Deserts have a reputation for being perennially hot and dry, but the truth is more nuanced. Bryce—with a high point of 9,100 feet—follows the fluctuations of the seasons and enjoys a relatively mild climate. Summers are warm, with daytime temperatures in the 80s (and nights in the 40s) in July and August. During these months, thunder and lightning storms typically roll through during the afternoons, furiously churning up winds and dropping rain for as little as five minutes before moving on. Summer is part of the park’s high season, which stretches from April 1 to October 1.
Fall and spring are favorite times to visit Bryce, and each has its own unique character. Spring sees high winds, little precipitation (in May and June), and wildflowers like Bryce Canyon paintbrush and red canyon penstemon. Meanwhile, fall brings stillness, abundant sunshine, and crisp weather perfect for hiking. Temperatures in the spring and fall range from the 50s to the 70s.
Winter can see significant snows in Bryce—as much as 75 inches in a month on occasion—and nights almost always drop below zero. But it’s also a magical time when the throngs of adoring visitors peter out, and hardy hikers and snowshoers glimpse elusive wildlife like mountain lions.