September 25, 2017

On Facebook and Instagram, you see your friends going on adventurous trips. You wish you could also participate in such activities, but with school in session again, you feel you can’t. However, by taking day trips, you CAN! Even though school happens Monday through Friday, Saturdays are open for many memorable one day excursions in Garfield County, Utah.

What is a day trip? According to Google, it’s a journey or excursion completed in one day. Day trips are special because you are never overwhelmed. Your itinerary transforms from being a checklist to an exciting one-day adventure. No more getting burnt out on vacations. Like taking a power nap, you will return to your daily routine with more vigor and enthusiasm.

Here are four of the fun one-day trips you and your family can go on:

Panguitch Lake

Come summer, come fall, come winter, Panguitch Lake is a great destination for many activities, such as hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, ATV riding and especially fishing. Even the name Panguitch comes from the Paiute Native American word for “big fish.” Come shore fish, fly fish, float tube and boat fish. Panguitch Lake is a beautiful destination for an exciting day trip for the entire family.

Bryce Canyon National Park

“Hoodoo” you know who wouldn’t want to see the largest collection of hoodoos in the world? Bryce Canyon National Park houses the largest gathering of tall standing goblin-like formations. The formations are ominously majestic in the summer and enchanting in the winter when they are frosted with glistening snow. Many trails wind in and around these out-of-world creations for unforgettable hikes that can be done in one day. It would be a Saturday your family would never forget.

Anasazi State Park Museum

Located in beautiful Boulder, Anasazi State Park Museum is an ancient Native American village that was home to one of the largest Anasazi communities west of the Colorado River. This ancient village is the perfect place to get to know the past to better understand the future. Explore the amazing free-standing ruins and many ancient artifacts that have been uncovered and are on display in the museum! You can pack a lunch for the picnic area or dine at the local food “bus” right outside the museum.

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is 1.7 million acres of beautiful terrain full of intrinsic slot canyons, adventurous hikes, picturesque camping spots, cascading waterfalls and even invaluable dinosaur fossils. Whether it’s sliding through Willis Creek Slot Canyon, swimming in Calf Creek Falls or hiking to Grosvenor Arch, this national monument is the perfect quick getaway from busy city life to the beautiful outdoors.

The day trips listed here are not the only ones in Garfield County, there are so many more to explore! Take the stress out of planning your next vacation and experience day trips in Bryce Canyon Country.

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