Which is better—Bryce Canyon or Zion National Park?

June 9th, 2011

Travel

After seeing Capitol Reef National Park, many of our guests at The Lodge want to take a day-trip to another national park. The question has been raised, which park is better, Zion or Bryce Canyon?

It’s not so easy to decide. Both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park have a lot to offer. In the end, it comes down to personal preference. Here’s a brief description of both to help you decide.

Zion National Park
Zion National Park is the one of most visited tourist sites in Utah. It draws in almost three million visitors a year from all over the world. So much has been written about Zion, that it is almost impossible to add anything original, but here’s our take.

Zion National Park is like a huge buffet. There are so many different examples of great rock formations, including arches, monoliths, slot canyons, and hoodoos. It offers a wide sample of views that make Southern Utah so spectacular. Sometimes, however, you only get a taste of a certain feature.

Because the park is so popular, there are many services available. Zion National Park has lodges, hotels, and plenty of restaurants, as well as automobile repair centers. But the convenience of nearby facilities comes with a cost. Zion National Park can become uncomfortably crowded in the summer months. You have to balance the bustle of the popular attractions with the chance at a more peaceful experience.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park on the other hand is more like a main course, with only a handful of ingredients. The park is nowhere near as diverse as Zion, but it is still fascinating. Thousands of hoodoos carved from the plateau create a strange amphitheatre. The park is located in the highland region and has a mixed conifer forest surrounding the sandstone formations.

Bryce Canyon has around one million visitors a year. It is also a smaller park, which means visitors usually see the main amphitheatre, then leave. For the nature lover, the photographer, or artist Bryce offers many places to be alone.

The services in Bryce Canyon National Park, such as lodging and dining, are not as noteworthy as those in Zion. But you can usually find what you’re looking for.

It really is a toss-up between the two parks. If you want a quick look at Southern Utah, Zion is you’re best bet. If you are looking for a more serene outdoor vacation, try Bryce Canyon.

We’re sure that either park will impress you.

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