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Where To Stay Between Zion And Bryce: 17 Top Places 2024

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Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are two of the most popular parks to visit in Utah, in the United States for good reason. Their natural landscapes are gorgeous, and so different. We’ve put together our recommendations of where to stay between Zion and Bryce to help you choose the best place for you and your family.

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.

Our top pick is this historical Zion Mountain Ranch in Mt Carmel Junction, for it’s prime location close to all the Bryce, Zion & Kanab attractions. Plus its farm to table food, jacuzzi tubs, spacious lodges and unique setting of a Buffalo Preserve. Making for a great family or couples vacation.

We’ll cover the best hotels and vacation rentals, and the small towns in between. Great for family, couples and all travelers through southwestern USA.

These are all places that are highly rated, one’s our friends have recommended, and one’s we’d stay at or are planning to stay ourselves our next trip to the area.

Top 3 Picks: Where to Stay Between Bryce & Zion

#1 TOP PICK

Spacious 2 bedroom lodge at Zion Mountain Ranch

ZION MOUNTAIN RANCH

✔️ Jacuzzi Tubs & Sauna

✔️ Farm to Table Food

✔️ Guided Horseback Rides

#2 PICK

Kanab Suites table and bed.

KANAB SUITES

✔️ Spacious with full kitchen

✔️ Great value & location

✔️ Walk to food, shops, town

#3 PICK

The Escape Tiny Home in Kanab at sunset with deck.

THE ESCAPE TINY HOMEORDERVILLE

✔️ Private rooftop deck

✔️ Full kitchen & laundry

✔️ Hot Tub & Pool

Quick Guide: Best Lodging & Hotels Between Zion and Bryce

If you’re short on time, this is our QUICK GUIDE for our top 5 picks.

Check out this quick guide list of fun places to stay between Bryce and Zion — all highly reviewed, and conveniently located for both National Parks, in quaint towns, with everything you’ll need for a great vacation.

Also check out our top picks for the best places to stay in and near Zion and Bryce. For when you want to be closer to, or stay in each individual park or along the Virgin River, St. George or Bryce Canyon City.

Where to stay between Zion & Bryce infographic. With photos ofPanguitch buildings, road to Zion, & red jagged rock formations

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. 

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.

  • Kanab
  • Mount Carmel Junction
  • Orderville
  • Glendale
  • Duck Creek Village
  • Hatch
  • Panguitch

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.

🚙 Looking for a car rental?

Las Vegas is 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.

Route 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 & Duck Creek Village 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. We’ve chosen the best hotels between Zion and Bryce that are highly rated, that you and my own family would love.

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.

Where Is the Best Place to Stay Between Bryce and Zion?

Kanab, Utah is the best place to stay between Bryce Canyon & Zion. It is great starting point for exploring southern Utah & northern Arizona regions. Located on US Route 89 it’s only 30 minutes from Zion’s east entrance and 1.5 hours from Bryce Canyon’s main entrance. Kanab has the best options for quality accommodations, restaurants, and shops in the region.

Easy access to popular attractions in the area from Kanab, other than Bryce and Zion include: 

While this area is great to visit any time of year, the best time to visit Bryce and Zion is  generally considered to be May to September.

However it is peak season, so expect the major attractions like Angels Landing, the Riverside Walk, Queen’s Garden Trail, Pa’rus Trail and all parking area to be very busy. And the summer months are hottest.

Entrance to The Toadstool Trail, part of Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument

17 BEST PLACES TO STAY BETWEEN BRYCE & ZION

1. Zion Mountain Ranch

Spacious 2 bedroom lodge at Zion Mountain Ranch
Guests love the comfy, spacious lodges, with scenic views | Photo: Zion Mountain Ranch

⭐️ RATING: 8.3 / 10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Mt. Carmel Junction | 🏨 Book Zion Mountain Ranch

A stay at the historical Zion Mountain Ranch is one of the best experiences.

Not only does their onsite restaurant Cordwood serve delicious meals made with locally grown products, but the ranch is also on a buffalo preserve.

