Activities Include Annual Christmas Bird Count, Snowshoe Tours & Stargazing
You may think of different destinations in Utah to visit in the winter – such as its ski resorts – but Bryce Canyon National Park also shines in its offseason months.
And once again, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is open on a limited basis, with 30 rooms at its Sunset Hotel available from Nov. 7-Jan. 8, and again from Jan. 28-March 23 (the property will be closed for maintenance from Jan. 9 to 27).
The Lodge will resume its full operations on March 24.
All rooms are priced at $126/night for double occupancy with a $10 charge for each additional guest. Rollaway beds and cribs are available (a $12 charge for rollaways). Continental breakfast is included with each room night.
The Valhalla Pizzeria will also be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bryce Canyon’s tranquil season features several activities. Special winter programs offered by the National Park Service at Bryce Canyon include:
Christmas Bird Count, scheduled for Dec. 14 where you can join experienced birders and become “citizen scientists,” assessing the health of the park’s bird populations and helping to guide future conservation action.
Snowshoe Hikes, which are offered when snow depth permits, comprise 1.5 to 2.5 hours of moderately strenuous exploration of the park’s winter ecology and geology. The National Park Service lends snowshoes for hikers.
Geology Talks take place daily in the park’s Visitor Auditorium during winter and feature rangers discussing current scientific explanations for Bryce Canyon’s unique geologic history.
Expect snow thru April, and there’s cross-country skiing in the winter. The park is at an 8,000-foot elevation.
Bryce Canyon Lodge Hotel Details
• Address: Bryce Canyon National Park, Box 640041 – Bryce, Utah
• Phone: (877) 386-4383
• Website: www.brycecanyonforever.com/winter