8 Things to Do While Staying at Bryce Valley Lodging

While enjoying your stay at Bryce Valley Lodging, you will be surrounded by beautiful landscapes and just minutes away from geological features you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Make the most of your experience here and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes you can only find in southern Utah. We want you to make the most of your stay with us, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite nearby activities. 

1. Bryce Canyon

Distance from Bryce Valley Lodging: 10 Miles

Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the five beautiful national parks in Utah. This park is known for its spire-shaped rock formations, called hoodoos. These beautiful rock formations are crimson-colored and are formed by stream erosion and frost weathering. Despite its name, Bryce Canyon is not a canyon, but a group of natural amphitheaters, with the largest one being Bryce Amphitheater. The best way to sightsee in this park is the scenic drive, a beautiful commute that has 13 stops overlooking the breathtaking amphitheaters. There are many trails and sights to see at various difficulties and lengths, so take the time to find the right trails for everyone. Families, individuals, and groups can enjoy the gorgeous views of Bryce Canyon. 

Bryce Canyon Near Bryce Valley Lodging

2. Kodachrome Basin State Park

Distance from Bryce Valley Lodging: 12 Miles

This beautiful state park is famous for its 67 sedimentary pipes, also known as monolithic stone spires. In the park, you can view layers of multi-colored sandstone that reveal 180 million years of geologic time. Enjoy your time here hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, watching wildlife, and taking advantage of the beautiful photographic area. With multiple short trails, this park is perfect for all abilities and families to visit.

Kodachrome Basin State Park Near Bryce Valley Lodging

3. Grosvenor Arch

Distance from Bryce Valley Lodging: 22.6 Miles

Just 10 miles southeast of Kodachrome Basin State Park, this intricate double arch is one of the most impressive in the state. These unique sandstone arches stand 152 feet high and span 92 feet. There is a 0.25-mile paved trail that leads to the base of the arch, giving you an awe-inspiring view as you look up at the massive arches. From the base of the arches, there are unmarked trails that will lead you to the top ridge, giving you a scenic and expansive view. 

Grosvenor Arch Near Bryce Valley Lodging

4. Slot Canyons / Canyoneering

Distance from Bryce Valley Lodging: Varies

Canyoneering is the act of hiking, rappelling, rock climbing, and exploring a slot canyon. If you are up for an adventurous day exploring the local slot canyons with a canyoneering tour, this may be the perfect activity for you. With multiple slot canyons nearby, there are many different choices for you to find the right one. Going with a tour guide keeps this activity safe, providing you with the proper equipment and knowledge to safely explore these scenic canyons not seen by the majority of others.

Slot Canyons / Canyoneering Near Bryce Valley Lodging

5. Dixie National Forest 

Distance from Bryce Valley Lodging: 35.1 Miles

One of the further attractions from Bryce Valley Lodge, the Dixie National Forest is well worth the drive. This two-million-acre forest, known as ‘The Dixie’ has mountains, lakes, lava flows, towering pine trees, wildflowers, deep canyons, and fascinating rock formations. Enjoy your time here by hiking, fishing, and enjoy the wildlife. Ranging from 2,800 feet in elevation to 11,322 feet, the vegetation of this forest varies from desert-like plants to dominating pine, juniper, and fir trees. 

Dixie National Forest Near Bryce Valley Lodging

6. Scenic Byway 12

Distance from Bryce Valley Lodging: 0 Miles

Scenic Byway 12 is an All-American Road that connects multiple state parks, two national parks, and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Only one-third of the USA’s byways get designated an All-American Road, and this distinction is given for roads that offer unique features you can’t find anywhere else. The whole drive is 122.9 miles long and can be completed in about three-hours driving, however, we recommend taking your time and enjoy the stops along the way. Bryce Valley Lodging is conveniently located right off the Scenic Byway 12, so it is the perfect place to stop along the way and enjoy the views.

Scenic Byway 12 Near Bryce Valley Lodging

7. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Distance from Bryce Valley Lodging: 9.2 Miles

Called the Grand Staircase for its series of plateaus from Bryce Canyon towards the Grand Canyon, this National Monument is over 1 million acres of protected land. There is no official entrance for this massive area, but are several visitor centers surrounding it. This national monument is divided into three main areas, The Grand Staircase, The Kaiparowits Plateau, and The Escalante Canyon. Bryce Valley Lodging is closest to The Grand Staircase area, which features the slot canyons of Bull Valley Gorge, Lick Wash, and Willis Creek. Hiking, backpacking, photography, off-roading, and mountain biking are all popular activities in this area.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Near Bryce Valley Lodging

8. Red Canyon

Distance from Bryce Valley Lodging: 12.3 Miles 

The Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest is a beautiful unique rock formation surrounded by towering Ponderosa pine trees. Stop at the Red Canyon Visitor Center to learn more about hiking, picnicking, and sightseeing. This canyon offers many trails ranging in a variety of lengths and difficulties so you can find the best one for you. There are also trails designed for biking, horses, off-highway vehicles, and winter sports such as skiing, cross-country, and snowshoeing. If you stay until dark, this area is a favorite for star viewing as well. 

Red Canyon Near Bryce Valley Lodging

With so many scenic vistas, your stay at Bryce Valley Lodging will never leave you bored. Enjoy the gorgeous views surrounding us, giving you an unforgettable experience. We are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about us or the surrounding activities, so feel free to contact us and check out our other blogs for more information about activities near us. 

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