Bryce Canyon Country is full of active and adventurous experiences for families and friends from all over the world! With so many experiences in Bryce Canyon Country, there’s one for every letter of the alphabet. Start your bucket-list and plan a personalized getaway with adventures from A to Z!
Antimony Merc - Everybody has to eat on vacation and dining is a large part of the experience. Dubbed the Best burger in the state of Utah, be sure to grab a bite to eat at Antimony Merc. There’s a local campground and RV park, so you can get take-out and take a quick break outdoors while you enjoy their award-winning burgers, fries, and homemade pies. Discover why Antimony Merc has won Best in State awards for the past three consecutive years, we promise it’ll be worth the stop.
Burr Trail - The Burr Trail, located in Boulder, Utah travels through both Capitol Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation area. It spans about 69 miles, 30 miles of it is paved and provides easy access to Singing Canyon, The Circle Cliffs, Wolverine Canyon and the Gulch.
Circle D - Located in Escalante, Circle D Eatery offers American cuisine of freshly smoked meats like ribs, brisket and chicken. All of Circle D Eatery’s beef is sourced from Flying V– a local ranch with free-range, grass-fed cows.
Dark Ranger Telescope Tours - Tour the wonders of the Universe through big telescopes near Bryce Canyon. With Dark Ranger Telescope Tours you can learn about astronomy as you view distant galaxies, exploded stars, and awesome star clusters.
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park- In the heart of beautiful Bryce Canyon Country, you’ll find Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. It has nature trails, a reservoir with great fishing, and a great visitor center. The visitor center has an exhibit of 100 million-year-old dinosaur fossils, ammonite, and petrified wood. It’s also just two miles from the town of Escalante and 44 miles east of Bryce Canyon National Park.
Fairyland Loop- If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, Fairyland Loop is a great hike in Bryce Canyon. It’s a lengthy 8.2 miles, but the overlook is definitely worth the visit! You’ll get to experience Bryce Canyon up close while also seeing the hoodoos from a different perspective.
Grosvenor Arch - A remarkable sight, Grosvenor Arch is a massive sandstone formation standing more than 150 feet high and spanning 92 feet across within Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument. Often backlit by clear blue skies, the arch is one of the most photographed formations within the monument boundaries and is a wonder to behold.
Hole in the Rock Road - Pull out your four-wheel-drive skills to venture down the historical Hole-in-the-Rock Road south of Escalante. This road leads to some of the most incredible slot canyons like Peek-a-boo, Spooky, Egypt, Coyote Gulch and more. It dates back to the 1800s when early Mormon settlers built a route cutting through rough terrain, chiseling through sandstone cliffs to get their wagons out of the river gorge.
Idk BBQ - After a long day of exploring near Bryce Canyon, IDK BBQ will hit the spot with their mouth-watering barbequed meat. IDK BBQ has some of the best southern comfort food around, like smoked ribs, loaded potatoes, delicious cobbler, or a hearty plate of nachos.
Jacob Hamblin Arch - The Grand Staircase is home to spectacular natural bridges and arches. The Jacob Hamblin Arch spans an impressive 100 feet in Coyote Gulch, located about seven miles from the Coyote Gulch trailhead. Jacob Hamblin Arch is an impressive sight to behold, with the feeling of being in a natural cathedral.
Kodachrome Basin State Park- Kodachrome Basin State Park is just a short drive from the charming communities of Tropic, Cannonville, and Henrieville. Best known for the 67 towering sand pipes that dominate the desert landscape, this colorful park has a well-deserved reputation as a photographer’s paradise as well as having fun activities like hiking and disc golfing.
Lower Calf Creek Falls- Nestled in a gorgeous Navajo sandstone canyon, Lower Calf Creek Falls is a breathtaking 5.84 miles round trip hike that finishes into a spectacular cascade that falls 130 feet into a large, aqua and emerald-colored pool. With incredible views, be sure to snap a photo with Lower Calf Creek Falls in the background.
Magnolia Street Food - A truly fun street-food dining experience in Boulder, Utah in the summer months. Magnolias food makes it easy to enjoy a meal under the shade of the cottonwoods and the beautiful open skies. They offer a variety of street foods that includes hearty burritos, tacos, a variety of fries. Magnolia uses local ingredients that support local farmers and ranchers. Be sure to put this on your bucket list when you visit Boulder, Utah.
