We will be visiting Bryce Canyon in early October this year. We would love to camp, but I am unsure of what the weather will be like. Any advice?
How tough are you??
We were there over Thanksgiving a couple years ago, and it was -5 degrees at night, snow on the ground, and people were camping!!! As much as I love camping, I have a "temperature must be above freezing" rule, which in October at Bryce could be dicey. I would think that the peak season would be slowing down by then so you could probably shop around for a pretty low-cost hotel, if you decided to forego the camping. I've even pricelined the nice Best Western Grand for about $75 a night, and it included a pretty nice, hot breakfast. Good luck either way!
Camping in early October could still be really nice. Take into consideration you'll be at 8000 ft of elevation. So even if you have nice temperatures during the day, it will go below freezing during the night. I'd make sure my sleeping bag is rated no less than 15 degrees. I'd have plenty of layers for the evening too. including gloves and and a stocking type hat. I've camped there in the spring with some snow patches still on the ground. The nights were chilly but the night was beautiful and the stars were amazing.
If there happens to be a storm front coming thru, all bets are off! You never know what you might get.
A double-high air mattress also will get you further off the ground, making a noticeable difference. Bring a down comforter for the top of the air mattress over the foam pad and sleep in your cold-rated sleeping bag on top, with blankets over the sleeping bags. Layering at night is as useful as during the day.
If you get a queen size double-high, you'll want at least a four-man tent and a six-man tent will allow you room to walk around the double-high.
Tet, if you're refering to me, obviously not very tough. :-) Don't forget, I'm a desert girl, I don't do cold very well at all. So yes, I froze with 40 degree temps. It was my first (and only) time camping at Bryce so I didn't have a very warm sleeping bag, and I didn't even bring a jacket. Coming from Las Vegas in August it never occurred to me that it's not blazing hot everywhere that time of year.
Oct is a lovely time to camp, but you have to prepare for it in terms of the cold at night. The days will be beautiful. Warm sleeping bag, insulate pad under your air mattress, heavy jacket, long underwear, hat, gloves, etc. You should be warm when sleeping, and it will warm up in the day.
I'm too old for tentcamping anywhere Ziggy -lol-