Local Area Attractions Near Cannonville / Bryce Valley KOA
There are so many things to see and do in this beautiful area that many realize, once they have arrived, that they just don't have enough time. Our area is one of the most diverse terrains that you will experience. If visiting national parks is high on your list, you can take care of visiting 3 of the Mighty 5 national parks during your stay with us! We are situated conveniently between all three, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, and Capitol Reef NP! You can hit these before or after your visit to the others - Moab's Arches NP and Canyonlands NP. Make sure that you plan ahead so you don't leave disappointed.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park located fifteen minutes away.Open year round and located on Scenic Highway 12, Bryce Canyon's millions of pink rock hoodoos glow at sunrise and sunset. More than 50 miles of hiking trails wind through the park. Horseback trails, ski and snowshoe routes are also available. For more information, visit Bryce Canyon National Park online.
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Kodachrome Basin State Park located ten minutes away.At Kodachrome Basin, you can ride in a stagecoach, ride horseback, mountain bike, hike or enjoy a leisurely picnic. Named by the National Geographic Society for its magnificent colors, the park's unique spires light up at sunrise and sunset. For more information, visit Kodachrome Basin State Park online.
Cottonwood Road is the most scenic back road to the campground (not suitable for large trailers and RV's).Drive through one of America's last frontiers on unpaved Cottonwood Road. Take a side trip to Skutumpah Road, Grosvenor Arch and the Cockscomb. Be sure to check ahead for road conditions. For more information, visit Cottonwood Road online.
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument located ten minutes away.Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a vast, 1.9 million acre tract of land bordering Bryce Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Capitol Reef National Park and Dixie National Forest. Less visited than the surrounding area, it offers exciting slot canyons, whimsical arches and stunning scenery. For more information, visit Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument online.
Scenic Highway 12
Highway 12 is a National Scenic Byway and Utah's only All American Road. It has been rated as one of the top 3 scenic byways in the world. It's scenic enough to be a travel destination all by itself, Highway 12 leads through historic ranching towns and miles of breathtaking scenery with one of the most diverse terrains. Be sure to stop at the many overlooks, take in the views and listen closely for the sounds of Calf Creek tumbling through the canyon below.
Calf Creek Recreation Area
Calf Creek Recreation Area located one hour away.Hike along tumbling Calf Creek, past ancient Puebloan ruins, to a lovely waterfall.
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park located two hours away.Formerly a hideaway for Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch, today Capitol Reef draws hikers, photographers and history buffs. Discover what Butch found so attractive about Utah's least crowded and most surprising national park. For more information, visit Capitol Reef National Park online.
Zion Canyon National Park
Zion Canyon National Park located two hours away.Canyon hikes, spectacular overlooks and easy riverside strolls, Zion has it all. The famous Zion Narrows and Angels Landing Trails will challenge even the most adventurous. For more information, visit Zion Canyon National Park online.
Red Canyon Located fifteen minutes away. Located next to Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon has the same wonderful hoodoos, but not the crowds. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a map, then jump on your mountain bike, or put on your hiking boots. After your visit, be sure to stop in Tropic for a Western-style dinner.
Escalante Petrified Forest
Visit this state park and see one of Utah's best and most accessible display of petrified wood that was fossilized from millions of years ago. You can also stop by their Visitor Center where you will see plant and marine fossils along with fossilized dinosaur bones.
Anasazi Indian Village State Park
Anasazi Indian Village State Park located one hour away. Visit the museum and the partially excavated prehistoric Indian village at Anasazi State Park. Step inside the recreated living structure to see how the ancient Puebloans once lived on the site. For more information, visit Anasazi Village State Park online.
Petrified National Forest Trail
Colorful petrified logs will be strewn throughout a 1.75 mile hike which will provide you with two linked loop trails.
710 N. Reservoir Road
Escalante, UT 84726
Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase trip planning. Many enjoyable day trips begin right from our campground. We can suggest various itineraries to match your time and interests. Stop by the front desk for information and directions.
Scenic drives along Highway 12
Take a leisurely drive along the Scenic Highway 12.Explore the historic ranching towns bordering Highway 12. Stop in Boulder to have lunch at one of its unique restaurants and then visit Anasazi Indian Village State Park. On the way back, pull over and just savor the views. Highway 12
Restaurants and Services
We always enjoy introducing visitors to our special part of the world.Stop by the front desk, and we will help you plan your adventures in the Bryce Canyon Area. For information on Bryce Canyon local restaurants and services come visit our front desk team.
Remember to ask us for directions to the less traveled destinations.
- Cedar Breaks National Monument
- Dixie National Forest
- Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
- Hells Backbone Road and Salt Gulch
Hell's Backbone Scenic Backway
Take a scenic drive on Hells Backbone and see the beauty that this area has to offer by getting off the main road. It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp. in 1933 to allow vehicle traffice join Boulder (which was the last pioneer town in Utah) and Escalante. Prior to that they relied on mules to deliver mail.
Some say that this is one of the most beautiful sandstone arches in Utah. Showcasing a double arch atop of tall rock formations, it's easy to see why they think that. Located only 17 miles from Cannonville, in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, it is an easy day trip that can even be combined with a visit to Kodachrome Basin State Park. You will be traveling down a bumpy dirt road to get there but that is half the fun.
Red Canyon Trails & Park
This scenic area is best known for the arches that you go through as you drive along the Scenic Byway 12. With deep green pine trees highlighting the park's vermilion colored rock formations, there is something mesmerizing about it's beauty. If you have time, get out and stretch your legs with an easy to moderate hike around the area. You'll also want to pull over and take some pictures so that others can see what all the fuss is about.
If you need a day to hit the water and do some kayaking, canoeing, or fishing then Tropic Reservoir is just the place. Pristine water with a small boat launch is available.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Breaks National Monument sits at over 10,000 feet showcasing a portion of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. As you look down into the canyon you will be able to view the geologic amphitheater that is similar to Bryce Canyon National Park's. The majestic colors in the cliffs alone are worthy of the trip.
Willis Creek Slot Canyon
Experience a slot canyon located on a few short miles from our campground. This slot canyon has been etched out from the Paria River located in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
One of the only trails for Bryce Canyon National Park that you can access from outside of the national park, Mossy Cave provides you a well groomed easy trails that will provide you two wonderful views. One will take you up into the pines for a glimpse of the Mossy Cave. The other is the waterfall that can provide you quite a show during certain seasons. This trail is great for youth and elders alike. Access to this trail is only 7 miles from our campground.
This canyon has wonderful secrets that are tucked inside but you have to be willing (and able) to get out and go off-roading to see them. It goes from Cannonville to Kanab, Utah but don't be mislead, it's not a shortcut.
This canyon showcases slot canyons, trails for the true avid hikers, and variety of cliffs that are sure to have your head turning. We recommend you check for Local Road Condition Report prior to taking this road.
Local Area Photography
This is the area to try your photography skills while having the opportunity to get some incredible shots.