If you’re planning a Bryce Canyon National Park vacation, you’ll need to know what to pack.
Here’s our Bryce Canyon Packing List for summer and winter so you’re prepared no matter what time of year you go!
And use our helpful Bryce Canyon travel guide with other helpful tips and resources to plan your trip.
The climate and altitude of Bryce Canyon can be harsh if you’re not prepared with the right clothing, hydration, food, personal items and hiking gear.
Keep reading to see the full list of items to pack. You can download the checklist below!
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BRYCE CANYON PACKING LIST
The first item you pack is the US National Parks Pass!
The America the Beautiful Annual Pass costs $80 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase. For the most current information on passes, reference the National Park Service website.
The pass allows two signatures so it can be shared, and the two people don’t have to be related. You will need to show photo ID each time you use the pass.
Order passes online or get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas. We like to BUY THE PASS AT REI because we can get it right away… and they will donate 10% of sales to the National Park Foundation.
When visiting Bryce Canyon National Park, wear hiking boots with good traction and ankle support. Ankle injuries are one of the top reasons visitors get hurt at the park so leave the sneakers and sandals at home!
- Hiking boots for spring, summer and fall
- Insulated boots for winter
- Darn Tough socks
- Trekking poles
- Traction devices for winter
- Snowshoes for winter
Wicking and quick-drying clothing is important because it pulls moisture (sweat) away from you and moves it to the fabric’s outer surface, where it can dry quickly.
This type of clothing lets you break a sweat without feeling clammy or chilled, and it’s perfect for the climate found at Bryce Canyon.
It’s all about the LAYERS for any season!
- Wicking, quick-drying clothing: underclothes, long sleeve UV shirts, pants or shorts
- Fleece jacket
- Rain jacket
- Insulated jacket
- Buff headband or brimmed sun hat
- Winter hat
- Winter gloves, photographer gloves
Hydration and sun protection at Bryce Canyon is important due to the climate and altitude here, even in the winter!
READ: Hydration Basics by REI
- Reusable water bottle
- Hydration system
- Healthy snacks
- Map of Bryce Canyon
- Lip balm – you’ll feel the dry air at Bryce Canyon
- Hand lotion – your skin will be happy!
- Toilet paper
- Disposable urination device & feminine hygiene products
- Toilet bags
- Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
To photograph the Bryce Canyon Views, be sure you have all the camera gear necessary to capture the stunning landscape!
Check out our Bryce Canyon Photography Guide with tips and best times to take pictures at each viewpoint!
Other Items to Pack
- Cell phone
- Portable charger
- Arches guide books & maps
- Blister balm – you won’t need this if you wear Darn Tough socks (just sayin’)
Check Amazon for: Bryce Canyon Guides and Maps
Plan Your Bryce Canyon Vacation
- Things to Do at Bryce Canyon National Park
- Bryce Canyon Photography Guide
- Best Time to Visit Bryce Canyon
- Bryce Canyon Tours
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!