Winter Fairyland



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Winter is traditionally a less-visited time in national parks. So take advantage and head over when the crowds are few, the vistas are crystal clear in the cold air, and the sight of white snow blanketing the red hoodoos will make you grab your camera. At 9,000 feet, Bryce definitely feels the chill in the winter months, so bundle up well for your trip. Roads are always open, though sometime they close temporarily after a heavy snowfall. Note that the Park's shuttle system does not run in the winter. Check road conditions first, avoid driving in storms that can white-out visibility, and explore the Park when it's a spectacular winter fairyland. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are all activities up for grabs. Tip: Come during the Winter Festival, which features cross country ski races, an archery clinic, and even an archery biathlon competition. They also offer free snowshoe tours, free clinics in photography, snow sculpture events, kid-specific activities, and more. The Festival is scheduled over Presidents' Day Weekend every year; call sponsoring Best Western Ruby's Inn at 1-866-866-6616 for more info. (Their accommodations are passable, but you can do better. Their restaurant buffet is not all bad.)

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Author: Julie Trevelyan


Day 1 - Bryce Canyon National Park, Tropic, Bryce Canyon


Get ready to snowshoe Bryce. Hiking through snow is a lot harder than you might think, but it is so, so worth it to get to see Bryce in its quiet winter glory. Some days it can seem like you have the Park all to yourself! The park supplies both the snowshoes and the interpretive ranger for a one-to-two mile, 1½ hour to 2½ hour hike. You'll learn how snow helps create those crazy-looking hoodoos. Then make sure you take in Bryce Point and Rainbow Point at the road's end, which easily provide the most spectacular views. Eat at Clarke's for dinner (best food among a mediocre selection in “town”), and curl up snug and warm for the long winter's night at the cute little Bryce Valley Country Cabins.


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Snowshoe Hikes

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Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT 84764

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tel: (435) 834-5322
fax: (435) 834-4102
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Bryce Point

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Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT 84764


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Rainbow Point

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Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT 84764


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Clarke's Restaurant

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141 N. Main Street
Tropic, UT 84776

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tel: (435) 679-8811
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Bryce Country Cabins

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320 N. Utah 12
84764 Bryce Canyon,

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tel: (435) 679-8643
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