Live out your western dreams and take a guided horseback ride on their trails.

Amazing, relaxing, top-notch facility with animals roaming free and a farm to table restaurant that is exceptional.
– SHELLEY ⭐️ Zion Mountain Ranch reviews ⭐️

Lodges are nestled on the edge of a meadow with epic mountain & buffalo preserve views. Cozy up in a romantic cabin with sauna & private massage room.

Or pick the family sized lodge, with full kitchen, clawfoot bathtubs or jacuzzi tubs and room for friends too.

Here is what people love about these western inspired cabins and why you should book:

  • Authentic high desert ranch experience near the quiet east Zion entrance
  • Delicious farm to table food (try their bison dishes)
  • Sunsets over the bison field
  • Farm animals for the kids to visit
  • Community fire pit & guided horseback trail rides

2. Kanab Suites, Kanab UT

Kanab Suites table and bed in spacious suite.
Families and couples love staying in these spacious suites | Photo: Kanab Suites

⭐️ RATING: 9.2 / 10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Kanab, UT | 🏨 Book Kanab Suites

Staying at Kanab Suites offers superb, spacious and comfortable suites with a fully equipped kitchen.

Great for families, couples & small groups who want a little extra space, and a kitchen to do some cooking. Everything you need for a great overnight stay or two.

Within short walking distance (5-10 min) to downtown Kanab. And only a 30 min drive to Zion and 1.5 hours to Bryce Canyon.

Loved our stay. Perfect location; nice and clean with beautiful interior; comfortable bed and having access to small kitchen was wonderful.
– MELANIE ⭐️ Kanab Suites reviews ⭐️

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:

  • Surprisingly spacious suites, with a fully equipped kitchen
  • Free laundry, WiFi and private parking
  • Covered patio & outdoor fire pits, great place to sit after a long day
  • Affordable & great value for price
  • Within short walking distance to restaurants, supermarket & shops

3. The Escape (Tiny Home #5)

The Escape Tiny Home in Kanab at sunset with deck.
Guests love the star gazing off the private roof top deck | Photo: The Escape

⭐️ RATING: 4.9/5 Stars |📍 LOCATION: Orderville, UT | 🏨 Book The Escape Tiny Home

Who else wants to stay in this sweet escape, 2 bedroom tiny home that sleeps up to 5.

It has all the basic amenties you need for a romantic or family getaway. The rooftop deck is amazing, “the icing on the cake,” for relaxing and star gazing.

Plus soak in the shared hot tub under the stars at the end of the day.

This central location is perfect for visiting both Zion and Bryce.

We loved our experience at tiny home 5! The tiny home was clean and very spacious. The top deck was awesome for relaxing and star gazing. Having the full kitchen that and washer/dryer in unit was so nice for convenience and saving money! And the pool/hot tub was a great way to end each evening after hiking all day!
– KARISSA ⭐️ Escape Tiny Home reviews ⭐️

Here is what people love about this sweet not-so-tiny Tiny Home at the luxurious Escape and why you should book:

  • Pool and hot tub access to relax in after hiking
  • Great amenities: Full kitchen (stocked), washer/dryer in unit & fire pit
  • The rooftop deck is ideal for relaxing and star gazing
  • Prime location between Zion(20 minutes away) and Bryce (50 minutes away). Grand Canyon is 90 min. away.

KANAB, UTAH LODGING

4. La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kanab

La Quinta Inn Queen bed and room in Kanab Utah.

⭐️ RATING: 8.8 / 10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Kanab, UT | 🏨 Book La Quina Inn & Suites

Book La Quinta Inn & Suites for its 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 (pool!), 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.

