Five Dog-Friendly Hikes in Bryce Canyon Country

After a stressful day at work, your dog greets you with a joyful bark and an ecstatic wagging tail. Your dog easily forgives you and never holds a grudge. For these and many other reasons, you naturally want to take your bundle of fur on all your adventures. This can be difficult when most national parks do not allow pets on unpaved and backcountry trails. To help you be able to take your dog on all your escapades,

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School is Here: You Can Still Do Day Trips for Days

On Facebook and Instagram, you see your friends going on adventurous trips. You wish you could also participate in such activities, but with school in session again, you feel you can’t. However, by taking day trips, you CAN! Even though school happens Monday through Friday, Saturdays are open for many memorable one day excursions in Garfield County, Utah.

What is a day trip? According to Google, it’s a journey or excursion completed in one day. Day

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The Grand Staircase in Utah and Arizona

The Real Grand Staircase – First Three Steps

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The Grand Staircase is a massive geologic phenomenon that defines millions of acres of landscape in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Made up of five defining “layers,” the oldest layers of the Grand Staircase are found at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, while the newest layer makes up Bryce Canyon. Starting with the oldest layer first, the stair steps are named for their general color: chocolate, vermillion, white, gray, and pink. As the landscape shifted over the millennia

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Cottonwood Canyon Road Utah

The Grand Staircase in Fall

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Fall is gorgeous all on its own. Add in the majestic landscape of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and it becomes beyond breathtaking. As the temperatures cool with the arrival of fall, it’s a great time to visit Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Fall is perfect for scenic drives, and hiking adventures in GSENM. SCENIC DRIVESHop on Cottonwood Canyon Road from Cannonville and before you know it you’ll be transported through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on a rugged

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Kodachrome Basin

Kodachrome Basin – A Secret Magical Place

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Best known for the 67 unique sand pipes that accent the breathtaking desert landscape, Kodachrome Basin Park has a well-deserved reputation as a photographer’s paradise. In fact, the multicolored sandstone monoliths, nestled beneath southern Utah’s brilliant blue skies, inspired National Geographic Society photographers to nickname the area Kodachrome Flat (after Kodak’s then-newest film) during a 1948 photography expedition. Kodachrome Basin, located about 20 miles southeast of Bryce Canyon National Park, awes thousands of visitors each year with its other-worldly landscape,

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Devils Garden Utah

Devils Garden: A Natural Playground

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Welcome to Devils Garden, a natural playground located in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument about 17 miles southeast of Escalante. This surreal high desert landscape is accented by natural sandstone arches, hoodoos and monoliths colorfully sculpted over 170 million years by wind, ice, and thermal erosion. Distinct layers of red and white sandstone, blended with erosion-resistant caprock, create some of the area’s most notable rock formations such as Metate Arch, Mano Arch, Gnome Rock, the Marching Trolls, and the Four

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Visitors – Bryce Canyon Country

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Bryce Canyon’s spectacular red rock landscape beckons visitors from around the world. In fact, Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Capitol Reef National Park are located right here in Bryce Canyon Country, and were recently listed among the top ten attractions in Utah.

Three women relax on the rim, taking in the views at Bryce Canyon.

About 40% of Bryce Canyon National Park’s visitors come from abroad to experience the colorful majestic red rock hoodoos that

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Bryce Canyon Country – A Multi-day Destination – Part 2

This post is a continuation of Part 1 with additional information on why Bryce Canyon Country is a multi-day vacation destination.  Read Part 1.

A view of some of the levels of formations that comprise Utah’s Grand Staircase.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument encompasses 1.7 million acres of desert wilderness, extending from the Kaibab Plateau (the north rim of the Grand Canyon) to the Pink Cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park. The Grand Staircase is known for a geologic

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Everett Ruess Block Prints

Everett Ruess

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Escalante was one of the most remote towns in the U.S. when Everett Ruess arrived in November 1934. Riding in on a burro and leading another packed with his gear, the 20-year-old artist and poet from California had recently become captivated by the southern Utah red rock landscape. After a few days of bonding with the Escalante townspeople, Ruess headed out to Hole-in-the-Rock to “follow…the sweeping way of the wind.” He was last seen a week later about 50 miles

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Smoky Mountain Scenic Backway Utah

Smoky Mountain Scenic Backway

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Smoky Mountain Scenic Backway winds for 78 remote miles connecting Scenic Byway 12 and Highway 89, offering unparalleled views of Lake Powell, the Navajo Mountains, and the Kaiparowits Plateau as it passes through stretches of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Plan about five hours to drive the Smoky Mountain Scenic Backway’s rough terrain from Escalante to Big Water. Travelers along the backway can occasionally see smoke smoldering from 100-year-old coal fires deep beneath Smoky

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