Native Americans – Bryce Canyon Region

September 19, 2011

Categories: Bryce Canyon History Native American Utah

According to scientists the earliest traces of humans in the Bryce Canyon area dates back 10,000-12,000 years when Paleo-Indians hunted along the Colorado Plateau.  Artifacts from Ancestral Puebloans, the
Fremont People, and Anasazi Basketmakers (dating back between 200 and 700 A.D.) have also
been found.  But it’s the Paiute Indians, who occupied the Bryce Canyon area for several hundred
years beginning around 1200 A.D., who really left their mark, hunting and gathering along the
Paunsaugunt Plateau.

A Native American in the Bryce Canyon Region

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Art – Painting – Bryce Canyon Country

September 9, 2011

Categories: Art Bryce Canyon Escalante Utah Events Utah Utah National Parks

Bryce Canyon Country’s scenic beauty and pioneer heritage is often reflected in the works of its resident and visiting artists. The rugged, vibrant region offers a visual feast of complex texture and stunning color, from Bryce Canyon’s wind-eroded hoodoos to the vermillion, pink, and gray layered cliffs of Grand Staircase Escalante, to the verdant mountains, colorful canyons and massive rock formations found throughout the high-altitude landscape.

An artist captures the subtle hues of a red rock canyon in the

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Elevations in Bryce Canyon Country

September 9, 2011

Categories: Boulder Mountains Boulder Utah Bryce Canyon Cannonville Escalante Utah Kodachrome Basin Panguitch Lake Panguitch Utah Scenic Byway 12 Utah

Bryce Canyon Country ranges in elevation from around 4,500 feet to 11,000 feet. This high-altitude region offers a scenic escape from southern Utah’s scorching heat with pleasant, dry summers, and a gorgeous snow-capped playground in winter.

Bryce Canyon rim elevations range roughly between 8,000 and 9,000 feet.

Bryce Canyon Country’s communities sit at fairly high elevations. Other towns elevations are as follows; Antimony (6,400 feet), Boulder (6,700 feet), Cannonville (5,850 feet), Hatch (6,900 feet), Henrieville (5,997 feet), Panguitch (6,600 feet),

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Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally

August 19, 2011

Categories: Entertainment Events Panguitch Utah Transportation

For the past decade, the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally has enticed and entertained visitors with a dazzling display of colorful hot air balloons. The four-day festival is held the last week of June, and features hot air balloon rides, tethered balloon rides, sky diving and parachute jumping demos, live music, food booths, and tons of fun for kids with inflatables, crafts, and a parade. Festival-goers can arrive at sunrise on Friday morning to help pilots launch hot air balloons and

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Scenic Backroads – Pine Creek – Hell’s Backbone

August 19, 2011

Categories: Backway Boulder Mountains Boulder Utah Escalante Utah Forest Grand Staircase Scenic Byway 12 Scenic Drives - Roads State Parks

The combination of Highway 12, Pine Creek Road, and Hell’s Backbone Road create a scenic loop that includes multiple landscapes and points of interest along one driving route, and provides an easy way to see various landmarks in a single day trip.

The loop, which partially traverses areas of the Boulder Mountain, can begin from one of two towns.  The first, Escalante, is a great location to learn more about the area’s history.  In May 2011 the first phase of the Escalante

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Butch Cassidy – A Utah Boy

August 12, 2011

Categories: History Utah

Butch Cassidy is associated today with Paul Newman’s crooked smile and smooth lines in the 1969 Hollywood classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Though much of the film is obviously fictionalized a few key elements seem to be true to the real character of Butch Cassidy, or Robert LeRoy Parker, as he was born.

Robert Leroy Parker (Alias Butch Cassidy)

Just as the film’s ending leaves the ultimate fate of Cassidy ambiguous, historians also seem to be unclear as

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Escalante Canyons Art Festival

August 12, 2011

Categories: Escalante Utah Events Utah

The Escalante Canyons Art Festival celebrates the life and work of artist Everett Ruess, who disappeared in the rugged Escalante canyons in November 1934. The enigmatic young artist was inspired by the dramatic western landscape, and forged friendships with fellow nature artists and photographers Maynard Dixon, Ansel Adams, and Dorthea Lange. Escalante Canyons Art Festival is a “working arts festival” supported by local non-profits Envision Escalante and the Escalante Canyons Group for Arts and Humanities.  Learn more about the Escalante

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Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival

August 12, 2011

Categories: Events Panguitch Utah Quilting Utah

The Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival commemorates the valiant efforts of seven Mormon pioneers who braved the 40-mile trek from Panguitch to Parowan in search of food and supplies during a devastating winter in 1864. As they struggled through the waist-deep snow, they abandoned their wagon and oxen, but never their hope. They saw a way to forge ahead as they knelt on quilts in a prayer circle, and realized they didn’t sink. By laying a path of quilts over

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Bryce Canyon Half Marathon

August 12, 2011

Categories: Bryce Canyon Cannonville Events Scenic Byway 12 Sports Utah

We just held our most recent Bryce Canyon Half Marathon we wanted to post some details about this on our blog.  Learn more about this half marathon event by visiting the link.

Runners participate in the mostly downhill course of the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon

The Bryce Canyon Half Marathon is an annual event held in July. The race begins at Ruby’s Inn near the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park and heads north on Scenic Byway 12, ending in

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Cottonwood Canyon Road

July 29, 2011

Categories: Backway Bryce Canyon Cannonville Grand Staircase Kodachrome Basin Lake Powell Transportation

A drive through Cottonwood Canyon is a great way to get up close and personal with Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s rugged landscape. Cottonwood Canyon Road winds through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument for 47 miles, starting near Cannonville at the intersection of Scenic Byway 12 and ending at Scenic Highway 89 near milepost 18.

Cottonwood Canyon in Utah's Bryce Canyon Country

Some people use the road as a scenic “shortcut” between Bryce Canyon National Park and Lake Powell, but

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