Fee Free Days 2021

For 2021, six entrance fee-free dates for Bryce Canyon National Park have been announced:

Bear in mind that the waiver applies to admission fees only, and won’t cover charges for other amenities like campsites, boat launches, transportation, parking, special tours or other activities (many of which are operated by private vendors).

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New Years Drive In Movie

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Movie starts at 9:30PM

Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill Parking Lot


Bryce Canyon City is excited to announce their first ever New Year’s Eve Drive In movie celebration. This event is 100% free. Guests will arrive at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill and will be given instructions on how to access movie sound. The movie will play through your radio! Following the movie around 11:30PM, participants will be able to hear a countdown to midnight on the same radio station.


At midnight, Bryce Canyon City has sponsored a small firework show that will take place by the Bryce Canyon City Public Safety building.


So much excitement in one evening.


Restrooms will be available in Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill. Social distancing and masks are required inside the building. We ask that guests not congregate in the building, and we ask them to remain in their vehicles as much as possible.


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Bryce Canyon National Park is Open for the Winter!

Winter Operations at Bryce Canyon National Park

Access, Services, and Events for the 2020-2021 Winter Season


Winter has arrived in Bryce Canyon National Park: days are shorter, we received our first snow storm, and freezing temperatures.  With the winter season, park and concessionaire operations make seasonal changes.


Visitor Center and Bookstore is open from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM with social distancing measures in place.

They will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, December 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday.


Winter Indoor Services include:

  • Bryce Canyon Natural History Association Bookstore
  • Park Museum
  • Restrooms

Ranger Programs Available

  • Daily Geology Talks @ 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
  • Ranger Led snowshoe hikes once snow levels increase

North Campground Loop A is open on a first-come, first-serve camping through the winter.

Sunset Hotel is available until January 3, 2021.

Annual Winter Events

  • 2020 Christmas Bird Count- December 19th at 8:00 AM (Event will be entirely outdoors) Contact Peter Densmore at [email protected]
  • Bryce Canyon Winter Festival- February 13-15th
  • Cross Country Skiing is available above the rim, Fairyland Trail, and Paria View (Skiing, snowboarding or other sliding is not allowed under the rim).


Hikers need to prepare for cold temperatures: dress warmly, using snowshoes or shoes with traction devices, and the use of hiking poles. If you plan on hiking below the rim, please visit the Visitor’s Center for weather updates and trail conditions.

Operations Closed for the Winter

  • Sunset Campground
  • North Campground dump station
  • Lodge at Bryce Canyon
  • Western Cabins
  • Sunrise Hotel
  • The General Store
  • Canyon Trail Rides
  • Road Closures will depend on snow fall amount (Fairyland Point and Paria View roads are now closed for vehicle traffic)


COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Maintain social distancing between you and other guests
  • Complying with State and Local Mandates- Mandatory Mask Mandates are now in place
  • Leave No Trace principles- If you bring it in, take it ouit
  • For more information visit

Additional Websites for Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Lodging for the 2021 season:
  • Canyon Trail Rides for 2021 Season:
  • Additional area information:

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Memorial Day Weekend Nightly Concerts *FREE*

Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill and Ruby’s Inn present

“The Bryce Canyon Wranglers Live in Concert Series”


May 22-24

Nightly beginning at 8 PM

At Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill





We will be selling raffle tickets for $5 each over the entire weekend to give away one Camp Chef Wood Wind Pellet Grill! 

We will be following all of the social distancing and CDC guidelines to keep everyone safe. Come out and enjoy a night of entertainment and friendship!


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2020 Fee Free Days

January 20: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 18: First day of National Park Week

August 25: National Park Service Birthday

September 26: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans Day

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Bryce Canyon Fall Shuttle Schedule

Effective Monday, September 30th, we begin our autumn schedule. Service will start at 8:00 AM each day and terminate earlier than during our summer schedule.


The last bus will leave the Shuttle Station each day at 5:30 PM. See the table below.


