Outside Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is a bit off the beaten path, often a side trip for those who visit Zion National Park to the southwest, and far from major roads or large cities (both Las Vegas and Salt Lake City are approximately 270 miles away). The park is just one of a number of beautiful or unique natural areas in southern Utah worth exploring. Towns close to the park pulse with Western personality and are excellent bases for exploring the entire area. To the west, Red Canyon offers an array of activities not available inside the park, such as mountain biking. The expansive and remote Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument is about an hour to the northeast. Nearby state parks are great side trips: Escalante Petrified Forest and Kodachrome Basin.

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