Bryce Canyon is definitely unique and is a worthwhile journey from your Cedar City Bed and Breakfast. This canyon is much different than the likes of the Grand Canyon. It is made up of hoodoo's which are tall towers of stone that have been made from the wind and the freeze and thaw process of the area.
Your first stop, the visitors center. Here you will find general information and exhibits. Plus there is a movie about Bryce Canyon shown on the hour and half hour. There are also maps and books available. The rangers offer activities and the schedule is at the center as well as the trail conditions. Hours for the center are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer and in the spring and fall 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Driving to the viewpoints
It is a 37-mile drive to visit the 15 viewpoints. Each has its own unique view of the canyon. Different colors, shadows and thousands of spires. This canyon has been formed throughout millions of years and is continually forming each day. It is a special view if you catch the sun rising or setting. A great place to begin is Rainbow Point and then work your way back through the park.
For a different perspective, take a hike down into the canyon and see the hoodoos and other spires from the bottom up. You can hike for just a short distance or all day. Many of the trails intersect each other and allow for hikers to choose from easy, moderate or strenuous trails. It is recommended that you wear good hiking boots, carry plenty of water and remember there are some high elevations that could cause lightheadedness. During the winter months snowshoe hikes are available and ranger-guided trips include the snowshoes. Hiking options also include full moon hikes at night.
Horse and mule rides
Canyon Trail Rides
P.O. Box 128
Tropic, UT 84776
Horseback is a great way to see the sights for a different perspective. The rides are available in the spring, summer and fall. There is a 2-hour and a 4-hour ride tour. Reservations are recommended.
Other attractions for Cedar City Inn travelers are Dixie National Forrest, Red Canyon and Hell's Backbone Bridge.
Dixie National Forest
82 N. 100 East
P.O. Box 0580
Cedar City 84721-0580
The forest covers 170 miles and offers many things to do for Cedar City Inn visitors including hiking, fishing, fantastic scenic views, canyons, colored cliffs and more. You can see three different states from Boulder Mountain.
The Red Canyon visitors center opens on Memorial Day and closes after Labor Day. Stop at Highway 12 information Kiosk which you will find at the mouth of the canyon. There you will find updated information for scenic tours, hiking and more.
Scenic Byway 12
PO Box 132
Tropic, UT 84776
At over 9000 feet above sea level, this area is explosive with varied scenery. The bridge goes over a chasm and the views of Death Hollow and Sand Creek are phenomenal. After the bridge the road ends up in Salt Gulch and intersects with Highway 12.
There are many adventures awaiting Cedar City Inn visitors to have fun, relax and see the country.