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 […]
I got my first glimpse of Utah canyon country right after graduating from college. With my hard-earned bachelor’s degree in hand, I decided to celebrate by heading out west with my 10-year old son to see Yellowstone and the national parks of southern Utah. I grew up on the Atlantic coast of Florida, so our family vacations involved either Gulf Coast beaches or Disney World. Southern Utah’s remote wilderness of meandering rivers, deep canyons, and redrock sandstone was like another planet to me, and I was awestruck by the surreal landscape I saw. I was hooked, and one year after […]
This month we have a guest post from canyoneering guide and instructor Jared Hillhouse. Jared runs North Wash Outfitters, an adventure guide service based in Blanding, Utah. He also works with San Juan County Search and Rescue as lead instructor and ropes team commander. When it comes to exploring Utah slot canyons, Jared “knows the ropes”—literally. Below, he tells us about some of his favorite slot canyon trips in Utah canyon country. ************************************* by Jared Hillhouse I grew up a Utah boy, living in the mountains of the Wasatch Front where I fell in love with hiking, camping, and fishing. […]