Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks, located in rural southern Utah, are not close to any major cities or transportation hubs, and the vast majority of visitors will arrive by car, either their own or a rental. Those not driving their own vehicles will likely fly to one of several cities or towns and rent a car for the remainder of their trip. The parks are 83 miles apart by road.
Attention visitors to the U.S. from abroad: Some major airlines offer transatlantic or transpacific passengers special discount tickets under the name Visit USA, which allows mostly one-way travel from one U.S. destination to another at very low prices. Unavailable in the U.S., these discount tickets must be purchased abroad in conjunction with your international fare. This system is the easiest, fastest, cheapest way to see the country. Inquire with your air carrier.
If you plan to rent a car in the United States, keep in mind that foreign driver's licenses are usually recognized in the U.S., but you may want to consider obtaining an international driver's license. International visitors should also note that insurance and taxes are almost never included in quoted rental car rates in the U.S. And, when putting fuel in your vehicle, be aware that taxes are already included in the printed price. One U.S. gallon equals 3.8 liters or .85 imperial gallons.
Bryce Canyon National Park is 50 miles west of Escalante, 80 miles east of Cedar City, 83 miles northeast of Zion National Park, 120 miles southwest of Capitol Reef National Park, 135 miles northeast of St. George, and 160 miles north of the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. It's about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City.
The closest airport with regularly scheduled service is at Cedar City, and also fairly close is the airport at St. George. In addition, you can fly to Las Vegas, Nevada, and rent a car; or take a shuttle from there to St. George, where you can also rent a car.
Bryce Canyon Airport (Airport Code BCE; tel. 435/834-5239; www.brycecanyonairport.com), at 7,586 feet of elevation, is several miles from the park entrance on Utah 12, and has a 7,400-foot lighted runway. There is no regularly scheduled airline service, but charter service is available from Bryce Canyon Airlines (tel. 435/834-8060; www.rubysinn.com/bryce-canyon-airlines.html). A free shuttle services local motels, and car rentals are available from Hertz (tel. 800/654-3131; www.hertz.com), at the Chevron at Ruby's Inn.
Greyhound (tel. 800/231-2222 in the U.S.; tel. 001/214/849-8100 outside the U.S. with toll-free access; www.greyhound.com) is the sole nationwide bus line. It provides service to St. George and Cedar City, Utah, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
International visitors can obtain the Greyhound North American Discovery Pass. It offers unlimited travel and stopovers in the U.S. and Canada, and can be obtained outside the United States from travel agents or through www.discoverypass.com.
From Zion National Park, head east on Utah 9 about 18 miles to U.S. 89, north 44 miles to Utah 12, and east 17 miles to the park entrance road (Utah 63). Then go 3 miles south on Utah 63 to reach the park entrance.
From St. George, travel north on I-15 10 miles to exit 16, east on Utah 9 for 63 miles to U.S. 89, north 44 miles to Utah 12, and then east 17 miles on Utah 12 to the park entrance road.
From Capitol Reef National Park, take Utah 24 west 10 miles to Torrey, turn southwest onto Scenic Highway Utah 12, and drive for about 110 miles, passing through the towns of Boulder and Escalante, to the park entrance road.
From Salt Lake City, take I-15 south about 200 miles to exit 95, east 13 miles on Utah 20, south on U.S. 89 for 17 miles to Utah 12, and east 17 miles on Utah 12 to the park entrance road.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.