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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.
Camping, hiking, boating, fishing and fun! Pine Lake Recreational Area is a great place to relax and enjoy the stunning scenery around you. Surrounded by a good mixture of Ponderosa Pines and Spruce that are reflected of the crystal blue lake as you sit in your camp chair on the bank and sip some coffee waiting for your next catch. Sounds like a dream right? Well it can be reality and its located only a short 28 minutes from Bryce Canyon!
Photo Credit: Ben on flickr
If you’re living in Southern Utah and are looking for a semi-short, scenic and fun drive or hike to take. I highly suggest taking a trip up Cedar Mountain, where you will also find Cedar Breaks National Monument.
I was lucky enough to take a quick trip up the mountain and capture some pretty amazing sights. Enjoying this wonderful and stunning drive. I currently reside in St. George, and had to travel to Cedar for a business meeting. While there I figured I would capture a few shots of Cedar Breaks and Cedar Mountain. Now I have been on Cedar Mountain a few times before at different times of the year (fall being especially gorgeous). Although I’d never been to see Cedar Breaks!
This whole experience was one for the books really. The drive and taking a few short hikes to capture some photos of this sweet mini Bryce was something I have been wanting to do for quite some time!
Entering the canyon from Cedar was beautiful! With the changed fall colors on the aspen trees lining the two lane scenic highway 14, slowly but surely in the distance I would capture glimpses of red rock formations. Soon the canyon walls closed in on the road. Looking around me I was captivated by the pine trees intermixing with the pale aspen trees.
Climbing higher and higher I had to be careful to not wreck as I was so struck by how beautiful my surroundings were. Unfortunately I had missed the peak of the fall colors, but none the less, it was still absolutely gorgeous up there.
At one point, I came around a bend and there was a scenic pull off. WOW was I happy to stop. What a sight (Photo below). This only heightened my excitement to get up to Cedar Breaks and witness it finally!
A little beyond this point on the right you will find yet another stunning overlook where you can actually see a glimpse of Zion National Park. Here is something I suggest if you take this drive, bring binoculars! Especially for this overlook.
I was slightly disappointed as I drove on beyond this point, only because I missed all the fall colors, however, that did not change the fact that this drive only gets better and better.
Even the meadows during the season of death are still alive with beauty in some strange way. I think seeing them, though brown now, set against the ponderosa pines as their background gave me that warm cozy feeling you get when you realize “this is autumn, and I just want a pumpkin spice latte with this scene”.
I kept driving a while, and finally hit one of the spots I had been really looking forward to! The over look to Navajo Lake. My goodness, people are not joking when they talk about how stunning that lake is. Even low, and the fall trees long gone it still is quite a sight. So blue and crisp. Absolutely beautiful!
From this point I made my way to Cedar Breaks, finally. I was so beyond excited to get to the overlooks and see what all the fuss was about. I pulled up, and there were several short and simple hiking options for different angled viewpoints. There I decided to first check out Spectra Point. This is where I fell in love with what I was seeing. I had a full panoramic view of stunning red rock formations on either side of me that shifted down into a forrest of pines in the middle. Absolutely stunning. Here I found the most adorable girl visiting from Chicago. I asked her if I could photograph her looking over the scene before us, and she was very obliged. (her attire fit the ambiance perfectly!).
The hike up to this viewpoint was less than a mile and was very easy and maintained well. Be careful once to the viewpoint as there are now guards to keep you from falling.
From this point I walked around to the next view point, Point Supreme, which in my opinion was a little too guarded and made taking photos a little more challenging, never the less, it was such a beautiful scene! Here was where I really could see why they called it a “mini Bryce Canyon.” From here you can see into the Cedar Breaks naturally made amphitheater and stunning red rock Hoodoos.
All in all, I would say that this was by far one of the most enjoyable scenic drives that I have been on in a minute. I have been to Zion many times. Having traveled around and all over, and would have to say that this is one of my favorites.
Located a short distance rom Bryce Canyon is Kodachrome Basin State Park, also known to be one of the most photogenic parks in Utah, hence the name Kodachrome after the color film in 1948. There are 67 stone spires known as sedimentary pipes, and the scenery is unbelievable. The spires show off layers that reveal 180 million years of geological time.
Photo Credit: Bill Church
I know you have all heard us say it before, but its finally here! Autumn is finally here and the colors are amazing! If you’re looking to get out and capture those colors, head up to Boulder Mountain!
Photo Credit: tgiacb717 on flickr
Bryce Canyon is a popular tourist destination and when you search for activities and places to visit, you will never run out of options to try. When you look for information online, for sure you will encounter the ghost town near Bryce which makes you wonder as to whether there is really a ghost town near such a beautiful place. But actually there is.
It is the Widtsoe town located in Utah and was first occupied in the early 19th century by Jedediah Adair. The first settler was known to be a successful farmer and eventually many people came to live in the area. The said town was initially known as Adairville. But it was renamed several times using the name of famous local leaders like for instance John R. Winder and John Houston. Eventually, it became Widtsoe from the name of the University of Utah president John Widtsoe. The town was named Widtsoe in 1917.
Photo Credit: qi lin on flickr
Come 1912, the town already had 2 hotels, post office, sawmills, 4 stores, a church and even a confectionery plant. Three years after, using water pipes, the locals were able to source out water from a spring. The US Forest Service was relocated to Widstoe. In 1919, there were about 1,100 people occupying the area.
But one year later, a famine occurred. The drought started to drive the farmers away. The Federal Resettlement Administration bought land from the landowners in 1936 and tore down the buildings. Two years after, the remaining residents left the town. Hence, it’s now called a ghost town.
That is why when you go to Widstoe, there are only a few homes, a church, school and cemetery. These are all that you can find in the used to be prospering town in the early 19th century.
Do you want to visit the ghost town? Widstoe is located in John’s Valley. It is about 16 mi. northeast of the Bryce Canyon National Park. The town is located near the East Fork of the Sevier River on Highway 22.
Please be reminded that visitors shouldn’t remove relics or debris when going to the town site.
Red Canyon also commonly referred to as “Little Bryce” offers one of the most exhilarating and fun cycling courses for visitors. It is a 5.5 mile bike trail that starts at the Thunder Mountain Trailhead and continues on to the Coyote Hollow Parking area. It travels the entire length of Red Canyon, and we are certain it is a ride the whole family can enjoy. My co-worker just visited Bryce a few weeks back and rode the trail and her exact words were “It was the most amazing 5 mile stretch down of my life”.
The start of the ride takes you from the parking lot at Thunder Mountain and quickly takes you down into the canyon where you will be surrounded by the famous Ponderosa Pines. This according to my co-worker is what made the ride so epic. “As you’re riding through the canyon and the Ponderosa’s surround you, there is a wonderful hinted smell of pine, it really just hit the spot and made the ride all the more enjoyable”. As you continue on through the ride you can see the Red Canyon Tunnels that the cars pass under as you ride by.
“You really want to get there at the right time during the spring when the flowers are at full bloom. There really isn’t anything quite like it”. According to Brittney, this is by far one of the most enjoyable trails to ride, and certainly something that every cyclist that visits Bryce should try.
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.
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