Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are two of the most popular parks to visit in Utah, and for good reason. Their natural landscapes are gorgeous, and so different. WIth only about 2 hours drive between them, many visitors plan to spend time at both USA National Parks. With so many places to stay it can be hard to choose where to sleep each night. Which is why we’ve put together our list of where to stay between Zion and Bryce to help you choose the best place for you and your family. We’ll cover the best hotels and vacation rentals, and the small towns
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Towns Between Zion and Bryce
The majority of travelers start in Las Vegas and make their way first to Zion and then Bryce. If you are only spending one day at each park it may make more sense to stay at the towns closest to the parks, so you can get an early start on your day.
Las Vegas is also a great place to rent cars as it’s generally the cheapest option in the area. Not to mention it’s also under 3 hours to drive to Zion.
If you have a bit more time, or are looking to save a bit of money, there are some quaint towns to stay either along the route between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, or close by.
- Mount Carmel Junction
Staying a little bit outside the main touristy areas can be great during peak season if you can’t find accommodations closer, and is often cheaper, and quieter than right near the parks.
Read on for the best place to stay between Zion and Bryce, as well as our other top choices of where to stay when visiting Zion and Bryce.
Best Hotels Between Zion and Bryce
The direct route from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park is about 84 miles. It begins on UT 9 in Springdale heading northeast to US 89 at Mt Carmel Junction through Alton and Hatch, turning right on UT 12-E and finally leads to a traffic circle, and UT 63-S to Bryce Canyon.
Kanab & Panguitch are a little off the main route, but also good options for finding lodging between Zion and Bryce.
We’ve highlighted our list of the best hotels, cottages and places to stay in between Zion and Bryce. We’ve chosen the best hotels between Zion and Bryce that are highly rated, that you and my own family will love.
Also check out our top picks for the best places to stay in and near Bryce and Zion, for when you want to be in the middle of it all.
Where Is the Best Place to Stay Between Bryce and Zion? Kanab, UT
Kanab, Utah is the best place to stay between Bryce Canyon & Zion. Kanab is great jumping off point for exploring southern Utah & northern Arizona regions.
Located on US Route 89 it is only 30 minutes from Zion’s east entrance and about 1.5 hours from Bryce Canyon’s main entrance. It’s also one of the best options for quality accommodations, restaurants and central to many of the most popular attractions in the area.
Easy access to popular attractions in the area include:
- Zion & Bryce Canyon
- Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
- Peekaboo Slot Canyons
- Grand Canyon North Rim
- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
La Quinta Inn & Suites is a highly rated very clean & modern hotel located about 0.62 miles (1.1km) from town centre. It’s a great place to stay with kids, and conveniently located for a night or two to explore the area. If you like the comfort of a larger hotel chain, with free breakfast included and access to a pool & hot tub, this is the place for you.
Here is what people love about La Quinta Inn & Suites and why you should book:
- Pool & hot tub to soak in after a long day touring or hiking
- Delicious continental or buffet breakfasts included
- Modern bathrooms & large, clean rooms with comfy beds
- Central location for exploring Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon
- Friendly helpful staff
- Families also really like the location, rating it 9.2 / 10 for a stay with kids.
Kanab Suites offer superb, spacious and comfortable suites with a fully equipped kitchen. Great for families, couples & small groups. Within short walking distance to downtown Kanab. Everything you need for a great overnight stay or two.
Be sure to grab a meal at the The Rocking V Cafe just steps away for a delicious meal (make reservations).
Here is what people love about Kanab Suites and why you should book:
- Clean, comfortable & spacious suites
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Large spacious bathroom and super comfy beds
- Free laundry
- Free WiFi and free private parking
- Covered patio & outdoor fire pits, great place to sit after a long day
- Great value for price
- Many restaurants and a supermarket close by
- Cot & extra bed available for kids on request
- Families also love this location and give it 9.5/10
The Canyons Lodge is a quaint log-cabin style lodge, with rustic charm right in Kanab, UT. Relax in the shaded green space in front of the lodge which offers scenic mountain views. If you are looking for a quaint, comfortable and budget friendly option to stay a night or two, this is a fun place to stay.
