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Zion to Bryce canyon

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Zion to Bryce canyon

We are going to Zion during Christmas (in 2 weeks), initially we thought of going to Bryce Canyon too but was afraid of snow and ice (road condition). The weather forecast seems to be very dry in the next two weeks, do you think we can go to Bryce Canyon with a sedan with all weather tires?

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Zion to Bryce canyon

As long as the roads are clear and there isn't an active snowstorm, you should be fine. You should plan on an overnight at Bryce. With the fewer hours of daylight, it really isn't a day trip.

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2. Re: Zion to Bryce canyon

I made the trip to Bryce from Zion a few times. There were no issues getting to Bryce. Only one time the road inside Bryce going to rainbow point was closed just after the Bryce point turnoff. They had a big snow storm the day before we got there. Go and enjoy your time there.

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3. Re: Zion to Bryce canyon

Thanks for the reply. We decided not to go because we have a dog and Bryce is not dog friendly.

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4. Re: Zion to Bryce canyon

Zion has restrictions about dogs in the park as do all national parks. Be sure you check the official park website to learn about the restrictions.

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5. Re: Zion to Bryce canyon

Yup. We saw that. Here is one trail that allows dog.

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6. Re: Zion to Bryce canyon

It's not worth going to Zion with your dog, they make it so restricted, the one path is pretty unimpressive. If the weather is good reconsider your plan to go towards Bryce, right before Bryce on Highway 12 is Red Canyon, it's part of Dixie National Forest and is open to dogs everywhere, I walk mine there all the time. There are impressive rock formations and some nice hikes back among the trees and cliffs.

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7. Re: Zion to Bryce canyon

The one dog friendly trail in Zion is a flat walk and as Killer Bob said, kind of unimpressive.

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8. Re: Zion to Bryce canyon

Red canyon sounds amazing. Where should I stay? Would duck creek village be a good idea?

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9. Re: Zion to Bryce canyon

Misstrip.

Duck Creek is a high altitude rec village mostly surrounding winter time activities such as snowmobiling, maybe some skating, cross country skiing, and snoeshoeing. The only reason you would go to Duck Creek is if you wanted to do those activities. But if you are doing just Bryce and Zion, then stay at either Bryce, or Zion. 'If' for some reason you wanted to stay in between Bryce and Zion, there are other better options that do not involve going up into the mountains where Duck Creek is.

And if you are wondering where to stay at Bryce, choose either www.rubysinn.com , or www.brycecanyongrand.com

Red Canyon USDA site can be referred to as a mini Bryce. But it is on a small scale, and lacks the density and purity in its sandstone formations. If you want, you can stop at the visitor center(closed usually in the winter), and wander around for a short while. Otherwise just drive past it, and devote your time to Bryce.

Regarding tires. There are different configurations to 'all season' You should look on the sidewall and see if there is a M + S rating, which is what you want. Tire tread should be 'knobby' in appearance with lateral grooves, and should not have solid 'ribs'

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10. Re: Zion to Bryce canyon

"Otherwise just drive past it, and devote your time to Bryce."

Wildmarsh, did you even bother to read the OP's posts?

This is what they said about Bryce:

"We decided not to go because we have a dog and Bryce is not dog friendly."

I suggested Red Canyon as a dog friendly alternative or addition to Bryce. Clearly you have never explored Red Canyon because there are some fantastic trails back behind the visitor center and along the road. There is a huge area of sandstone features to explore, not as much as Bryce obviously but plenty to keep you busy for days.

The only downside may be the snow blocking the trails but that is even more true at Bryce, the visitor center probably will be closed, but you can still try to find my photography on one of the signs outside 8-)

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