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
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
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.
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
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.
Some people use the road as a scenic “shortcut” between Bryce Canyon National Park and Lake Powell, but
Scenic Byway 12
Scenic Byway 12 offers beauty and adventure for cycling enthusiasts. Often referred to as the most scenic road in America, Scenic Byway 12 navigates west-east for more than 120 miles through the heart of Bryce Canyon Country, from Panguitch to just beyond Boulder. The paved Scenic Byway 12 traverses through diverse, ruggedly beautiful scenery, including historic Panguitch surrounded by Dixie National Forest, the red rock landscape of Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon, Escalante’s slickrock canyons, and Boulder’s alpine
If there’s one thing you don’t want to forget when visiting Bryce Canyon Country, it’s a camera. Photos are the best souvenirs to take home from this scenically diverse region. Driving Scenic Byway 12, called “the most scenic drive in America” by Car and Driver magazine, leads to some of the most visually stunning areas in Utah. From Bryce Canyon National Park’s distinct hoodoos, Boulder Mountain’s alpine lakes, and Escalante’s slickrock canyons to Panguitch’s historic pioneer homes and Grand Staircase
There are four main visitor information centers in the Bryce Canyon region.
Escalante (Grand Staircase)
The Escalante Interagency Office visitor information center specializes in the ecology and biology of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The visitor center features scientific exhibits, photos, dioramas, and a topographic relief model of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument includes 1.9 million acres of some of the most remote wilderness
Several forces of nature have played a hand in the formation of Bryce Canyon’s horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters, and other similar formations in the surrounding region. While much of the landscape is the result of millions of years of changing climates and shifts and uplifts of the Colorado Plateau, the hoodoos that stand sentry in Bryce Canyon today are largely the result of a combination
Boulder Mountain looms just north and west of Boulder and Escalante, and is easily accessible from most points in Bryce Canyon Country via Scenic Byway 12. Boulder Mountain is the highest timbered plateau in North America, peaking at 11,313 feet at Blue Bell Knoll—known fondly by locals as Boulder Top—and its 50,000 forested acres cover nearly half of the Aquarius Plateau.
The views from Boulder Mountain are spectacular in every
The Bryce Canyon Airport is located just four miles north of Bryce Canyon National Park, making it the perfect gateway access to all of scenic Bryce Canyon Country. The asphalt-paved, single-runway airport accommodates about 3,000 charter, private, and commercial flights each year. The airport is at an elevation of 7,586 feet, and flights from here offer a birds-eye view of some of Bryce Canyon Country’s most spectacular scenery.
Bryce Canyon Airlines is the main operator