Zion & Bryce Canyon Holidays

Prepare to be stopped in your tracks by the sheer beauty of these two great parks in southern Utah. In Zion, you'll marvel at the verdant valleys, deep red canyons and vermilion cliffs that soar into the sky, and in Bryce be awed by the towering hoodoos, narrow fins and extraordinary natural bridges.

Each year Zion National Park attracts more than 4 million visitors, who flock to see its iconic natural scenery and enjoy the many outdoor activities. Hikers of all abilities will find trails that lead to sweeping vistas, clear pools, natural arches and narrow canyons. They include the Emerald Pools Trail with its spring-fed pools, waterfalls and views of the canyon; The Narrows, which follows a river through a huge slot canyon and Canyon Overlook Trail, which runs immediately above the Great Arch commanding gorgeous vistas of the Zion's lower reaches.

You can also follow the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive that follows the north fork of the Virgin River through some of Zion's most outstanding scenery. The road is closed to cars from April to October, however, regular park shuttle buses operate allowing you to relax and enjoy the views or hop on and off at scenic sites. Alternatively, you can hire a bike and cycle this route.

Around 80 miles east of Zion is Bryce Canyon, whose most striking features are the distinctive red rock pillars, called hoodoos, which jut up from the floor of a huge natural amphitheatre. Numerous hiking trails allow visitors to immerse themselves in the landscape and even descend into the rim and walk through the forest of pastel daggers. The park's 18-mile scenic drive (Highway 63) is an alternative way to enjoy the superlative scenery. Make sure you stop at Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce viewpoints. Bryce Canyon also offers world-class stargazing and in winter when it snows, there are wonderful opportunities for winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Premier Holidays feature a variety of hotels in Zion & Bryce Canyon. Please see our brochure for details.

    Why visit Zion & Bryce Canyon?
  • Impressive natural scenery
  • Scenic drives
  • Walking and hiking trails
  • Numerous outdoor activities
  • Stargazing opportunities


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Essential facts about Zion & Bryce Canyon
Local Time

GMT -7 hours.

Currency

US Dollar

Travel information

From Las Vegas Zion is around 2½ hours drive and Bryce Canyon 4 hours drive.

Best time to go

Both parks are open year-round and experience diverse weather. April to October is considered the best time and is also the most popular.