NATIONAL & STATE PARKS
Utah is home to the Mighty Five: Five epic National Parks that will give you an experience like no other. The Red Ledges Inn is central to this journey. The Mighty Five are Zions, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands. See below for our closest of The Might Five: Bryce Canyon, Zions, and Capitol Reef. Don't forget the Grand Staircase Escalante Monument whose doorstep we are on!
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Distance from the Red Ledges Inn - 13 miles (click here for a map)
Bryce Canyon Lodging doesn’t get any better than this. Bryce Canyon is famous for its worldly unique geology. Canyons are horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The erosion over millions of years has shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, fins, spires, and windows, called “hoodoos”. If your an avid hiker take the Navajo loop or Queens Garden hikes. Not into hiking enjoy the scenic vistas from multiple lookout points along the rim. Want a casual stroll at sunrise or sunset, then take the rim trail and be sure to bring your camera and tripod.
Start your day by hiking into Bryce Canyon National Park right from the Town of Tropic. The east entrance (hiking access only) begins just up the road from edge of Tropic. You can access many of the trails from this location, included the popular Navajo Loop. Or visit the Bryce Canyon Mossy Cave stop along Highway 12, located several miles north of Tropic. Click here for a detailed map of this hike.
GRAND STAIRCASE ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT
The Bryce Valley area is also adjacent to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This monument is an enormous 1.8 million acres of canyons, rivers, plateaus, with some of the the most isolated, rugged, and awe-inspiring country in the world. The local communities are based on a heritage of stalwart pioneers who settled in some of the most harsh landscapes of the west. Access to this monument is only a few miles south. Visit the Monuments visitor center in Cannonville (a mile north of the Bryce Hillside Villa), or the interagency office that is along the highway as you enter Escalante. There are literally thousands of hidden gems to be seen or explored. Connect with some local tour guides (whose info is found on our activities page), to have a guided tour that will include history and cultural information about your surroundings.
STATE PARKS & RECREATIONAL AREAS
There are a number of local state parks and recreation areas to take in while staying with us. Pictured is Kodachrome Basin State Park which is 15 miles to the south. Kodachrome Basin offers a truly unique red rock experience. It is great for kids with lots of easy to mild hikes. Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is 40 miles to the east and is adjacent to Wide Hollow Reservoir offering picnic areas, hiking, and a great opportunity to cool off. The Anasazi Indian Village State Park provides a window into an ancient culture that lived in the area hundreds of years ago. Ruins and displays give you a feeling of what life was like for the Anasazi's. Calf Creek Recreation Area include hikes to the upper and lower falls, both of which are stunning and spectacular, and are a local favorite. Otter Creek State Park and Piute State Park are great fishing destinations and are a short drive away.
ZION NATIONAL PARK
Distance from the Red Ledges Inn - 77 miles (click here for a map)
Utah’s First National Park: Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Challenge your courage in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.
Enjoy backpacking, bicycling, birding, camping, canyoneering, climbing, hiking, horseback riding, the narrows, river trips, and the fabulous subway.
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK
Distance from the Red Ledges Inn - 106 miles (click here for a map)
Discover the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic wrinkle on earth! Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden wonderland filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles. On your way you will pass the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Escalante Desert and Hole-In-The-Rock Road, Calf Creek Recreational Area, and the Anasazi State Park Museum. Your views and things to see on your trip Capital Reef is worth the drive all by itself.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Distance from the Red Ledges Inn - 157 miles (click here for a map)
A powerful and inspiring landscape, Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.
Though further than the other nearby national parks, the north rim can still be seen with a day trip. The north rim of the Grand Canyon offers an elevated view of this majestic canyon and in a more natural environment without much of the crowd.