Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon: 7 Day Ultimate Guide

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon

Utah National Parks are my favorite parks in the United States. If you are an adventurer like me, you definitely have heard of Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. They have been on your bucket list for years, but managing trip is overwhelming… am I right? I was the same, and I didn’t know what to expect before exploring both national parks.

So I decided to put this 7 day plan together for adventurers who are dying to visit Zion and Bryce. This itinerary will help you to plan a 7 day trip from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon. You will find out which trails to hike, how to access them, and where to stay!

If you want to check out more about Zion National Park, read the following article!


Day 1 at Zion National Park


Activity: Going to Zion from Las Vegas Airport
Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Baby deer roaming around our campsite

We flew into Las Vegas Airport to begin the adventure! We rented a car for 7 days, and it cost us about $155. Zion National Park is located in southern Utah, and it took us about 3 hours from the Las Vegas Airport to drive to Zion.

There are many hotels and lodges available around Zion National Park, but we decided to stay at Watchman Campground. Watchman Campground is located a quarter mile from the South Entrance. There are 176 regular sites, including electric campsites ($30 per night) and tent only campsites ($20 per night). Since the campground becomes full every night during the reservation season, reservations are strongly recommended. For more, check out here.


Day 2 at Zion National Park


Trails: Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools Trail, Angels Landing
Total Miles: 7.3 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Photos from Angels Landing Trail

Waking up early and jumping on the free park shuttle! To access to Weeping Rock, you will get off at the 7th stop. Weeping Rock is an easy 30 minute hike, but the trail will take you to a large overhang of rock with water sprinkling from above.

Weeping Rock

・Distance: 0.5 mile round trip
・Duration: 30 minutes
・Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock (7th stop)

After Weeping Rock, let’s hike another easy trail called Emerald Pools. This hike is family friendly and a perfect leisurely, non-strenuous hike. Due to its beauty, location, and short length, the trail tends to be crowded, but it’s worth visiting if you are in Zion.

Emerald Pools

・Distance: 1.4 miles to Upper Emerald Pools
・Duration: 1 – 3 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Zion Lodge (5th Stop)

These 2 trails are perfect for warming up your body, so now you should be ready to conquer Angels Landing! Angels Landing is the scariest yet most exciting trail in Zion National Park. This unforgettable adventure hike should be on everyone’s bucket list. The reward of a 360-degree view of Zion Canyon’s rock layers will take your breath away. Your legs will be burning and shaking from the hike and the excitement… but the view will be unforgettable! It is a strenuous and dangerous hike, so you have to be extremely mindful to hike Angels Landing.

Angels Landing

・Distance: 5.4 miles round trip
・Duration: 3 – 5 hours
・Shuttle Stop: The Grotto (6th stop)


Day 3 at Zion National Park


Trails: Hidden Canyon, Observation Point
Total Miles: Approximately 10 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Hidden Canyon

You will walk a lot today! Starting from Hidden Canyon, one of my favorite trails in Zion. Jump on the free park shuttle and get off at the 7th stop. You will hike up the same trail to Observation Point, but then turn right and go 0.7 mile on Hidden Canyon Trail. You will climb up the sheer vertical cliff with a great view. This hike does not have a breathtaking view at the end like Observation Point does, however the trail itself is so much fun! Footing can be a bit difficult at times, but chains help you keep your balance.

Hidden Canyon

・Distance: 3 miles round trip
・Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock (7th stop)

Go back to the junction for Hidden Canyon, and now you are ready to hike Observation Point. Observation Point might be the toughest yet most rewarding hike in Zion National Park. People tend to skip Observation Point due to Zion’s other popular trails such as the Narrows and Angels Landing. However, Observation Point gives you the most epic view of Zion National Park. Since Observation Point is over 700 feet higher than Angels Landing, you are actually looking down on the Angels Landing viewpoint.

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Observation Point

Observation Point

・Distance: 8 miles round trip
・Duration: 5 hours
・Shuttle: Weeping Rock (7th stop)


Day 4 at Zion National Park


Trails: Taylor Creek Trail
Total Miles: 5 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon

Taylor Creek Trail is located in the Kolob Canyons. You can access the trail from Kolob Canyons Road, which begins at I-15 south of Cedar City. Taylor Creek Trail is reasonably easy, and it is also a perfect day hike. The main attraction of this trail is to see the Double Arch Alcove at the end of the trail. When we hiked we didn’t really encounter anyone on the trail. It is a quiet and beautiful trail.

