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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

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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

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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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