Where to stay Near Bryce & Zion for An Amazing Adventure

Southern Utah, USA is a wonderful place to visit. A place to take in National Parks, historic sites, scenic viewpoints and immerse yourself in this fragile and beautiful landscape. When planning a trip it can be hard to know where to find the best places to stay, without wasting hours scrolling through questionable reviews. Which is why we’ve put together our list of the best of the best, for all budgets. Explore our resources to learn how you can maximize your Utah experience, and know where to stay near Bryce and Zion. For an amazing (and comfortable) adventure that suits your travel style.

We’ve separated out our top picks by destination, including hotels, cabins, and resorts, for al budgets. Where to stay near Bryce Canyon, including options for inside the park. Then where to stay near Zion National Park, including options for inside the park as well.

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Where to Stay When Visiting Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon

Driving from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes roughly 2 hours and is around 85 miles. While you could potentially do both parks in one day, we highly recommend planning at least a day or two in each park. More if you can swing it, as there is so much to see and do. Especially of you and your family loves the outdoors.

Where to stay when visiting Zion and Bryce, really depends on your vacation goals, the amount time you have to spend in each park, and route you plan on taking for your Utah road trip.

There are three main options:

  • Stay near or right in one of the parks for a night or two, then travel and stay near the next park – Recommended option to make the most of your visit, if you have more time.

  • Stay near either Bryce or Zion, and take a day trip to the other park – Great option if you are short on time.

  • Stay in one of the quaint towns in between Bryce and Zion – If you like to avoid the crowds, and are looking for cheaper places to stay, this is a fantastic option. Last minute planners may also have more success looking for accommodations a little further from the parks. Read our full list of top picks for where to stay between Zion and Bryce here.
Bryce Canyon red rock formations  called hoodoos to visit.
Bryce Canyon Hoodoos
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Route

Many people start in Las Vegas, as it’s cheap to fly into, and generally cheaper to rent cars.

Then take a road trip through Zion, Bryce and even the Grand Canyon. If starting in Zion, the most direct route has you starting at Springdale on route UT 9, heading northeast to US 89 at Mt Carmel Junction, turning right on UT 12-E and finally leading to a traffic circle, and UT 63-S to Bryce Canyon.

If starting at Bryce Canyon National Park, you would just do the reverse.

TOP PICKS: WHERE TO STAY NEAR ZION & BRYCE

Short on time? Here are our top picks for the best places to stay near Bryce & Zion National Parks.

Editor’s Pick Bryce Canyon – Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is our top choice due to its excellent location minutes from Bryce. Plus it’s spacious, clean & comfortable suites and hot buffet breakfasts. Enjoy being close to Bryce (go back for sunset!), and relax in the pool and jacuzzi after a long day.

Editor’s Pick Zion National Park – Cable Mountain Lodge

Cable Mountain Lodge is our top pick for it’s fabulous location next to the park, great amenities, and beautiful Zion views. It’s within walking distance to the park entrance, so you can leave your car at the Lodge, and only have to take the Zion Canyon Shuttle. Relax in the pool after a hot & busy day hiking and seeing the sites.

WHERE TO STAY NEAR BRYCE CANYON

What Town Is Closest to Bryce Canyon?

Bryce Canyon City is the closest town to Bryce Canyon, and just minutes from the park’s entrance. This scenic small town is super convenient, as a shuttle runs multiple times a day to the park’s main entrance.

It may be small, but mighty, and has everything you’ll need for your stay; a small grocery store, hotels, and restaurants.

Other options within a 20 to 30 minute drive include Tropic, Cannonville, Hatch and Panguitch.

Escalante is about an hour away and the perfect place to stay near Bryce, if you are also planning on visiting Capitol Reef National Park.

BEST PLACES TO STAY BRYCE CANYON

Bryce Canyon City

In town and close by, you’ll find 2 and 3 star hotel & lodge options, Ruby’s Campground and some private cabins, or vacation homes for rent. Many of these places are comfortable but not fancy. Bryce Canyon City doesn’t really have luxury accommodation options.

As mentioned earlier, Bryce Canyon City is the cute town closest to the park, with all the amenities you’ll need, and easy access to all the sites, hiking and gorgeous viewpoints.

Where to eat: Bryce Canyon Coffee Co, Stone Hearth Grill (make reservations), IDK Barbecue, Rustler’s Restaurant

What to explore: Bryce Canyon, Ebenezer Bryce Cabin (popular historic site), Mossy Cave & Waterfall

Where to stay in Bryce Canyon City, Utah:

Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is one of the nicer hotels in the area, and should be top of your list of where to stay Bryce Canyon. Not to be confused with the similarly named Best Western Plus – Ruby’s Inn across the street.

