Moon Travel Guides: Find Your Adventure
Moon Zion & Bryce is the ultimate guide to exploring all five national parks that define southern Utah's thrilling landscape.
Inside you'll find:
- Full coverage of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park, plus Grand Staircase Escalante and Moab
- Strategic, flexible itineraries, ranging from one day in each park to a week-long road trip covering all of them, designed for outdoor adventurers, road-trippers, families, and more
- The top experiences and unique ideas for exploring each park: Find the best spots for photographing the sunrise, or get your adrenaline pumping on a white-water rafting excursion down the Colorado River. Explore the beautiful remains of ancient Native American rock art on display all over the parks, or discover the creative, energetic spirit of nearby Moab. Enjoy the serenity of Bryce in winter on cross-country skis, or take a week-long summer road trip to hit every spot on your list
- Strategies for getting to the parks and traveling between them, with suggestions of the best places to stop along the way to eat, rest, or explore, including coverage of gateway cities and towns like Moab, Kodachrome Basin, and Escalante
- Expert tips from seasoned explorers and Utah experts W.C. McRae and Judy Jewell for travelers looking to go backpacking, canyoneering, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding, or hiking, plus essential packing and health and safety information
- Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
- Where to stay inside and outside the parks, including the best spots to pitch a tent, park your RV, or relax at an upscale resort
- Up-to-date information on park fees, passes, and reservations
- Recommendations for families, LGBTQ+ travelers, seniors, international visitors, travelers with disabilities, and traveling with pets
- Thorough background on the wildlife, terrain, culture, and history
With Moon Zion & Bryce's expert advice, diverse activities, and local insight, you can explore the parks your way.
Hitting the road? Try Moon Southwest Road Trip.
For full coverage of America's national parks, check out Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks.
About the Author
W.C. McRae has been exploring Utah for several decades, each time getting farther off the road and digging deeper into the landscape. Every trip has a different focus, whether it's hiking into a new and more remote canyon, fixating on ancient rock art, or going deluxe at guest ranches. Bill has written for Frommer's, Lonely Planet, and Mobile Guides, and has contributed to 1000 Places to See Before You Die. He has also edited books for National Geographic and provided content for websites such as GORP.com and Expedia.com. When not fixing up his old house in Astoria, Oregon, Bill has a day job as a high-tech marketing writer.
While visiting Goosenecks State Park, Judy Jewell realized that, like the river below, she might be an example of entrenched meandering. Perhaps so...her work on the Moon guides to Utah, Montana, and Oregon has taken her to both the popular destinations and the remote areas in these states. In Utah, there's nothing she likes better than tromping through a dry wash in search of rock art or an old granary. When she's at home in Portland, Oregon, Judy works as a technical and scientific editor and a yoga teacher.
Read an Excerpt
Moon Zion & Bryce covers the regions of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircaste-Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Moab, and the Southeastern Corner.
This guide highlights the best Zion and Bryce have to offer, including the Court of the Patriarchs, Angels Landing, the Emerald Pools trails, the Watchman Trail, the Narrows, the Kolob Canyons, and Red Canyon, plus a Red Rocks Road Trip.
You’ll also find suggestions for planning creative itineraries. Unique trip ideas include: “Ancient Rock Art,” which will take you far off the beaten path and deep into canyons that were once central for the area’s ancient inhabitants; “Hoodoos and Views,” a round-up of the most spectacular vistas and stone pinnacles you can find; and “Fun for All and All for Fun,” highlighting the best family activities available in Utah’s national parks.