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Zion and Bryce Canyon Itinerary

Zion and Bryce Canyon Itinerary

Last updated on November 8th, 2022

Zion National Park (1 or 2 Days)

We’ll start this Zion and Bryce Canyon itinerary in the former, spending one or two days exploring Zion Canyon. 

Day 1: Zion Canyon Scenic Drive & Hiking

On your first day in Zion National Park, use the free shuttle to explore Zion Canyon. Start your morning on the easy Riverside Walk and catch the view of the Mountain of Mystery at the start of the Narrows. Next, continue to the scenic lookout at Big Bend and see if the trail to Weeping Rock has reopened. Then, ditch the park shuttle by walking from the Grotto shuttle stop to Zion Lodge along the Grotto Trail

Hiking the narrows in zion national park
zion valley from angles landing trail

At Zion Lodge, pick up the trail to the Emerald Pools. On this popular hike, discover Zion Canyon’s desert oasis with a visit to three natural pools. The most impressive is the Upper Emerald pool, whose surface appears to embody similar traits to a perfectly-polished mirror. 

emerald pools in zion national park hiking
zion valley from emerald pools hike

After a lunch break at the Zion Lodge, stop at the prettiest viewpoint on the Zion Canyon floor in the Court of the Patriarchs. To wrap up this busy day, pick up the Watchman Trail from the visitor center and hike to a beautiful scenic lookout overlooking Springdale and the southern canyon floor. 

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Day 2: Angel’s Landing & Zion-Mount Carmel Scenic Drive

It’s back to the Grotto shuttle stop in the morning to pick up the trailhead to Angel’s Landing, undoubtedly Zion’s finest hike. This is a challenging hike that not only includes an uphill battle most of the way but also requires overcoming your fear of heights on the final ascent to Angel’s Landing. A hiking permit is now required for this hike.

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Zion valley from angles landing

Back on the canyon floor, get back to your car, and drive on the scenic Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, crossing the tunnel to the other side where the Canyon Overlook Trail begins. This short trail leads to one of the most breathtaking vistas in the national park. 

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Canyon Overlook Trail - zion national park hike
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Here’s a detailed description of how to spend two days in Zion. If you have less time, here’s a one-day itinerary.

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