National Forest - There’s nearly two million acres stretches throughout the lush, desert landscape of Bryce Canyon Country’s Dixie National Forest. In this National Forest you will find all sorts of trees like aspens, junipers and variations of conifers such as spruce, fir and pine.
Off-Road Tours and Rentals - Start your engines and explore the magnificent beauty of Bryce Canyon Country on the back of an ATV, or in a Jeep. There are so countless miles of off-road terrain that are just waiting to be explored.
Panguitch Lake - Panguitch Lake is located just 20 minutes south of the town of Panguitch and is a great year-round mountain destination. Panguitch Lake is best known for its excellent fishing, being rated one of the most popular fishing spots in southern Utah. It has ten miles of shoreline, with plenty of spots for shore fishing, fly fishing, float tube or boat fishing.
Queens Garden Loop- Nothing compares to the sunrise and sunset view at Bryce Canyon National Park on the Queens Garden Loop. If you’ve got 2-3 hours to spare, roam through the floor of the amphitheater on this gorgeous 1.5-mile hike. Wander through unique formations named Queen Victoria, Gulliver’s Castle and the Queen’s Castle.
Red Canyon -Twelve miles outside of Bryce Canyon National Park on Scenic Byway 12, Red Canyon beckons with a similar red rock landscape without the crowds. Red Canyon is part of the Dixie National Forest and follows Scenic Byway 12 for about four miles.
Slot Canyons- If you’re the kind of person that loves to explore narrow, dark, and tight spaces then Bryce Canyon Country is one of the best locations for slot canyon adventures. Some slot canyons in Bryce Canyon Country include Peek-a-boo and Spooky Gulches, Round Valley Draw and Zebra Slot Canyon.
Ticaboo- Ticaboo offers its own unparalleled opportunities for water-based and backcountry recreation. It’s the perfect home base for adventure in Lake Powell with its proximity to Bullfrog Marina. It’s a hidden gem in Bryce Canyon with a rich history just waiting to be explored.
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Under-the-Rim Trail- Experience the solitude of Bryce Canyon National Park as well as some popular public sights that should be on any hikers’ bucket list. The Under-the-Rim trail is a 22.9-mile trail full of hoodoos that are part of landscapes to the west and the paths that meander through the valley floor of the canyon, forests and meadows.
The V-shaped Mae West Slot- If you’re looking for a spectacular technical canyoneering adventure, look no further than the Irish Slot Canyons. The Mae West slot is the most challenging route in the Shillelagh, Blarney, and Leprechaun canyons, which is collectively known as the Irish Slot Canyons. Within the Leprechaun canyon, the v-shaped Mae West slot is so narrow that it’s impossible to pass through. The beauty of the canyon is spectacular; the narrows are extremely tight, dramatic, unrelenting and beautiful. The Irish Slot Canyons are accessible about 33 miles south of Hanksville in the North Wash.
Wanderlust Cowgirl Coffee- A great way to start your day is at Wanderlust Coffee. You can choose from a wide selection of delicious, fresh-baked pastries, coffee options, tea, hot chocolate, smoothies, frozen lemonade and apple cider. Just located about 20 minutes away from Bryce Canyon and are an ideal stop on your way to-or-from the park.
Excursions of Escalante - Escalante’s first locally based professional guide service. Excursions of Escalante is committed to guiding guests beyond more accessible places so you can explore the most remote, beautiful and pristine corners of the Escalante region in a safe and fun way.
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Escalante Yurts- Escalante Yurts provides a unique and memorable lodging experience unlike any other. After a long day of exploring, you can come back to a luxurious yurt with incredible amenities. Imagine relaxing around the fire pit in your own outdoor setting and looking at the stars amidst the solitude and beauty of the outdoors.
Anasazi State Park Museum- The Anasazi State Park Museum offers another opportunity to get up close and personal with Utah’s natural and human history. Learn about the artifacts that have been found in this former Anasazi Indian village, and imagine what life would have been like over 1,000 years ago. This area is believed to be the largest Anasazi community west of the Colorado River.
There’s no place like Bryce Canyon Country, where something exciting is always waiting for you. Come experience this way of life, where time almost stands still and family and friends can adventure together.
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