Taylor Creek Trail

・Duration: 4 hours
・Trailhead: 2 miles east of Kolob Canyons Visitor Center


Day 5 at Zion National Park


Trails: The Narrows
Total Miles: 8 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

The Narrows is probably my favorite trail in Zion National Park. I’ve hiked around famous national parks in the US, but the Narrows was by far the most breathtaking hike I’ve ever experienced. In fact, it is known as one of the best slot canyon hikes in the world. What’s so unique about the Narrows is that you will basically hike through the Virgin River, which means you have to wade / swim to proceed. You will be surrounded by the towering walls of the Zion canyon and beautiful flowing water. Seeing the sunlight come through the dark corners of the narrow canyon is also such a magical experience. For more info about the Narrows, check this out!

The Narrows

・Duration: 6 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Temple of Sinawava (9th Stop)


Day 6 at Bryce Canyon


Activity: Heading to Bryce Canyon from Zion National Park
Trail: Queens Garden Trail, Navajo Loop Trail
Total Miles: About 3 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Sunset Campground Group Site

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Queens Garden Trail


We left Zion National Park at 8am. It took us about 1.5 hours to arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Since we didn’t make any reservations for the place to stay, finding our campsite was our first thing to do. We ended up staying at Sunset Campground, but there were only a few spots left. Reservations at least 2 days in advance are strongly recommended! There are 2 campgrounds, North Campground and Sunset Campground, but both usually fill by 1 or 2 pm of the day. Tent site is $20 per night, and RV site is $30 per night. For more, check out here.

So now you are ready to hike Bryce Canyon! If you are in Bryce Canyon, you have to hike the two most popular trails of the park, which are Queens Garden Trail and Navajo Loop Trail. Queens Garden is a favorite of many people since it gives you such a breathtaking view of the park, but the hike itself is flat and easy. At the end of the trail, you will encounter a hoodoo, resembles a portly Queen Victoria. Walking through the arches of the rocks is also a magical experience of the trail!

Queens Garden Trail

・Distance: 1.8 miles round trip
・Duration: 1.5 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Sunrise Point

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon

After hiking about 1.6 miles, you will encounter junctions to hike Navajo Loop Trail. Navajo Loop Trail starts and ends at Sunset Point. As you hike down the Navajo Loop, you have a chance to get close and personal with the hoodoos. Although one of the highlights of Navajo Loop Trail is “Wall Street”, it is often closed due to freezing overnight temperatures.

Navajo Loop Trail

・Distance: 1.3 miles round trip
・Duration: 1.5 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Sunset Point


Day 7 at Bryce Canyon


Activity: Sunrise Point, Going home

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Photos from Sunrise Point at Bryce Canyon

Wake up early and go to Sunrise Point!! Instead of using a shuttle, you can park your car at the parking spot. Panoramas from the viewpoint take in a large area of Bryce Amphitheater and beyond. It is a perfect spot to capture breathtaking views! Sunset point tends to be more crowded than Sunrise point, so I recommend you wake up early and capture the view!


Frequent Questions

How far from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon?

It is not far from Zion to Bryce Canyon. It takes about 2 hours to get there! If you have time, I recommend you take some time to explore around the area since there is so much to see. There’s a canyon on the way called Red Canyon, and it is absolutely gorgeous!


What is better Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon?

Most definitely Zion National Park because there are more amazing trails to hike! If you are an adventurer like me, you will definitely enjoy hiking Zion more than Bryce. If you are not a hiker but want to take some amazing photos, then Bryce Canyon is for you!! The trails in Bryce Canyon tend to be a lot easier than Zion, and there are many view points which you can access from your car.


Where to stay for Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon?

Zion National Park

Since Zion is a popular park, reservations are highly recommended!

$50 – $100


$100 – $150


Bryce Canyon National Park

$50 – $100


$100 – $150


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2 thoughts on “Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon: 7 Day Ultimate Guide

  1. First off love the post! I’m currently trying to plan my birthday adventure and this has been super helpful!

    I’m wondering though when you went? We are trying for end of April so I was wondering if it will be warm enough/ flooding issues with the virgin river hike?

    Also I’m not a huge heights person so I’m wondering how terrifying the angels landing and observation point hikes are? The chains look very helpful but the whole walking on a skinny mountain top freaks me out.

    From Oregon so we have seen a lot of green and looking for some other memorable easy-medium hikes exhibiting other types of natural beauty if you have any other suggestions!

    Thanks!

    1. Thank you for the feedback 🙂

      We went there in the beginning of September. April might not be an ideal month to hike the Narrows.. There is a higher chance the Narrows is closed due to spring snowmelt. Also the water tends to be very cold.. For more, check out here

      I don’t recommend Angels Landing if you are scared of heights. If you still want to try Angels Landing, maybe you can climb up to Scout Lookout and decide if you want to go further from there. I didn’t think hiking observation Point was dangerous or scary at all, especially compared to Angels Landing. There are some cliff edges with open views, but you will not walk through any narrow spines or sheer drop-offs on Observation Point.

      I also have an article introducing 10 best trails in Zion NP, which might be helpful.

      Hope you will have an amazing time there! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

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