Kanab Zipline

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Kanab Zipline

Ziplining is a very popular activity that can be done in many places around the world. Zipline adventures take riders on the journey of a lifetime high above the ground. Ziplines usually begin at a high location, such as a man-made platform or a cliff, and riders are strapped into a harness that connects to the zipline. From staggering heights, they speed down the zipline at up to forty miles per hour. These zipline adventures are a truly unforgettable experience.

In the Kanab area, a zipline tour with Kanab Zipline is the best way to see this gorgeous area. Not only will guests get to see the amazing scenery from a unique vantage point, they will also be treated to a thrilling adventure. Whether ziplining for the adventure, the view, or both, guests will never forget their time with Kanab Zipline.

The Kanab Zipline Course
The course at Kanab Zipline is the largest one in the area. This amazing course consists of four different ziplines that guests will get to enjoy in a two-and-a-half-hour-long trip. The Kanab Zipline course combines ziplining, sightseeing, and off-roading in a fun and exciting way that no other activity near Kanab can compete with.
A 4×4 vehicle will take riders from the Kanab Zipline building to the first platform of the course, also called base camp. This off-road adventure is a wonderful way to begin this exciting and adventurous journey.
The first run of the zipline course is a massive 1,100 feet long. It takes riders over a deep canyon at a high rate of speed. The platform for this zipline run is at an elevation of 5,280 feet. At that height, guests will be able to see for miles as they feel their stomach drop as they prepare to plummet down the run.
The second run of the course is shorter, at four hundred feet, but it has an extra feature that makes it very exciting. This run is a double run, which means riders will get to speed down the run side by side. They will be able to enjoy the views of the desert together and race to the landing platform. No matter who wins the zipline race, this run will be an unforgettable one.
The third run is four hundred feet, as well. This gives riders a quick experience across a beautiful desert valley. Riders will take in the amazing view as they prepare for their final run of the course.
The fourth and final run of the Kanab Zipline course is another double run. This gives riders another chance to experience a ride together and race to the final stop of the course. This 650-foot-long run takes riders over a beautiful mountain ridge and ends very close to the location of the initial starting point. Riders will feel a sense of accomplishment as they unhook their harness for the final time and look back on the amazing trip they just took.

Important Ziplining Information
While a zipline adventure is action packed and full of exciting moments, it is important to remember that ziplining can be dangerous if the rules are not followed throughout the whole trip. Before heading to the course, riders will be informed about the rules for a safe ride and be given information about having a safe, fun, and enjoyable trip. While most of this information will be gone over with the professionals, there are a few things that riders will want to know before booking their trip.
The age limit of zipline rides is a minimum of eight years old. Children under the age of eight at the time of the ziplining adventure will not be permitted to participate in any part of the ride.
The weight limit for riders is between 70 and 270 pounds. Those who do not fall between this weight range will not be allowed on the course for their own safety.
All riders are required to wear fully enclosed and sturdy footwear. Anyone wearing sandals, clogs, or flip flops will not be permitted on any part of the course.

Enjoy High Flying Fun
Traveling to new areas often leaves people feeling like they would like to get the most out of their experiences. A zipline tour with Kanab Zipline is a guaranteed way for visitors to experience something new, create lasting memories, and challenge themselves to get outside their comfort zone. Visitors will find themselves coming back to the Kanab area year after year to experience Kanab Zipline again. No visit to the Kanab area is complete without a ride along the incredible zipline course at Kanab Zipline.

Backpacking Essentials

Looking for a little more excitement and solitude? Trying to escape the tourists and crowds? You may be interested in taking a backpacking journey through Bryce Canyon’s captivating backcountry! The backcountry in Bryce Canyon is quite a beautiful experience and a hidden gem. Not many people take the opportunity to get out and away from the more popular tourist destinations or hiking spots due to lack of knowledge of the area. Luckily Bryce Canyon’s park service has made this a little easier and offers maps and more for those who are interested in purchasing a backcountry permit to explore the area better. There are two main backcountry trails, Riggs Spring Loop and Under The Rim Trail. The most sought after however is Under The Rim Trail due to it’s intensity and length.

Bryce Backcountry Information

  • There is a backcountry fee os $5 per persons ages 16+.
  • Permits must be purchased for all overnight stays.
  • Advance reservations are not accepted, only 48 hours before and must be made at the visitor center.

There are four backcountry trails that are broken down from Under The Rim Trail and total about 30.1 miles all together.

