Bryce Canyon Forest

The Grand Staircase – Upper Steps

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In our prior post about the Grand Staircase we addressed the steps in the staircase that begin with the Grand Canyon and then move north toward the Vermillion and White Cliffs.  In this post we talk about the northern upper steps of these geologic layers. 

These gray formations are found below the Aquarius Plateau and are called “The Blues”.

The Gray CliffsTraveling between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National park only takes about an hour of driving but unveils

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Boulder Mountain Road

Boulder Mountain – A year-round destination.

Boulder Mountain is a destination all in itself, with endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation. With more than 50,000 acres of forest on the Aquarius Plateau, Boulder Mountain is the highest timbered plateau in North America. Blue Bell Knoll — called Boulder Top by locals — peaks at 11,313 feet. As you can imagine, the views are spectacular in every direction, with Capitol Reef National Park to the east, Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area and the Escalante River to

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Scenes of Escalante, Utah

We recently posted about the history of Escalante, Utah.  Here’s a video that portrays some of Escalante in modern day.

Escalante offers some excellent shopping, dining, lodging, art, and outdoor adventure experiences.

Situated on the edge of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, this quaint and historic pioneer town is now one of the great jumping points for exploration of the surrounding scenic attractions that also include, Boulder Mountain, Kodachrome Basin State  Park, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and more.

Read about the history

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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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Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area

Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area contains 25,751 acres of unspoiled rugged beauty, with sheer vertical Navajo sandstone canyon walls carved by tributaries of the Escalante River rising majestically above the canyon floor.  Pine Creek runs north-south through a steep monocline to form the area known as The Box.  The Wilderness Area is home to a variety of wildlife such as mule deer, elk, cougar, and several bird species, and wild populations of brown and rainbow trout found in Pine Creek.

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Scenic Backroads – Pine Creek – Hell’s Backbone

The combination of Highway 12, Pine Creek Road, and Hell’s Backbone Road create a scenic loop that includes multiple landscapes and points of interest along one driving route, and provides an easy way to see various landmarks in a single day trip.

The loop, which partially traverses areas of the Boulder Mountain, can begin from one of two towns.  The first, Escalante, is a great location to learn more about the area’s history.  In May 2011 the first phase of the Escalante

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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

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