Grand Circle

In complement to the North Rim, the breathtaking country that surrounds offers visitors easy access to a host of Arizona and Utah destinations, often referred to as The Grand Circle. To access them all, consider establishing your home base in either St. George (106 miles from the North Rim) or Kanab, Utah (89 miles from the North Rim).

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Zion National Park, known for its 229 miles of massive canyon walls, brilliant colors, eclectic plant and animal life, unique landscapes and narrow passageways; Zion is truly something magnificent to experience. From desert sands to lush gardens and natural aqueducts, its diverse geology has provided a rare combination of natural environments welcoming to many forms of life.

Complement your Grand Canyon vacation with a side-trip to Zion National Park in southern Utah.  We've gathered driving directions, a map, popular hiking and activities and camping & lodging information for Zion National Park all in one place.

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The famous hoodoos of Bryce Canyon are akin to castle spires crowning this desert canyon. Bryce Canyon National Park is a scientist's laboratory and a child's playground. Because Bryce transcends 2000 feet (650 m) of elevation, the park exists in three distinct climatic zones: spruce/fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest, and Pinyon Pine/juniper forest.

Bryce Canyon, famous for its unique geology, consists of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. It is the uniqueness of the rocks that caused Bryce Canyon to be designated as a national park. These famous spires, called "hoodoos," are formed when ice and rainwater wear away the weak limestone that makes up the Claron Formation.

Over 1 million visitors come to Bryce each year. We encourage you to join in and make Bryce Canyon National Park a part of your Grand Canyon vacation. Just under 4 hours from the Grand Canyon North Rim to Bryce Canyon National Park, the opportunity to see at least two National Parks in one to two days is one that's not to be missed.

We've made it easy to plan a side-trip from the Grand Canyon to Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. We've gathered driving directions, maps, popular hiking and activities and camping & lodging information for Bryce Canyon National Park all in one place.

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