  • Bryce Point – Swamp Canyon (11.6 mi.)
  • Swamp Canyon – Whiteman (3.6 mi.)
  • Whiteman – Augua Canyon (7.0 mi.)
  • Augua Canyon – Rainbow Point (7.9 mi)

You can choose to hike the entire distance and bring along with you the proper backpacking supplies, or simply use one of the segmented trails as a day hike. However, you will not quite get the same experience as if you were to take on the entire Under The Rim Trail. As stated above not many people know of, or dare to explore this entire length of backcountry and therefore miss out on the spectacular beauty and sights that it offers. On the plus side though, for those who do decide to explore the entire trail, it is much less crowded and offers a lot more to explore and be seen. Luckily you can make this hike as long or short as you desire, as each trail that is segmented offers a separate access trail to the and from the main highway.

Preparation

If you are planning a backpacking trip, then one of the most important things you will need to do, is prepare you mind and body for the excursion. This is not something that you can simply just jump into as a beginner and expect to conquer. Backpacking in backcountry is rigorous and very strenuous. Not only can it be hard on your body, but it can be mentally challenging as well. You will want as much practice and preparation as possible before you take on a long backpacking trip. Here are some tips to follow beforehand:

  • Condition your body for the trip
  • Let friends and family know your itinerary and when you plan to be back
  • Plan ahead of time for any possible emergencies
  • Take weekend/over night camp trips in isolated places
  • Practice using all your gear and emergency equipment
  • Break in your hiking boots
  • Practice backcountry etiquette
  • Learn to dig a cathole

Camping

The Under The Rim Trail is Bryce Canyon’s longest backpacking trail in the park, and it will take hikers through 8 total campsites on their way from one end to the other. You are allowed to only camp in the designated areas, and make sure to leave no trace of your visit. Campsites are first come first serve.

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Pack List

When exploring the backcountry of Bryce Canyon, there are certain things that you will need to be able to not only survive, but to be able to make the trip and fun and comfortable as possible. More than often, people will find themselves out in the wilderness and realize they have forgotten something they should have brought, or worse they are in a sticky situation and do not have the proper equipment and gear to help them. It is so important to make sure that you have all the proper necessities before going into the backcountry. Here is a list of the main things you will want to pack on your trip:

Backpack

This is going to be your best friend and your enemy on a backpacking trip. It is important that you find a backpack that is right for you and fits your body well. The reason this will be both your saving grace and your enemy, is because it will carry most if not all of your necessities, all while being carried on your back. So you really want to make sure you choose the best suitable pack for your trip.

Gear

The second most important thing to pack is your gear. You want to make sure that you take the right equipment to match your needs for your trip. The following are going to be the most important:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Stove (no campfires allowed below the rim)
  • Bear Canister
  • Bear Spray
  • Enough clothing for both exposed hiking, cold nights, and inclement weather
  • Food
  • Water (LOTS OF WATER)
  • Water Filter
  • Emergency kit/First Aid
  • Knife

Navigation

Backcountry can be fairly easy to get lost in, although Bryce’s backcountry trails are slightly more maintained it can still get pretty rough and you will want some sort of navigation to find your way from one point to the next. GPS, Maps, etc. will be very helpful when hiking in the backcountry of Bryce Canyon.

Appropriate Attire

When hiking the backcountry in Bryce, you will want to make sure that you check the weather report ahead of time. Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, you will want to wear the appropriate attire accordingly.

Fall – Winter

October to January are the more chilly months of the year, temperatures during this time range from 15F-50F depending on the time of day time of year. December tends to be the most cold month out of the year and snowfall in common here. During these times, it is important to wear warmer clothing. Wool socks, heavy winter coats, long johns, gloves, hat, face protection. Make sure that the attire you bring for this time of year will protect you from the elements.

Spring – Summer

February to September are considered the spring through summer months. During the early spring time it can still get fairly cold, especially at night, so be sure to wear or bring extra layers of clothing that can be easily added or removed depending on the weather an temperatures. During id summer, you will want to wear cooler clothes but still protect your skin from sunburns, bug bites, etc. To do this it’d best to bring with you some bug spray as well as sunblock. The purpose of the right attire is to protect yourself from the elements of nature in this area.

Appropriate Shoes

This may seem like one of those “common sense” things, however, you would be surprised to hear that many people do not wear the appropriate footwear for hiking backcountry in Bryce. This is very important to avoid several things including but not limited to; sprained ankles, blisters, poor grip and more. It’s important to wear a shoe with a good grip for scaling obstacles or rock formations, it is also highly recommended to wear shoes that cover your entire foot. Some prefer to wear hiking sandals, which is not a bad choice for those who are more experience hikers. Although more comfortable, it is much ore likely to get sunburns on your feet, stubbed toes and much more when you choose to wear sandals. Hiking boots are your best bet and the most common, comfortable and safe show to wear while hiking backcountry.

