Bryce Canyon National Park
Utah, USA
Long-term weather forecast
Long-term weather forecast

Monthly weather forecast and climate
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT

A beautiful panorama of the natural landscape of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA
A beautiful panorama of the natural landscape of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA
Bryce Canyon National Park has a climate that borders on the marine type (Köppen climate classification Cfb) with moderately hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters, and scanty rainfall for the majority of the year. It lies in southwestern Utah, within the Colorado Plateau, along the Paunsaugunt Plateau's southeastern corner, just beyond the Paria River. The interior location and high altitude of the park creates a unique combination of a mountainous and desert climate.

Bryce Canyon National Park has an altitude of 2400 to 2700 meters at its rim, which is significantly higher than nearby Zion National Park, and the climate is relatively cooler. The park has three life zones: lowest elevation forests with pine, juniper, and manzanita, mid-elevations with ponderosa pine, spruce and fir, and the highest areas that consist of fir, aspen, and spruce. The park has a rugged terrain and a varied topography of forests, mountains, and canyons with a vast collection of hoodoos and giant natural amphitheaters.

Summers are warm, with the average high temperature peaking at 80.2°F (26.8°C) in the warmest month of July. July and August receive frequent thunderstorms with heavy bouts of rain. Winters are frigid with the average low temperature of 15.4°F (-9.2°C) during the coldest month of December, while high temperatures mostly remain below 39.9°F (4.4°C). Spring and fall have unpredictable weather, snowfall begins in the late fall season and often lasts well until mid-spring.

The mean daily sunshine in Bryce Canyon National Park varies from 6 hours in cold December to 11 hours in warm July. The mean daylight varies from 10 to 15 hours during the year. The annual precipitation averages 17" (431.8mm) with a peak in August and a trough in June. The snowfall of 90" (2286mm) occurs from October to May, with a peak accumulation between December and February.

The highest recorded temperature in Bryce Canyon National Park is 98.1°F (36.7°C), set on July 14, 2002, while the lowest temperature on record is -27.9°F (-33.3°C), set on December 10, 1972.
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The best time to visit Bryce Canyon National Park is from June to September, with pleasant weather during summer and early fall. The average temperatures are in the range of 45°F (7.2°C) to 80.1°F (26.7°C), but highs can rise above 95°F (35°C) in a few areas of the park during peak summer. Evenings and nights tend to be mild with the temperatures in the range of 50°F (10°C) to 60.1°F (15.6°C). Summer is peak traffic time in the park with a high demand for campsites along the popular trails.

November to March, spanning late fall and early spring along with the winter, is the worst time to visit Bryce Canyon, National Park. The weather is frigid with daytime highs barely rising above 35.1°F (1.7°C), while the lows are well below the freezing mark. January sees temperatures below -15°F (-26.1°C) and 20" (508mm) of snowfall. Most trails close in the park due to the accumulation of snow. Snowshoeing and other winter activities attract a few visitors to the park during the harsh weather.

Bryce Canyon National Park is prone to flash floods, thunderstorms, and lightning strikes during the summer, especially during July and August. The storms are brief but frequent during the summer afternoons and pose an immediate danger due to the many incidents of lightning strikes. Snowstorms are frequent during winter when the cold is severe. March and April may see snowstorms that impact travel in the park.

January brings severe cold to Bryce Canyon National Park as the snowiest month registers 20" (508mm) of snowfall. Weather in January »

February sees the average temperatures in the cold range of 17.1°F (-8.3°C) to 37.9°F (3.3°C) in Bryce Canyon National Park. Weather in February »

March is cold in Bryce Canyon National Park with the average temperatures in the cold zone of 23°F (-5°C) to 45°F (7.2°C) with a slight increase in precipitation. Weather in March »

The average temperatures are in the zone of 28.9°F (-1.7°C) to 54°F (12.2°C) as spring brings unpredictable weather ranging from severely cold nights to warm days. Weather in April »

May is late spring in Bryce Canyon National Park with the average temperatures scaling the freezing zone to register between 37°F (2.8°C) and 64°F (17.8°C). Weather in May »

The average temperatures are in the modest 45°F (7.2°C) to 75°F (23.9°C) range as the driest month registers hardly 0.6" (15.2mm) of rainfall. Weather in June »

July is the hottest month of the year in Bryce Canyon National Park, with an average high temperature of 80.1°F (26.7°C). Weather in July »

Temperatures are usually between 50°F (10°C) and 78.1°F (25.6°C) with the higher elevations fir forests on the cooler side. Weather in August »

The average temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park is in the 42.1°F (5.6°C) to 70°F (21.1°C) range with mostly clear skies. Weather in September »

In October the average temperatures in National Park are between a cold 32°F (0°C) and mild 57.9°F (14.4°C) with a few nights below freezing. Weather in October »

The average temperatures are in the cold range of 21.9°F (-5.6°C) to 44.1°F (6.7°C) as the wintry conditions are evident with each passing day. Weather in November »

December is the coldest month in Bryce Canyon National Park, with an average low temperature of 15.1°F (-9.4°C) and mostly freezing nights. Weather in December »

The month with the highest number of rainy days is August (9.9 days).
The month with the lowest number of rainy days is June (4.1 days).

The month with the highest number of snowfall days is February (6.2 days).
Months with the lowest number of snowfall days are July and August (0 days).

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