With suites available fitting 4-6 people, it’s a great option for families or small groups. Just note that cots and extra beds are not available, so be aware of beds / space when booking your rooms.

Best value is during the shoulder or low seasons, as it can be quite pricy during peak season. You pay for the great location.

Here is what people love about Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel and why you should book:

  • Excellent location
  • Delicious hot buffet breakfast included
  • Seasonal outdoor pool to cool off & relax in after a day of hiking
  • Excellent staff, friendly and helpful
  • Enjoy the lobby with fireplace
  • Free WIFI & parking & fitness centre
  • Onsite laundry, air conditioning in each room
  • Quiet, and close to everything including the shuttle pick up
  • Good value for money due to location, free breakfast, cleanliness & comfy beds, pillows
  • Families like this location & their spacious rooms, rating it 9.5/10 for stays with kids
  • NOTE: No pets allowed
Best places to stay Bryce Canyon. Ruby's Inn sign and General Store builindg.
Best places to stay Bryce Canyon – Historic Best Western Plus Ruby’s
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Best Western Plus Ruby’s

Best Western Plus Ruby’s is definitely the more budget friendly option of the two Best Western’s, but you do get what you pay for.

This cowboy themed rustic lodge is not quite as nice or up to date as the Best Western Grand across the street. Still a great hotel for the more budget conscious travellers, who want all the amenities, and just a clean comfortable place to lay their head at night.

Offer suites that sleep 4 to 6 people, perfect for families or small groups. Cots and extra beds are not available, so be aware of number of beds when booking your rooms.

Pro Tip: Hit up the breakfast early, as line ups can be long during the busy seasons.

Here is what people love about Best Western Plus Ruby’s and why you should book:

  • Budget friendly, simple, clean accommodations. Excellent value.
  • Fantastic location close to the park, sites, restaurants
  • Yummy Breakfast included, with many choices
  • Spacious, clean and comfortable rooms. Rooms surprisingly quiet, due to thoughful layout
  • 2 swimming pools – seasonal outdoor pool & year round indoor pool & jacuzzi great for relaxing after a long day
  • Each room air conditioned for those hot summer days
  • Restaurant on site with good food options
  • “Top notch” on-site gift shop and general store for your snacking & authentic local gift desires
  • Free pick up from Bryce Canyon Airport to the hotel
  • Pets allowed on request, may be additional charge
  • Families like this location, they rated it 9.3/10 for a stay with kids

Where to Stay In Bryce Canyon

There are limited options when choosing where to stay when visiting Bryce Canyon, if you want to stay inside the park itself. You will be looking at either at the Lodge at Bryce Canyon or camping:

  • The Lodge at Bryce Canyon – Rustic historic building and motel just minutes walk to the Bryce Amphitheater and all the most famous sites of the park. Their 114 rooms including motel rooms, suites and cabins. Unplug and get away from it all, surrounded by magnificent views. Book well in advance.
  • Camping – Available in Bryce Canyon National Park at either the North Campground or the Sunset Campgrounds. They both have about 100 forested sites each, with no RV hookups for electrical, sewer or water.
    • North Campground sits closer to the Rim Trail, the Visitors Center, General Store, and Fairyland Loop/Rim Trail. There are four loops, 2 each for RVs and tenters.
    • Sunset Campgrounds is located near Sunset Point with a shuttle stop at its entrance. There are 3 loops, one for RVs and two for tenters.

Tropic, Utah Places to Stay

Tropic, UT is a cute, small town with more affordable places to stay. Plus only a 20 minute drive east from Bryce. Home to only about 600 residents, it still has enough accommodations, restaurants and small stores to grab what you need.

Where to eat: Bryce Canyon Coffee Co, Stone Hearth Grill (make reservations), IDK Barbecue, Rustler’s Restaurant

What to explore: Bryce Canyon, Ebenezer Bryce Cabin (popular historic site), Mossy Cave & Waterfall

Where to stay in Tropic, Utah

  • Best Cabins Bryce Canyon Log Cabins – Comfortable, clean, large & affordable log cabins. A great alternative to hotels, when you want a little more space and privacy. Enjoy your own patio area and lovely views.
  • Best for Larger Groups / FamiliesBryce Country Cabins – Villa, Family Cottage, Chalet & Family Suites are perfect for sleeping between 6 to 8 people. Comfortable, clean and spacious, some even come with stocked kitchenette. Enjoy roasting marshmallows around the fire pit and gazing at the stars at night.
  • Home Away from Home Bryce Canyon Family Guest House – Enjoy Utah’s spectacular mountain backdrop, while staying in this 5 bedroom home with all the amenities you need. Quiet neighbourhood, with a relaxing backyard to sit in. Kids will love the swing set.