Thors Hammer – Starry Nights In Bryce

Above anything else, Bryce Canyon has the most stunning night skies you will ever see in Utah. Due to the lack of light pollution, you can see the stars clearer than ever here. Nothing beats a starry night in Bryce Canyon.

Thor's Hammer
Photo Credit: Spencer Bawden on flickr

100 Years of NPS – Fee Free Weekend!

I don’t know about you guys, but this is a pretty exciting day, and even more exciting weekend ahead! Today marks the NPS’s (National Parks Service’s) 100 YEAR BIRTHDAY! What an amazing job they have done in protecting the places we all love most.

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A Little History Lesson

On August 25th 1916 President Woodrow signed The Act of March 1, 1872 which created the National Parks Service. This act started with Yellowstone National Park when congress established it as a “public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” and placed it “under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior.” This movement sparked one of the most important environmental movements to date. The national park movement began and today more than 100 NATIONS contain 1,200 national parks or alike preserved areas. Once the National Parks Service was established on this very day 100 years ago, the department was made responsible for protecting and preserving 35 national parks and monuments.

Why Do We Need NPS?

I mean… In my opinion people can be pretty careless, especially when it comes to our land and environment. The NPS helps to preserve some of the most stunning, fragile, sometimes dangerous and amazing places in the world! Without them there could be a potential chance of these parks getting destroyed by carelessness. Littering, fires, development and more are all being avoided by having the National Parks Service there to keep these lovely places preserved for our enjoyment. They help keep the parks clean and the people safe.

So in honor of the National Parks Service’s 100th Birthday, starting today August 25th – August 28th at all the National Parks there will be a FEE FREE ENTRANCE. So get out there and enjoy this beautiful land!

“The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.”https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

Slot Canyons Inn – Adventurous Escape

Located about 51 miles away from Bryce and about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Capitol Reef, Slot Canyons Inn sits between the two National Parks on one of the most scenic highways in the US, Highway 12. Slot Canyons Inn is located in part of what many consider the most beautiful landscapes of the United States. With The Grand Staircase, Escalante in its backyard, this is truly one of the most stunning locations for a getaway and adventure.

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What To Expect When You Book With Slot Canyons Inn

There are several different options for rooms with comfortable bedding and furniture. The rooms are designed with a southwest country flare, with a hint of luxury. Looking for a little more privacy? Ask about the Isaac Riddle Cabin, set upon the hillside with a spectacular view of the Escalante river. The location of the Inn is 5 miles west of the town of Escalante, and sits at the mouth of a canyon. There is fresh stream water that flows from the canyon and a view that will capture you. When you stay at Slot Canyons Inn, you will have the opportunity for a new, thrilling and captivating adventure each and every day you are with them. There is something new for you to explore in each and every direction and you will never see the same things twice. This land is absolutely breathtaking and was made to be explored.

 

 

Food

North Creek Grill is the The Slot Canyons Inn’s restaurant. Offering up some amazing food, spectacular views and an unbeatable relaxing atmosphere. The owners and chefs Adam and Kristine Rex are one of a kind, friendly and caring caterers. They use only the freshest local ingredients and raise their own beef. This is the spot to be when it comes to dining in Escalante.

Grand Staircase

This magnificent and vast piece of land was named a National Monument in 1996. The Grand Staircase is actually a striking ever-changing mass of land that stretches along scenic highway 12, and is made up of some of the most sought after National Parks in the US. The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef and Aquarius Plateu all contribute to this amazing monument.

Devil's Garden, Grand Staircase-Escalante Sunset
Photo Credit: power slave on flickr

Slot Canyons

In Escalante and the Grand Staircase, you will find yourself in awe as you explore and make your way through natures rock carvings, also known as Slot Canyons. These canyons are made by rare, but heavy rainfalls and high mountain snow melt. The silt rock does not absorb the water well, so gravity pulls the water down and as it runs through the canyons it carves them into twisted, narrow and stunning works of art. These masterpieces are something that everyone should experience and should be appreciated by all!

Dry Fork Slot Canyon (Utah)
Photo Credit: Jordi Cerdà on flickr

Activities

When staying at Slot Canyons Inn, you will be given several different options for daily itineraries. From a day of adventuring around Grand Staircase to horseback riding and slot canyon exploration. There are endless adventures that await you when you visit Escalante and Slot Canyons Inn.

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