Bryce Canyon National Park and Area Attractions
Bryce Canyon Country Cabins is perfectly located for you to enjoy Bryce Canyon National Park along with this area’s many other nearby attractions. In fact two fantastic hiking trails, located within three miles of our cabins, offer a different perspective of Bryce Canyon National Park not found along the rim. The Tropic Trail, accessed at the end of Tropic’s Bryce Way, provides a view of the colorful hoodoos of Bryce Canyon’s main amphitheater from the bottom up, connecting to the popular Queen’s Garden Trail and Navajo Trail. A short drive north of Tropic on UT 12 will take you to the Mossy Cave Trail, which runs along an irrigation ditch to a spectacular rock overhang fed by an underground spring.
For a different scenic experience only 15 minutes south, Kodachrome Basin State Park is full of enjoyable, short hiking trails that meander through colorful rock spires.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the great wonders of the world. We guarantee that you’ve never seen anything like it. The Bryce Canyon Country Cabins are located just one mile from the boundary of the National Park and only eleven miles from the main entrance. We are also located next to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, which is one of the newest National Monuments in America.
The Native American Indians in this region long referred to Bryce Canyon as “a bowl shaped canyon with men standing without hands.”
Bryce Canyon is actually a series of amphitheaters cut into the Eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt plateau. The National Park ranges in elevation, along the rim, from approximately 8,000 feet to over 9,000 feet at the northern end of the park.
The formations within Bryce Canyon National Park, called Hoodoos, are the creation of wind and water erosion over eons of time. The natural orange and red hues that color these formations are the result of iron oxidizing within the rock. Bryce Canyon National Park is truly one of the most spectacular scenic wonders in the world. Step down inside these canyons and you will feel as if you have entered another world.
Drive through the park taking time to pull off at overlooks and gaze into the canyon amphitheaters below. The park slowly rises 1,000 feet in elevation as you move from North to South.
Hike into any one of the amphitheaters on a myriad of trails. There is an extensive system of trails in the main amphitheater near the visitor center. You can even start at the top and walk down through the park then conclude your hike at the town of Tropic.
Ride Horseback or along the canyon rim with one of several different outfitters. Riding horseback is a safe and easy way to come back up to the rim. Remember that you will be hiking at elevations ranging between 7,500 and 9,000 feet so the horses can make the experience of going up-hill quite a bit easier.
Fly via plane or helicopter around the park extremities. For those of you who want a thrill, this is one incredible way to see more of the park and to get up close to some of the large hoodoo formations in the outer regions of the park.
Ride an ATV. While you can not ride a mechanized vehicle on trails in the park, you can take an ATV or even a mountain bike into some areas such as Red Canyon where the formations are identical to the park.
Don’t hesitate to stop and take photos and remember that there is a visitor center where you can gain additional information.
Southern Utah is full of wonderful scenery that attracts and captivates millions of visitors each year, from Bryce Canyon National Park to Scenic Byway 12, which provides easy access to a large section of this prime scenery. In fact, this roadway was named one of America’s most scenic by Car and Driver magazine.
In 1875, Mormon settler Ebenezer Bryce came to the Paria Valley to live and to harvest timber along thecanyon rim. His neighbors began to refer the canyon behind his home as Bryce’s Canyon. In 1924, national legislation was written which gave Bryce Canyon official National Park status as Utah National Park. Later in 1928 the provisions of the 1924 legislation were properly met and the park name was changed to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Scenic Byway 12 begins as it intersects US Highway 89 near Red Canyon and continues east and eventually north to Highway 24 near Torrey. While it is only 124 miles long, the byway spans an area with eight designated nature areas including three national parks, three state parks, a national recreation area, and a national monument.