We were pleasantly surprised with the up-to-date decor, cleanliness and spacious rooms. Breakfast was just right.
– RICHARD ⭐️ La Quinta Inn & Suites reviews ⭐️

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
  • Free delicious breakfasts included
  • Free parking & WIFI
  • Central location for exploring Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon

5. Canyons Lodge

King Bed in log cabin style room, at Canyons Lodge, Kanab Utah
Families love staying at Canyons Lodge in Kanab | Photo: Canyons Lodge

⭐️ RATING: 8.7 / 10 Stars |📍 LOCATION: Kanab, UT | 🏨 Book Canyons Lodge

Stay at this Canyons Lodge for its quaint log-cabin style and rustic charm, right within walking distance to Kanab’s centre.

Relax in the shaded green space in front of the lodge which offers scenic mountain views.

If you are looking for a cute, comfortable and budget friendly option to stay a night or two near everything, this is a relaxing place to stay.

Exceptional. The cabin-style rooms are so cozy and comfortable and the breakfast was phenomenal! Everyone was super friendly and we got great recommendations for the area as well!
– FRANZISKA ⭐️ Canyons Lodge reviews ⭐️

Here is what people love about Canyons Lodge and why you should book:

  • Cabin-style rooms are super comfortable, with a phenomenal free breakfast
  • Seasonal outdoor pool & Fire pit to lounge around after a long day
  • Walkable (10 min) to town centre, restaurants, shops
  • Free parking, WIFI and bike rentals
  • Pet friendly on request
  • Family Suites sleep up to 6 people

6. Circle R Cottage – Pet Friendly Kanab Home 

Circle R Cottage with red mountains in the background, Kanab UT
Families love this pet friendly cottage with fenced in backyard & fire pit | Photo: Circle R Cottage

⭐️ RATING: 4.9 / 5 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Kanab, UT | 🏩 Book Circle R Cottage

If you are looking for great pet friendly accommodations in Kanab, then we have the cottage for you. 

This pet & kid friendly Cottage is perfect for families or groups of 6-8 people and your favorite pup. With easy access to all Kanab’s amenities and fun.

Enjoy 3 bedrooms (4 beds), 2 bathrooms and a large fenced in backyard for your dog or kids to hang out in.

This property was perfect for our family of 5 and dog. Cleanest property I’ve ever stayed at. Plenty of linens and bedding. Nightlights were an appreciated touch! We loved the backyard and fire pit. Close to everything we wanted to do. I would highly recommend!
– HEIDI ⭐️ Circle R Cottage reviews ⭐️

Here is what people love about this Circle R Cottage and why you should book:

  • Large fenced in back yard with a fire pit
  • Quiet, safe neighborhood, 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)
  • 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms that sleeps up to 8
Also check out our top picks for the best places to stay in and near Bryce and Zion, for when you want to stay inside or closer to the individual Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks.

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 along the Zion-Mount Carmel highway, that weaves through the soaring sandstone mountain. As it 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.

Zion - Mt. Carmel Highway through layered rock hills, and blue sky on a sunny day.
Zion – Mt. Carmel Highway, Utah

7. Arrowhead Country Inn and Cabins

Arrowhead Cabin set on a Buffalo Preserve in Mount Carmel Utah.
Visitors love the farm fresh homemade breakfasts & cozy cabins | Photo: Arrowhead Cabins

⭐️ RATING: 9.1 / 10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Mt. Carmel Junction | 🏨 Book Arrowhead Cabins

Staying at Arrowhead Country Inn and Cabins is the best option in the area. Located in a gorgeous farm setting, central to three most popular national parks. Just outside Mount Carmel Junction in nearby Mount Carmel.

Stay for the farm fresh breakfasts and cozy, relaxing cabins. Kids will love visitng the farm animals.

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.

With bungalows, and 1 and 2 bedroom cabins, finding room for families, or a small group becomes a breeze.

This was a very welcoming, beautiful, and cozy place to stay. It was perfect location to explore both Zion and Bryce over a few days. Hosts are friendly, breakfasts are farm fresh and delicious, scenery great. Cabin comfortable and clean with everything needed.
– SARAH ⭐️ Arrowhead Country Inn & Cabins reviews ⭐️

Here is what people love about these charming bungalows & cottages and why you should book:

  • 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
  • Free ample parking & WIFI
  • Kid friendly with farm animals onsite.

