Bryce Canyon

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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Willis Creek

Secret Hiking Spots

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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 Slot Canyon – Utah

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

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Lake Powell

Lake Powell – Ticaboo / Bullfrog Marina

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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?

Rainbow Bridge at Lake Powell – Glen Canyon NRA

Set your sights on Bullfrog Marina as the

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Cottonwood Canyon

The Grand Staircase in Fall

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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

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River and Stream Fishing In Bryce Canyon Country

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Looking for great fishing in Bryce Canyon Country? You’re in luck…we’ve got some of the best trout fishing in Southern Utah!

Bryce Canyon area stream fishing

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

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