When it’s not quite time for the summer vacation, but you are trying to keep the kids busy inside the house, it’s time to bring the national parks to you! Download and print your own Bryce and Beyond Activity Booklet and color the popular and beautiful vistas of Bryce Canyon Country.
Explore Bryce and Beyond from your home with your own Bryce and Beyond Activity Booklet, full of coloring pages, word searches, crosswords and more to help you learn about Bryce Canyon Country. Let’s go over all the different locations that you’ll be coloring so you can determine which are the best ones for your bucket list!
Bryce Canyon National Park
Color the iconic red and orange rock spikes that tower to the sky! These spires are called hoodoos and have formed over thousands of years from wind and water erosion. This location is what brings people from all over the world to view the unique collection of rocks formations that create an amphitheater you can overlook from the top or experience from the bottom as you wind and hike through the many twists and turns of trail systems.
Can you spot the rock formation that looks like a hammer? That specific rock is called “Thor’s Hammer.”
The perfect example of the small-town and quaint living, Antimony has one of the best burgers that you will ever have. It’s worth putting on your bucket list. In this authentic Western town you can experience and stay at a working dude ranch to learn how to rope, ride a horse, fish and more. If you decide to go horseback riding, you’ll be able to imagine that you’re the infamous Butch Cassidy, riding with the outlaws through the Wild West.
Devils Garden — Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
From the quiet plains of Antimony, through the red rocks of Bryce Canyon, we come to another unique and various set of rock formations in Devil’s Garden. Located in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, sandstone rock formations give a whole new experience in Bryce Canyon Country. Hoodoos are visible here along with natural arches and famous mushroom-looking rocks. Exploring this area is fun for children. Imagine a game of hide and seek here!
Another smaller town in Bryce Canyon Country that is perfect for lodging and setting up your home base is Hatch. Drive along Scenic Byway 89 and discover this stop on the Heritage Highway. The town was once nicknamed “Hatchtown” and as you pass, you can roll down your car window to breathe in the fresh air that blows, telling you that summer is here and you’ve made the right choice for your vacation.
Hatch has many campgrounds, hotels, motels, RV parks and more for small and large groups up to 40.
Don’t miss it.
Ticaboo — North Lake Powell
I’m sure you’re families with Lake Powell and Ticaboo is to the north of the lake. Named after a Paiute word meaning “friendly,” this town is just that. The town was established in the 1970s to sustain a town working in the uranium and mining industries. Today, Ticaboo is one of four plants in the U.S. left for uranium usage. However, tourism is a huge industry that sustains it as well.
The red landscape of Ticaboo is probably what you picture when you think of a desert or the planet Mars. This makes it the perfect recreation location for ATVing, swimming at the Ticaboo lodge pool or Lake Powell and many other activities that the whole family will enjoy.
What would you do in Ticaboo?
Photo Credit: Jay Dash Photography
The Burr Trail
The Burr Trail certainly has a similar red color too and it’s one of the roads you can take to get to Ticaboo. It’s a 66-mile scenic road that has many areas to pull off and explore. When you get ready to explore, you’ll find many slot canyons that are excellent photography spots and winding paths of adventure.
An 1882 journal entry by pioneer Josephine Catherine Chatterly Wood paints a picture of the Burr Trail's remote and rugged beauty. "The Burr Trail is the most God-forsaken and wild-looking country that was ever traveled," she wrote.
The Burr Trail cuts through Bryce Canyon Country's Navajo sandstone ridges past notable landmarks. The Waterpocket Fold, the Gulch, and the Lampstand are just an impressive few of the rugged geologic formations along the Burr Trail. The sandstone Circle Cliffs and the Henry Mountains are also visible along the Burr Trail.
You could easily spend a whole day here.
If you start to tire of the red landscape, Panguitch Lake in Dixie National Forest is the remedy. Relax by the lake where you can fish, boat, hike, bike and more. The Pauite Native American’s named this lake correctly as Panguitch means “big fish,” because this lake is rated one of the most popular fishing spots in Southern Utah.
The green Ponderosa pines that reflect off the blue water make you relax a little just by reading about it. Imagine being there! This year-round destination is found along Scenic Byway 143 and has lodging that can make you feel completely isolated from the worries and stresses of life.
What could be better?
Anasazi State Park
The last stop on our coloring page journey through Bryce Canyon Country is Anasazi State Park. Here, you can step back in time to A.D. 1050 when the Freemont and Kayenta Anasazi people occupied the area. It was estimated that about 200 people lived at this particular site, called the Coombs Site Ruins, that has now been excavated to reveal a partial village. The museum is open year-round and you can walk through exhibits that display prehistoric artifacts showcasing the people’s lifestyle, a gift shop and auditorium.
Imagine what people generations from now will think about your life!
As you color through Bryce Canyon Country, both Bryce and Beyond, we hope you are excited about some of the attractions that make Southern Utah a wonderful and marvelous experience to visitors every year.
To make your dream trip and bucket list a reality, our website has further itinerary information and a free brochure to help you plan a trip. Or you can follow Bryce Canyon Country on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more.