Glendale

Glendale , UT sits about a 30 minute drive from Zion and 60 minute drive from Bryce Canyon National Parks. Making it a great place to stay between the two, and perfect for your Bryce Canyon itinerary.

8. Apple Hollow Cabins

Rustic modern cabin with mmountain in background.
Guests love the modern cabins, with epic mountain views | Photo: Apple Hollow Cabins

⭐️ RATING: 9 / 10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Glendale | 🏨 Book Apple Hollow Cabins

A cozy place to come back to after a busy day, the unique, modern Apple Hollow Cabins are a delight.

Set in the tranquil setting of an orchard, the air conditioned cabins let in lots of light.

Views of the the mountains, access to grills, fire pits, & laundry make this a favorite for travellers.

Loved the design of the home, easy check in process, having two bathrooms, central ac, & the fire pits, spa and grill. The location was very private and secluded.
– PAMELA ⭐️ Apple Hollow Cabins reviews ⭐️

9. Envase Casa Container House

Modern rustic container home bedroom. Where to stay between Bryce and Zion in Utah.
Guests love this unique & modern home with lots of room for friends & family | Photo: Envase Casa

⭐️ RATING: 5 / 5 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Glendale | 🏨 Book Envase Casa

This Envase Casa is a unique & spacious modern home, with stunning views, and activities for the whole family.

Sleeping up to 12 people, it’s perfect for larger families, or groups.

Built out of shipping containers, with modern rustic touches, make this a true gem.

Great stay! We used this house as “home base” for our trips to Bryce, Zion, Escalante and Kanab. We loved the “uniqueness” of the home and the kids loved it. The game room was perfect after a long day of hiking! The house was clean and had everything we needed. Highly recommend.
– JESSICA ⭐️ Envase Casa reviews ⭐️

Grill out, on the back deck, with a nice seating area to enjoy your meals.

Stargaze from the rooftop patio.

Kids will love the games room with pool, air hockey and board games.

It’s central location to Zion, Bryce & Peek A Boo Canyons, Kanab and more make it one of the best places to stay between Bryce and Zion.

Orderville, UT

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.

Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is also a popular place to stay in this area.

⭐️ The Escape Tiny Home is in Orderville, and one of our top picks highlighted above.

10. Yurt Overlook #8 (AC & Private Bath)

Two king beds in Yurt Overlook #8 at East Zion Resort

⭐️ RATING: 4.9 / 5 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Orderville | 🏨 Book Glamping Yurt

Glamp with style in this cozy Yurt at East Zion Resort, that sleeps up to 5.

High up on a hillside that spreads out over 12 acres, of beautiful land you’ll view stars & stunning sunsets each night.

Our family had a great stay here while visiting Bryce and Zion. Convenient to drive to both! The house was very clean and comfortable. With the loft upstairs, it could even sleep two families. We loved our stay and would come back next time we’re in the area!
– JESSIE ⭐️ Yurt Overlook reviews ⭐️

The cozy cliff-dwelling yurts have everything you need; heat & air conditioning, a private bathroom, kitchenette, propane fire pit, gas grill, outdoor sitting area, and parking.

Plus access to a pool & hot tub to relax in after a long day hiking, is the icing on the cake.

11. Sunset Cowboy Retreat

Bedroom, with rustic wooden bed & frame at the Sunset Cowboys Retreat in Utah.

⭐️ RATING: 5 / 5 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Orderville, UT | 🏨 Book Sunset Cowboy Retreat

Sunset Cowboys Retreat rental home is a must-see. This gorgeous new home is perfectly situated, convenient to both parks. Allowing you to make the most of your time in the area.

The decor celebrates the American West, featuring locally made log furniture and decor using reclaimed & interesting materials.

Our family had a great stay here while visiting Bryce and Zion. Convenient to drive to both! The house was very clean and comfortable. With the loft upstairs, it could even sleep two families. We loved our stay and would come back next time we’re in the area!
– JESSIE ⭐️ Sunset Cowboys Retreat reviews ⭐️

Inside, the house is cozy and well-stocked with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The fully stocked kitchen is a highlight, perfect for whipping up meals after a day of exploring.

