School is Here: You Can Still Do Day Trips for Days

On Facebook and Instagram, you see your friends going on adventurous trips. You wish you could also participate in such activities, but with school in session again, you feel you can’t. However, by taking day trips, you CAN! Even though school happens Monday through Friday, Saturdays are open for many memorable one day excursions in Garfield County, Utah.

What is a day trip? According to Google, it’s a journey or excursion completed in one day. Day

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The Grand Staircase in Utah and Arizona

The Real Grand Staircase – First Three Steps

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The Grand Staircase is a massive geologic phenomenon that defines millions of acres of landscape in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Made up of five defining “layers,” the oldest layers of the Grand Staircase are found at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, while the newest layer makes up Bryce Canyon. Starting with the oldest layer first, the stair steps are named for their general color: chocolate, vermillion, white, gray, and pink. As the landscape shifted over the millennia

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Cottonwood Canyon Road Utah

The Grand Staircase in Fall

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Fall is gorgeous all on its own. Add in the majestic landscape of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and it becomes beyond breathtaking. As the temperatures cool with the arrival of fall, it’s a great time to visit Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Fall is perfect for scenic drives, and hiking adventures in GSENM. SCENIC DRIVESHop on Cottonwood Canyon Road from Cannonville and before you know it you’ll be transported through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on a rugged canyon

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Devils Garden Utah

Devils Garden: A Natural Playground

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Welcome to Devils Garden, a natural playground located in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument about 17 miles southeast of Escalante. This surreal high desert landscape is accented by natural sandstone arches, hoodoos and monoliths colorfully sculpted over 170 million years by wind, ice, and thermal erosion. Distinct layers of red and white sandstone, blended with erosion-resistant caprock, create some of the area’s most notable rock formations such as Metate Arch, Mano Arch, Gnome Rock, the Marching Trolls, and the Four

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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

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Utah's Devils Garden

SECRETS PLACES – BRYCE CANYON COUNTRY

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Devils Garden is part of Bryce Canyon Country and is found along the famous Hole In The Rock road.

Around the bend or just a little further down the road is often where you’ll find the most unique attractions of the Bryce Canyon region. Here’s just a few of our best kept secrets.

Devils Garden rock formations.

Devils Garden
This natural rock play-land will make a kid out of any adult. Visitors to Devils Garden love to explore and, in

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Tropic Utah

Tropic, Utah – The Base of Bryce Canyon

Tropic, Utah sits at the base of Bryce Canyon National Park.

Tropic is the largest of three small ranching communities that make up the Bryce Valley area located just outside Bryce Canyon National Park.  This little gem of a town is set amidst some of the most scenic southern Utah landscape imaginable: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Dixie National Forest, Red Canyon, and of course Bryce Canyon, just to name a few.

Kodachrome Basin State Park is just

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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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Natural Arches & Bridges in Bryce Canyon Country

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Mother Nature is always hard at work shaping Bryce Canyon Country’s awe-inspiring bridges and arches. So what distinguishes these seemingly similar rock formations? A natural bridge is created from walled cliffs primarily by moving water erosion, such as a stream or river, whereas a natural arch is influenced by other forces of nature, like water, wind, chemical weathering, and frost wedging.

An arch formation in Devils Garden just off the Hole In The Rock Road.

One of the best-known natural

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Grand Staircase Visual

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Sometimes you have to paint your verbal picture with a real picture that truly illustrates what something looks like.  In this case, we are referring to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

A view of three of the steps that are part of the Grand Staircase

This photo is taken from the Kaibab Plateau which is where the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is found. From this plateau you can look north and view three of the main steps

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