I don’t know about you, but I always start feeling the wanderlust coming on right around January. It’s during this time that I start doing research into where we might travel next. Exploring more of North America has been on my mind lately. We’re so fortunate to be able to hop into a car and drive until we end up somewhere totally different from home. There’s a bounty of destinations to choose from ! Utah has been on my road-trip list for a few years. Todd’s parents took a long driving vacation through the area and came back with the most spectacular photos of the unique red rock formations and unusual natural archways. His brother and family have been there several times on recreational biking and hiking trips. Each time I hear their stories I think “Yes! We have to make this a priority! I MUST see Utah for myself!”
When I was offered the opportunity to share about Bryce Canyon Country, Utah with Lune readers , I thought it was the perfect fit. As I suspected, doing research on the area has cemented my resolve. I think Utah would make a fantastic family road-trip destination. So come on, let’s envision a visit to the rusty peaks, high mountain forests and wind-swept canyons of Bryce Canyon Country, Utah.
There is so much to see in Bryce Canyon Country that several days are needed to get a taste of what there is to offer. Options include visits to the popular Bryce Canyon National Park, the photogenic Kodachrome Basin State Park (named after Kodak's film), Dixie National Forest, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park and the Grand Staircase Escalate National Monument. Luckily, the itinerary catalog available on the Bryce Canyon Country website helped make sense of how we would plan our day to suit our families travel style. From the towns of Escalante and Boulder, visitors can rent anything they might need to complete a perfect days adventure. While trying out canyoneering and doing some half day hiking would suit Todd and I just fine, our kids aren’t quite there yet. Family friendly options include enjoying a drive along the Scenic Byway 12 and 143, renting jeeps and ATV’s for some off roading exploration and excitement, fishing and relaxing horseback riding. I'm confidant that we'd have no problem filling our days with awesome views and exciting discoveries in Bryce Canyon County. Bryce Canyon Country
Bryce Canyon Country also boasts extremely dark night skies which are ideal for star-gazing. To make the most of the eye-opening experience, we'd definitely book a ranger led tour at the Dark Ranger Observatory (Dark Ranger Telescope Tours). Tours offer a mixture of entertaining education with access to some very powerful telescopes. I think this would be a very memorable evening for both adult and kids. Astrophotography tours are also available for those looking to learn how to capture the night sky. Hmmmm, maybe I could sneak away for a couple hours one evening.
Wherever we travel, I love to find opportunities for us to learn about the history of the places we visit. Anasazi Stake Park, located in the picturesque town of Boulder, features an ancient indian village which was once home to the largest Anasazi communities west of the Colorado river. The site dates back to 1200 A.D. More recent history can be experienced right in the quaint restaurants, shops and lodgings in the towns of Garfield County. I’ve had enough experience road tripping to know that small towns hold many unexpected treasures. They’re always worth exploring.
If a summertime visit isn’t in the cards for us, we certainly wouldn't mind snowshoeing and cross-country skiing through landscape of orange rock formations, covered in a blanket of white snow. Utah truly is so very unique and different from home. It’s a North American road-trip, must visit destination.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at Bryce Canyon County. For a wealth of information on the area and how you can plan a trip to suit your adventure style, visit www.brycecanyoncountry.com or follow along on twitter @bccountry .
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