Directions to Bryce Canyon National Park
The official co-ordinates of the visitors center at Bryce Canyon National Park is Latitude 37 deg 38′ 24″ / Longitude 112 deg 10′ 12″ and elevation of 7,894 feet, or 2,406 meters for those who prefer metric. That’s all well and good for back country hikers and GPS type dudes, but that doesn’t really help with which roads to take, or which airport to fly in to for the rest of the “normal folk” who fancy a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park, so just for them, here are a few directions.
Flying to Bryce Canyon National Park
The closest major airports to Bryce Canyon National Park are in Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) and Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC) – each of these will land you around 270 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park. There is a choice of smaller airports which are closer too, there’s Cedar City, Utah (CDC) which is only 80 miles from the park, and St George, Utah (SGU) which is around 125 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park.
Driving to Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park From The North – take the I-15 south until you get to exit 95, UT 20, then head east on UT 20 as far as US 89, follow the US 89 south as far as UT 12, then east on UT 12 to UT 63. UT 63 south will take you to Bryce Canyon National Park, and you’ll find the visitors center around 1 mile into the park boundary.
Just a little of what’s waiting for you at Bryce Canyon National Park – hoodoos!
Bryce Canyon National Park From The South – take the I-15 north until you get to exit 16, UT 9, then follow UT 9 east which will take you through Zion National Park (what a bonus) to US-89. Head north on the US-89 until UT-12, then east on the UT-12 to UT-63. The UT-63 south will take you to Bryce Canyon National Park, and you’ll find the visitors center around 1 mile into the park boundary (I’m sure I’ve said that somewhere before).
Bryce Canyon National Park From The South (Cedar City) – there is an alternative route through Cedar City which involves Highway 14 – at the moment a massive rock slide has closed this road, which is always rather treacherous, especially during the winter months, anyway, check the condition of the roads before you set off, but if the road has re-opened and you do choose this route, here are the directions to follow.
Take the I-15 north as far as exit 59, then head east on 200 North, before heading south on Main Street to UT – 14 / Center Street. Head east on UT-14 as far as US-89, before going north on US-89 as far as UT-12. Follow UT-12 east right to UT-63, then take UT-63 south which will take you to Bryce Canyon National Park. The visitor center blah blah blah . . . . This route is beautiful, especially during the summer and early fall, but (as I’ve already said) needs to be avoided during the winter time.
Bryce Canyon National Park From The South Through Bear Valley (Dog Valley) – take the I-15 north as far as exit 59, then head east on 200 North to US-89. Follow this road south to UT-12, then head east along the UT-12 to UT-63 which will take you to Bryce Canyon National Park. You probably know where to find the visitors center by now.
Bryce Canyon National Park by Public Transport
There isn’t any!
Getting Around Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is open all year round, and although some of the roads may be closed immediately after heavy snowfall or winter storms they’ll soon be plowed and sanded again to be back in action. There is a free Bryce Canyon National Park shuttle which carries visitors to the most popular viewpoints, facilities and trails in Bryce Canyon National Park from the end of May through to early in October.
Not sure whether they took the shuttle bus, but I’d like to guess that they probably did, and what a view . . . .