Bryce Canyon: Side Trip from Zion National Park!

If Zion National Park is on your list this year, I suggest adding a side trip to Bryce Canyon National Park. Trust me, it’s worth it. With just a quick two hour drive northeast of Zion National Park, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of both parks on your vacation or weekend getaway! Think about it: with the parks are located so close together, you may actually save time and money visiting both of them together. Let’s get started.

Thor's Hammer at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon is an awe-inspiring National Park featuring rock formations that will take your breathe away. The amphitheater stage – a scenic wonder of pink, orange, and red rock pillars – is said to have been millions of years in the making. The amazing sandstone cliffs are not to be missed. This is a place you have to see to believe! But don’t take my word for it. Bryce Canyon has been a location scene for a number of different movies including Stagecoach with John Wayne, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Indiana Jones with Harrison Ford, Independence Day with Will Smith and Gravity with Sandra Bullock … just to name just a few.

There are also plenty of exciting activities for you to enjoy while taking in the scenic wonders of the area. Imagine horseback riding along the pathways that wind their way through fiery rock formations. If you are a hiker, prepare to bring home photos your friends and family will not believe. You can also enjoy things like mountain biking, camping, fishing and a whole lot more in this scenic wonderland. Need a new perspective? Take part in an annual balloon festival and prepare to be awed.


For those who prefer a little guidance, Bryce Canyon offers several tours of the area, including guided tours which allow you to explore the area on horseback, ATV’s, mountain bikes, snowshoes, or even sleigh rides when the weather permits. Shuttles are also available throughout the park that travel from several resorts and hotels in Bryce Canyon to different areas of the park. You will find plenty of conveniently located lodging, restaurants, stores, and convenience shops.

Bryce Canyon is open and available for you to visit throughout the year 24 hours a day with the exception of road closures due to snow or inclement weather conditions. There is a museum and a visitors center in the park to provide you with more information. Access Bryce Canyon Nation Park from Zion National Park by driving east on Hwy 9 then northeast on Hwy 89 approximately 60 miles. Turn east on Hwy 12 and follow it for about 10 miles until you see the Bryce Canyon turnoff. For more information and details about the area, go to:


Why settle for seeing one national park when you can visit two? Bryce Canyon is a must-see. You’ll be glad you made the trip.

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