Bryce Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

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    Hike the Canyon Bottom

    by Toughluck Updated Mar 25, 2008

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    Paul Bunyan's Potty

    All of the trails lead from the rim of the canyon into the depths and eventually reach the bottom. There is a 1.8 mile (2.9 km) Bryce Creek trail that leads to the east boundary. Along this route, you'll peer into numerous side canyons, less ornate than those near the rim. As you walk down into the canyon, you'll be passing the newest spires and walls. With each step, you'll be walking forward (or is it backward) in time. The spires become less ornate, the walls shorter and simpler. Then you'll see the canyons widening out and the wall less imposing. When you reach the east boundary, you'll be in a forest of pines, having travelled back to the oldest part of the canyon, or forward to what 'today's' rim will look like in the future.

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    Search for wild life!

    by heitzenrater Written Aug 12, 2007
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    If you keep a close eye out you may be able to see a bunch of wild life. All sorts of creepy crawlers, and furry creatures everywhere. Enjoy but be careful because all things can be dangerous.

    The deer are tame but be careful not to feed them, they will become dependent on human food.

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    Winter in the Canyon

    by Toughluck Written Apr 13, 2007

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    Winter on the canyon

    Most travelors won't be in the area during the winter, but winter offers some unique opportunities. The south road to Rainbow Point is closed to traffic and becomes a 17 mile (27.4 km) one-way cross country ski trail that rises from 7,000 to 9,000 ft (2,134 to 2,743 m) in elevation.

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    Capital Reef National Park

    by StephanB Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    I believe this is the least visited national Park in Utah. Maybe everyone is so centered on the "biggies" like Bryce, Arches and Zion that they don't have the time to visit capital Reef. We thought it was an amazing place. Great hiking, viewing, etc. If you are in the area, take an extra day and visit Capital Reef.

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    Stampede in Panguitch?

    by Jerelis Written Jul 3, 2006

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    Looking at very wilde horses at Panguitch.

    To be honest ---> We didn't see too much of this small town ...

    We came here to see about 100 wild horses leave for Kanab. They were accompanied by cowboys on horses and covered waggons. The breakfast at 6 o'clock in the morning at the coffee shop was great!

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    Driving through Canyonland.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 3, 2006

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    Relinde looking over Canyon Land.
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    Canyonlands National Park is very well named for it is all canyons of many types. One of the most remote and unreachable parks that is in Utah. Divided into three areas: the Maze, Island in the Sky, and the Needles. Each is remove and unreachable from the other areas.

    Driving through this area was quite amazing. We didn't have too many stops here and just used it to get to our other highlights of our trip. But every now and then we stopped just to make a nice picture.

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    Kanab - A nice western style town

    by Jerelis Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Jeroen playing poker at a bar in Kanab.

    A nice western style town situated between Glen Canyon N.R.A. and Bryce Canyon. Famous of all the movies and tv-series shot in this area like "The Lone Ranger", "Lassie" and "Maverick".

    We made a short stop for some refreshments and had a quick look around.

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    Willis Creek and others

    by WinInZion Updated Apr 2, 2006

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    Looking into Willis Creek, a neat little hike.
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    We spend a good amount of time exploring Utah and love the area outside of Bryce. If you want to take a ride out HWY 12 from Bryce I can't say enough good things about the area around Cannonville. If you exit at Cannonville and follow the signs for Kodachrome State Pk you're on the right track. Here's what I would recommend:

    Take the first dirt road you come to marked by a sign that points to Kanab. This is Skutempah Rd and you need to only go in about 6 miles to reach Willis Creek.. This is a really nice slot canyon and very easy hiking. Wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet. I mostly wear sandals for this hike.

    Note: Check with the BLM office in Cannonville to make sure the road is open! Thiss can get snow and may not be open Nov-May.

    Either going or coming you can stop at Kodachrome. The day I was there it was pouring rain and we didn't get a good chance to explore. Cottonwood Rd exits at Kodachrome and this is a good choice if you're heading to Rt 89. Grosvenors Arch is is not far down and is beautiful. Again, check to make sure the road is open.

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    Go Four-Wheeling in the Dixie National Forest

    by mikelisaanna Written Dec 3, 2005

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    A pretty valley in the Dixie National Forest

    The Dixie National Forest is adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park and is criss-crossed by dirt and gravel roads that can be easily traveled with a four-wheel drive vehicle. The scenery is great and it is a great way to get away from the crowds. There are a number of campgrounds in the Dixie National Forest if you are unable to get one in Bryce. Admission to the Dixie National Forest is free.

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    Go Four-Wheeling in the Dixie National Forest

    by mikelisaanna Written Dec 3, 2005

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    A pretty valley in the Dixie National Forest

    The Dixie National Forest is adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park and is criss-crossed by dirt and gravel roads that can be easily traveled with a four-wheel drive vehicle. The scenery is great and it is a great way to get away from the crowds. There are a number of campgrounds in the Dixie National Forest if you are unable to get one in Bryce. Admission to the Dixie National Forest is free.

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    Tropic Reservoir in the Dixie National Forest

    by mikelisaanna Written Dec 3, 2005

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    A view with the Tropic Resrvoir in the distance

    Tropic Reservoir is a manmade lake in the Dixie National Forest, which is adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park. It is a good place to go fishing, as is the stream in the valley south of the reservoir. It is reachable via an unpaved road that heads south off of Route 12 a few miles west of the Bryce Canyon National Park entrance.

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    Douglas Firs – and their power to grab for light

    by Trekki Written Sep 5, 2005

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    The famous Twin Douglas Fir

    On Navajo Loop Trail you will also meet another very famous model which makes you stop to take a picture.
    It’s a Douglas Fir with a strange growing development: out of the trunk, a little side branch has grown and developed to a kind of twin to the bigger brother – or maybe the baby fir of mother fir – clung together for eternity.

    In the picture, the main trunk is right hand, the side trunk left hand.

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    Double Bridge on Navajo Loop Trail

    by Trekki Written Sep 5, 2005

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    Double Bridge - on Navajo Loop Trail

    An interesting rock formation, you will see during the Navajo Loop Trail. It’s called Double Bridge, and is two bridges, which has been left between two walls during canyon carving.

    On the picture, you can clearly see one, the second one is close to the bottom of the walls.

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    Dresscode – oops color code required .....

    by Trekki Updated Sep 5, 2005

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    Posing against sky and rocks

    Well, this is more of a joke tip – but it has a hint of reality :-)

    In these red-red-red colored mountains and rocks, it might be a good idea to select a harmonising color of your clothes.
    Blue seems to be nice, as it fits well to the everblue sky.

    Sometimes I saw people who got their pictures taken in screaming yellow or lime green shirts… this was a bit against my aesthetic feeling :-)

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    Farview Point in the winter

    by goingsolo Written Dec 19, 2004

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    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Nothing brings out the beauty of Bryce like wintertime. Seeing the colorful red and orange spires adorned with snow is the way they were meant to be seen. Bryce is striking in the summer, but becomes a winter paradise in its paradoxically off season.

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