The delightful hosts really have made a space that is perfect for “staying in” and enjoying family meals, games and down time, after exploring.

Duck Creek Village

Duck Creek Village is an idyllic town popular for movie and television filming.

There’s an abundance of recreational activities close by. From hiking and mountain biking to camping, horseback riding and photography there’s something for everyone.

Popular sites include Navajo Lake at the top of Cedar Mountain for swimming, boating and fishing. The Cascade Falls tumbling from a cave and sandstone cliff. And the Mammoth Cave hike.

12. Duck Creek Village Inn

Wood log two story Inn set in a forest in Duck Village Utah.
Stay at this comfortable Inn in the heart of Dixie National Forest | Photo: Duck Creek Village Inn

⭐️ RATING: 9 / 10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Duck Creek Village Inn | 🏨 Book Duck Creek Village Inn

Duck Creek Village Inn, nestled in the heart of the Dixie National Forest, is the perfect escape for those seeking serenity and adventure.

Wake up to breathtaking mountain views every morning, right outside your window.

Guests love the fireplaces, helpful owners, and relaxing atmosphere. Free WIFI & parking, blacony & BBQ options are available.

Beautiful rustic setting. Lovely room. Comfy big bed, sofa, plenty of towels, and we had a fireplace! Across the highway are a few restaurants and a well stocked grocery store.
– AUDREY ⭐️ Duck Village Inn reviews ⭐️

Don’t miss eating at Aunt Sue’s across the road, especially the pie for dessert.

Halfway between Bryce and Zion, makes it one of the best places to stay between Bryce and Zion for an affordable adventure.

13. Fireside Cottage

Gorgeous living space at the Fireside Cottage with wood accents.
Charming, quiet retreat in a spacious cottage | Photo: Fireside Cottage

⭐️ RATING: 9.3 / 10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Duck Creek Village | 🏨 Book Fireside Cottage

Looking for a quiet retreat?

This charming holiday home, Fireside Cottage offers everything you need for a relaxing & fun vacation away from the hustle and bustle.

Enjoy 2 bedrooms, a living room, and a well-equipped kitchen with a fridge.

Wish we could have stayed longer. This cottage was perfect and more than what we expected. Fully stocked. Anything you would think you would need.
– Hannah ⭐️ Fireside Cottage reviews ⭐️

Located close to some great hiking trails like Aspen Mirror Lake, it’s perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.

Hatch

14. Mountain Ridge Cabins & Lodging

Cute, small wooden cabin with two chairs in front at Mountain Ridge Cabins & Lodging.
Enjoy your morning coffee in front of a cozy cabin | Photo: Mountain Ridge Cabins

⭐️ RATING: 9.3 / 10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Hatch, UT | 🏨 Book Mountain Ridge Cabins

Stay at the Mountain Ridge Cabins & Lodging in Hatch, UT for the perfect blend of modern amenities and rustic charm. With a range of accommodations to choose from, you can select between spacious suites or cozy cabins, depending on your preference.

These accommodations have been recently remodeled and updated to ensure a comfortable stay, complete with all the essential conveniences.

If you’re in the mood for some al fresco dining, barbecue facilities are available for guests to enjoy a delightful cookout under the stars.

Exceptional. Great experience! Nice, super clean rooms with a lot of nice details. They put up a campfire in the evening with chairs and provided marshmallow smores. The best place during our 3 weeks round-trip!
– Gunther ⭐️ Mountain Ridge Cabins & Lodging reviews ⭐️

One of the highlights of staying at Mountain Cabins & Lodging is the nightly fire with s’mores. Indulge in this delicious campfire treat.

Staying connected is a breeze, as the property offers high speed wireless internet access for guests. And when it comes to parking, you’ll appreciate having a parking spot right in front of the cabin.

