Utah Journals

Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks

A May 2004 trip to Utah by gail k

Quote: Southwest Utah is one of the most beautiful areas I've ever visited! There's so much to see and do, especially if you love the outdoors. Great national and state parks are a stone's throw away.

Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks

Overview

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We stayed in St. George, Utah, otherwise known as "color country," and it is one of the most picturesque areas I've ever seen. Zion National Park is 45 minutes away and Bryce Canyon is within 2.5 hours. We also visited Snow Canyon State Park, which was only 15 minutes from where we stayed in St. George. These three parks are totally different from each other. Hiking in the parks and picture taking were at the top of our list.Quick Tips: Zion National Park is hot this time of year -- during late May, the temperatures are frequently in the 90s -- and it's mandatory to always have water and snacks with you. In contrast, Bryce is at a higher elevation and is about 20 degrees cooler. We wore...Read More

Zion National Park

Attraction | "Hiking in Zion"

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Zion is one of the most different and beautiful national parks I've ever been to. The canyon walls soar into the air. Trails are of varying degrees of difficulty. Come well-prepared with water and snacks.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2004

Zion National Park
Zion Boulevard
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
(435) 772-3256

Bryce Canyon National Park

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Attraction | "Hiking in Bryce Canyon"

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Bryce Canyon was an amazing sight to see. You have the option of taking the park shuttle or using your private vehicle. We opted to drive into the park, Bryce Canyon is at a fairly high elevation, and the temperatures here are quite changeable. The day we visited, the daytime temp was between the upper 50s and upper 60s, as contrasted with Zion, which was in the low 90s. Here you are looking down into the canyon, the majority of which is red rocks eroded into "hoodoos," or free-standing rock formations carved by the wind. (Imagine a crowd of people standing around; the rock formations are simply amazing.) The main area of the canyon is called the Amphitheatre. The Rim Tr...Read More

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Bryce Canyon National Park
Southwestern Utah
Bryce, UT 84717
(435) 834-5322

Zion National Park

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Story/Tip

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Zion National Park is about 45 minutes from St. George, Utah, which is where we stayed. During tourist season from mid-May to mid-September, it’s mandatory to take the park shuttles unless you are camping in the park. We were able to park our car near the park entrance and walk in, but for those who have to park further back in designated areas, there are shuttles that take you directly to the park. The shuttles within the park stop at designated areas every 10 minutes or so, starting at 6:30am, with the last one back to the park entrance at around 10:15pm. There are a few shuttle stops with gift shops and food service where you can buy refreshments or meals. Each stop has hiking ...Read More

About the Writer

gail k

gail k
Rockille, Maryland