South Central Utah

Location: The south central portion of the state to the south of I70 and east of Utah 89 encompassing the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Capital Reef National Park and Bryce National Park.

Featured Hikes

Peek-a-boo Canyon Formations

Figure 8 Loop - Queens Garden, Peek-a-boo and Navajo Trails

Distance: 6.4 miles (Loop)

The best hike in Bryce, the Figure 8 Loop, combines the Queens Garden, Peek-a-Boo Loop and the Navajo trails for a memorable day with up-close encounters and epic views of an amazing variety of hoodoos, pinnacles and fins eroded into weird and wonderful formations.

The Wall of Windows

Peek-a-boo Loop

Distance: 5.0 miles (Loop)

The Wall of Windows, the Cathedral and Fairy Castle along with terrific views of the Bryce Amphitheater and rock formation along Peek-a-boo Canyon are the rewards for completing this scenic loop trail. A steep descent and ascent from Bryce Point are required to reach to the loop.

Zebra Canyon slot

Zebra Canyon and Tunnel Slot

Distance: 5.3 - 7.2 miles (Round Trip)

Beautiful Zebra Canyon, a narrow, convoluted slot streaked with pink and white stripes, will delight hikers of all ages. Combine the hike with nearby Tunnel Slot, a long narrow slot, for a great day hike down the Hole in the Rock Road.

Fairyland Canyon

Fairyland Loop

Distance: 8.4 miles (Loop)

This terrific loop hike travels along the rim and then into Fairyland and Campbell Canyons with amazing views of multi-colored hoodoos, spires and fins. This path is more strenuous but less crowded than Bryce National Park’s other trails.

The colors of the canyon walls contrast nicely with the clear blue sky

Escalante River Trail

Distance: 5.0 - 14.0 miles (Round Trip)

This beautiful hike, one of my favorites in the Escalante area, travels through a gorgeous canyon beneath towering white Navajo and red Wingate sandstone walls.

Phipps Arch

Phipps Arch

Distance: 8.8 - 10.4 miles (Round Trip)

This scenic hike visits an interesting arch set high atop the north wall of Phipps Wash. An optional extension travels to Maverick Bridge.

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Distance: 5.8 miles (Round Trip)

This good introductory hike to the Escalante National Monument travels up a scenic canyon and leads to the base of lower Calf Creek Falls, a beautiful 126-ft. tall cascade.

Close up of the natural bridge

Lower Escalante River Trail

Distance: 4.0 - 14.0 miles (Round Trip)

A scenic canyon with an interesting natural bridge, an arch, rock art and a small ruin make for a nice day hike in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Silent City from Sunset Point

Rim Trail

Distance: 0.5 - 5.5 miles (One Way)

A walk along the Rim of Bryce Canyon offers unforgettable views of amphitheaters filled with multi-colored hoodoos, massive fins and eroded ridges. Along the way pass iconic formations such as the Wall of Windows, Silent City, Thors Hammer and Fairyland, to name a few.

View of Queens Garden

Queens Garden / Navajo Loop

Distance: 2.0 - 3.1 miles (Loop)

Experience hiking through a maze of weird and wonderful rock formations in Bryce Canyon on the Queens Garden-Navajo Loop trail. The trail is the perfect option for hikers short on time or looking for an easier day.

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The Region, the Hikes & the Base Camps

The 1.9 million acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, along with Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce National Parks, a variety of BLM lands and State Parks, protect large swaths of south central Utah. Numerous hiking trails penetrate this amazing landscape allowing hikers to wander through the stone forests formed by the pink and white hoodoos at Bryce National Park, to spend days roaming the vast and rugged plateaus and multi-hued cliffs of the Grand Staircase and Canyons of the Escalante and to explore the hidden treasures of the Waterpocket Fold and Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park.

Base Camp Information: Escalante / Bryce / Capitol Reef