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​Best Hikes in and Around Bryce Canyon

Category: Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is a popular daytime hiking destination for guests at Parry Lodge in Kanab, Utah. Located just 88 minutes from Bryce, the Lodge is also a central location for travelers looking to visit Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and Lake Powell in one great Southwest vacay.

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4 Best Side Trips in Southern Utah

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Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are Southern Utah’s major attractions. These scenic sites – along with Lake Powell and The Grand Canyon, just over the Arizona border – draw millions of annual visitors keen on hiking the rugged landscapes of the American Southwest. While Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon are certainly worth a visit, there’s plenty more to see and do in the area. From hiking past ancient ruins to spending the night surrounded by memories of Hollywood legends, here are four more unique side trips to take while vacationing in Southern Utah.

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​How to Prepare for Zion National Park

Category: Hiking

Zion National Park is one of the most spectacular places in the Southwest. It’s home to coppery sandstone cliffs, a 2,000-foot-deep canyon and 100 miles of wilderness trails. Shortly after opening in 1919, the park boasted about 3,600 annual visitors. Today, that number is closer to 4.3 million.

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How to Keep Cool While Hiking

Category: Hiking

Southern Utah is a big draw for avid hikers. Many travelers come to Parry Lodge in Kanab because of its proximity to the Mighty 5® National Parks, including Zion, as well as Arizona’s Grand Canyon. These natural attractions aren’t just beautiful. They also offer a variety of hikes for all skill levels, plus opportunities for seasoned outdoorsmen to test their climbing, bouldering and rappelling skills.

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​Top 3 Places to Dine Near Bryce Canyon

Category: Bryce Canyon

Utah and Arizona are home to some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Southwest. From the Navajo sandstone formations of Zion to the Grand Canyon and the towering hoodoos (rock spires) of Bryce Canyon, there’s an amazing sight around every corner.

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​Rainy Day Activities at Zion and the Grand Canyon

Category: Zion National Park

The Southwest is home to some of America’s greatest natural wonders. Zion National Park and The Grand Canyon are among the top five most visited national parks, drawing more than 10 million visitors combined last year. The scenery is spectacular and the views unparalleled.

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​5 Alternative Ways to See Zion

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Zion National Park is one of the most picturesque spots in America. It’s home to expansive red rock cliffs, canyons, waterfalls, and even a hanging garden to rival Babylon. More than 4.3 million visitors entered the park last year – so many, in fact, that park officials are considering taking reservations to get in.

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Utah Fun for Every Season

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The dramatic landscapes and the stunning vistas make Utah an ideal place to visit, regardless of the time of year. Whether you are hoping to escape the drab winter in your hometown to enjoy an exciting adventure, or you want to immerse yourself in the great outdoors for your summer vacation, we can recommend amazing things to do and see.

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​Creative Ways to See Bryce Canyon

Category: Bryce Canyon

When visitors first catch a glimpse of Bryce Canyon, they often stare in wonder and awe. This mammoth geological site seems like something from another planet, rather than a formation in the heart of Utah. Rather than driving into the park to grab a quick snapshot of this magnificent place, travelers should make an effort to truly experience the canyon in a unique and exciting way.

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​How to See Zion in One Day

Category: Grand Circle

America’s most famous national parks are getting even more popular. Around four million tourists visited Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah, in 2016 – breaking the previous year’s record attendance. Cars were reportedly ducking past the $30 entrance gate to avoid backups, and visitors were plentiful even during the park’s traditional off-peak winter season.

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​Top North Rim Photo-Ops at the Grand Canyon

Category: Things to Do

The Grand Canyon tops our list of the nation’s most impressive photo stops. At 277 miles long and 18 miles wide in some parts, it’s one of the largest gorges in the world – and part of the second most visited National Park in America. The scenery here is beyond comparison, from the striped rock layers (strata) of sandstone and schist to the desert oasis surrounding the Colorado River. It’s a must-see for any landscape photographer.

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The Ultimate Utah Road Trip

Category: Things to Do

Utah is home to five National Parks boasting some of the most spectacular scenery to be found in the western U.S. From the spring-fed pools of Zion to the ancient petroglyphs of Capitol Reef, the imagery alone is worth the trip. The good news is that you don’t have to traverse the entirety of the 13th largest state to see three of Utah’s five national parks. All that’s required to complete this ultimate Southern Utah road trip is a reliable car, a central home base and a sense of adventure.

