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​A Guide to Southern Utah's Five Best Slot Canyons

Category: Parry Lodge

Love squeezing through narrow passages in brightly colored stone, experiencing the ravages of time up close and personal? Countless people have gotten lost in slot canyons, those gorgeous gifts of Mother Nature. (You know, lost in the wonder of it all, not actually lost.) If you’re rooming with us here at Parry Lodge, but want to explore the beauty of the outdoors during your stay, here are five awesome slot canyon choices within day-trip distance.

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What Movies Were Filmed in Kanab?

Category: Kanab: A Historic Landmark in Utah

Dating back to the 1920’s, Hollywood headed west to Utah to film “Deadwood Coach” starring Tom Mix. Thanks to the three Parry brothers who assisted with the transportation needs for the crew, Southern Utah made its initial mark in the Hollywood movie scene. Since then, there have been over 100 featured films and hundreds of television episodes filmed in the Kanab area. Here are a few of our favorite movies that were filmed there.

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​Top 5 Romantic Outings Around Kanab

Category: Things to Do

It’s that time of year again—the season of love. Whether you’re looking for a new place to travel, or already have your sights set on Kanab, Utah, there are plenty of things to do with your significant other by your side. If you have yet to narrow down your options, we’ve got you covered. Woo your sweetie with one (or more) of these top 5 romantic outings around Kanab.

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​The Most Romantic Stargazing Spots in Utah

Category: Things to Do

If you’re a city-dweller visiting Kanab, Utah, stargazing should be at the top of your to-do list. Why? Unlike most areas of the country, where only a few hundred stars are visible, Kanab has a seemingly endless night sky. On a clear and moonless night, visitors can see 7,500 to 14,000 stars here, plus constellations, shooting stars and the other planets of the Milky Way.

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​Bring your Dog to these Utah National Parks

Category: Parry Lodge

At Parry Lodge, we understand that many of our guests consider their dogs part of the family. Since we believe you should be able to bring your whole family on vacation, we gladly offer pet-friendly rooms in our historic hotel. While you’re here, you can explore the beauty of Utah with your furry friend at any of these stunning national parks.

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​A Visitor’s Guide to Grand Staircase Escalante

Category: Parry Lodge

Nestled between Bryce Canyon and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is home to slot canyons and rock formations that you won’t find anywhere else. If this is your first time here, you’re in for a real treat. To help you plan your next adventure at Grand Staircase Escalante, we’ve compiled a simple visitor’s guide.

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​4 New Trails Added Near Kanab

Category: Hiking

Utah’s stunning desert landscape is one of its main attractions. So, it’s no wonder there are several new nature trails that emerge each year. Experience the brightly painted red canyons that surround Kanab and its neighboring cities by taking a hike on one of these recently added trails in the area.

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​What Can I See on Zion Canyon Scenic Drive?

Category: Parry Lodge

When you stay at Parry Lodge, you are within reach of some of the most magnificent National Parks in the American West. The closest in proximity, however, is Zion National Park. We always recommend that our guests take the opportunity to drive just 34 minutes away to this park. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is one of the best ways to experience its natural beauty. It's a 54-mile trek that takes about an hour and a half to drive, and here's what you will see along the way:

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​Must-see Pit Stops in Southern Utah

Category: Parry Lodge

Parry Lodge is the perfect place to anchor your Utah vacation, because our hotel is conveniently located near some of the most magnificent National Parks in the west. You're just 34 minutes from Zion National Park and less than 2 hours from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Whether you are focusing on one nearby destination or hoping to see them all, you'll want to leave room for spontaneity along the way.

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​4 Best Hiking Trails in St. George, Utah

Category: Parry Lodge

Charming St. George is the seat of Washington County in Utah, as well as a great spot for those who love old architecture. Its downtown, with the 18th century Pioneer Courthouse and Brigham Young Winter Home, is absolutely worth a tour. Plus, it’s within easy distance of both Snow Canyon State Park and Sand Hollow State Park, and not too far from Zion National Park.

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​3 Ways to See the Vermillion Cliffs

Category: Parry Lodge

Vermillion Cliffs in North Coyote Buttes is a world-renowned destination, and for good reason. The spectacular ripples of ivory, gold, orange and vermillion (hence the name) make up a landscape of petrified sand dunes that are stunning to behold. Further sculpted by erosion and time, these Jurassic-era formations are an excellent destination for adventurers.

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​How To Experience Little Hollywood in Kanab

Category: Parry Lodge

Many of the travelers who set their sights on Kanab choose this destination because of its proximity to the 11 natural wonders that are only a short distance from this western town. But did you know that Kanab is also considered the Little Hollywood of the west? Here's how you can experience Little Hollywood for yourself during your next stay at Parry Lodge in Kanab.

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​Top Things to Do in Kanab This Winter

Category: Parry Lodge

Heading to the snowy Southwest this winter? Then no doubt you’ll want a packed schedule of outdoor delights and chill relaxing time. If your itinerary is still empty, here are a few ideas to put on your list.

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​4 Best Winter Hiking Trails in Utah

Category: Parry Lodge

It’s wintertime, and if you’re not already singing this song, you will be when you head down to southern Utah and see the spectacular winter scenery that surrounds Parry Lodge. One of the most popular pastimes during the cold months is hiking, and you’re in luck: We have tons of beautiful options less than 90 minutes away.

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​Where to Catch a Sunset in Bryce Canyon

Category: Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is a favorite destination amongst guests at Parry Lodge. While we often encourage those who are staying with us to visit Bryce Canyon during the day to experience its trails and its magnificent vistas, we also recommend heading there in the evening to catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring sunsets that take place there daily.

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​Do You Have What It Takes to Conquer Angels Landing?

Category: Hiking

Adventure-seekers and recreational enthusiasts from around the globe flock to the American West to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and thrilling opportunities that can be found within the National Parks. When you stay at Parry Lodge, you are conveniently located by several of the most magnificent National Parks in the country, including Zion National Park.

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​The History and Formation of Bryce Canyon

Category: Bryce Canyon

Ironically, one of America’s most famous canyons isn’t actually a canyon at all—it’s a natural amphitheater formed by chemical weathering and a process known as frost wedging. Bryce Canyon is considered a ‘youngster’ compared to other geologic wonders on the Colorado Plateau, with its formation only dating back to 65 million years ago.

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​Alternative Ways to Access National Parks from Kanab

Category: Zion National Park

No stay at Parry Lodge is complete without a visit to at least one of the pristine National Parks that are in the vicinity. When you stay here, you are just more than half an hour away from Zion National Park, an hour from Lake Powell and around an hour and a half from Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon North Rim. 

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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

Category: Parry Lodge

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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