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Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks

 

Embark on an exploration of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, where nature’s wonders unfold in captivating displays.

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Bryce Canyon showcases unique hoodoos and natural amphitheaters, creating a surreal landscape. In Zion, witness towering sandstone cliffs, lush valleys, and the iconic Virgin River. From Bryce’s distinctive rock formations to Zion’s majestic landscapes, our trips promise an awe-inspiring experience for all nature enthusiasts.

From $1295 per group

Spend a day with an expert guide in Zion. Explore the park’s highlights and hit some of its shorter trails.

 

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Spend a day on the trails of Bryce Canyon National Park with an expert guide.

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$279 per person

 

Adventure through Utah’s First National Park with a small-group tour.

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$279 per person


Explore the unique Bryce Canyon with an intimate, small-group.

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Region Overview

The Southwestern US brings to mind vast deserts, stunning geology, unique ecosystems, and contemporary cultures that have evolved alongside the landscapes. From the staggering beauty of the Grand Canyon to the iconic slot canyons and hoodoos of Utah, to the rugged rock formations of Joshua Tree, there is something for everyone in the Southwest.

Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks

The staggering hoodoos of Zion National Park transition seamlessly into the pink and red rock canyons of Utah’s first National Park, Bryce Canyon. Only one hour apart, these geologic and historical sites are two quintessential wonders of the American Southwest.

Zion & Bryce Canyon FAQ’s

 

Your Trip Questions Answered!
When is the best time to visit?

Overall, spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) provide ideal conditions for exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. During these times, the weather is mild, with comfortable temperatures for hiking and outdoor activities. Spring brings blooming wildflowers and vibrant foliage to both parks, enhancing the scenic beauty. Fall offers stunning foliage colors and fewer crowds compared to the busy summer months. Winter can also be a great time to visit for those interested in snowy landscapes and fewer visitors, but some areas may be inaccessible due to snowfall. 

What will the weather be like?

In spring, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks experience mild temperatures, typically ranging from 40°F to 70°F (4°C to 21°C) in Bryce Canyon and 50°F to 80°F (10°C to 27°C) in Zion. Both parks see occasional rain showers, but the weather is generally pleasant for outdoor activities like hiking and sightseeing. Summer brings warmer temperatures, with highs often reaching into the 80s and 90s°F (27°C to 37°C) in Bryce Canyon and well over 100°F (38°C) in Zion. Thunderstorms are common in the afternoons, providing relief from the heat but also bringing the risk of flash floods, especially in Zion’s narrow canyons. Fall brings cooler temperatures, ranging from 30°F to 60°F (−1°C to 16°C) in Bryce Canyon and 40°F to 80°F (4°C to 27°C) in Zion, along with the stunning display of autumn foliage colors, particularly in Zion’s canyon walls. Winter in both parks is cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing, averaging between 20°F to 40°F (-7°C to 4°C) in Bryce Canyon and 20°F to 50°F (-7°C to 10°C) in Zion. Snowfall is common, especially at higher elevations, creating picturesque winter landscapes but also making certain trails and roads impassable.

What highlights might I see?
  • In Bryce Canyon National Park, visitors are treated to the mesmerizing sight of its unique geological formations known as hoodoos, which are tall, thin spires of rock. The Bryce Amphitheater, with its concentration of hoodoos, is particularly breathtaking, especially during sunrise and sunset. Other highlights include hiking trails like the Queen’s Garden Trail and the Navajo Loop Trail, which offer up-close views of the hoodoos and other rock formations.
  • In Zion National Park, towering sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, and lush river valleys create a dramatic landscape. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive provides access to stunning viewpoints such as the iconic Angels Landing and the towering monolith known as the Great White Throne. The Virgin River flows through the park, offering opportunities for activities like hiking The Narrows, where visitors can wade through the narrow canyon walls.
Will I see any wildlife?
  • Visitors have the opportunity to encounter a diverse array of wildlife amidst the stunning natural landscapes. Common sightings include mule deer, which are often seen grazing in meadows or along park roadsides or Bighorn Sheep, seen on the cliffs and rock formations (mostly in Zion). Birdwatchers can spot a variety of avian species, including the California condor, golden eagle, and various songbirds. Both parks are also home to smaller mammals such as rock squirrels, chipmunks, and cottontail rabbits. Additionally, visitors may catch glimpses of more elusive creatures like mountain lions and black bears, though sightings of these larger predators are rare.
Should I combine this trip with another national park?

If one is staying in or around either of these national parks they have the great benefit of being able to visit both in the same trip quite easily. The parks are about a 90 minute – 2 hour drive from each other. Combining a visit to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks with other nearby national parks can make for an incredible road trip or vacation experience. Utah is famous for its “Big 5” National Parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion) and it is not uncommon for visitors to try and combine multiple of these parks in one visit to the state. This of course requires many hours of driving, but it is still enjoyable if one plans time for rest and exploration at each park!     

Are there any entry regulations I should know about?
  • Along with entrance fees, From March through late November, access to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is by shuttle bus only. Private vehicles are allowed to access the Scenic Drive only when the Shuttle System is not in operation. The shuttle is free and it begins at the visitor center, just north of the Springdale park entrance. It typically comes every 10-15 minutes, though schedules can vary based on the time of day and the season. There are nine stops, and it takes roughly 45 minutes to complete the whole 7.7-mile route. Parking for the shuttle is limited and usually fills up by 9:00AM each morning. If parking is full at the park entrance, one must find parking in Springdale and take the Springdale shuttle to the Zion visitor center.  
  • Timed entry reservations are not required to enter Bryce Canyon National Park, entrance fees can be paid at any park gate upon arrival. The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except in cases of severe weather.