Feel like some good ‘ol adventure? Why not explore Bryce Canyon Country, one of Mother Nature’s amazing creations and one of the most photographed places in the United States. With 70 million year old sandstone cliffs forming eye catching formations such as the Thor’s Hammer, Sinking Ship and other monstrous hoodoos, the Bryce Canyon, popularly called as the wonderland of the Southwest offers a plethora of adventure avenues that appeals to visitors of all age groups and types.
Tons of Adrenaline Packed Adventure
Be it canyoneering, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, multi-day horse-back riding like in the days of the Wild Wild West, off-roading, mountain biking, backpacking or plain simple hiking, you are bound to be captivated by the gorgeous scenery of the red-orange-pink amphitheatres of Bryce Canyon.
And in addition to these fairy tale rock formations, you can enjoy hundreds of plunging waterfalls and indulge in some star gazing as the night skies here are possibly some of the darkest skies in the United States.
The best part about Bryce Canyon country is that it offers endless exploration opportunities and hence the list of activities that you can indulge in is infinite.
Adventure in Bryce Canyon Country is not limited to adventure junkies. Rather, it is a huge favorite with families too. From panoramic helicopter tours to fun-filled ATV rides, from comfortable jeep tours to fishing trips, from traditional backcountry camping and hiking to horseback riding and from rodeo photo sessions to scenic road tours, the young and old alike irrespective of fitness levels find their adrenaline rush.
There is more to Bryce Canyon
If you are the ones who like to take their time on their holiday, you will be happy to know that there is more to Bryce Canyon country than the stunning Bryce Canyon National Park.
1) Grand Staircase – Escalante National National Monument - This pristine wilderness between the Bryce and the Grand Canyon is a virtually empty playground of hanging plateaus and slender gorges for you to explore. You can find knowledgeable guides and great outfitters at the nearby towns of Escalante and Boulder, which act as ideal basecamps to explore the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
2) Dixie National Forest: Located near to Bryce Canyon, Dixie national forest is famed for its 20 mile long connected and well-groomed ski trails that will sure up the action quotient on your adventure holiday this winter.
3) Scenic Byways 12 and 143: In addition to being one of the most scenic roads in this region, this belt of the canyon offers great off-beat trails for the adventure enthusiast. And with the towns of Boulder and Escalante not far away, you need not worry about supplies, warm showers and guides. Even the Capitol Reef National Park is located close by and offers more variety.
If you are a slow traveller and backpacker like me who craves for lots of adventure, make your way slowly from Zion Canyon to Bryce Canyon and eventually to the Grand Canyon while you explore, enjoy and soak in all the adventure this rich wonderland has to offer. Even if you don’t attempt all of this, I would recommend that you definitely spend serious time in Bryce Canyon Country as this region is such that you run out of adjectives to describe it. You have to experience it to believe it!
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