Top Summer Experiences in Bryce Canyon Country, Utah

What do you want to do this summer? If you’re planning a trip to Utah, you can check off some exciting activities from your bucket list in Garfield County. You might have heard about hiking in Bryce Canyon, but what else can you do in the area? A lot—a whole lot!

There are so many fun summer experiences in Utah—and the following eight are just a sample of what you can do. Snap some pictures of your adventures in Utah and

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The Burr Trail

The Burr Trail: Secret Access to Lake Powell & Capitol Reef

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Bryce Canyon Country boasts all sorts of hidden beauty waiting to be discovered and explored – and sometimes a scenic drive is just the way to do it. The Burr Trail begins near Boulder, UT, and winds for 66 miles through some of southern Utah’s most untamed landscape. Take a scenic trip through majesty and history along this remote backway, which follows the cattle trail blazed by John Atlantic Burr in the 1800s. Follow the winding road through the southern

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Scenic Byway 12

Scenic Byway 12 – Another Best Nomination

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Scenic Byway 12 as it passes through Red Canyon near Bryce Canyon

Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 continues to garner accolades from publications that highlight this 120 mile long road as one of the best in America.  Country Magazine is the latest to single out Scenic Byway 12 as one of the best, placing it in a list with these other interesting scenic drives.

• Blue Grass Valley Road in the Alleghenies
• Door County, Wisc. Coastal Byway
• Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana’s

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Sunrise in Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park from Boulder

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Capitol Reef National Park – Sunrise

Bryce Canyon isn’t the only National Park accessible from Bryce Canyon Country. Did you know Capitol Reef National Park runs north-south into Garfield County, and is easily accessible for visitors staying in Boulder or Escalante? From either town, take Scenic Byway 12 to Torrey, then head east on Highway 24 to the Capitol Reef visitor center.

The Scenic Drive in Capitol Reef National Park

The easiest way to explore Capitol Reef National Park

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Escalante Utah Town

History of Escalante, Utah

Escalante’s namesake is one of its earliest visitors who passed through the region long before the community was actually established. When Franciscan missionary Silvestre Velez de Escalante was summoned to California in 1776 he carefully journaled his trip through the area now known as Escalante. Another famous expedition took place nearly a century later, when Captain James Andrus led the Southern Utah militia through the region during the Black Hawk Indian War in 1866. But it was Mormon pioneers who

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Bryce Canyon in Winter

Winter in Bryce Canyon Country

This formation that looks like those found in Bryce Canyon is actually in Red Canyon along Scenic Byway 12, and is easily photographed from the road.

All through the late fall we will begin to experience the glories of the winter season.  Bryce Canyon and the surrounding region will receive different levels of snowfall, and many areas will have enough snow for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling.

Red Canyon Arch in Winter

Looking ahead at the coming months

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World’s 10 Most Beautiful Highways – Scenic Byway 12

Scenic Byway 12 in Red Canyon, part of the Dixie National Forest.

Scenic Byway 12 takes you on a spectacular 124-mile journey through Bryce Canyon Country’s ruggedly beautiful and varied landscape, and was just rated by FoxNews.com as one of the “World’s 10 Most Beautiful Highways.”   One afternoon on the open road is all it takes to see why.

Kodachrome Basin State Park is one of three state parks along Utah’s Scenic Byway 12

In Bryce Canyon Country,

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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.

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Highway 12 On The Today Show

Scenic Byway 12 was highlighted on the Today show this week.   Jenna Bush Hager, one of the twin daughters of George W. Bush takes viewers on a scenic tour of Scenicy Byway 12 near Bryce Canyon and through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.   View the story here.

Scenic Byway 12 Featured on the Today Show

Scenic Byway 12 – Interpretive Info. Locations

Scenic Byway 12 winds east-west through the heart of Bryce Canyon Country, leading travelers through some of the most remote and awe-inspiring scenery in southern Utah.  A virtual passage through time, Scenic Byway 12 bears witness to eroded cliffs, Native American cliff dwellings, and authentic pioneer structures that stand today as a testament to the area’s rich geologic and human history.  Beginning on the southwest end near Panguitch at the junction of Highway 89, Scenic Byway 12 traverses for 124

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