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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Cycling in Bryce Canyon Country

July 29, 2011

Categories: Bryce Canyon Cycling Scenic Byway 12 Scenic Byway 143 Scenic Highway 89

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

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Bryce Canyon Region Photography

July 20, 2011

Categories: Bryce Canyon Dixie National Forest Photography Scenic Byway 12 Scenic Drives - Roads Seasons Spring - Fall Utah National Parks

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

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Visitor Centers – Bryce Canyon Region

July 13, 2011

Categories: Bryce Canyon Cannonville Dixie National Forest Escalante Utah History Red Canyon

There are four main visitor information centers in the Bryce Canyon region.

Cannonville, Utah – Visitor Information Center for Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

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

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Erosion in Bryce Canyon

July 8, 2011

Categories: Bryce Canyon History National Parks Utah Utah National Parks

Winter snows and cooler overnight temperatures force moisture to freeze and expand within rock crags.

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

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Utah’s Boulder Mountain

June 21, 2011

Categories: Boulder Mountains Boulder Utah Escalante Utah Fishing Mountain Biking

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.

Fishing at one of 80 lakes on Utah's Boulder Mountains

The views from Boulder Mountain are spectacular in every

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Bryce Canyon Airport

June 21, 2011

Categories: Bryce Canyon Main Transportation

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 Airport – Utah

Bryce Canyon Airlines is the main operator

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Fishing in Bryce Canyon Region

June 21, 2011

Categories: Boulder Mountains Bryce Canyon Fishing Panguitch Lake Panguitch Utah

Fishing in Bryce Canyon Country

Bryce Canyon Country’s lakes, rivers, and streams offer some of the best trout fishing in southern Utah. From high-elevation mountain lakes to remote creeks and popular recreation areas surrounded by incredible scenery, you’ll discover Blue Ribbon trout fishing at its best here in Bryce Canyon Country.

Panguitch Lake is one of the most popular fishing lakes in Bryce Canyon Country, located in the Dixie National Forest at an elevation of 8,400 feet. The name

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Lower Calf Creek Falls

June 15, 2011

Categories: Canyoneering Escalante Utah Grand Staircase Hiking

Calf Creek Falls – Click for larger image.

A walk into the lower Calf Creek Falls is an opportunity for multiple experiences. The trail head is found at the Calf Creek campground just fifteen miles east of the town of Escalante on Scenic Byway 12. The waters of Calf Creek begin on the Boulder Mountains and the creek eventually enters the Escalante River drainage.

The Calf Creek Falls hike is approximately 2.5 miles (each direction) and winds

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Rich Pioneer Heritage Makes for a Great Festival!!!

June 9, 2011

Categories: Entertainment Events History Main Panguitch Utah Photography Quilting Utah

A statue depicting the Quilt Walk.

Panguitch is gearing up for its annual Quilt Walk Festival. The festival celebrates the rich pioneer heritage found in this area. The Quilt Walk Story revolves around the initial attempt to settle Panguitch in 1864. As the story goes a group of seven men with a wagon pulled by two oxen set out to get food from Parowan, 40 miles away. In their weakened state, the men struggled with

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