15. Riverside Ranch Motel & RV Park

Affordable places to stay between Zion & Bryce; bedroom at Riverside Ranch Motel. Western themed.
Guests love the comfortable, affordable rooms after a busy day | Photo: Riverside Ranch Motel

⭐️ RATING: 9 / 10 Stars | 📍 LOCATION: Hatch, UT | 🏨 Book Riverside Ranch Motel

Choose Riverside Ranch Motel & RV Park in Hatch, UT for an idyllic getaway that perfectly captures the essence of the great outdoors. Located on 16 acres along the Sevier River, the motel blends natural beauty of its location with modern amenities.

There’s plenty of family friendly amenities onsite, including a free continental breakfast, coin op laundry, firewood, community fire pits, BBQs and picnic tables.

Exceptional. Great experience! Nice, super clean rooms with a lot of nice details. They put up a campfire in the evening with chairs and provided marshmallow s’mores. The best place during our 3 weeks round-trip!
– Gunther ⭐️ Mountain Ridge Cabins & Lodging reviews ⭐️

The nights are dark enough to see the Milky Way, and the sunsets and sunrises are gorgeous.

Traveling with pets? They’re pet friendly in certain rooms, only a $25 per pet per stay fee.

Panguitch

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.

If you’re coming from Salt Lake City, it’s about a 3.5 hours drive.

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.

Red and white rock formations  with trees in background. Panguitch, Utah.
Rock Formations, Panguitch, Utah

16. Seven Gables Home (Sleeps up to 14)

⭐️ RATING: 4.7 / 5 Stars |📍 LOCATION: Panguitch, UT | 🏩 Book Seven Gables

Book a stay at the Seven Gables, a gorgeous restored Victorian brick home, with modern amenities and a large kitchen.

Ideal for a larger family or group who need more space to sleep and play, but still be within walking distance to town.

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.

Seven Gables is everything the listing stated it is. We had plenty of room for all 10 of us. The yard was perfect for the kids to play (the swing was a big hit). We walked to the store and to restaurants in town.
– SUSAN ⭐️ Seven Gables reviews ⭐️

Here is what people love about this charming Seven Gables home and why you should book:

  • Spacious 5 Bedrooms & 4 bathrooms sleeps up to 14 (7 beds).
  • Large backyard with swing, and a basketball hoop is a hit for kids of all ages
  • Well stocked kitchen, fire pit
  • 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)

17. Countryside Cabins

Rustic western themed wood cabin room with two beds at COuntryside Cabins in Panguitch, UT.
Countryside Cabins in Panguitch | Photo: Countryside Cabins

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars |📍 LOCATION: Panguitch, UT | 🏨 Countryside Cabins

These cozy and comfortable Countryside Cabins, are right in the centre of Panguitch.

They’re close to restaurants, the historic GEM theatre, and fun local activities. Perfect place to stay for up to 4 people.

Relax on the outside patio with a cool drink after a long day hiking, or exploring.

Comfy, cozy cabin for a family stay. The cabin was a cool, little getaway right in Downtown Panguitch. And a perfect distance from Bryce Canyon. Panguitch was an awesome little spot. The outside patio area was very nice.
– MILLER ⭐️ Countryside Cabins reviews ⭐️

Here is what people love about these cozy Countryside Cabins and why you should book:

  • Spacious rooms with log cabin-type exteriors
  • Easy walk to a great BBQ place, the local theatre and shops
  • Front porch a great place to sit after a busy day
  • Great value for the price
  • Free parking & WIFI

FAQs

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

In case you missed it earlier, our 5 top picks for where to stay when visiting Bryce, and Zion are:

There are many lovely places for travelers along the way. No matter whether you are traveling with kids, dogs, friends, or solo.

I hope this helps you choose the best lodging for your vacation ot the American Southwest.

🚗 Need to rent a car? Las Vegas has the cheapest car rentals typically, with the most options.

✅ Also check out our top picks for the best places to stay in and near Bryce and Zion. Best hotels, inns, cottages near or in each park.

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