Say ‘No’ to Crowds: 5 Reasons to Visit Bryce Canyon Country in the Winter

Visiting Bryce Canyon during the summer months is fun; however, there is nothing like experiencing a Bryce Canyon winter. The world seems to change under the blanket of sparkling, white snow. Not only does the winter decrease the number of visitors, but it also provides many adventures that may not be available during the summer months. These activities range from snowshoeing to cross-country skiing to ice fishing and beyond.

Although the snow brings new activities, hiking through the areas found in

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5 Summer Adventures in Garfield County

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Discover the Ticaboo Adventure Center

Ticaboo is offering a series of new guided hikes, tours and other excursions out of the new Adventure Center from the Ticaboo Resort. Follow the footsteps of a local legend while exploring Ticaboo Canyon on the Cass Hite Sojourn. Travelers now have the chance to take part in the Sojourn which started taking tours in early June.

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Camp in Dixie National Forest

With numerous camping sites throughout Dixie National Forest, you are sure to find the perfect spot.

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The Forces Behind Mother Nature

Discover the Elements that Reshape the Red-Rock Formations Every Year

Did You Know?

Did you know that Bryce Canyon is actually not a canyon at all? Despite the name, Bryce Canyon National Park is an accumulation of towering hoodoo rock formations that create natural amphitheaters. The heart of Bryce Canyon contains the largest population of hoodoos in the world with up-close views of the red rock spires.

Hoodoos are formed when wind, frost and running water create gaps within small cracks and slits

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Willis Creek Utah

Secret Hiking Spots

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From time to time we let visitors know about some of our best kept secrets. Here’s a look at three great secret hiking locations. 

Willis Creek Slot Canyon – Utah

Willis Creek Willis Creek flows along the edge of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, from Bryce Canyon National Park to Sheep Creek. It’s a fairly easy hike along the flat stream bed through the deeply sculpted canyon, where blue skies peek through the overhanging ridges. One of nature’s finest sculptures, Willis

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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 geologic

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Shillelagh Slot Canyon

Irish Slot Canyons

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Known collectively as the Irish Slot Canyons, Shillelagh, Blarney and Leprechaun canyons are accessible about 33 miles south of Hanksville in the North Wash, which runs parallel to Highway 95. Sandthrax is a fourth Irish Slot Canyon that is lesser known and much more difficult to explore. The North Wash starts out as a sandy creek bed near the Henry Mountains and runs south all the way to Lake Powell where it ends as a 1,200-feet deep

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Flash Floods – Slot Canyons

Bryce Canyon Country’s slot canyons are evidence of the extraordinary powers of moving water. Powerful flowing rivers, heavy thunderstorms, and spring run-off from snow-covered mountains have all had a hand in chiseling, shaping, and smoothing the narrow sandstone canyons.

Flash floods most easily occur in narrow places such as these slot canyons.

Flash floods, caused by a sudden rush of water filling a narrow space, are also a powerful force in a slot canyon’s formation. During a flash flood, rapidly

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Slot Canyon – Little Death Hollow

The Escalante River canyons are abundant in the area surrounding Scenic Byway 12 between Boulder and Escalante. The canyons in this area of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument vary from narrow and deep to wide open. Some of the most frequently explored canyons of this region include Upper and Lower Calf Creek Falls, Upper and Lower Escalante, and Little Death Hollow.

Slot Canyons are abundant in the Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase Region

Little Death Hollow is about eight miles

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Slot Canyons – Round Valley Draw

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Round Valley Draw slot canyon is tucked into the Kaiparowits Plateau section of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s backcountry wilderness. Located near Cannonville, Bryce Canyon, and Kodachrome Basin State Park, the 4.5- to 6-mile roundtrip route through Round Valley Draw takes hikers on a scenic, tunnel-like adventure through the narrows of the Paria River drainage system. There are few obstacles, but it’s helpful to have at least one experienced climber in the group for navigating large boulders and a couple

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Coyote Gulch Slot Canyon – Grand Staircase

Coyote Gulch winds through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s red rock backcountry.   The full length of this popular Escalante River Canyon is about 11.5 miles roundtrip and requires a good deal of stamina—with a pretty spectacular payoff.  Highlights along the way include Stevens Arch and Jacob Hamblin Arch, Coyote Natural Bridge, and Crack-in-the-Rock.

A waterfall in Coyote Gulch Slot Canyon in Utah's Bryce Canyon Country. Click for larger image.

Coyote Gulch is located about 30 miles southeast

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