Elevations in Bryce Canyon Country

Bryce Canyon Country ranges in elevation from around 4,500 feet to 11,000 feet. This high-altitude region offers a scenic escape from southern Utah’s scorching heat with pleasant, dry summers, and a gorgeous snow-capped playground in winter.

Bryce Canyon rim elevations range roughly between 8,000 and 9,000 feet.

Bryce Canyon Country’s communities sit at fairly high elevations. Other towns elevations are as follows; Antimony (6,400 feet), Boulder (6,700 feet), Cannonville (5,850 feet), Hatch (6,900 feet), Henrieville (5,997 feet), Panguitch (6,600 feet),

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Cottonwood Canyon Road

A drive through Cottonwood Canyon is a great way to get up close and personal with Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s rugged landscape. Cottonwood Canyon Road winds through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument for 47 miles, starting near Cannonville at the intersection of Scenic Byway 12 and ending at Scenic Highway 89 near milepost 18.

Cottonwood Canyon in Utah's Bryce Canyon Country

Some people use the road as a scenic “shortcut” between Bryce Canyon National Park and Lake Powell, but

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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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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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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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Happy New Year from Bryce Canyon

Today mark’s the beginning of another exciting year of travel in the Bryce Canyon Country region.   We encourage you to plan a multiple day experience in this are so you can capture the true beauty and spirit of America’s most spectacular scenic destination.

People are coming to realize that there is no place in the world that looks quite like Bryce Canyon.   When you combine Bryce with nearby attractions like the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Kodachrome Basin State

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