Come and visit the rural towns of Bryce Canyon Country

Escape the fast food chains and generic hotels and discover unique sights and smells that will tickle your taste buds and enliven your senses. Small town folk make your stay true to the phrase, “home away from home.” Rural towns are abundant in Bryce Canyon Country and each has its own story and history. On your next drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument or any other destination, don’t just drive straight through these quaint towns. Stop in and experience good food, comfortable accommodations and sincere folks.


Location: Antimony is 41 miles north of Bryce Canyon and five miles south of Otter Creek State Park.

Information: Once a booming mining town, Antimony gives visitors a chance to experience its old west roots with high mountain trail rides, cattle drives, a working dude ranch and wide-open spaces. With four seasons, Antimony has many outdoor recreational activities such as horseback riding and snowshoeing that will keep you entertained no matter what time of year you visit.

Bryce Canyon City

Location: Bryce Canyon City sits at the entrance of Bryce Canyon National Park, near Red Canyon and Kodachrome Basin State Park.

Information: Bryce Canyon City officially came to be in 2007. Many residents are related to Ruby Syrett, who was one of the first settlers in Bryce Canyon. The city offers various dining and sleeping arrangements and has many outdoor activities available year around including hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, camping and snowshoeing.


Location: Boulder is tucked in at the base of Boulder Mountain and is surrounded by the Dixie National Forest to the north and west and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to the east.

Information: Located on Burr Trail and Scenic Byway 12, Boulder is the home base to many national and state parks, including Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Dixie National Forest.


Location: Cannonville lies along Scenic Byway 12, surrounded by Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and bordered by Red Canyon in Dixie National Forest.

Information: The tiny ranching community of 150 people was settled in the early 1880s by Mormon pioneers. Cannonville is central to breathtaking drives and beautiful destinations. Fifteen miles to the north is Bryce Canyon National Park, 9 miles to the south is the sand pipes of Kodachrome Basin State Park, and a bit farther south is Grand Staircase-Escalante.


Location: Escalante is located on Scenic Byway 12 and resides just outside the 1.9-million acre Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

Information: With the Dixie National Forest to the north and Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Lake Powell just a short drive away, Escalante presents many fun adventures for visitors. Outdoor activities include hiking, biking and horseback riding in the spectacular canyons and back-country. Escalante itself is full of history with 95 rustic pioneer homes and barns, museums and unique shops and galleries.


Location: Hatch is located 15 miles south of Panguitch and 24 miles southwest of Bryce Canyon National Park on US-89.

Information: Located at the junction of Mammoth Creek and the Sevier River, Hatch offers excellent fishing. Mammoth, Asay Creeks and the Sevier River are stocked with trout. West of Hatch, Mammoth Cave is one of the largest lava tubes in Utah with more than 2,200 feet of passage and four chambers. A 5.5-mile hiking/biking/horse trail leads from Red Canyon to Casto Canyon, a famous outlaw hideout between Panguitch and Hatch.


Location: Panguitch is surrounded by Dixie National Forest to the east and west and is located just 26 miles northwest of Bryce Canyon National Park.

Information: Panguitch’s beautiful spring, mild summer climate, brightly colored fall and snowy winters makes it pleasant to hike, mountain bike, ATV ride, snowmobile, cross-country ski, horseback ride, fish and more. A stroll through the Panguitch Historic District reveals charming red brick buildings, unique shops, restaurants and a museum.

Panguitch Lake

Location: Panguitch Lake is located just 20 minutes south of the town of Panguitch and sits at 8,400 feet in elevation.

Information: Panguitch Lake is best known for its excellent fishing. This quaint mountain community also has lodging, dining, seasonal horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, ATV riding and more. With a local general store, RV and camping spaces and several lodges, Panguitch Lake is a great home base for an activity-filled vacation experience, whether it’s shore fishing, boat fishing or many outdoor adventures.


Location: Ticaboo is only 12 miles from the beautiful Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Ticaboo is also located near Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the infamous Four Corners.

Information: Ticaboo was once an uranium mining and milling community, and is now the northern gateway to Lake Powell. At an elevation of 4,265 feet, Ticaboo is only minutes from world-class fishing, boating, hiking and other recreational opportunities among the red rock canyons and deep blue waters of Lake Powell.


Location: Tropic is located along Scenic Byway 12, just 11 miles from the east entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Information: Tropic presents a huge array of activities for visitors, including hiking, biking, taking scenic drives and fishing at Tropic Reservoir or Pine Lake. Visitors can even dig for fossils at the famous Tropic Shale. Stroll around the Pioneer Village, an authentic re-creation of Tropic's early residents, and stop at Ebenezer Bryce's historic cabin.