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Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon, National Park, Southern, Utah, Sunrise, Red Rock

Bryce Canyon National Park

Characterized by its thousands of pillars, columns, windows, and hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park has been carved over millions of years of erosion by wind, sand, snow, and ice.see more »

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31: Escalante Historic Walking Tour: Take a walk through the historic red brick homes, businesses and barns of Escalante. Ask for a map of the self-guided tour in any of the businesses in Escalante. http://www.brycecanyoncountry.com/escalantecity.html?info=lodge#info

32 Cottonwood Canyon Road Scenic Backway: This route features strangely eroded rock formations in Cottonwood Canyon and Kodachrome Basin State Park. A popular feature is Grosvenor Arch, a soaring pastel buttress located about ten miles east of the Kodachrome Basin turn-off. In Cottonwood Canyon, the sandstone colors are particularly striking. The Paria River and the rugged Cockscomb formation are also prominent features of this journey. http://www.brycecanyoncountry.com/scenicdrives.html
(Caution: Cottonwood canyon may be impassable due to recent rains. Inquire locally for updated conditions.)

33 East Fork, Sevier Scenic Backway: This backway is located in a broad valley scattered with ponderosa pine. Panoramic views open in all directions. Red rock formations and other geologic features are visible along the road. Mid-route is Tropic Reservoir providing fishing, boating and camping. This route follows the east fork of the Sevier River which meanders near the road. At the backway's end is the Podunk Guard Station, built in 1928. http://www.brycecanyoncountry.com/scenicdrives.html

34 Escalante Petrified Forest State Park: Escalante State Park has nature trails through the remnants of a petrified forest, where hikers can view fossils, petrified wood, fossilized dinosaur bones, and artifacts left by ancient Fremont Indians who inhabited this area nearly 1,000 years ago. Nearby Wide Hollow Reservoir provides boating, canoeing, fishing and bird watching opportunities. http://www.stateparks.utah.gov

35 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: A vast and rugged, yet easily accessible national monument. Divided into three regions: Canyons of the Escalante, Grand Staircase, and the Kaiparowits Plateau, scenic and recreational opportunities abound within the monument. Scenic Byway 12, a federally designated All-American Road, between Boulder and Bryce, and U.S. 89 between Kanab and Big Water, provide easy access to the graded dirt roads that crisscross the monument. Enjoy an easy hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls, or a more intense exploration of the slot canyons off the Hole in the Rock Road (dirt road, check for current conditions). Visitor centers are located in Kanab, Escalante, Cannonville, and Big Water. http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/grand_staircase-escalante.html

36 Kodachrome Basin State Park: Kodachrome Basin is a spectacle of massive sandstone chimneys and pillars, ranging in height from six to 170 feet, changing from gray and white to shades of red, depending on the light and shadows of the day. The park offers camping in solitude and desert beauty immediately adjacent to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with several hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. http://www.stateparks.utah.gov

37 Red Canyon: Twelve miles outside of Bryce Canyon National Park, on Scenic Byway 12, Red Canyon beckons with a similar red rock landscape. Like Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon's hoodoos were sculpted from limestone over eons from wind and water erosion. Red Canyon is part of the Dixie National Forest and follows Scenic Byway 12 for about four miles. The hoodoos can be explored with short hikes along many of the trails that run throughout the canyon, or along the paved, five-mile Red Canyon Bike Path. http://www.brycecanyoncountry.com/red-canyon.html

38 Scenic Byway 12-Utah's All-American Road: Passing through some of the most spectacular scenery and natural wonders seen along any rural route in the nation, this exceptional 124-mile route negotiates an isolated landscape of canyons, plateaus, and valleys ranging from 4,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level. You'll encounter archaeological, cultural, historical, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities while driving this exhilarating byway. http://www.scenicbyway12.com/

39 Scenic Byway 143-America's Patchwork Parkway: This national scenic byway climbs past the colorful Vermilion Cliffs through Parowan Canyon, rises to forested heights of 10,000 feet, then drops down to Panguitch. Scenic Byway 143 is fondly referred to as the Patchwork Parkway because of a significant historic event, where early pioneers saved themselves from starvation by using quilts to cross the deep winter snows of the plateau. Places of interest include Brian Head Peak, Panguitch Lake, Markagunt Plateau forests, and the town of Panguitch-listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The colorful aspens and maples in mid-September make this a perfect autumn drive. http://utahspatchworkparkway.com/