IV. Best Time to Visit Bryce Canyon National Park
When it comes to the weather, Bryce Canyon is characterized by serious temperature shifts, and based on Simple Flask’s experience, September is the best month to visit the Park.
- Summer: The temperature of summer in Bryce Canyon is moderate, and rain is a frequent visitor to it during the summer days, especially in late July. The rain comes together with lightening and thunder, so it would be better for you to return to your car in case of accidents.
- Autumn/Winter: Snow comes in October, making the landscape at Bryce Canyon National Park more attractive and striking. Hiking is not recommended during autumn or winter as the temperature will drop below freezing. The chillness controls the Park in autumn and winter.
- Spring: Spring is not suitable for travelling in Bryce Canyon, either. The weather is not warm until may, and you may come across snowy conditions during this season.
V. Does Bryce Canyon Have Water Refill Stations?
Bryce Canyon National Park has initiated a hydration program aiming to encourage the use of reusable water bottles (such as stainless steel water bottles) in place of single-use ones while make sure people will not suffer from heat-related illnesses. Tourists can get adequate water supply from these refill stations, preventing themselves from dehydration. According to the Park, 186,215 plastic bottles have been saved from landfills since the launch of the program in 2014.
Also, free Bryce Canyon Spring Water is provided by the Park at major stopping sites including Bryce Canyon Lodge, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point and Bryce Canyon Visitor Center. This donation is jointly launched by Bryce Canyon National Park, the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association and Forever Resorts Concessions.
- Bryce Canyon Hiking Essentials
- Water & Water Bottles
For a day hike at Bryce Canyon National Park, visitors are advised to take at least a gallon (128 oz) of water held in a reliable water container. You may think a gallon of water may be too much for such a short trip, yet high temperatures and tiredness can result in dehydration in a short time. In addition, you definitely need water bottles to carry your fountain of life. Simple Flask stainless steel drink bottles are your ideal option. Our bottles are made by tough and durable material that sustains rust and scratch, suitable for all kinds of outdoor activities. Unlike most plastic water bottles that contain BPA, a harmful chemical that poses threat to human health, Simple Flask water bottles adopt food-grade 18-8 (SUS304) stainless steel as the body and silicone as the seal, ensuring the quality of water.
Bryce Canyon National Park promotes the use of sustainable water bottles and provides hikers with free water refill stations to further minimize the adoption of disposable plastic water bottles. So it is also recommended to refill your bottle in the above mentioned refill stations.
Drinking water without eating food can be terrible because you may consequently suffer from serious conditions like exhaustion and even shock. Simple Flask suggests you bring along food with high protein and energy like jerkies, tuna packs, chocolate (Snickers are good) and nuts to better fuel your body. Additionally, succulent fruits and vegetables are welcomed to offer extra water supply, and they taste better than pure water!
Wearing a pair of sandals or sneakers may be the last option for you to consider. The terrain of Bryce Canyon calls for hiking boots or shoes that are exclusively and especially designed for hiking. For example, the downhill part of Navajo Loop Trail is quite slippery, and common shoes are expected to succumb to the terrain. In contrast, quality hiking boots present incredible traction and a comfortable wearing experience. It would be better for you to break new shoes in for a couple of weeks before setting for a hiking at Bryce Canyon National Park.
Whether you plan to go backpacking or hiking, backpack is an indispensable part of your adventure. For one thing, it is impossible for you to take all these outdoor activity essentials without a backpack around. For another, backpacks with striking colors can be used as the signal for help when you are in danger. Backpacks with durable lining, ergonomic design, comfortable shoulder straps and a light weight along with an agreeable volume are recommended for hiking.
- Map & Compass & GPS Tracker
Even an expert hiker/backpacker may get lost at the Park without a routine map or a compass. Some backpacks are equipped with a removable compass, greatly facilitating travelers’ adventure. While traversing backcountry and the red rock area of Bryce Canyon, backpackers may be at all sea facing the similar land views between landmarks. Therefore, it is a must for you to fetch a map of the Park in case of getting lost. Simple Flask suggests you plan several routines beforehand (Plan A, Plan B…), and take along a GPS tracker so that your family & friends can know where you are when they lose contact with you.
In order to fully enjoy the hiking, hikers heading for Bryce Canyon National Park should protect themselves from the broiling sun as the shade can never follow them all the time. If not, they may surrender to sunburn or sun poisoning. It is advised for you to rub some high-SPF sunscreen, wear a protective clothing, or put on a hiking hat. These protective gears are capable of safeguarding you from damage or discomfort resulted from the sun.
- First Aid Kit & Knowledge
First aid kit is never left by savvy outdoor enthusiasts who often use it when small accidents occur. What’s more, sometimes it would be difficult for a rescue team to come and help, which means literally that the “first aid” kit can offer instant help to save time and even life. In general, such a kit includes ointment, antiseptic, gloves, bandages, a thermometer, syringes and pills of varied types. Mastering first aid knowledge such as Heimlich Maneuver also helps a lot especially when you are alone.
During hiking, how to protect yourself when facing dangerous situations is a required course for both backpackers and hikers. Bryce Canyon National Park is home to large predators like cougar and American black bear. Although it is unlikely for most tourists to encounter them, you are supposed to make such preparations. Keep a cool head before them and have a nice weapon, if needed. Multi-purpose tools such as a tactical knife can smooth your adventure and sooth your nerves. All in all, Simple Flask suggests you read some guides about how to deal with tough situations and pick up some weapons during your hiking at the Park.
VII. Gears for Extended Hiking
Often, starters in hiking will seek for more difficult and exciting adventures after they have been backpacking for a while. Extended hiking usually takes two or more days to complete and is loaded with precious memories. In addition to the above listed essentials, you need to prepare more gears for a successful extended hiking. Likewise, the amount of the above mentioned equipment should be accordingly larger.
If you want to sleep in a larger space comfortably, pick up a tent. A tent can offer you a shelter especially if it is a miserable day controlled by a stormy weather. There are many things that deserve your attention when buying a hiking tent. A quality tent that is ideal for hiking should be easy to set up, waterproof, cold-proof and spacious enough for you (and your friends/family) to lodge in it.
The choice of sleeping bag depends on the temperature of your chosen hiking site. Some sleeping bag is designed for sub zero temperatures, while their counterparts may be applicable for a warmer environment. A sleeping bag should not become a burden for you to carry, so it must be a portable and lightweight one. Also, Simple Flask suggests you to use both a tent and a sleeping bag for a better sleep quality.
You may question us like that “Why do we need a cooking stove? We can just build campfires. Yes, cooking stove is not a must for many tourists at Bryce Canyon National Park, but it plays a vital role in areas of the Park that permits no campfire. For example, campfires are not allowed in trails below the rim of Bryce Canyon. So if you want to enjoy a hot meal and warm hands there, you have to turn to a cooking stove.
If you plan to set up camp, read the guide of the Park in which you will find a lot of designated campsites along different routes. The first-come-first-served rule indicates that you can pick up a place beforehand and rush to it as fast as you can. Do not set up camp wherever you like (if you do, you will really be punished by administrative staffs of the Park), and make sure you have cleaned the campsite after you leave for the next adventure.
VIII. The Bottom Line
Hiking at Bryce Canyon National Park is not so difficult as you have expected. As long as you have all-sidedly prepared for this adventure, say, bringing along adequate water supply for hydration, you will really enjoy your time at this realm of wonder.