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

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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

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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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Utah's Devils Garden

SECRETS PLACES – BRYCE CANYON COUNTRY

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Devils Garden is part of Bryce Canyon Country and is found along the famous Hole In The Rock road.

Around the bend or just a little further down the road is often where you’ll find the most unique attractions of the Bryce Canyon region. Here’s just a few of our best kept secrets.

Devils Garden rock formations.

Devils Garden
This natural rock play-land will make a kid out of any adult. Visitors to Devils Garden love to explore and, in

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Tropic Utah

Tropic, Utah – The Base of Bryce Canyon

Tropic, Utah sits at the base of Bryce Canyon National Park.

Tropic is the largest of three small ranching communities that make up the Bryce Valley area located just outside Bryce Canyon National Park.  This little gem of a town is set amidst some of the most scenic southern Utah landscape imaginable: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Dixie National Forest, Red Canyon, and of course Bryce Canyon, just to name a few.

Kodachrome Basin State Park is just

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Scenes of Escalante, Utah

We recently posted about the history of Escalante, Utah.  Here’s a video that portrays some of Escalante in modern day.

Escalante offers some excellent shopping, dining, lodging, art, and outdoor adventure experiences.

Situated on the edge of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, this quaint and historic pioneer town is now one of the great jumping points for exploration of the surrounding scenic attractions that also include, Boulder Mountain, Kodachrome Basin State  Park, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and more.

Read about the history

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Bristlecone Pine

Flora Diversity – Box Death Hollow Wilderness

Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area

“The Box” is a canyon located in the western section of Box-Death Hollow Wilderness Area. The canyon was created by Pine Creek, which runs north-south through a steep monocline, and is only accessible from its lower end. The wilderness area is extremely fertile due to frequent floods inside the canyon from the clear, fast-flowing creek, so The Box and surrounding wilderness is home to a huge diversity of plant life.  Box Death Hollow is

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Natural Arches & Bridges in Bryce Canyon Country

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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 influenced by other forces of nature, like water, wind, chemical weathering, and frost wedging.

An arch formation in Devils Garden just off the Hole In The Rock Road.

One of the best-known natural

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Dinosaurs in the Grand Staircase

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Dinosaur skeletal remains

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s fossil history dates back more than 75 million years, and many paleontologists believe that this vast 1.9-million acre area has the highest concentration of dinosaur fossils in the world. From dinosaur tracks to skulls and bones, GSENM has been the site of some exciting dinosaur discoveries.

In 2010, the Utah Museum of Natural History’s research curator Scott Sampson announced the extraordinary discovery in GSENM of two Ceratopsian skulls from the Cretaceous period. The

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