Places to Visit: Bryce Canyon

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Bryce Canyon

Separated by only 72 miles of stunning scenic byways, many visitors combine a trip to both Zion and Bryce Canyon, each offering a stunning desert landscape and unique geological wonders.

  • A short 72 mile scenic drive connects Utah's famous national parks, Bryce and Zion.
  • Learn about Bryce's unique geological formations and natural history during the annual Geology Festival.
  • Experience a magnificent night sky while staying overnight in Bryce Canyon at one of several park lodges or campgrounds.


Separated by only 72 miles of stunning scenic byways, many area visitors combine a trip to both Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.  Despite close proximity and a stunning desert landscape, both parks are unique, featuring different geological wonders. The relatively short scenic drive that connects these two parks also offers outdoor opportunities in the Dixie National Forest.


Both located in the southwestern corner of Utah, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks are less than two hours apart.  Bryce National Park lies to the east of Zion and Cedar Breaks National Monument along scenic byway Route 12.

Fees and Seasons

Entrance fee to Bryce is $25 per private vehicle, and is valid for seven days.  Reservations for camping and lodging are recommended and are in addition to entrance fees.  Bryce National Park is open throughout the year.

Services and Amenities

Within Bryce park, visitors enjoying a Zion, Bryce Canyon Vacation can stay overnight at the Bryce Canyon Lodge or camp in the North and Sunset Campgrounds.  As one travels west from Bryce to Zion National Park, there are several small towns which offer limited amenities.  The town of Ruby's Inn is the closest lodging and services just outside of the park's western entrance.  Located along Route 89, the towns of Panguitch and Hatch also offer a lodging and RV park options, fuel, and small grocery stores.

Attractions and Activities

During a Zion and Bryce Canyon Vacation, many of the activities center around experiencing the outdoor environment.  Within both parks, enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities such as hiking, ranger programs, and even snowshoeing in the winter months. 

Bryce National Park also features two yearly festivals, the Geology Festival in July and Astronomy Festival, which features large telescopes, a lack of light pollution, and millions of stars!

Getting Here

To reach Zion from Bryce Canyon, head west on scenic Route 12 and follow for 14 miles to Route 89.  Travel south for 44 miles. Along this rural stretch you'll pass through the Dixie National Forest and several small towns like Hatch, Glendale and Long Valley Junction. At Mount Carmel Junction turn west onto Route 9, which takes visitors to Zion National Park's East Entrance.  Continue into the heart of the park along Route 9 past unique geological sights such as Checkerboard Mesa and the historic Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel.