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Can You Do Bryce Canyon and Zion in One Day?

Last Update on February 05, 2024
by Marko Milin
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Visiting Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks in one day is a question many travelers ask when planning their trip to the American Southwest. Both parks offer unique and breathtaking landscapes, making them must-visit destinations. However, given their size and the variety of experiences they offer, is it feasible to explore both Bryce Canyon and Zion in a single day? In this blog post, we'll delve into this question and provide some insights, especially if you're considering a comprehensive tour like the Bryce, Zion, Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley 3-Day Tour offered by MaxTour.

The Logistics of Visiting Both Parks in One Day

Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks are relatively close to each other, with a driving distance of about 1.5 to 2 hours between them. This proximity makes it technically possible to visit both parks in one day. However, there are several factors to consider:

  1. Travel Time: The drive itself, while scenic, will take a significant portion of your day. This means less time for hiking, sightseeing, and fully immersing yourself in each park's unique beauty.
  2. Park Size and Attractions: Both Bryce Canyon and Zion are large parks with numerous viewpoints, trails, and landmarks. Exploring the highlights of each park thoroughly is challenging with limited time.
  3. Crowds and Parking: Both parks can get quite crowded, especially during peak season. Finding parking and navigating through crowds can consume more time than anticipated.

Maximizing a One-Day Visit

If you decide to visit both parks in one day, here are some tips to maximize your experience:

  • Start Early: Begin your day as early as possible to make the most of the daylight hours.
  • Prioritize Key Attractions: Choose one or two must-see spots in each park. In Bryce Canyon, the Bryce Amphitheater and its viewpoints are essential. In Zion, consider a scenic drive or a shorter hike like the Riverside Walk.
  • Use Park Shuttles: Take advantage of the shuttle services in Zion to save time on parking and reduce walking distances between attractions.

The Benefits of a Multi-Day Tour

To truly appreciate Bryce Canyon and Zion, a multi-day tour is recommended. MaxTour's Bryce, Zion, Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley 3-Day Tour allows you to explore these parks more thoroughly. With an organized tour, you can:

  • Enjoy Guided Exploration: Learn about each park's history, geology, and ecosystems from knowledgeable guides.
  • Experience More Attractions: Have more time to hike, take photos, and enjoy the parks' natural beauty without feeling rushed.
  • Relax and Enjoy: Avoid the stress of driving and planning, making your trip more enjoyable and relaxing.

What You Might Miss in a Rushed Visit

Trying to fit both parks into one day means you might miss out on:

  • In-depth Exploration: Each park has unique landscapes and trails that deserve time to explore.
  • Sunrise and Sunset Views: Both parks offer spectacular sunrise and sunset views that you might miss if you're on a tight schedule.
  • Relaxation and Reflection: Part of the joy of visiting national parks is the opportunity to relax and connect with nature, which can be challenging in a rushed visit.


While it is possible to visit Bryce Canyon and Zion in one day, doing so means you'll likely only scratch the surface of what each park has to offer. For a more fulfilling experience, consider dedicating more time to each park or joining a multi-day tour like the one offered by MaxTour. This way, you can immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of these parks and create lasting memories of your time in the American Southwest.

Related Reading: Is Winter a Good Time to Visit Zion National Park?


Marko Milin

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