Native American Petroglyph

Red Painted Faces – Bryce Native American Lore

 

Bryce Canyon’s Native American history is as colorful and intriguing as the pinnacles and hoodoos that create the dramatic landscape. From Paleo-Indians to Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) and Fremont Peoples, to the Paiute Indians, there have been known human inhabitants the Bryce Canyon region for at least 10,000 years.

 

These pictographs are considered by some to have been created within the last 100 – 200 years. Much of the rock art in this region is 600 – 2000+ years old.

The

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Panguitch Lake Fishing

Enjoying water in Bryce Canyon Country

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Here in Bryce Canyon Country’s high desert, water is precious but there are still plenty of spots to enjoy your favorite water activities. From world class fishing in high alpine lakes to waterfalls and white water rapids, come enjoy the moisture in Bryce Canyon Country.

A view of Upper Calf Creek Falls

Waterfalls:  One of the highlights of the Calf Creek Recreation Area (managed by the BLM) is Calf Creek Falls. Set between Navajo sandstone cliffs and amongst juniper and pinyon trees,

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Scenic Byway 12

Scenic Byway 12 – Another Best Nomination

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Scenic Byway 12 as it passes through Red Canyon near Bryce Canyon

Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 continues to garner accolades from publications that highlight this 120 mile long road as one of the best in America.  Country Magazine is the latest to single out Scenic Byway 12 as one of the best, placing it in a list with these other interesting scenic drives.

• Blue Grass Valley Road in the Alleghenies
• Door County, Wisc. Coastal Byway
• Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana’s Glacier

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Scenes of Escalante, Utah

We recently posted about the history of Escalante, Utah.  Here’s a video that portrays some of Escalante in modern day.

Escalante offers some excellent shopping, dining, lodging, art, and outdoor adventure experiences.

Situated on the edge of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, this quaint and historic pioneer town is now one of the great jumping points for exploration of the surrounding scenic attractions that also include, Boulder Mountain, Kodachrome Basin State  Park, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and more.

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Escalante Utah Town

History of Escalante, Utah

Escalante’s namesake is one of its earliest visitors who passed through the region long before the community was actually established. When Franciscan missionary Silvestre Velez de Escalante was summoned to California in 1776 he carefully journaled his trip through the area now known as Escalante. Another famous expedition took place nearly a century later, when Captain James Andrus led the Southern Utah militia through the region during the Black Hawk Indian War in 1866. But it was Mormon pioneers who

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Pole's Place - Boulder, Utah

Pole Roundy – The Marksman of Boulder, Utah

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Capitol Reef Country’s history is full of colorful characters. Napoleon Bonaparte Roundy, known as Pole to his friends and locals, was a “rough-cut” Mormon who was quick on the trigger and not afraid to show it.

Napoleon (Pole) Bonaparte Roundy

Born in Centerville on February 5, 1851 to parents Susannah Wallace and Lorenzo Wesley Roundy, Pole was just a young boy (the seventh of eight siblings) when the family was called by Mormon church leader Brigham Young to join other pioneers

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Bryce Canyon in Winter

Winter in Bryce Canyon Country

This formation that looks like those found in Bryce Canyon is actually in Red Canyon along Scenic Byway 12, and is easily photographed from the road.

All through the late fall we will begin to experience the glories of the winter season.  Bryce Canyon and the surrounding region will receive different levels of snowfall, and many areas will have enough snow for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling.

Red Canyon Arch in Winter

Looking ahead at the coming months we thought

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Escalante: A Place for Art

An artist works on a watercolor study near Escalante, Utah

Escalante, Utah is a true “HEART“ of Bryce Canyon Country. Located on Scenic Byway 12 between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, it’s easy to see what inspires the artists who live and visit here to set up their easels and capture the area’s natural beauty, or look to local Native American and pioneer history for inspiration. From a working arts festival to local galleries, Escalante is perhaps Bryce

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World’s 10 Most Beautiful Highways – Scenic Byway 12

Scenic Byway 12 in Red Canyon, part of the Dixie National Forest.

Scenic Byway 12 takes you on a spectacular 124-mile journey through Bryce Canyon Country’s ruggedly beautiful and varied landscape, and was just rated by FoxNews.com as one of the “World’s 10 Most Beautiful Highways.”   One afternoon on the open road is all it takes to see why.

Kodachrome Basin State Park is one of three state parks along Utah’s Scenic Byway 12

In Bryce Canyon Country, from Panguitch

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Red Canyon Views

Perhaps not surprisingly, there are many people who turn from Highway 89 onto Scenic Byway 12 and venture about two miles up the road to the point where they hit Red Canyon, and they say to themselves, “this must be Bryce Canyon”.   Those visitors often turn around and go on their merry way, believing that they have seen Bryce Canyon National Park, when it reality they have experienced Red Canyon which is part of the Dixie National Forest.

Red

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