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Drive through Zion on way to Bryce?

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Drive through Zion on way to Bryce?

We'll be driving from Las Vegas to Bryce Canon National Park. Wondering

if we take HWY 9 through Zion Park, would it give us a small sample of its beauty

on our way to Bryce, or do we actually need to detour off HWY 9 to see the beauty?

Also would you recommend taking the 3.5 hour Rainbow Shuttle Tour in Bryce Canyon?

Thanks for your help.

Chris.

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1. Re: Drive through Zion on way to Bryce?

Taking SR9 through Zion will actually give you a large sample of its beauty. SR9 goes through a side tributary canyon to the main canyon. SR9 is where you will find the Zion Mt Carmel tunnel. Also on the East side/entrance to the above mile long tunnel you will find the Canyon Overlook trail, which offers a nice overview of the rock face the tunnel travels through, as well as this side canyon and the switchbacks SR9 travels up to to get to the tunnel. Canyon Overlook trail is often recommended here on the forum for visitors making their way to bryce.

At Bryce, you have the option of reserving a spot on the Rainbow coach tour. You can also drive that route as well. Once you reach rainbow point, there are a series of overlooks on the way back down that you can stop off at as well. Note that the main amphitheatre is the main iconic attraction at bryce. Fit in Rainbow point if you have the time. Any further questions just ask. There are a bunch of contributors who are happy to answer these nice easy questions.

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2. Re: Drive through Zion on way to Bryce?

Also note that if you are just driving through Zion on SR9, the park fee of $25 still applies, if that matters. To me, the views are worth the park fee.

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3. Re: Drive through Zion on way to Bryce?

Hwy 9 goes right thru Zion, and is scenic. But the main part of the canyon is the spur road from Canyon Junction to Temple of Sinawava.That is accessed by shuttle this time of year.

On hwy 9 you will do the switchbacks to the tunnel, then the option to hike Canyon Overlook, then the scenic drive out the east side past Checkerboard Mesa.

You could head to Bryce via Hwy 14 (maybe see Cedar Breaks and Brian Head Peak on the side) or hwy 20. Then on the way back to Vegas(if that is your plan) head thru Zion. This would let you enter from the more spectacular east side, and for a first time visitor, way more stunning of an entrance to the park.The views of the canyon would be out in front of you rather than trying to see them out the back window of your car by heading the other way like you would if you did Zion before Bryce.

The shuttle at Bryce is voluntary. For the Rainbow Point ride, I prefer to have my own car.

Edited: 18 July 2013, 18:37
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4. Re: Drive through Zion on way to Bryce?

Truly and in an ideal world, Hwy 9 must be driven in both directions through Zion. The shuttle ride up the main canyon as Dez mentioned. takes 1.5 hours, maybe a little more, as a round trip from the park visitor center.

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