Are you wondering what it’s like to visit Bryce Canyon National Park in March?
Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park should be at the top of your bucket list.
Use this guide to help you decide if a March vacation to Bryce Canyon is the right time for you to enjoy outdoor spring adventures at this park.
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What to Pack for a Spring National Park Vacation
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1. US National Parks Pass
You can order passes online or get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas.
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2. Hiking Gear
- Hiking shoes & boots: → Check out our FAVORITE hiking shoes/boots!
- Hiking socks: → Check out the BEST SOCKS EVER!
- Walking stick or trekking poles
3. Clothing – Layers
- WATER: → We carry water bottles or hydration backpacks
- FOOD: → Check out our favorite healthy snacks
- Flashlight: → Check out the headlamps we like
- National Park maps
- Lip protection with sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Insect repellant
- Hand lotion
- Female urination device
- Toilet paper (carry out in a bag – do not bury)
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
Where to Stay near Bryce Canyon:
• Best Western Ruby’s Inn – easy access right outside the park
• Best Western Plus – also right outside the park
TOP REASON TO VISIT BRYCE CANYON IN MARCH
You can’t beat visiting the park without the crowds and the offseason rates in March.
Yes there will probably be snow at Bryce Canyon in March, but that’s what makes it magical! The colorful hoodoos really pop against the white snow.
Snow is the biggest drawback for a March trip to Bryce Canyon (and yes it’s also the top reason to go at that time!).
If you’re not a fan of exploring the outdoors in cold weather or snowy conditions, then you should probably skip visiting Bryce Canyon in the winter or early spring.
The main scenic drive could be closed due to weather and road conditions, which means you’ll only be able to see the amphitheater section of the park.
But the amphitheater is the most amazing part of the park, and you’ll be able to see, photograph and explore it more intimately than you would during the peak seasons.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GOING
Does the Shuttle Run in March?
The Bryce Canyon shuttle doesn’t run in the winter or early spring. The shuttle service runs mid April through mid October. Check the NPS website for specific service dates.
Weather at Bryce Canyon in March
When visiting Bryce Canyon in March you can expect it to be cold.
Bryce Canyon’s elevation is 9,100 feet which means spring is still cold with the possibility of rain and snow storms.
The temperatures in February average between 44 degrees Fahrenheit and 19 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s cold!
With the right cold weather clothing, you can enjoy the outdoor adventures at Bryce!
Does it Snow at Bryce Canyon?
Due to the high elevation of the park, there’s a good chance you’ll experience snow at Bryce Canyon.
When it does snow, the park does a great job of plowing the roads as well as the parking lots near the viewpoints.
Is Bryce Canyon Open in March?
Bryce Canyon is open all year round. In March the visitor center is open each day from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Take note that in March there will be two roads closed to vehicles: Fairyland Point and Paria View. They remain open for anyone who wants to hike, snowshow or cross-country ski in those areas.
Even though Bryce Canyon is open, you may find the main road closed beyond the amphitheater following a snowstorm. The park closes the road beyond mile marker 3 so snow plow crews can clear snow from the higher elevations along the southern scenic drive.
The road closure typically last a day or so, depending on the severity of the snowstorm.
They always play the first three miles of the main road first. This includes the Bryce Amphitheater area: Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point.
→ Check out all you need to know for Bryce Canyon camping in the winter! March isn’t necessarily “winter”, but it will feel like it at Bryce!
Getting to Bryce Canyon in March
Driving to Bryce Canyon in March takes some advanced planning compared to driving there in the summer due to it’s remote and mountainous location.
Our biggest tip is to watch the weather forecast and consider other options and routes if snow is expected. The narrow and steep backcountry roads to get to Bryce Canyon may not be plowed, and can be very scary in the snow!
Once you get to Bryce Canyon, the main road and major parking lots are usually plowed quickly after a storm.
Check the Conditions Page for road status.
Photography in March
Photographing Bryce Canyon is extremely popular, and March is no exception.
Be sure to download our camera gear checklist before arriving at the park to make sure you have everything you need.
Bryce Canyon sunrises are the best anywhere along the rim between Sunrise Point and Bryce Point.
HIKING IN MARCH
There are so many great Bryce Canyon hikes to go on while visiting in March, but there are two trails that will be closed.
The Wall Street side of the Navajo Loop is closed, but the Two Bridges side of the Navajo Loop remains open for down-and-back hiking or for combination with the Queen’s Garden or Peekaboo Trails.
And the Rim Trail between Inspiration and Bryce Points may also still be closed in March.
When hiking in the spring at Bryce Canyon keep in mind:
- Wear waterproof hiking shoes
- Carry lots of water – we like hydration backpacks
- Dress in layers
- You MAY need crampons and winter hiking poles for extra grip and support
Some great easy hikes include Sunset to Sunrise, Rim Trail, Bristlecone Loop, and Mossy Cove.
With all trails keep in mind that snow is only cleared from sidewalks as well as the overlooks. The snow can become muddy and slippery so you want to be extremely careful while hiking.
You may need traction devices on some trails. And some trails may close due to bad conditions. Check with the visitor’s center for the most current trail conditions.
Traction devices can be rented in Bryce Canyon City.
RANGER LED PROGRAMS IN MARCH
In March, there will be fun ranger led programs running at Bryce Canyon:
- Hoodoo Geology Talk
- Rim Walk Showshoe Hike
- Constellation Tours
Check the Visitor Center or online for updated information