The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is one of the best places on the planet for getting an up-close look at landforms such as arches, natural bridges, slot canyons, and “hoodoo” rock formations. And unlike other popular areas like Moab, Bryce, and Zion, you have a good chance of finding some solitude out on the trail. These four must-do day hikes in Escalante will give you a good introduction to the monument’s unique landscape.
When you think of doing the ultimate road trip through Utah canyon country, the first thing that comes to your mind is—of course—the panoramic overlooks, narrow canyons, and oddly-shaped rock formations. But southern Utah also has some places to see that go beyond just admiring the red rocks. Here are five unique sites in Utah canyon country that will give you a taste of the region’s cultural flavor and colorful history. Fry Canyon Lodge When I first started visiting Utah canyon country back in the late 1990s, I read about Fry Canyon Lodge and kept telling myself I would […]
With 2.6 million visitors in 2017, Bryce Canyon National Park ranks among the most popular national parks in the United States. What many people don’t realize, however, is that there are some other spectacular places just a short drive from the park. Next time you’re in the Bryce area check out these four hikes, including one that’s officially in Bryce Canyon but outside the main park entrance, one in a national monument, and one in a state park.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that I love hiking. Without a doubt, the best way to experience southeast Utah is to get out of your car and into the canyons. But for those of you who prefer to experience nature from the safety of your vehicle, or for folks who are looking for the most scenic (or only) way to get from Point A to Point B, here are five scenic drives in Utah canyon country. Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (SR-128) If you’ve always taken I-70 west all the to the US 191 exit […]