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Choosing a Vacation Destination

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As travelers consider a vacation destination there is a simple list of four questions that can help in the decision making process:1- Will it be memorable experience?2- Is it safe?3- Can I afford it?4- Will those who travel with me enjoy it as much as I do?

Hiking among hoodoo formations in the Bryce Canyon area.

Let’s address each of these as it applies to Bryce Canyon Country:1- Creating MemoriesBryce Canyon Country is one of the most scenically diverse regions of the world.  With

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2015 in Bryce Canyon Country

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Travelers are busily considering their destinations for 2015 vacations (holidays) and the region known as Bryce Canyon Country continues to be one of the top places for visitors to Utah.   Whether you are seeking solace, a family experience, or some real adventure, you’ll easily find it in and around Bryce and Capitol Reef National Parks. With the recently launch of The Might Five campaign by the Utah Office of Tourism, many travelers have come to realize that Utah has five national parks

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Bryce’s Canyon

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Names are an interesting thing and the source of the name of Bryce Canyon National Park is very intriguing. We’ve highlighted this story before but it’s one worth telling again.

Ebenezer Bryce’s historic cabin still stands in the town of Tropic, Utah

Sometime in the late 1870’s or early 1880’s Ebenezer Bryce moved into the Paria Valley, just east of the present day national park. One day while searching for his cattle Ebenezer, a pioneer rancher, stumbled onto the main

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Light winter snow covers the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon in Winter

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It’s that time of year when those who love winter, get the best of Bryce Canyon.With elevations that range from 8,000 to 9,000 feet on the Paunsaugunt plateau, snow is an expectation in winter months at Bryce Canyon. With that in mind many shy away from visiting the park during this time of year, but that is one of the key reasons why visiting Bryce Canyon in winter is so spectacular.

Light snow begins to disappear on Byway 12

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The Grand Staircase – Upper Steps

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In our prior post about the Grand Staircase we addressed the steps in the staircase that begin with the Grand Canyon and then move north toward the Vermillion and White Cliffs.  In this post we talk about the northern upper steps of these geologic layers. 

These gray formations are found below the Aquarius Plateau and are called “The Blues”.

The Gray CliffsTraveling between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National park only takes about an hour of driving but unveils 130

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The Grand Staircase

The Real Grand Staircase – First Three Steps

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The Grand Staircase is a massive geologic phenomenon that defines millions of acres of landscape in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Made up of five defining “layers,” the oldest layers of the Grand Staircase are found at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, while the newest layer makes up Bryce Canyon. Starting with the oldest layer first, the stair steps are named for their general color: chocolate, vermillion, white, gray, and pink. As the landscape shifted over the millennia

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Small Wildlife – Bryce Canyon Country

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Wildlife watchers always hope to catch a glimpse of brag-worthy animals: bears, Rocky Mountain elk, Peregrine falcon. Sure it happens, most people are more likely to cross paths with the many smaller animals that call Bryce Canyon Country home such as cottontail and jack rabbits, porcupines, ringtail cats, raccoons, marmots, weasels, badgers, skunks, Golden mantled ground squirrels, Uinta chipmunks, and the endangered Utah Prairie Dog.

Elevation, climate, and availability of food and water usually determine which animals you’ll see where. In

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The Burr Trail

The Burr Trail: Secret Access to Lake Powell & Capitol Reef

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Bryce Canyon Country boasts all sorts of hidden beauty waiting to be discovered and explored—and sometimes a scenic drive is just the way to do it. The Burr Trail begins near Boulder, and winds for 66 miles through some of southern Utah’s most untamed landscape. Take a scenic trip through majesty and history along this remote backway, which follows the cattle trail blazed by John Atlantic Burr in the 1800s. Access the Burr Trail from Boulder, and follow the winding

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Historic barn in Capitol Reef National Park

Secret Places in Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef National Park is one of Utah’s best kept secrets, with hidden treasures and breathtaking surprises just waiting to be discovered and explored.  Capitol Reef National Park’s landscape is dominated by the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic “wrinkle” in the earth’s crust that runs for 70 miles through the length of the park. The Waterpocket Folds ridges, cliffs, canyons and domes add dramatic beauty to the already magnificent landscape, proving there’s more to Capitol Reef National Park than meets the

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Boulder Mountain Road

Boulder Mountain – A year-round destination.

Boulder Mountain is a destination all in itself, with endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation. With more than 50,000 acres of forest on the Aquarius Plateau, Boulder Mountain is the highest timbered plateau in North America. Blue Bell Knoll — called Boulder Top by locals — peaks at 11,313 feet. As you can imagine, the views are spectacular in every direction, with Capitol Reef National Park to the east, Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area and the Escalante River to

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