Here is what people love about Canyons Lodge and why you should book:
- Cabin-style rooms are super cozy and comfortable
- Phenomenal breakfast
- Super clean, secure and quiet lodge
- Seasonal outdoor pool
- Great hospitality and friendly staff
- Fire pit to lounge around after a long day
- Families love this place, rating it 9/10 for a stay with kidlets
If you are looking for great pet friendly accommodations in Kanab, then we have the cottage for you. The Circle R Cottage is perfect for families or groups of 6-8 people and your favorite pup. There’s a large fenced in backyard for your dog to hang out in, easy access to Kanab’s amenities and fun.
Here is what people love about the Circle R Cottage and why you should book:
- Large fenced in back yard with a fire pit
- Only two blocks from the downtown area – Easy access to shopping, hiking, & an easy to walk to get coffee, ice cream, and the Kanab bakery
- Fully equipped kitchen (save $$ on food costs)
- Very clean, organized, and well stocked
- Located in a quiet, nice and safe neighborhood
- 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms that sleeps up to 8
LODGING BETWEEN ZION & BRYCE CANYON
Taking a road trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon is such a fun way to spend time with family and friends. So many gorgeous and unique natural sites, hikes, and landscapes to explore. You’ll want to explore some equally as delightful places to stay between Zion and Bryce.
Mount Carmel & Mount Carmel Junction, Utah
Mount Carmel Junction sits at the corner of US Route 89 and UT Route 9 in southwestern Utah. Mount Carmel is about one mile (1.6 km) north of there.
Mount Carmel Junction is a very small town, with not too many options for accommodations. It’s a quaint place to get away from the crowds and still be close to both Zion and Bryce Canyon, and local tours, hiking trails and horseback riding. Plus of course the 1.1-mile Zion – Mt. Carmel tunnel that weaves through the soaring sandstone mountain, and connects Zion National Park with Utah’s famous Bryce Canyon.
If you’re looking for something to do close by, check out the Maynard Dixon Gallery, or the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts.
Arrowhead Country Inn and Cabins is the best option in the area, in a gorgeous farm setting, central to three most popular national parks. Grand Canyon North Rim is only 161 km away, Zion National Park East Entrance is 24 km away, and Bryce Canyon National Park is 97 km away. Set just outside Mount Carmel Junction in near Mount Carmel.
With bungalows, and 1 and 2 bedroom cabins, finding room for families, or a small group becomes a breeze.
Here is what people love about these charming bungalows & cottages and why you should book:
- Clean, quiet, organized and adorable cabins, nestled in gardens
- Friendly staff
- Delicious full American or continental breakfast provided
- Hot tub & seasonal outdoor pool to relax in after a full hiking day
- Shop / snack bar on site to buy snacks, gifts & fresh food
- Kid friendly with farm animals onsite. Families rated it 9.2/10 for a stay with kids.
Panguitch is a small historic town known for hosting several festivals each year, including the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally & 5k and its famous Quilt Walk. There are a few boutique options; motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts.
Closer to Bryce, Panguitch is about 23 miles / 30 minute drive away, and about 63 miles / 75 minutes drive to Zion’s south entrance and visitor’s centre.
There is plenty to do beside hitting up Bryce and Zion, including exploring the UTV / ATV trails, year round fishing, and events at the Canyon Country Complex. Keep an eye out for concerts, horse racing, and tournaments. Stop in at Cowboy’s Smokehouse for yummy BBQ.
Add this your list of where to stay between Bryce and Zion.
Seven Gables is a gorgeous restored Victorian brick home, with modern amenities and a large kitchen, ideal for a larger family or group. Sitting on one acre, it’s conveniently located one block from the main centre for dining or grocery shopping. Enjoy roasting marshmallows or sitting around the fire pit after a fun adventure filled day.
