What do you want to do this summer? If you’re planning a trip to Utah, you can check off some exciting activities from your bucket list in Garfield County. You might have heard about hiking in Bryce Canyon, but what else can you do in the area? A lot—a whole lot!
There are so many fun summer experiences in Utah—and the following eight are just a sample of what you can do. Snap some pictures of your adventures in Utah and post them on social media. We guarantee you’ll get a lot of “likes.”
1. Guided hunting and fishing trips
Summer is perfect for guided hunting and fishing trips through the Aquarius Plateau, Dixie National Forest, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and other nearby places. Visit remote natural settings for fly fishing and hunting elk, deer, bear and mountain lion.
2. Stargazing experiences
Imagine stargazing far away from city lights, among towering rock formations. Local staff give astronomy-focused, nighttime hikes and presentations. Visit Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument or Capitol Reef National Park for unforgettable stargazing.
3. Off-roading near Bryce Canyon
What an adventure! Ride powerful all-terrain vehicles in guided tours through beautiful scenery near Bryce Canyon National Park. Routes can include an expansive view into Bryce Canyon, a stop for lunch, sunset rides and little-known areas.
4. Helicopter and biplane rides
Bryce Canyon Airlines offers helicopter and plane rides over multiple state and national parks including Bryce Canyon National Park. See these spectacular natural formations spread out in all directions. It’s a sight you can’t get from the ground!
5. Anasazi State Park Museum
Get close to a prehistoric Native American village that is partially excavated and see the artifacts that the Anasazi tribe used about 1,000 years ago. There’s a picnic area for your family nearby as well.
6. Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park features the awe-inspiring Bryce Canyon, which is made up of towers of multi-colored rock, natural amphitheaters and winding hiking trails. Enjoy the scenic lookouts near the road or take a hike down into the canyon for a few hours.
7. Scenic Byway 12
Drive through rugged natural landscapes on the 120-mile Scenic Byway 12, one of the top Scenic Byways in the US. You’ll see red rock cliffs, forests, alpine mountains, small towns and state and national parks.
8. Slot canyon explorations
Besides hiking Bryce Canyon, you can also explore nearby slot canyons, which are narrow, high-sided and filled with fascinating formations. A guided tour can help you find out-of-the-way slot canyons and use proper safety techniques.
Plan your summer experiences in Utah today! You can use our handy sample itineraries and maps to have a better trip in Garfield County, exploring Bryce Canyon and other nearby bucket-list adventures.