Bryce Canyon National Park – Now an International Dark Sky Park

On August 13, 2019, Bryce Canyon National Park received certification as an International Dark Sky Park (IDSP) from the International Dark Sky Association and National Park Service. After over a decade of hard work, this certification comes at an opportune time as the park is celebrating 50 years of night sky outreach and support through their astronomy education programs.

About the Certification
The award-winning International Dark Sky Places Program was founded in 2001 to encourage communities, parks and other areas around the

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Highway 143 reopens after Brian Head Fire

As the Brian Head fire continues to decrease in size, roads and attractions around the mountain are reopening. National Scenic Highway 143 is now reopen on both sides, from Parowan to Panguitch, as well as lodges, restaurants and boat rentals around Panguitch Lake.

“We are so grateful to the firefighters, police force and volunteers who have dedicated time and energy into keeping our community safe,” said Falyn Owens, executive director of the Garfield County Tourism Office. “Because of their hard work,

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Native American History in the Boulder Area

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We are not the only people who have been fascinated by the beauty of Bryce Canyon Country and Boulder , Utah. Ancient peoples have been coming and going for about 10,000 – 12,000 years. Boulder is filled with fresh streams and lakes, creating a great living environment. Boulder still retains the untouched, serene look which gives visitors a taste of what the Native Americans felt like long ago living on this land. Learning more about these people help us appreciate

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Bryce Canyon National Park Then and Now: Celebrating 100 Years of History

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For over one hundred years, visitors have been coming to Bryce Canyon National Park to revel in its wonder and beauty. Early travelers and lodgers contributed to Bryce Canyon’s fast-growing popularity, such as Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce Canyon’s namesake, and Ruby Syrett, who built Bryce Canyon’s first tourist lodge. The photos below feature the “then and now” of Bryce Canyon National Park. The juxtaposition of century old and modern photos depicts small and large changes in this world-renowned park.

Visitors Admire Views

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How to Become a Junior Park Ranger at Bryce Canyon National Park

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Children will receive inner satisfaction and outward recognition as they officially become a Bryce Canyon Junior Park Ranger. As a potential Park Ranger in training, they’ll perform interactive activities to get them excited about nature and preserving the natural wonders in and around Bryce Canyon. The experience not only benefits them, but becomes a fun learning environment for the entire family.

The little rangers have to complete three tasks to receive their Junior Ranger badges and patches:

Attend

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Great Destinations in Dixie National Forest

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Dixie National Forest is the largest national forest in Utah, stretching almost two million miles of extraordinary red rock and green forested land. With so many adventures to explore, we’ve provided a list of four great destinations to visit in the expansive Dixie National Forest.

Red Canyon:

It’s not hard to see why Red Canyon has fascinated people for centuries. The red rock exhibits a brilliant scarlet color against the deep green of the ponderosa pines creating a perfect snapshot image. Red

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Slot Canyon Adventures

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Garfield County is bursting with amazing hikes and incredible views. But why just hike when you can interact with the earth? Hiking through slot canyons involves both hands and feet to climb over, shimmy through and duck under beautiful red rocks. To help make your Garfield County adventures complete, we have gathered, just for you, a list of four stunning slot canyon trails in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Zebra and Tunnel Slot Canyons

The Zebra Slot Canyon lives up to its name

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Where to hike in Garfield County

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You read our hiking guide for best practices and tips on getting the most out of your next hike, now it’s time to choose your course! Garfield County is full of gorgeous landscapes, fascinating wildlife and challenging terrain. We’ve pulled together some of the top spots for hiking in the area. Enjoy!

Calf Creek Falls

Hike to a secluded waterfall just upstream from Lower Calf Creek, a true natural gem. Lower Calf Creek Falls is a short, two-mile hike roundtrip, just

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Bryce Canyon / Capitol Reef – Top Utah Getaway Destinations

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It may be no coincidence that Utah’s most popular newspaper started with the Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef area when it recently compiled a list of  Utah’s Top Getaway Destinations.  The article listed these and other locations as additional reasons to visit this region.

> Waterpocket Fold:  This is the formation that comprises Capitol Reef National Park.  More…

> Peak-A-Boo and Spooky Gulch slot canyons:   These are two slot canyons found along the north side of the Hole In The Rock

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