Here is what people love about this charming Seven Gables home and why you should book:
- Clean and spacious rooms with comfy beds
- 5 Bedrooms & 4 bathrooms sleeps up to 14. Garden Cottage sleeps two.
- Large backyard with swing, and a basketball hoop is a hit for kids of all ages
- Well stocked kitchen
- Fire Pit & starry skies
- Plenty of parking for vehicles and trailers
- Close to a mountain lake, which hosts some of the largest rainbow trout in the state (year-round fishing)
Cozy and comfortable cabins, right in the centre of Panguitch, close to restaurants, the historic GEM theatre, and fun local activities. Perfect for up to 4 people.
Here is what people love about these cozy Countryside Cabins and why you should book:
- Very clean, cozy comfortable rooms and beds
- Spacious rooms with log cabin-type exteriors
- Easy walk to a great BBQ place, the local theatre and
- Front porch a great place to sit after a busy day
- Helpful & friendly staff
- Great value for the price
- Free parking & WIFI
The town of Orderville is a tiny, quaint stop along route US-89 N, almost halfway between Zion and Bryce. You can also easily reach Peek-A-Boo Gulch, Moqui Cave and Orderville Canyon Trailhead.
I want to live in this sweet escape, 2 bedroom tiny home that sleeps up to 5. This central location is perfect for visiting both Zion and Bryce.
The top bedroom is meant only for sleeping, with a low ceiling, so watch your head.
Here is what people love about this sweet not-so-tiny Tiny Home at the luxurious Escape and why you should book:
- Clean, comfortable and spacious
- Pool and hot tub access to relax in after hiking
- Fire Pit
- Full kitchen (stocked) and washer/dryer in unit
- The rooftop deck is amazing, “the icing on the cake,” for relaxing and star gazing
- Perfect little house for your road trip
What towns are between Bryce and Zion?
The small, and scenic towns between Bryce and Zion include Hatch, Alton, Glendale, Orderville, and Mount Carmel Junction along route US-89 S. Once you hit route UT-9 W, at Mount Carmel Junction, there really isn’t another town between the junction and the East Entrance of Zion National Park. The Zion Canyon Visitor Center is then 12 miles ahead.
What town is halfway between Bryce Canyon and Zion?
Alton, UT is the town closest to halfway between Bryce Canyon and Zion. Alton makes a great place for a cooler summer getaway, as this town is at a higher elevation, and central to many local attractions. It makes a great base for exploring nearby Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, as well as the Paunsugaunt Plateau, & Cedar Mountain.
Can you drive Zion and Bryce in One Day?
Yes you can drive Zion and Bryce in one day, as the distance is only about 84 miles and takes about 2 hours, if you don’t stop along the way. However, we highly recommend spending at least one full day in each park to really get a chance to experience the hikes, activities and scenic views each unique park has to offer. It will be hard to really enjoy each park if you are rushing to see eveything in one day.
What is there to see between Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park?
The Scenic Byway 12 between Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, is a destination in itself, and there are many hikes and attractions to see along the way including:
- Red Canyon Visitor Centre & Red Canyon – spectacular hikes include the Photo Trail & Tunnel Trail
- Losee Canyon – Arches Trail
- Cute town of Panguitch is a fun place to stop and grab a bite to eat
- Cedar Breaks National Monument, a hidden gem in the Dixie National Forest
- Red Hollow Slot Canyon near the town of Orderville, no canyoning needed.
- Belly of the Dragon tunnel, located just a mile from Carmel Junction.
- Moqui Cave – kitschy tourist site, where you can atke a tour of the cave to learn about the Paiute tribe that once lived there.
- Checkerboard Mesa & of course Zion National Park
Where to Stay When Visiting Bryce and Zion
Here is our top pick of where to stay when visiting Bryce, and Zion, in case you missed it earlier.
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