Bulberry Inn Bed & Breakfast

Bulberry Inn B&B is another gem, well-known for its family-friendly environment and proximity to great restaurants and sites. A home away from home, your bellies will be full, after a peaceful and restful nights sleep. The family room will sleep up to 4 people.

It’s a working farm, so the kids (and the young at heart) will love a chance to visit with the farm animals onsite.

Here is what people love about Bulberry Inn B&B and why you should book:

  • Excellent hosts, friendly & warm hospitality
  • Delicious home cooked breakfast included
  • Comfy beds, extra pillows and plenty of towels
  • Quiet – the perfect getaway from the crowds of Bryce Canyon City
  • Free WIFI, parking & air conditioning in each room
  • Families like the location and rate it 9.7 / 10 for a stay with kids.

Escalante, Utah

Escalante is a gorgeous city, about an hour drive away (49 miles) from Bryce Canyon National Park and 90 minute drive (68 miles) from Capitol Reef National Park. If you are planning a visit to more than just Bryce and Zion, staying in Escalante, UT may be just the ticket.

Where to eat: Check out the french fries at Circle D and the sandwiches & pizza at Escalante Outfitters.

What to explore: Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Escalante Grand Staircase

Where to stay in Escalante, Utah:

  • Top pick Entrada Escalante Lodge (see our top choice below)
  • Most UniqueEscalante Yurts – Experience luxurious, and roomy yurt living. With warm, inviting hosts and all the amenities you’ll need and more. Delicious homemade breakfasts, fluffy towels, and comfortable beds for a good nights sleep.
Man hiking under the Jacob Hamblin Arch in the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
Jacob Hamblin Arch Coyote Gluch, Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument
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Entrada Escalante Lodge

Gorgeous Entrada Escalante Lodge is a hidden gem, located in the heart of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. With only 8 rooms, you won’t be in a crowded hotel. Suites can fit up to 4-6 people. Cots are available for kids on request.

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

  • Special touches like fresh ground, locally roasted coffee in room, free snacks, first aid kit and pet supplies.
  • Clean, quiet and comfortable rooms
  • Relax under the covered porch with fantastic Mountain views with your morning coffee
  • Free WIFI, parking and laundry on-site. You don’t have to take your dirty laundry home with you
  • Some rooms pet friendly (extra cost)
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive hosts. Can help make recommendations for guides & activities

BEST PLACES TO STAY ZION NATIONAL PARK

Which Town is Closest to Zion National Park

Springdale, Utah is the closest town and gateway to Zion National Park. As the third most visited US National Park, accommodations are at a premium, and you should book well in advance to get the spot you want. Home to spectacular red rock landscape, tall canyons and the winding Virgin River, it’s easy to see why people come here for epic adventures. It’s also the best town to stay in near Zion National Park.

Where to Stay in Zion National Park

Zion Lodge – In The Park

Where to stay Zion National Park - Zion Lodge against red rock mountain.
Zion Lodge – Where to stay Zion National Park
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Zion Lodge In the Park  is the only place to stay (besides camping) in the park itself. These more rustic accommodations give you prime park access right out your front door, and night skies perfect for stargazing. Get a head start on the crowds, by staying right in the middle of these epic rust orange vistas & hiking trails waiting for your adventures.

Note: There is limited cell and internet access in the park, and the lodge in general. The reception area is your best bet.

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

  • Location, Location, Location!!! Right in middle of all the action
  • Unpretentious lodge where nature is the star
  • Cabin-style buildings with rooms, suites and the perfect amount of charm
  •  Beautiful village green area, with a huge, beautiful tree to picnic under
  • On site Red Rock Grill, serves a yummy breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Cribs and rollaway beds available for extra fee
  • Book well in advance, as it’s a very popular place to stay
  • Note: Pets not allowed

Fun & Unique Places to Stay Near Zion National Park

There are many more options for places to stay near Zion National Park than Bryce Canyon. Here you will find glamping tents nestled amongst the sage brush, Mountain Lodges adjacent to the park, and awe inspiring views from quaint cabins.

Where to eat: In Springdale – Oscar’s Cafe, Spotted Dog & the Bit & Spur Restaurant & Saloon

What to explore: Canyoning & Rapelling, Zion National Park, sunsets over Kolob Canyon, David J West Gallery

Where to stay near Zion National Park, Utah:

Cable Mountain Lodge – Top Pick

Cable Mountain Lodge is our top pick for places to stay near Zion. If you’re looking for fabulous canyon views, this gem is just a few minutes walk from the Zion Canyon entrance. Skip parking, and the Springdale Shuttle, and get an early start to your days activities. The seasonal outdoor pool, and hot tub are ideal for soaking away those aches after a long day hiking. Need I say more?

