We also recommend you stop by the visitor center when you first arrive. Talk with the park ranger about the hikes and activities you want to do. They share tips and advice as well as the conditions of the trials. 

Photographer at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon Photography in the Spring

Photographing Bryce Canyon is always a great option, especially in early spring. The sunrises are truly epic and worth it to get out of bed early to watch!

We recommend spending half a day to see and photograph all the views along the Bryce Canyon scenic drive. We’ve got an awesome Bryce Canyon Photography Guide with tips and best times to take pictures at each viewpoint!

Bryce Canyon sunrise photography is spectacular at any viewpoint along the amphitheater! The glow that happens on the hoodoos in that early morning light is stunning, and something that’s worth getting out of bed to see!

Be sure to download our camera gear checklist before arriving at the park to make sure you have everything you need. 

Milky Way over Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon Stargazing and Astronomy Programs in the Spring

Bryce Canyon National Park is designated as a Dark Sky certified park. You need to definitely take time to enjoy the night sky during your stay!

In the spring, the milky way is visible in the sky. Bryce Canyon is a popular location for astrophotography.

You’ll find telescope tours and Bryce Canyon astronomy programs. Stargazing is a must-do spring activity at Bryce Canyon!

Bryce Canyon hiking trail
Bryce Canyon hiking trail

Bryce Canyon Hiking in the Spring

Bryce Canyon is known for some of the most amazing hikes. There are many easy, moderate and strenuous Bryce Canyon hikes, making it the perfect place for everyone to find the right hike. 

One of our favorite trails is the Navajo Loop Queen’s Garden trail. It’s one thing to see the hoodoos from above along the rim, but entirely different to walk through them!

Before you hike in Bryce Canyon remember:

  • Pets are only allowed on paved trails and must be leashed. 
  • Stay on maintained trails. Do not climb the hoodoos. 
  • Wear hiking boots, improper shoes are the number 1 cause of injuries. 
  • Don’t forget water! Plan for 1 qt per person every 2-3 hours. 
  • If you hear thunder seek shelter immediately. This means lightning is within 10 miles. 

The great thing about many of the best day hikes at Bryce Canyon National Park is they hook together. This allows easy trails to become a more difficult hike if you choose. 

Bryce Canyon Biking in the Spring

Biking at Bryce Canyon in the spring allows you to see the park from a whole different perspective. You can rent bikes in Bryce Canyon City.

There is a 5 mile section of road for bikers to ride from Bryce Canyon City to Inspiration Point, with various stops in between. There is an elevation climb of 746 going north to south. If you prefer a downhill ride, you can 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.

The Shared-Use Path is 18 miles and connects Red Canyon with Inspiration Point. Pedestrians, leashed pets, cyclists, skaters, longboards, non-motorized scooters and wheelchairs can use this path.

Horseback riding at Bryce Canyon
Horseback riding at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon Horseback Riding in the Spring

Horse backing riding is another great way to see the park. Ride on the equestrian trails and see the park from horseback.

There are many guided horseback tours that you can sign up for and do while visiting.

Bryce Canyon Camping in the Spring

There are two campgrounds for Bryce Canyon National Park camping: North and Sunset Campgrounds.

Due to the high elevation at Bryce Canyon (8,900 feet above sea level), be sure to pack for the weather conditions. The temperatures drop at night, so it’s important to be prepared.

North Campground requires reservations through from May 27 to October 1. From October 2 to May 26 all sites are first-come, first-served. Sunset campground is open April 15th – October 31st. It has 98 first-come, first-served sites and 3 reservable sites.

If you can’t get a camping spot in the park, there are other Bryce Canyon National Park RV vacation spots nearby!

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