A Perfect Winter Day in Bryce Canyon National Park
One of the best ways to skip the crowds in busy national parks is to visit in the offseason and Bryce Canyon National Park is no exception. Visiting Bryce in the winter is magical! Those hoodoos covered in snow are such a beautiful site! Your hiking options may be a little limited because of ice and snow, especially if you are visiting with kids, but it is still 100% worth it. I have put together a one-day itinerary that will give you the perfect mix of hiking and site seeing, and wanna know the best part? You will have the park pretty much to yourself!
ONE Day Itinerary
Start your day with a short and easy 1-mile round trip hike on Mossy Cave Trail. For this hike, you won't be driving into the park. Click here for directions.
This trail is a great one to do in winter because even if it is covered in snow it is still totally doable because there is very little elevation gain. If it has just recently snowed you may need snowshoes so be prepared. When we hiked this trail the snow was very compacted from all the hikers that had gone before us and we didn't need snowshoes or even Yaktrax for our snow boots (Yaktrax would have been nice though!). You will cross a beautiful bridge and hike to a waterfall area and then backtrack a bit to check out the caves. This is a great hike with kids. Take plenty of time to explore and play. The hike will take about an hour.
Head into Tropic for pizza at The Pizza Place after your hike. They offer specialty pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and salads. There should be something here to please everyone.
Another option for lunch is The Pines Restaurant. They offer delicious home-cooked meals including soup, pie, cowboy size steaks, mashed potatoes, and gravy. The Pines is world famous for their pie so make sure to get a slice!