Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah has so much to offer families, from pristine views and open air, to opportunities for hiking, camping and fun. While not an actual canyon, this unique collection of “Hoodoos,“ odd-shaped rock pillars created by erosion, is sure to excite the minds of children and create lasting memories. Some even say that this is all the more true in winter.
While Utah is the heart of ski country, your family can get so much out of skipping the slopes (even if it is just for a day) and experiencing the wonder of nature and our national treasures at Bryce Canyon. The park is decidedly quieter in winter, and the effect of snow falling on the unique rock formations is breathtaking. On a clear winter day you can see for well over 200 miles, clear on through to the mesas of nearby Arizona. At night, the winter sky is illuminated by over 7,500 stars that can be seen by the naked eye – more than three times other parts of the country. This is some of the best stargazing in the country and it is at its best during winter months. Every Saturday night park rangers offer a stargazing workshop, complete with multimedia and telescopes for use. See a full schedule of astronomy programs here. “Dark Rangers” also lead one and two hour nocturnal hikes for an unforgettable experience. Snowshoe rentals are free throughout winter here.
Be sure to check the operating hours and seasons to see what is available this time of year and what may be closed for the season. You can also find updates on weather conditions and camping options. See the park’s Complete Guide to Winter Visits for more information.
If you’d like to learn more, visit Bryce Canyon National Park’s Official Site.
Also check out our great info on Ski Towns for Non Skiers for great advice on things to do off the slopes in nearby Park City, Utah!
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