Highway 12 in Southern Utah Road Trip

Highway 12 in Southern Utah

Highway 12 in southern Utah is a breathtaking journey past some of southern Utah’s most picturesque features, including Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, and Capitol Reef National Park. The highway explores high desert rock formations, historic sites, badlands, and aspen forests high in the mountains through …

Mossy Cave

Mossy Cave Waterfall

Distance: 0.5 miles (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Mossy Cave Trail Description For those who are on Highway 12 skipping Bryce Canyon National Park (why would you do that?), or for those heading to Bryce Canyon National Park from the east, Mossy Cave is a great sampler of what the park has …

Fairyland Loop

Sunset over Fairyland Canyon

Distance: 8.5 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 October Despite Bryce Canyon National Park’s popularity and crowds, there are still ways to escape the pandemonium and enjoy the backcountry of the park. The Fairyland Loop Trail is probably one of the best ways to do that. It’s lengthy enough so that it scares …

Peek-a-Boo Loop

Hoodoos Along Peek-a-Boo Loop

Distance: 5.5 miles (loop) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 October While the Peek-a-Boo Loop can be accessed from the Navajo Loop, the more standard route is from Bryce Point. I sat here before sunrise, waiting for enough light to begin hiking as car after car pulled up, their drivers hopping out and frantically …

Queen’s Garden to Navajo Loop

Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

Distance: 3.8 miles Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 October Crowded. Loud. Disrespectful shortcutters. Yelling. This is most likely what you’ll encounter on the Queen’s Garden to Navajo Loop, and you should absolutely do this hike. It has its down sides (most of them just mentioned), but for the majestic splendor and wonder of …