The Sun, The Moon & The Stars In Bryce Canyon Country

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Bryce Canyon Country’s rich, red-mineral rock has made it one of the top spots to view jaw-dropping sunrises and sunsets. What’s more, the region has one of the darkest skies in North America, making it a prime destination for moonlit walks and stargazing adventures.

Scenery at Sunrise & Sunset

Sunrise and Sunset Points are two of the most popular hikes inside Bryce Canyon National Park. With crimson rock on every side of the natural amphitheater, these two trails offer some of the

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Bryce Canyon Forest

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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Aquarius Plateau

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Utah’s Aquarius, Markagunt and Paunsaugunt plateaus are all part of the High Plateaus Section of the Colorado Plateau. Each plateau is defined by varied topography such as the lava fields and forested highlands of the Markagunt, rugged cliffs and dense alpine forests of the Aquarius, and the magnificent red rock formations found along the Paunsaugunt. More than a dozen national parks and monuments line the Colorado Plateau, notably Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Dixie National

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Paunsaugunt Plateau

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Extending from the Sevier Plateau in the north to the Pink Cliffs in the south, and bordered by the Sunset Cliffs to the west and Bryce Canyon to the east, the Paunsaugunt Plateau offers some of the most breathtaking views in southern Utah.  The plateau features an elevation range of 7,000 to 9,300 feet.  It lies almost completely within the Dixie National Forest, landscaped by ancient bristlecone pine forests, alpine meadows, lakes and streams. The 25-mile by 10-mile area is

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Markagunt Plateau

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The Markagunt Plateau is one of the forested highlands that make up the High Plateaus section of the Colorado Plateau. The Markagunt covers about 800 square miles mostly within Dixie National Forest, including Cedar Breaks National Monument. The ski resort town of Brian Head is its highest point at 11,307 feet. The popular recreation area offers excellent hiking and mountain biking trails, skiing and snowmobiling, fishing and scenic byways. Markagunt was named for the Paiute word meaning “Highland of Trees.”

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