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Snow touring Utah's Bryce Canyon.

Snow touring Utah's Bryce Canyon

Well into April, the high plateaus of Bryce Canyon National Park in southwest Utah lie under a snowy blanket, but more of the park is accessible to snowshoers and nordic skiers now all the roads are plowed. As temperatures begin to climb this month (into the mid-30s), you might plan a side trip to the park from Interstate 15.

At the visitor center 1 mile inside the park entrance, you can borrow a pair of snowshoes (free) and head out for a level 1-mile walk along the Sunrise to Sunset Trail. Skiers must obtain a free permit at the center. You can try the 1-mile Bristlecone Trail along the rim, or the 4 1/2-mile Paria Trail out to an overlook.

The visitor center is open daily 8 to 5. Note that much of the park is at the 9,000-foot level, so take it slow and easy. To check conditions, call (801) 834-5322. The park is off State Highway 12 some 75 miles northeast of Cedar City.
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