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​Beauty Inspires Art at Zion National Park

Category: Grand Circle

Breathtaking vistas and an iconic sandstone canyon make Utah’s Zion National Park one of the Top 10 most visited parks in America (#5, according to National Geographic). Traverse the popular Riverside Walk trail to and you’ll find lush foliage, moss and hanging gardens that rival the mythical Babylon. Further up, you’ll find the aptly named Canyon Overlook and Emerald Pools, a moderately difficult trail that’s worth trekking for its picture-perfect rock waterfalls. 

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Best Hikes for Kids in Kanab | Parry Lodge

Category: Things to Do

The stunning natural wonders of southern Utah and northern Arizona makes Kanab a destination for outdoor adventurers, especially hiking enthusiasts. Although the unique geological formations in the area contribute to the creation of many challenging and rigorous trails, there are plenty of easy, family friendly trails to check out as well. These are our favorite hikes for kids in Kanab.

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Kanab: A Historic Landmark in Utah

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In 1870, the town of Kanab was settled by 10 Mormon families and was a small town of about 400 people in the 1890s. By 1900, the population had nearly doubled. A surprising number of homes from the town’s first few decades are still in great condition and have been added to the National Registry of Historic Places. There are close to a dozen places within Kanab on National Registry of Historic Places.

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Top Tips for Traveling to Southern Utah With Dogs

Category: Things to Do

Despite the arid, desert climate, southern Utah is a fantastic place to travel with your dog. In fact, southern Utah is filled with many people who love dogs, especially since there are amazing dog-friendly hikes and trails throughout the area. Additionally, many local businesses, from bookstores to coffee shops, welcome dogs into their establishments.

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What to Do and Where to Stay in Kanab

Category: Things to Do

With a population of fewer than 5,000 residents, Kanab might be easily overlooked on a map. But this small city has a big history and amazing natural scenery that makes it a hidden gem in southern Utah.

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​Cedar Breaks: The First Dark Sky Park in Southwestern Utah

Category: Things to Do

If you look up to the sky at night in your backyard, can you see the Milky Way? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Ninety-nine percent of Americans and Europeans live in areas where the light pollution from nearby cities make seeing the Milky Way nearly impossible. But in southern Utah, there are more than half a dozen designated dark sky parks where the moon, stars, planets, and even the Milky Way are viewable to the naked eye on a clear night. In March 2017, Cedar Breaks National Monument became the first International Dark Sky Park in southwestern Utah.

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Top 3 Scenic Dog-Friendly Hikes in Southern Utah

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At Parry Lodge, we understand that pets are like family. We believe you should be able to bring your whole family on vacation, which is why we offer pet-friendly rooms in our historic hotel. While you’re here, you can explore the beauty of southern Utah with your best friend on any of these stunning dog-friendly hikes:

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Top 3 Things to Do in Kanab

Category: Things to Do

A small town surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, Kanab, Utah is the perfect place to get away from the ordinary and experience the extraordinary. At Parry Lodge, we have been introducing people to the wonders of Kanab ever since our founding in 1931. Back then, the Parry brothers used photographs of the area’s stunning natural beauty to convince Hollywood producers and directors to film movies and television shows in Kanab.

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Historic Parry Lodge, Home Away from Home for Hollywood’s Westerns

Category: Parry Lodge

If you are a fan of the Westerns from Hollywood’s Golden Age of cinema, you have seen the small town of Kanab, Utah even if you don’t know it. The relatively isolated and unique scenery of Kanab greatly appealed to Hollywood location scouts. Since 1931, when Hollywood came to Kanab, they stayed at Parry Lodge.

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Visit Zion National Park and More When You Stay in Kanab

Category: Grand Circle

Southern Utah and northern Arizona feature some of the most unique and breathtaking wilderness in America. Millions of visitors come to see Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon North Rim every single year.

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See the Hoodoos and Stay in a Piece of Hollywood History at Parry Lodge

Category: Bryce Canyon

Hoodoos, fairy chimneys, tent rocks-or whatever you prefer to call them-these stunning geological formations appear to defy gravity and draw over two million visitors to southern Utah each year. This stunning scenery has also brought Hollywood to the area for nearly a century. When you come to see the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, you can stay where stars from the golden age of Hollywood Westerns stayed: Parry Lodge in Kanab, Utah.

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