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
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
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
From time to time we let visitors know about some of our best kept secrets. Here’s a look at three great secret hiking locations.
Willis Creek Willis Creek flows along the edge of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, from Bryce Canyon National Park to Sheep Creek. It’s a fairly easy hike along the flat stream bed through the deeply sculpted canyon, where blue skies peek through the overhanging ridges. One of nature’s finest sculptures, Willis
Surrounded by inviting beaches, spectacular red rock landscape, and nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, crystal blue Lake Powell is an oasis in southern Utah’s high desert. The 186-mile lake straddles the Utah-Arizona border, creating a haven for water sports, fishing, boating, and sunbathing on the red sand beaches surrounded by towering red rock cliffs. Sun, scenery, and warm breezes…what more can you ask for?
Set your sights on Bullfrog Marina as the
Fall is gorgeous all on its own. Add in the majestic landscape of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and it becomes beyond breathtaking. As the temperatures cool with the arrival of fall, it’s a great time to visit Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Fall is perfect for scenic drives, and hiking adventures in GSENM. SCENIC DRIVESHop on Cottonwood Canyon Road from Cannonville and before you know it you’ll be transported through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on a rugged
Looking for great fishing in Bryce Canyon Country? You’re in luck…we’ve got some of the best trout fishing in Southern Utah!
Brook, brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout are abundant in East Fork Sevier River, commonly ranging in size from 8 to 14 inches long. Rainbow trout are stocked annually in nearby Tropic Reservoir so they are commonly found in the river. Wild brown and cutthroat trout are most abundant near headwaters and tributary streams, including Robinson
Experience southern Utah’s diverse geologic and cultural history by visiting Bryce Canyon Country’s three state parks. Enjoy the views as you travel along beautiful Scenic Byway 12 from park to park.KODACHROME BASIN STATE PARKStart your state park journey near at Kodachrome Basin State Park, the closest park to Bryce Canyon National Park. The scenic state park is best known for 67 towering sand pipes that grace the southern Utah landscape as high as 170 feet above ground. The colorful monoliths,
Cattle rustling, bank heists, train robberies…temptations were irresistible for some of the more unsavory characters who roamed the Wild West at the turn of the 19th century. Blazing the Outlaw Trail from Montana to Mexico, outlaws such as Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch gang often hid out in Utah’s intricate maze of canyons. This lawless bunch was often aided by locals who provided food, supplies, and horses—along with plenty of misinformation to local law enforcement.
Best known for the 67 unique sand pipes that accent the breathtaking desert landscape, Kodachrome Basin Park has a well-deserved reputation as a photographer’s paradise. In fact, the multicolored sandstone monoliths, nestled beneath southern Utah’s brilliant blue skies, inspired National Geographic Society photographers to nickname the area Kodachrome Flat (after Kodak’s then-newest film) during a 1948 photography expedition. Kodachrome Basin, located about 20 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park, awes thousands of visitors each year with its other-worldly landscape,