Horseback Riding – Bryce Canyon Country

Horseback riding in Bryce Canyon Country is a great way to see some of southern Utah’s most spectacular scenery. A variety of equestrian trails skirt in and around sections of several national parks, forests, and monuments. From horseback rides among the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park to exploring hidden outlaw hideouts in Red Canyon, there’s a trail for riders of all skill levels here in scenic Bryce Canyon country.

Horseback riders descend a trail in Bryce Canyon National

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Devil’s Garden in Grand Staircase-Escalante

With a name like Devil’s Garden, you would expect to see some strange things and that’s exactly what you will find. Devil’s Garden is a small series of formations that seem to pop up out of the desert floor for no apparent reason. This attraction is found just 10 miles down the Hole In The Rock road within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

There are so many different shapes that you can’t really characterize the Devil’s Garden in one or two

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Boulder Utah – All Points of the Compass

Upper Calf Creek Falls – Near Boulder Utah

Located at the junction of Scenic Byway 12 and the Burr Trail, Boulder is conveniently situated for exploring scenic Bryce Canyon country. Boulder sits at the base of Boulder Mountain, surrounded by Dixie National Forest to the north and west, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to the south.

The Burr Trail about 10 miles east of Boulder Utah

A drive along Scenic Byway 12 leads to attractions

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Cannonville, Utah – Gateway to Grand Staircase

Utah’s Kodachrome Basin State Park near Bryce Canyon National Park

Just a few miles southeast of Tropic on Scenic Byway 12, Cannonville sits amid breathtaking scenery.
Together with Tropic and Henrieville, Cannonville is part of the scenic Bryce Valley. The three ranching
communities lie along Scenic Byway 12, Utah’s first all-American Road. Cannonville borders Grand
Staircase Escalante National Monument and Dixie national Forest, and offers convenient access to the
intriguing hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park’s colorful sandstone
formations.

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Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin State Park – Utah

This is a lesser know, even secret, place to experience the scenic wonders of this region.  Kodachrome Basin State Park is an ideal place to relax, hike, mountain bike, enjoy a picnic, camp, horseback ride, shoot photographs or even paint a picture.   Kodachrome Basin was named by the National Geographic Society, and this state park contains many unique spires and chimneys that take on an ethereal glow at sunrise and sunset.

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Hole In The Rock Road – Better Mainenance

This is the parking area at the end of Hole In the Rock Road, and the trail head to walk down the historic route of the Hole In The Rock expedition.

Garfield County, Utah has recently reached an agreement with neighboring Kane County to provide maintenance for the entire length of the famous Hole In The Rock road.  The road is accessed just north of Escalante, Utah and runs a southeast course from Scenic Byway 12, on a parallel

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Grand Staircase – Adventure Waiting To Happen

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
From Escalante in the north to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in the south, and from Bryce Canyon National Park on its western edge to Capitol Reef National Park on the east, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument offers a diverse landscape rich in history and natural wonders. From Navajo sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons, natural arches, monoliths and spires to winding rivers and streams, high desert, dinosaur tracks and fossils…you’ll find it all within the boundaries of Grand Staircase Escalante National

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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Where does the Grand Staircase name come from?

The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is a rather long name, but this national monument certainly warrants your attention.   The monument is most often referred to, by locals, simply as “The Staircase”.

Illustration of Utah's Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

The name comes from the land formations of the region that are literally lined up in staircase fashion.    Click on this image below to see an illustration of the formations that

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Escalante, Utah – All Directions

Escalante, Utah is a picturesque town situated on Scenic Byway 12

Escalante, Utah is a great place to stay for a destination vacation. From Escalante you can venture out to all degrees of the compass and find something unique and exciting. To learn more about this town click on these links for additional details about Escalante Utah (About Escalante, Lodging, Dining)

The Town: Centrally located along Scenic Byway 12, Escalante is a historic pioneer town

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