Here is what people love about the Cable Mountain Lodge and why you should book:

  • Location! Minutes walk to Zion’s entrance, so you can skip parking and head right to the Zion Shuttle
  • Roomy & beautifully decorated suites, with all the amenities you could need
  • Comfortable beds, spacious & clean rooms, some with kitchenettes. Sleeps 4 comfortably
  • Friendly, helpful staff
  • Restaurant, small coffee shop & store onsite to grab what you need for the day
  • Free parking & WIFI
  • Seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub, plus year round spa to treat yourself after a long day exploring
  • Families particularly like this location, they rate it 9.9 / 10 for a stay with kids.
  • Note: No pets allowed

Zion Wildflower Resort – Glamping & Unique Place to Stay

Set amongst the sage brush, copper orange tableaus and open skies, the Zion Wildflower Resort is an experience not to be missed.

Their unique accommodations run from spacious , fully outfitted glamping tents, complete with charging ports, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a private deck surrounded by magical fairy lights.

To chic cabins and bungalows with their own bathrooms, comfortable beds. For extra fun try out their covered wagons. Just note, that the wagons and tents use two shared bathrooms / shower buildings, in case that’s a deal breaker.

Each accommodation can sleep up to 4 people comfortably. Cots are available for 2 and under, on request.

Zion is about 20 minutes by car, and the grocery store about 10 minutes away.

Here is what people love about the Zion Wildflower Resort and why you should book:

  • Unique glamping experiences from a covered wagon to glamping canvas tents
  • Chic cabins & bungalows with luxurious showers & bathrooms
  • Beautiful setting with absolutely breathtaking views
  • Comfortable heated bedding (for cool weather) & AC for hot weather
  • Enjoy a night time campfire and s’mores under the stars
  • BBQ for cooking, complimentary bags of ice & s’mores kit, free bike rentals
  • They’re adding a pool & jacuzzi
  •  Large community spaces and games for kids. Large covered area for shade
  • Small pets allowed, extra charges may apply
  • Families like this location, rating it 9.3 / 10 for a stay with kids

Bumbleberry Inn

Bumbleberry Inn is a sweet, comfortable, budget friendly inn offering iconic Zion Mountain views from your private balcony. Family owned since 1972, this Inn provides in-ground hot tub & seasonal heated outdoor pool for splashing around in. Plus easy access to all Springdale has to offer, within walking distance. Take the shuttle right out front to the park, and avoid parking hassles of Zion.

Here is what people love about the Bumbleberry Inn and why you should book:

  • Budget friendly, good sized & clean rooms with comfortable beds
  • Hot, yummy breakfast included
  • Keep your clothes clean at the guest laundry facility
  • In Springdale within easy walking distance of restaurants, grocery stores, gift shops & the shuttle stop in front of the Inn
  • Large gift shop with hiking gear & souvenirs to take home onsite
  • Lounge around the seasonal outdoor pool and year round hot tub area
  • Free parking & WIFI
  • Extra bed & cot available for fee upon request
  • PRO TIP: Ask for a room facing the Watchman
  • Families like the location, they rate it 9.7 / 10 for a stay with kids.
  • Note: No pets allowed

Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites

If you prefer a more affordable chain hotel option, then the Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites is for you.

Large, clean rooms, that could easily sleep up to six. Breathtaking views, and within walking distance to all Springdale has to offer make this a perennial traveller’s favorite.

Be sure to make s’mores over the fire pits for a complete experience.

Here is what people love about the Best Western Plus Zion Canyon Inn & Suites and why you should book:

  • Spacious, clean rooms and suites, can comfortably sleep up to 5-6 people
  • Gorgeous bathroom with a divine shower perfect for cleaning up after a long day
  • Large pool and hot tub for relaxing in, after a busy day
  • Extremely friendly and helpful staff
  • Delicious hot & cold breakfast items, starting early
  • Great location in the heart of Springdale & a shuttle bus stop outside the hotel
  • Extra beds & cots available for a fee, upon request
  • Free WIFI & parking
  • Families like the location, they rate it 9.7 / 10 for a stay with kids.
  • Note: No pets allowed

BEST PLACES TO STAY NEAR BRYCE & ZION

Short on time? Here are our best recommendations for where to stay near Bryce Canyon National Park & Zion National Park.

Editor’s Pick Bryce Canyon – Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel is our top choice due to its excellent location minutes from Bryce. Plus it’s spacious, clean & comfortable suites and hot buffet breakfasts. Enjoy being close to Bryce (go back for sunset!), and relax in the pool and jacuzzi after a long day.

Editor’s Pick Zion National Park – Cable Mountain Lodge

Cable Mountain Lodge is our top pick for it’s fabulous location next to the park, great amenities, and beautiful Zion views. It’s within walking distance to the park entrance, so you can leave your car at the Lodge, and only have to take the Zion Canyon Shuttle. Relax in the pool after a hot & busy day hiking and seeing the sites.

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