Effective Monday, September 30th

Sep 30-Oct 20
SHUTTLE STATION (departing TO the park) 5:30 PM

Buses will run approximately every 12 minutes.



The LAST DAY of the Visitor Transportation Service for 2019 is Sunday, October 20th.

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Dark Sky Celebration


In celebration of our recent International Dark Sky certification*, we’re throwing a Dark-Sky Party!

All events are free, though some may require tickets (see below; available at Visitor Center front desk):

Solar System on a String @ Visitor Center: 2:30 PM & 4 PM 20-minute Solar System on a String Activities; meet on Visitor Center Plaza     

Solar Telescopes @ Visitor Center: 2 PM – 5:30 PM On-going, meet on Visitor Center Plaza     

Starlab Indoor Planetarium @ Lodge Auditorium: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM every half hour 15 minute Junior Ranger Starlab Programs 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30 at the Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium   

Visitor Center Evening Program: 7 PM “Life Death and Rebirth of Stars”,  30-minutes, 90 person limit; Tickets required: obtain at the Visitor Center Front Desk

Bryce Lodge Auditorium Evening Program: 8 PM “A Briefer History of Astronomy”,  45-minutes, 140 person limit; Tickets required: obtain at the Visitor Center Front Desk

Astro-Photography Hike 2 hours, 8:30  PM along Queens Garden Trail; 20 person limit; Tickets required: obtain at the Visitor Center Front Desk

Sunset Point Telescope Viewing and Constellation Tours: 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Visit the National Park Service website for more details.

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Canyon 2 Canyon Bike Ride *Free Event*




Please join Bryce Canyon City and the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association in the second annual Canyon 2 Canyon Bike Ride. The Canyon 2 Canyon event is a Family Fun Bike ride. We are inviting the bikers to come and ride the trail and enjoy the beauty of the two canyons. Starting at Bryce Canyon’s Inspiration Point and ending in Red Canyon- 17 miles trail.

You don’t have your own bike? No worries, bikes are available to rent at the Sinclair Station

Registration will start at 6:50am on August 24, 2019 located on the grass area next to the Bryce Canyon Shuttle Station at 165 South Main. Registration is FREE which includes a T-Shirt, Raffle Card, and prizes. If bikers would like to begin inside the park, park passes need to be purchased at the Bryce Canyon Shuttle during operating hours.

The bikers wanting to start at Inspiration Point will be shuttled into Bryce Canyon National Park by the Bryce Canyon Shuttle Station. Ruby’s Inn will transport bikes to designated starting points. At registration, tags will be given to claim your bikes when delivered.

There will be three separate starting points. Bikers can choose the starting points depending on the riders ability and age.

  • Inspiration Point inside Bryce Canyon
  • Ruby’s Inn
  • Red Canyon

Beginning on Friday, August 23, 2019, Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn will be hosting a  “Movie in the Park” on the front lawn.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 Festivities

  • 6:50AM Registration
  • 7:00AM First shuttle into Bryce Canyon. A shuttle will leave every 20 minutes
  • 12:00PM Last shuttle pick up in Red Canyon
  • 1:00PM Closing Ceremonies located at Shuttle Station
  • 8:30PM Balloon Glow located at the Bryce Canyon Shuttle Station parking lot

Grand Prize in the raffle drawing will be a brand new Specialized Mens Pitch 27.5 mountain bike.

Along the bike path, many local businesses will have booths set up. If you stop, they will give you a sticker to place on your registration card. At the end of your ride, you will be given the same number of raffle tickets as you have stickers on your card. These raffle tickets can then be entered in the drawing for many different prizes.

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Bryce Canyon Shuttle Service Schedule


Red Canyon Transit announced today it will resume scheduled bus

service into and within Bryce Canyon National Park beginning  April 5th . The Bryce

Canyon Shuttle is free with a park pass or entrance permit. The early season service will operate

every 15-minutes starting at 8:00 AM at the shuttle station in Bryce Canyon City. The last bus of

the day will depart the shuttle station at 5:30 PM each day to go into the park, with the last

departure leaving the park from the visitor center each day at 6:15 PM.

