Came in March, when the snow-pack this El Nino year was better than in the Wastch. Room was about as big as could be with 2 queen beds, and clean. Staff was pleasant and helpful. Convenient, just outside park entrance and across from sister hotel, Ruby's, which also has a restaurant and general store (the only game in town during offseason). For active folks like us, we appreciated the X-country skis and snow shoes for rent at Ruby's (nominal cost) - old and not the best, but adequate. Though not of interest to us, they have sleigh rides too.
By the time the next El Nino rolls around, this review will be buried. El Nino years usually mean the bulk of snow goes to the southern half of Utah and southern Rockies, not further north, to chagrin of Salt Lake City-area ski resorts. Consequently, in Bryce, we could do some hikes, but had to content with deep snow. Manageable on well traveled trails, but we did not feel comfortable venturing to the more remote areas below the plateau. Snow shoes were helpful on some trails, and the park service store sells a wire-like attachment for hiking shoes that also supposedly helps (we did not try them). Even so, the beauty of the park shrouded in snow is breath-taking, with the red and yellow hoo-doos covered in snow like an endless series of ice cream cones, but with the cream color on the bottom and yellow/redish color on top. The views at Bryce and Sunset Points were easily accessible without special shoes. Getting to Sunrise Point and, especially, the upper portion of Inspiration Point required walking uphill on the snow pack - well-traveled, though a little more tricky (need decent hiking shoes for sure). We could hike down to the Queens Garden and Wall Street with only hiking shoes, but occasionally found ourselves up to our thighs in snow as we broke through the snow-pack trail – not a problem since it was a warm day, but wool socks were a “must” as our shoes got soaked.
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