Some of the most dramatic slot canyons in the world have been carved into the White Cliffs of the Grand Staircase in southern Utah. Many of these slot canyons are accessible only to veteran canyoneers well versed in a variety of rock-climbing techniques. Yet there are slot canyons that involve no more than a pleasant… Continue reading Willis Creek Slot Canyon
Bull Valley Gorge is a relatively well-known canyon, yet quite far from a paved road. It can be quite testing to explore as there are several dryfalls to negotiate—the highest is 12 feet. Depending on recent weather, pools up to 4 feet deep and long patches of sticky, clayish mud may be encountered. The reward… Continue reading Bull Valley Gorge Slot Canyon
This road has major historical significance and also leads to some of Bryce Canyon Country’s most incredible slot canyons. History Late in 1879, Mormon settlers from southwestern Utah were organized to settle a new part of the Utah territory in what is now southeastern Utah. What was planned to be a six-week journey became a… Continue reading Hole in the Rock Road
Known collectively as the Irish Slot Canyons, Shillelagh, Blarney and Leprechaun canyons are accessible about 33 miles south of Hanksville in the North Wash, which runs parallel to Highway 95. Sandthrax is a fourth Irish Slot Canyon that is lesser known and much more difficult to explore. The North
Mother Nature is always hard at work shaping Bryce Canyon Country's awe-inspiring bridges and arches. So what distinguishes these seemingly similar rock formations? A natural bridge is created from walled cliffs primarily by moving water erosion, such as a stream or river, whereas a natural arch is
Grosvenor Arch is a remarkable sight, a massive sandstone formation standing more than 150 feet high and spanning 92 feet across. The natural double arch is located within Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, about ten miles southeast of Kodachrome Basin State Park.
The arch was named by
Bryce Canyon Country’s slot canyons are evidence of the extraordinary powers of moving water. Powerful flowing rivers, heavy thunderstorms, and spring run-off from snow-covered mountains have all had a hand in chiseling, shaping, and smoothing the narrow sandstone canyons.
Flash floods, caused by
Round Valley Draw slot canyon is tucked into the Kaiparowits Plateau section of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s backcountry wilderness. Located near Cannonville, Bryce Canyon, and Kodachrome Basin State Park, the 4.5- to 6-mile roundtrip route through Round Valley Draw takes hikers on
The Escalante River canyons are abundant in the area surrounding Scenic Byway 12 between Boulder and Escalante. The canyons in this area of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument vary from narrow and deep to wide open. Some of the most frequently explored canyons of this region include Upper