Bryce Canyon Spring Activities + Travel Tips

Located in the southwestern corner of Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is home to some of the most stunning views and landscapes in the country!

Here’s a list of fun Bryce Canyon spring activities and things to do near the park this time of year like hiking, biking, scenic drives, photography, and even horseback riding.

Use this Bryce Canyon travel guide to plan an amazing itinerary full of fun spring activities! We also share tips for things to pack, where to stay and more!

Bryce Canyon spring activities

In the spring you’ll find a variety or tourist attractions in Bryce Canyon as well as around the park.

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!

Check out these done-for-you Bryce Canyon itineraries:

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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!

What It’s Like Visiting Bryce Canyon in the Spring

When visiting Bryce Canyon National Park, it’s important to know what to expect during each month of this season.

Spring Weather at Bryce Canyon

Planning a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park in the spring means you will see a variety of different weather conditions depending on the month you visit.

It is important to pack for all types of weather because you never know when the weather will change. It is not unusual to get a heavy snowfall in March or April. 

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

  • March – still cold temperatures with highs 45° F | lows 23° F – definitely pack your winter clothes!
  • April – warmer temperatures during the day with highs 54° | lows 29° F.
  • May – perfect time of year with highs 64° | lows 37° F.

Bryce Canyon Spring Activities

Check out this list of fun Bryce Canyon activities you can do in the spring:

Visitor Center at Bryce Canyon

Stop by the visitor center when you first arrive. So often people visiting skip this, but it is actually the first thing we do on each trip to Bryce Canyon. 

While in the visitor center we talk with the park ranger about which hikes and activities we are planning to do on our trip. They share tips and advice that are valuable as well as the conditions of the trials. 

At the visitor center, you can also see what ranger-led programs are currently running. 

Spring Ranger Led Programs at Bryce Canyon

While visiting we highly recommend joining a Bryce Canyon ranger-led program:

  • Geology talks
  • Full Moon hikes
  • Constellation tours 

All of these ranger-led programs offer a wealth of knowledge that you can learn so much more from than exploring the park on your own. 

Natural Bridge overlook
Natural Bridge

Spring Scenic Drives at Bryce Canyon

People come from around the world to see the stunning Bryce Canyon views.

The Bryce Canyon scenic drive is the best way to see the variety of hoodoos, arches and windows at the park.

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.

We recommend the Bryce Canyon GyPSy Guide App to hear fun behind-the scenes stories and local tips that play automatically as you drive, based on your GPS location.

Hiking Trail at Bryce Canyon
Hiking Trail at Bryce Canyon

Spring Hiking at Bryce Canyon

Exploring the Bryce Canyon hikes is the best way to appreciate this National Park that encompasses over 35,000 acres of picturesque expansive views!

The best day hikes at Bryce Canyon National Park are perfect for any type of hiker with easy, moderate and strenuous trails.

Hiking at Bryce Canyon is definitely a unique experience where you walk right along hoodoos, windows, arches, bridges, tunnels, waterfalls and more!

If you only have time for one hike, we recommend the Navajo Loop Queen’s Garden Trail! We like to start at Sunset Point and end at Sunrise Point.

In the spring, the full Navajo Loop may still be closed due to trail damage from spring runoff. Check with the Rangers for the latest hiking trail updates.

photographing Thor's Hammer
Photographing Thor’s Hammer

Spring Photography at Bryce Canyon

It’s hard to pick a favorite Bryce Canyon photo spot because they all offer stunning views of the landscape.

But our favorite time of day is sunrise! Bryce Canyon sunrise photography is all about capturing the glow that happens on the hoodoos in that early morning light!

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

Check out our Bryce Canyon Photography Guide with tips and best times to take pictures at each viewpoint!

Milky Way over Bryce Canyon National Park
Milky Way over Bryce Canyon

Spring Stargazing and Astronomy Programs at Bryce Canyon

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!

RV at Bryce Canyon
Camping at Bryce Canyon

Spring Camping at Bryce Canyon

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!

biking at Bryce Canyon
Biking at Bryce Canyon

Spring Biking at Bryce Canyon

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.

You can rent bikes in Bryce Canyon City. Read more about biking at Bryce Canyon and the Shared-Use Path.

You can enjoy mountain biking in nearby Red Canyon where the landscape is similar to Bryce Canyon.

bryce canyon horseback riding photo credit: Jennifer Wolff
Bryce Canyon horseback riding tour

Spring Horseback Riding at Bryce Canyon

Horse backing riding is another great way to see the park. You can bring your own horse and ride on the equestrian trails.

There are many guided horseback tours that you can sign up for and do while visiting. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure we highly recommend!

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