The Rainbow Point Tour, a free tour to the southern end of the park two times a day, will begin

operation the same day, so long as demand and weather allow. (Reservations are required. Call

435-834- 5290 seven days in advance or less.)

Early season bus service will continue through May 10 th . Peak season service will begin May

10 th , with more frequent service and longer hours. The Bryce Canyon Shuttle will continue

through the season until October 20 th .

Like most national parks and monuments in the West, Bryce Canyon National Park has been

experiencing record visitation in recent years. The free shuttle service is provided by the park to

provide visitors an easy way to see the park, without the challenges associated with the limited


“Sometimes visitors spend more time hunting for parking than they do at the overlooks,” said

Brian Cambria, of Red Canyon Transit. “On some days, parking can fill up well before noon. We

encourage everyone to park at the shuttle station and ride the free bus. Our professional, friendly,

experienced drivers help visitors feel welcome and have more time to do the things they come


In 2016, Red Canyon Transit operated over 10,000 hours of bus service, and carried 627,000

passengers on 140,000 accident-free miles.

Red Canyon Transit, LLC, is a new Utah company made up of old timers from the Utah

passenger transportation industry. Combined, partners Steve Lewis, Ron Romer and Brian

Cambria have over 100 years of passenger transportation experience. They have brought a fleet

of eight new transit buses to the shuttle, operating with the cleanest diesel engines available

today. Red Canyon Transit staff – the best in the west – is made up of many veterans of the

Bryce Canyon Shuttle, some with experience going back to 2000, the first year of the shuttle.

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Ruby’s Inn 2019 BryceCon Board Game Convention



Historic Ruby’s Inn is once again welcoming board game enthusiasts from across the country as it hosts the BryceCon game convention this January at Uta’s acclaimed Bryce Canyon National Park.

The event allows families and friends to gather and play their favorite modern and classic games while enjoying the dramatic scenery of Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

“BryceCon is like family game night on steroids,” said Lance Syrett, general manager of Ruby’s Inn. “The convention was an overwhelming success last year, and we are excited to continue the tradition next year- especially as we embark on celebrating our centennial milestone at Ruby’s Inn.”

In addition to family-owned Ruby’s Inn marking is 100th anniversary in 2016, the National Park Service is also celebrating its centennial throughout the year. Special events are being planned at Bryce Canyon and Ruby’s Inn to commemorate the combined achievements.

Taking place January 18-21, BryceCon mixes tabletop favorites with the newest board game creations. the three-day schedule includes round-the-clock open gaming and scheduled gaming featuring card games and various tournaments.

“This is a golden age for tabletop gaming,” said BryceCon organizer Gary Tanner. “BryceCon is quickly becoming one of the best multi-day destination gaming retreats for players of all skill levels.”

The 2019 convention will include a raffle, flea market and game-design contest that will challenge participants to create a playable tabletop game in just two days. The convention will also feature an upgraded library of more than 300 games and a beginner’s track to teach game strategies for popular games like Ticket to Ride, Dominion and Settlers of Catan.

“The goal of BryceCon is to bring families and communities together through sitting down and playing games,” Gary said. “Games have the ability to create new friendships and teach new skills, and that’s what this weekend is all about.”

The Family fun will continue outdoors with great opportunities for winter activities at Ruby’s Inn, including the resort’s picturesque ice-skating rink. Plus, entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park is free on Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“We constantly remind our guests that winter is one of the best times to visit Bryce Canyon,” said Jean Seiler, marketing director for Ruby’s Inn. “Families will be blown away when they experience all of the wintertime activities and see the hundreds of snow-capped hoodoos.”

Located just outside the gates of Bryce Canyon National Park, Ruby’s Inn provides the closest lodging to the park and a variety of onsite winter adventures, including snowshoeing, and ice-skating. skate rentals and rink admission will be free of charge for BryceCon participants.

BryceCon admission is $30 for adults and $20 for youth. Registration is available online at During the convention, Ruby’s Inn will offer discounted room rates starting at $40 a night.


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