Be sure to make it to the end of the 17 mile drive into Bryce Canyon National Park. The panorama views from Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Point are well worth the drive.
A sunset in Escalante stirs the soul. Escalante is along Scenic Highway 12.
These are the switchbacks found on the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. The loop offers an opportunity to drop into the canyon on one path and then to climb out on another. This is one of the most popular trials in the park. You can hike into this loop from the Tropic side of the park in the valley below Bryce.
The Burr Trail is a spectacular journey through a part of Southern Utah that is the icing on the cake. Long canyon and the switchbacks are a couple of highlights. This makes for a great day trip and you can take in Capitol Reef at the end.
Queens Garden Trail
The Queens Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park is one of my favorites. It connects with the Navajo Loop Trail. I choose to take the steeper Navajo Loop trail down and then leisurely enjoyed the more gradual Queens Garden trail back to the rim. This trail includes a fun variety of landscapes including several fun tunnels.
This was taken along the Escalante River Trail (accessible from Highway 12, about 10 miles east of the town of Escalante). The Escalante River offers views rich with vegetation and slick rock. Take a day and explore the canyons.
This formation is found along the Mossy Cave trail which is a please .75 mile hike just off the highway. The trailhead is 3.5 miles north of Tropic on Highway 12. This make for the perfect evening excursion. The kids will love it. There is a fun bridge to cross, mossy cave, a waterfall, and beautiful views like this one. This is within the boundries of Bryce Canyon National Park
The Escalante Canyons are waiting to be explored and are found along Highway 12. The Escalante Canyons Marathon is ran on this stretch of road. Boulder to Escalante offers some of the most breath taking and inspiring views you will ever see. The drive alone is an experience all its own. Be sure to allow time to see the highway 12 scenic route.
View from Bryce Point
I don't think Bryce Point is the highest view point in the park, but it is up there and on the morning of Christmas Eve it can get pretty cold. But the the cold was so worth it this day. As the sun rose and lit the redrocks on fire, something inside you stirs and warms your soul. The smile on my face temporarily overcame the cold and I decided to stay a little longer. Bryce Canyon in the winter is absolutely stunning. Brave the cold and come see the majesty that is a snow covered Bryce Canyon.
Top of "The Dump"
This sunset came after a beautiful summer rainstorm that rolled across the plateau. Just on top of "The Dump" the portion of Highway 12 which drops off the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park which leads down into Bryce Valley, this picture was taken looking back to the easterly sunset. It is called "The Dump" because of the old pioneer irrigation ditch that "dumps" off the rim and feeds the irrigation systems for the farmers in Bryce Valley.
Probably the most iconic attraction in Bryce Canyon, Thor's Hammer stands alone against a dramatic backdrop. This can be found on the north side of the Navajo Look trail in the park. My favorite time of day to capture this scene is with the morning light.
Fire In The Sky
So I am lucky enough to have views like this on a fairly regular basis. This was taken from my back porch on an evening after a massive storm drenched our community. This view is along the road to the Kodachrome Basin State Park (a lesser know hidden treasure in Bryce Valley). This park is about a 20 minute drive from Tropic.
Escalante Natural Bridge
This bridge is massive. Easily 100 feet above you solid rock is suspended in the air. The Escalante River creeps by and offers a cool refreshing from the summers heat. This about a 4 mile round trip hike. The trail crosses the small river several times allowing you to keep cool and enjoy the water. Click here for more information about this hike from VisitUtah.com
This is the valley where the Red Ledges is located. Be sure to enjoy the quiet streets with an evening stroll through town.
Stormy days are the best for landscape photography. The BV on the hill is for Bryce Valley which takes in all the three communities in the valley below Bryce Canyon. They are the towns of Tropic, Cannonville, and Henrieville. These towns have a rich heritage of farming and ranching. Be sure to take some time to take in the views these communities offer and stroll the streets to get a feel of what a small town feels like.
Where's the Umbrella?
This view is on the road to the Kodachrome Basin State Park, just south of the town of Cannonville. Summer storms roll through the valleys and the wild turkeys gobble in response to the thunder. Add the smell of rain-soaked sagebrush and you have a perfect summer evening.
South of Cannonville there are a number of beautiful and intriguing slot canyons. So many come here to see Bryce Canyon, which is so worth the trip, but spend some extra time with us and explore places like Bull Valley Gorge, Willis Creek, Grosvenors Arch, and the Cottonwood Narrows.
Utah's Highway 12 takes you through Red Canyon on your way to the Red Ledges Inn. This canyon has some fantastic hiking trails that take you out into the red rocks and hoodoos. The Dixie National Forest maintains a great visitor center with information about the area and things to do and see. Click here for more information.
This view is the inspiration for our hotel name. Powell Point is the south end of the massive mountain range known as the Aquarius Plateau. This point was used as a central focul point in the mapping of this area by the early explorer John Wesley Powell. This the name Powell Point. The red ledges of this landmark light up in the evening as though they are on fire. Different time of the year offer more of a glow than others, but this is the view from out hotel. In addition to the red ledges of Powell Point, the boundaries and red ledges of Bryce Canyon surround us to the north and the west. Although you can't see them from Tropic, Cannonville and the country to the south of us are filled with even more red ledges. So if you love red rocks and all the Southern Utah has to offer come stay at the Red Ledges Inn and enjoy.
Dixie National Forest
Dixie National Forest spans the majority of Southern Utah. These mountains are in our back yard just up the road from the National Park.