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Quick Getaway – Bryce Canyon Country

Quick Getaway - Bryce Canyon Country

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White Pine Living has some helpful information for you to plan your trip to this amazing wonder, and it is all just a short distance from home.

Bryce Canyon National Park is absolutely stunning in every season.  You can enjoy this place year-round.  The winter months provide a unique experience at the park in contrast to what you will see in the more popular peak seasons.

 

What Can I Do There?

Quick Getaway – Bryce Canyon Country has too much to do. We found ourselves struggling to even scratch the surface of everything that we wanted to see. We will give you some information on some of our favorite highlights for this area.

Calf Creek Falls Lower Hiking Trail, in Grandstaircase Escalante.  This hike is approximately 6 miles roundtrip.  It is exposed to the sun most of the way.  We would recommend doing this in the cooler months.  However, if you decide to go to this spot during the summer months you will be rewarded with a cold swim under the falls.  The hike is relatively flat and is located just off of Highway 12 11 miles south of the town of Boulder, Utah.

Quick Getaway - Bryce Canyon Country

CALF CREEK LOWER FALLS, UTAH

Mossy Cave and Falls, in Bryce Canyon.  This hike is approximately 0.5 miles in from a parking lot just off of Highway 12.  You will find this lot to your right as you descend the hill from Bryce to Tropic.  This waterfall was much bigger and more intense than we were expecting.  It provided a super refreshing cool down after hiking in the sun all day.  You will have to share this area with several other people during mid-day.  However, if you go after five you will find the crowds have died down. The cave is located just up a short trail from the waterfall.

MOSSY CAVE FALLS, UTAH

Quick Getaways- Bryce Canyon Country

MOSSY CAVE, UTAH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willis Creek Narrows, Near Cannonville, Utah.  This hike is approximately four miles roundtrip.  You will need to take a dirt/clay road for six miles to reach this destination.  Turn on the 2nd street in Cannonville.  You can stop in at the visitor center for more information.  Head out of this road towards Kodachrome State Park.  You will turn right on Skutumpah Road.  Continue on this road for six miles. We definitely would not suggest doing this drive when it is wet.  These narrows are a great place to start smaller kids.  The water is fun but easy to navigate.  A lot of the hike is shaded, so this is a great one for really hot days.

Quick Getaways- Bryce Canyon Country

WILLIS CREEK NARROWS, UTAH

This is just a few possible excursions.  You can go on ATV trails for miles and miles.  There are tons of 4 x 4 roads.  Horseback riding and mountain bike trips are offered out of Bryce City. There are tons of trails and attractions to see within Bryce Canyon National Park and Escalante Grand Staircase Monument.

Where Can I Stay?

There are several hotels, motels and cabin rentals available in the area.  They also have great campgrounds.  If you are looking to ditch the crowds a bit, we highly recommend Pine Lake Campground.  This is located in the higher elevations approximately seventeen miles north of Bryce City.  Kings Creek Campground is located off of a dirt road and is approximately seven miles from Bryce City.  Red Canyon Campground is really pretty.  However, ***be warned***, it is located right off of the highway.  The road noise is very loud.  It would probably be ok for RV camping, but I would not recommend this for tent camping. The National Park also offers several campground options within the park.

Quick Getaway- Bryce Canyon Country

PINE LAKE CAMPGROUND, UTAH

Quick Getaways- Bryce Canyon Country

KINGS CREEK CAMPGROUND, UTAH

Quick Getaway- Bryce Canyon Country

RED CANYON CAMPGROUND, UTAH

The Ruby’s Inn Resort is the main hotel in the area.  They have a restaurant and general store.  However, there are many other options.  Prices within Bryce City can be pretty high, especially in peak seasons.  We would recommend looking into options in Panguitch if you would like something a little more affordable.  Panguitch is only a twenty-mile drive from the park and it is much less crowded.

Quick Getaway- Bryce Canyon Country

RUBY’S INN, BRYCE CITY, UTAH

 The Purple Sage Motel caught our attention.  It is small but well maintained.  It is rated as the #2 motel in the area by TripAdvisor.

Quick Getaways- Bryce Canyon Country

PURPLE SAGE MOTEL, PANGUITCH, UTAH

 

 

 

Where Should We EAT?

Brody’s tacos in Milford, Utah is great.  The outside of the building doesn’t look like much, but the food is really good.  The staff were friendly, prices were reasonable, and service was pretty quick.

Quick Getaway- Bryce Canyon Country

BRODY’S TACOS, MILFORD, UTAH

Quite possibly the greatest old fashioned burger joint left standing is located in Panguitch, Utah.  We drove forty miles several times to enjoy this place.  The shakes at Henrie’s are REALLY good!

Quick Getaways- Bryce Canyon Country

HENRIE’S, PANGUITCH, UTAH

How Do I Get There?

The drive to Bryce Canyon takes approximately four hours.  You will head towards Baker, Nevada near Great Basin National Park.  Keep going to Garrison, Utah.  Then drive approximately ninety miles to Milford, Utah.  A short while later you will go through Beaver, Utah.  Services and food options are minimal on this route, so be sure to gas up when you can.  You will drop down on I-15 and take the exit for UT-21 towards Panguitch, Utah. Go through Panguitch, and then make a left on Highway 12 towards Bryce Canyon.  With the exception of a very remote stretch of road out of Baker, the drive is really nice.

 

White Pine Living hopes you enjoy your Quick Getaway – Bryce Canyon Country.  Share your pictures and experiences with us when you get home!

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