Morning sun shines on Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

Outdoor Enthusiast’s Guide to Bryce Canyon

Outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world take time to experience Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon has many activities that can give visitors a new view of the area no matter the season.

Popular activities that travelers participate in while visiting include hiking, biking, horseback riding, canyoneering and ATV riding. Below are summaries on each activity that can guide even the greatest outdoor enthusiast on a new adventure.

Hiking

Hiking in Bryce Canyon Country is limitless. Hikes of varying lengths, difficulties and

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Boulder Mountain / Powell Point

This past week we had a chance to get up on top of Boulder Mountain to check out the fall colors and to drive to the southern end of Boulder Mountain to well known Powell Point.  Recent rains in the region made for lush flora and some fun road puddles to negotiate along the way.

Boulder Mountain is easily explored with a sturdy vehicle, and it is advantageous in some areas to have four-wheel drive.  Check out this video that shows

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Red Canyon Views

Perhaps not surprisingly, there are many people who turn from Highway 89 onto Scenic Byway 12 and venture about two miles up the road to the point where they hit Red Canyon, and they say to themselves, “this must be Bryce Canyon”.   Those visitors often turn around and go on their merry way, believing that they have seen Bryce Canyon National Park, when it reality they have experienced Red Canyon which is part of the Dixie National Forest.

Red

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Mountain Biking on the Thunder Mountain Trail

Thunder Mountain – Mountain Biking Trail

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For the adventurous at heart, mountain biking through the breathtaking backcountry of Bryce Canyon National Park can provide the thrill of a lifetime. The Thunder Mountain trail gives riders 1200 feet of up road climbing action, with stunning vistas of unending sky, the sacred scents of sagebrush, and plenty of desert wildlife to glimpse along the way. This single track trail is only 7.9 miles, but with steep climbing action from Coyote Hollow trailhead to the top of the mountain and much

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Mountain Biking in a Utah Forest

Mountain Biking – The Bryce Canyon Region

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It’s time again to remind everyone about the great mountain biking opportunities in this region.  Start planning now for your next great biking adventure.

Utah Forest Mountain Biking

The beauty of Utah’s vast deserts and unending skies can be enjoyed in many ways and mountain biking just happens to be one of the most popular (and it’s the perfect way to avoid the tourist crowds). Within the borders of Bryce Canyon National Park itself, off-road biking is not permitted, but many

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Guided Experiences in Bryce Canyon Country

Utah Guided ATV Tours

The recreation opportunities are endless in Bryce Canyon Country. But with so many choices, where do you start? A guided adventure can be a great way to experience all that this spectacular region has to offer.

Aerial charters and tours are a great way to get a bird’s eye view of scenic Bryce Canyon Country. Whether you’re seeking an exhilarating helicopter flight, scenic airplane ride, or simply want to float above the canyons in a hot air balloon,

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Discovery.com Features Bryce Canyon Country

Writer Eric Rogell recently visited the Bryce Canyon region and came away some strong impressions, which he has recently published on Discovery.com.

In his article Eric discusses how there is so much more than just hoodoos and hiking.  Mountain biking, ATV riding,  horseback riding, snowmobiling, and even star-gazing, are just some of the other activities highlighted in Eric’s recent post.

Horseback riding in the Bryce Canyon region is quite spectacular.

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Scenic Byway 12 – Waysides: Part 1

Red Canyon, The Blues, Powell Point, Upper Valley Graineries
Scenic Byway 12 winds through the heart of scenic Bryce Canyon Country, beginning just five miles south of Panguitch and running for 124 miles through the wealth of archaeological, natural, and recreational wonders this spectacular canyon country has to offer. Whether you have three hours or three days to experience Scenic Byway 12, you’ll find the route breathtaking, intriguing, and well worth the trip.

Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest on

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Utah’s Boulder Mountain

Boulder Mountain looms just north and west of Boulder and Escalante, and is easily accessible from most points in Bryce Canyon Country via Scenic Byway 12.  Boulder Mountain is the highest timbered plateau in North America, peaking at 11,313 feet at Blue Bell Knoll—known fondly by locals as Boulder Top—and its 50,000 forested acres cover nearly half of the Aquarius Plateau.

Fishing at one of 80 lakes on Utah's Boulder Mountains

The views from Boulder Mountain are spectacular in every direction,

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Mountain Biking – Utah’s Bryce Canyon Country

The terrain in and around Bryce Canyon offers miles of biking trails that wind through some of the most spectacular scenery in Bryce Canyon Country. While riding is only permitted along the 18-mile paved scenic main road within Bryce Canyon National Park, there are plenty of exciting opportunities to hit the backcountry mountain biking trails in this scenic region.

Mountain biking along a rocky ridge.

Nearby Red Canyon offers red rock cliffs, hoodoos, and ponderosa forests similar to the landscape inside

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