Autumn changes at Bryce Canyon National Park mean fewer tourists, but also fewer amenities

Bryce Canyon National Park remains open year-round in Southern Utah, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

BRYCE CANYON — Along with cooler temperatures and changing colors, autumn also brings annual changes to services and operations at Bryce Canyon National Park.

A rainstorm looms over Bryce Canyon’s distinctive hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey, St. George News

The cooler weather also brings less tourists to the area, yet Bryce Canyon remains open every day, year-round, according to a National Park Service press release. The Visitor Center is currently open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will transition to winter hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.

The Visitor Center will remain open for the Thanksgiving holiday, although the Bryce Canyon Association Bookstore will be closed. The Visitor Center and Bookstore will both be closed on Christmas Day, park staff noted.

Ranger-led programs continue to be offered throughout the year. This winter, daily 11 a.m. geology talks will be offered at Sunset Point along with special offerings including snowshoe hikes and the annual Christmas Bird Count on December 16. To learn more, click here.

For those who revel in the colder nights, a limited number of campsites remain open. North Campground ended its reservation system on Oct. 7, and will offer first-come, first-served camping through the winter. Reservations for North Campground resume in May and are available six months in advance. Sunset Campground closes for the season on the morning of Nov. 1 and will reopen in April. To learn more, click here.

Transportation and Concessions

The Bryce Canyon Shuttle is currently operating from 8 a.m. until the final bus departs the park at 6:30 p.m. Shuttle service will continue through Sunday, Oct. 22 then resumes in April 2024.


Acquiring backcountry camping permits has changed in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, date unspecified | Photo courtesy National Park Service, St. George News

Concession lodging and food services will conclude their 2023 season at the end of the month. Tuesday, Oct. 31 will be the final day of operations for the General Store at Sunrise Point, Valhalla Pizzeria and bicycle rentals at the Historic Service Station.

On Wednesday, Nov. 1 the Lodge at Bryce Canyon will offer breakfast service before closing at 11 a.m. Concession facilities will resume operations in the spring of 2024. Visit or call 877-386-4383 for park lodging rates and availability.

The final day for horseback and mule rides operated by Canyon Trail Rides will be Oct. 29, unless weather dictates an earlier closing. Canyon Trail Rides will resume operations in May, or earlier if trail conditions permit. Visit or call 855-765-0255 for more information.

Visitors to Bryce Canyon can enjoy many autumn and winter experiences in the park. As winter weather approaches, it becomes especially important for our visitors to Plan Like a Park Ranger and stay up-to-date with park operations by visiting, following the park’s social media channels, or by emailing the park at [email protected].

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