Bryce Canyon National Park What to Pack
When you get to Bryce Canyon National Park, prepare for some great hiking and amazing scenery. Being in such high elevations, you’ll also want to be sure your packing list is complete.
Luggage and Bags
A simple day pack to carry extra clothes, snacks, and plenty of water. If you plan to do the Under-the-Rim Trail or Riggs Loop, you will need a backpack, preferably one with padded shoulder straps.
Prepare for cold, even if hiking in the warmer months. Snow is sometimes still visible and you’ll appreciate a light jacket/sweatshirt. Generally, think layers. Other important items to pack:
- Comfortable socks
- Extra t-shirt
- Warm hat and fleece (for mornings and nights)
- Gloves (even November can drop below freezing)
- Shorts (warmer months)
- Hat and sunglasses
Good hiking boots with traction are essential on this steep terrain. Don’t be fooled by short distances and try hiking in flip-flops. Tennis shoes really don’t cut it either.
Bryce is at a high elevation so you’ll want a warm sleeping bag, sleeping mat and decent tent. Planning to camp in the backcountry? Bring a cooking stove or eat cold; fires are not allowed.
Whatever you use – phone, point and shoot or fancier camera, just bring it! If you’re looking for more than casual shots, plan for:
- Best zoom you have
- Wide angle (zoom is great for taking shots from the Rim but in the amphitheater you’ll want a wide angle to fit the formations into view).
- Tripod (sunrise and sunset shots)
- Polarizing filter
Some of the formations appear almost translucent when illuminated by soft light. You may not want to use a warming filter or a polarizer on a sunny day; the landscape is already deeply saturated. Plan for extra memory cards and batteries.
Also, bring plenty of water, lip balm, sunscreen, bandages, snacks, binoculars and a compass. A map and guidebook are helpful too.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about what to pack for Bryce Canyon National Park.