Visitation is highest from June to September and the Park receives close to 1.75 million visitors annually.
Location. Bryce Canyon is located northeast of Zion Canyon on U.S. 89. Take Route 12 east to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce is 86 miles from Zion National Park.
Bryce Canyon National Park
P.O. Box 170001
Bryce Canyon, Utah 84717-0001
Park Entrances. From north or south on US 89: Turn east on Utah 12 and travel to junction of Utah 12 and 63. Turn south (right) on Utah 63 and travel 3 miles to reach park entrance. East Entrance: west on Utah 12 to the intersection of Utah 63. Turn south to reach park entrance.
- An Individual Pass: $10 for 7 Days. (Includes free and unlimited use of park shuttles in summer months)This entrance fee applies to motorcycles, bicyclists, or individuals traveling on foot
- Bryce Canyon Entrance Fee: $20 for 7 Days. (Includes free and unlimited use of park shuttles in summer months). This fee covers all occupants of a private vehicle (non-commercial)
- Commercial Tours (Bus – large 26+ seats): $150 One Time. This entrance fee applies to commercial tour buses. NOTE: Group size is determined on vehicle seating capacity not # of actual people.
- Commercial Tours (Bus – small 16-25 seats): $60 One Time.
This entrance fee applies to commercial tour buses. NOTE: Group size is determined on vehicle seating capacity not # of actual people.
- Commercial Tours (Passenger Van 7-15 seats): $50 One Time. This entrance fee applies to commerical tours traveling in vans and is a per vehicle fee. NOTE: Group size is determined on vehicle seating capacity not # of actual people.
- Commercial Tours (Passenger Vehicle 1-6 seats): $25 + $5/person One Time. This entrance fee applies to small commerical tours. NOTE: Group size is determined on vehicle seating capacity not # of actual people.
National Parks Pass: The National Parks Pass is an annual pass that provides admission to any national park charging an entrance fee. The pass costs $50 and is valid for one full year from first use in a park.
Golden Eagle Passport: For an additional $15, a Golden Eagle hologram may be purchased and affixed to a National Parks Pass to cover entrance fees at not only national parks, but also at sites managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U. S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The Golden Eagle holograms are available at National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management fee stations.
Golden Age Passport: $10 one time charge for US citizens or residents age 62 or older. The Golden Age Passport is a lifetime entrance pass to national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee.
Golden Access Passport: Free for disabled US citizens or residents. These passports are available at the visitor center.
All other passports are available at the Entrance Station to the park.
Reservations and Permits. Park Campsites are first-come, first served, except for the group site which is by reservation only. Reservations are recommended for the Bryce Canyon Lodge.
A $5 permit is required for overnight backcountry camping. This is a flat fee (regardless of # of people or # of nights) that is required for overnight backcountry camping. This permit can only be obtained in person at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center
Operating Hours. The visitor center is open all year from 8am to 8pm (seasonally variable). Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The park is open 24 hours per day through out the year. There may be temporary road closures during and shortly after winter snow storms until plowing is completed and conditions are safe for visitor traffic. Road maintenance may require brief closures of individual areas at other times.
Plane: Regular commercial flights serve Cedar City (87 miles), St George (150 miles) and Salt Lake City (270 miles), Utah, as well as Las Vegas, Nevada (270 miles).
The Bryce Canyon Airport (4 miles), operated by Garfield Country, has commercial flights from Las Vegas. Phone: (435)834-5239 for current carriers and schedules Private planes are welcome at this uncontrolled airport.
Car: From the north or south on US Hwy 89: Turn east on Utah Hwy 12 (seven miles south of Panguitch, Utah) and travel to the junction of Utah 12 and 63. Turn south (right) onto Utah 63 and travel three miles to reach the park entrance.
From the east: Travel west on Utah 12 to the intersection with Utah 63. Turn south (left) to reach the park entrance.
Sightseeing bus tours are available from St. George, Cedar City and Kanab, Utah.
In Park: The Bryce Canyon Shuttle is designed to leave the hassles of parking a car outside the park. Leave your car at the Shuttle Parking area and hop on the bus into the park. Our three different shuttle lines ensure smooth travel to each of the view points every 10 to 15 minutes.
You can hit all the northern view points, then hike from Bryce Point to Sunrise Point and catch the shuttle back to your car, back to the lodge, or back to your campground.
There are also cars available for rent outside the park. Horseback rides available inside the park. Biking is allowed on paved roads only. There are no mountain biking trails within the park.
Weather. At 8,000 to 9,100 feet, summer days are pleasant (80’s) and nights are cool (40’s). Afternoon thundershowers are common during mid- to late summer.
Spring and Fall weather is highly variable with days of snow or days with strong sun and 70 degrees.
Cold winter days are offset by high altitude sun and dry climate. Winter nights are sub-freezing. March is our snowiest month, but snow can occur October through April. Average snowfall is 95 inches, providing crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing opportunities.
The high altitude sun can burn in any season. We recommend hats and sunscreen all year. Layered clothing is also good preparation for the plateau’s temperature extremes and frequent strong winds.
- Lock valuables in your car out of sight.
- Let someone know of your itinerary when hiking in the backcountry.
- Prevent blisters by wearing comfortable boots or shoes which fit the terrain.
- Be prepared for any weather condition. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Carry plenty of water. Hike in the earlier hours of the morning or later in the afternoon. Bring the proper equipment in the winter.
- Prevent hypothermia by wearing layers. If you find yourself shivering and feel disoriented, seek shelter and drink warm liquids. Hypothermia can develop and is a serious condition requiring medical attention.
- Watch for mountain lions(also known as panthers, cougars, or pumas.) If you encounter one, back away slowly; if attacked, wave, shout, and throw rocks. DO NOT RUN. Watch children closely.
- Do not feed or touch wildlife. They can carry disease.
- Giardiasis, an intestinal disorder, can result from drinking water from the streams or lakes in the mountains. Carry sufficient water. Purify water taken from the lakes and streams using a Giardia-rated water filter, or by boiling it for three to five minutes.
Visitor Centers and Exhibits. Stop at the Visitor Center for information, exhibits, a museum, bookstore and a short informational video shown on the 1/2 and on the hour. Short geology talks held at Inspiration Point, but are held at the Visitor Center Museum during bad weather.
Lodging and Camping Facilities. Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Inc. operates the Bryce Canyon Lodge, with 114 rooms including lodge suites, motel rooms and cabins. The season begins April 1 and runs through October 31.
- Additional lodging is available throughout the area. Reservations are recommended
Campgrounds in Bryce. Bryce Canyon has two campgrounds, North and Sunset, with a total of 204 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. Cost is $10 per site per night. There is a limit of 6 people, 3 tents, and 2 vehicles per site. Sites fill by early afternoon during the summer months.
Open All Year
Tent and trailer sites are available on a first come, first served basis. Some pull-through motorhome sites are available. Restrooms are provided. Showers are available at the General Store near Sunrise point. There are no hookups at the sites and generator hours are restricted. There is a dump station available during the summer months. There are no hook-ups, but a fee-for-use sanitary dump station is available seasonally near North Campground. Loop A of North Campground has a heated restroom and remains open through the winter.
Open from late April to early October.
Tent and trailer sites are available on a first come, first served basis. Restrooms are provided. Showers are available at the General Store near Sunrise Point. There are no hookups in the park, and generator hours are restricted. There is a dump station available for use in the summer months near North Campground
Group Camping: Sunset Campground also has a group campsite. Group size is limited to 7-30 people and 8 vehicles. The cost is $3 person >age 6, with a minimum of $30 per night. Call (435) 834-4801 for more information and to make reservations.
Food and Supplies. The dining room at Bryce Canyon Lodge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner reservations are required. A gift shop and post office are also available at the Lodge. Private stores in the immediate area are open all year for food, supplies and other services.
Recommended Activities. Sight-seeing, hiking, camping, backpacking, photography, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching and other wildlife observation, star gazing, contemplation, relaxation.