Bryce Canyon National Park , located in Southwestern Utah, is famous for its beautiful rock spires called “hoodoos” (horseshoe-shaped amphitheatres carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau), scenic vistas, and the dark night sky.
2.5 hour drive
Zion , Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Parks Are Now Open —with Limitations. In its limited operations, the park will not be operating shuttles and Scenic Drive will be closed once parking lots are full. The park will be open for day use only, and cross-country travel is not recommended.
Both of these Parks offer great outdoor activities for all ages. For canyoneering and rappelling, Zion beats Bryce . You’ll find world-class hiking in either Park , but in Zion you can find yourself hiking through streams or on sandstone ledges, like Angels Landing – one of the scariest hikes in the world!
Best Things To Do in Bryce Canyon National Park #1. Inspiration Point. Inspiration Point. free. #2. Bryce Point. Bryce Point. free. #3. Sunrise Point. Sunrise Point. free. #4. Scenic Drive. Scenic Drive. free. #5. Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point. Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point. free. #6. Fairyland Canyon . Fairyland Canyon . #7. Visitor Center. Visitor Center. #8. Sunset Point. Sunset Point.
Some of the majestic scenery in Bryce Canyon National Park can be seen by auto touring, no hiking needed. You can enjoy all of the park’s major overlooks if you get out of your car and take leisurely strolls out to the edge of the pavement.
It is possible to visit both Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in one day . These two National Parks are only 1.5 hours of driving time always from each other so with travel between parks it is possible and can be done fairly easily.
Best Western Plus Ruby’s Inn. Location: Bryce Canyon City. Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel. Location: Bryce Canyon City. Cabins at Cottonwood Meadow Lodge. Location: Panguitch. East Zion’s Arrowhead Country Inn & Cabins. Location: Mount Carmel. Bryce View Lodge. Bryce Canyon Villas. Slot Canyons Inn. Whispering Pines Glamping.
The last of Utah’s national parks to close in the face of this year’s coronavirus epidemic, it will be the first to welcome visitors back on May. 6 with limited services and destinations available. Decisions will be made on a park -by- park basis and in concert with state and local health authorities, Lacayo said.
In the Bryce Amphitheater area, restrooms are available at Sunset Point (24 hrs) and the Visitor Center (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Current Access to the Park .
|Main Road at Mile 3||Closes after snowstorms until plow crews reopen safe access.|
|Paria View Road||Open.|
Alert 1 , Severity ,closure ,,Some services still limited due to COVID -19 Arches National Park roads, trails, and park store are open . The Fiery Furnace, museum exhibits, and theater are closed. Per governor’s orders, you must wear a mask whenever within six feet of anyone you don’t live with (indoors or outside).
Zion is just as beautiful, more accessible and less crowded much of the year than the Grand Canyon , where the rim walking paths and the main trails into the canyon can be packed with people during peak travel seasons. You won’t need your car much, either.
Best places to stay in Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks Cottonwood Meadow Lodge Stay in a cabin near Bryce at this cowboy-licious ranch. Under the Eaves Inn The most tasteful place to stay near Zion . Torrey Schoolhouse B&B Stay in a 1914 schoolhouse outside of Capitol Reef. Zion Lodge The cabins may not be luxurious, but sleeping in the park is not to be missed.
Featured Lodging Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon. Lodging , camping, RV and adventures at entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park . Red Mountain Resort near Zion. Lodging and custom adventures near Zion and Snow Canyon. Broken Spur Inn near entrance to Capitol Reef. Lodging , pool, and steakhouse near Capitol Reef National Park .