Activities are bountiful in Southern Utah. As you'll notice, while scanning these great locations, Stone Canyon Inn is situated within the heart of everything. You can arrange for ATV rides, unique day trips, horseback riding; and, of course, fabulous hiking areas surround us.
The star gazing is provided naturally every evening! These are just a few of the activities.
Just imagine hiking some of these wonderful locations. Each will offer it's own unique "look" at nature and how creative it really is. Visitors come from all over the world to experience everything Bryce Canyon and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Can you see yourself walking through a slot canyon? Perhaps hiking amongst the "Hoodoos" of Red Canyon or Bryce Canyon? Enjoy a great horseback ride through Willis Creek - only a few miles from our Stone Canyon Inn.
These types of activities help bring us all back to nature and its wonderful beauty. The sky is so clear and crisp, the colors of all the natural rocks and stones just seem to light up as you are hiking. This beauty will keep you out in our fresh air all day, enjoying yourself and re-connecting with the marvels of nature!
Just look at how beautiful Upper Calf Creek Falls is. Devils Garden is incredible. Have dinner at Hell's Backbone Grill, after enjoying Burr Trail. Many of these natural sculptures will only be found in our area! Our location in Tropic is a perfect staging area for little mini day trips or hikes within our surrounding areas!
In case you missed it, here is our Directions/Maps Page
Below is a area Map of just the various Visitor Centers in the Bryce Canyon Area. They are all open and the map will indicate the hours, phone numbers, etc. of each Visitor Center if you wish to call them directly.
Just click on the Blue Link below the Map to get the locations and phone numbers, etc.
We encourage you to verify any Visitor Center hours that you may want to visit with. We also provide our Guests with plenty of local hiking maps from the Inn itself - in case a Center is closed.
Any of these Linked Activities above are a great Day Trip. Some can even be combined as part of your trip to or from us. If uncertain, please Contact Us and we'll be happy to offer suggestions for you!
Delicate arches make this area famous, the most
recognizable is Grosvenor's double arch. Double arches open to exploring
are very rare. This is worth the short 8+ mile drive down Cottonwood
Canyon Road. Bring your camera and a lunch. Picnic area and bathrooms
available. Included in the Slot Canyon Day Trip.
Cottonwood Canyon Narrows
If the name of the hike has the word narrows in the title you can expect a slot canyon that gets narrower as you go. This canyon does not disappoint. The main canyon actually runs alongside the road until it converges into the narrowing slot. This can be a fun loop hike. Included in the Slot Canyon Day Trip.
Round Valley Slot Canyon
If you are up for some climbing but left the gear
at home, try Round Valley Slot Canyon, a narrow slot canyon with three
stages of 15 ft drops to the floor. Getting down is the easy part, its
getting back up that will require a little canyoneering. Take
Cottonwood Canyon road for about 5+ miles to the Round Valley Draw. From
the draw turn right and continue for a couple miles until you come to a
parking area, you will continue on foot from here. Follow the wash
until it starts to open up and drops you into the narrows. Included in the Slot Canyon Day Trip.
Willis Creek crosses Skutumpah Road about 6 miles
up from the intersection with Kodachrome road. From the trailhead,
follow the drainage for about 100 feet until you enter the slot canyon.
You will want to bring a camera on this hike. The ease in navigating
will make it easy to take lots of pictures. There is a collection of
pictographs about 10 minutes down the canyon at the confluence with
Sheep Creek.Included in the Slot Canyon Day Trip.
Bull Valley Gorge
(Canyoneering Experience recommended) From the Kodachrome Roade take the Skutumpah road for 7+ miles until you actually drive over the canyon. You will know it by the deep canyon overlook. There is a south rim trail that is navigable by most everyone, the North rim is a little bit tricky. You will have to navigate a few drops but the mile hike down the canyon is very fun and photo friendly. Included in the Slot Canyon Day Trip
This cemetery is all that remains of the town of Georgetown. There are many headstones and markers that are still legible and are researched by genealogists still today. Some descendants of the pioneer settlers are still opting to be buried there. From the small town of Cannonville head south on Kodachrome Way to Yellow Creek Road. The cemetery is about a ½ mile down Yellow Creek Road. Included in the Slot Canyon Day Trip.
As the name suggests, this attraction starts in the
town of Tropic. In tropic take Bryce Way for 5+ miles until it
dead-ends. From this turn-around area you can take the Tropic Trail in
to Bryce Canyon National Park. You will be treated to the famous multi
colored arêtes and hoodoos that visitors to Bryce usually see from the
rim above the main amphitheater. On the Tropic Trail you will get to see
them from the bottom up! Entrance is right up the street from our Stone Canyon Inn.
Mossy Cave is a nice diversion. It is right on RT 12 - about half way between the entrance road to Bryce Canyon and our town of Tropic. There will be a large pull-off area for parking on your right, if coming from Bryce Canyon. You will be able to see the famous red rocks of Bryce Canyon from the lot. From the parking follow the hiking trail for about half a mile and you will be treated to a fantastic waterfall that you can hike right up to (and underneath!).
This is a little known treasure that you don’t want
to miss. You need to pay attention to the mile marking posts in order
to find the trailhead for this hike. Travel west on Highway 89. When you
dip into the Paria River Valley,start looking for mile markers 19 and
20. Between those markers there is a parking area where you will find
the trail. The trail is very established and easy to follow. Stay with
the trail as it descends into a winding wash. The toadstools are about ½
a mile up this wash. Look for cairns (rocks stacked on top of each
other at the side of the trail) to guide you to the famous “Red
Toadstool”. If you climb up to the top of the ledge you will find a
bunch of smaller “mushrooms”.
Devils Garden…can you imagine what kind of weeds
you could find there? For this excursion you need to begin in the town
of Escalante. In Escalante take Center Street south out of town. Stay on
this road for about 9 miles (keep to the right). You will come to an
abrupt left hand turn with a small wash on the right; stop here, The
Covered Wagon Bridge is a short 5 minute walk down that wash. The Devils
Garden is farther down the road so head back to the car and follow the
road to the “Hole in the Rock Road” (seriously, that’s the name). Turn
right and follow that road until you reach the Devils Garden turn off.
Right after the turn there will be a parking lot with picnic tables and
restrooms. Explore around the area and you will see why it’s called the
Devil’s Garden. Included in our Hole in the Rock Day Trip.
Peek-a-Boo and Spooky
To get to this attraction you need to drive for
awhile. Outside of Escalante, about 4+ miles to the east, lies “Hole in
the Rock Road”. Take this road south for 25+ miles to the “Dry Fork”
turnoff. Turn there and follow the road ½ mile or so, keeping to the
left, until you reach the trailhead parking area. This trail is marked
with cairns (small piles of rocks at the side of the trail) that will
mark the way to bottom of the gulch. These cairns are your only “signs”
so make sure you pay attention to their locations because you will need
to follow them out on the way back! The first side canyon you encounter
downstream will be home to the “Peek-A-Boo” They call this type of
formation a hanging canyon, it has a roundish opening and there is an
arch at the top. To get to the “Peek-A-Boo” you need to look up on the
wall of the canyon where you will see some hand and foot holds that you
need to shimmy up to the entrance. It is worth the effort.
After you climb down, keep going about a quarter to a half a mile just past a big sand dune until you hit another drainage to the left.”Spooky” will be the big sandy wash just ahead. ”Spooky” gets narrower and narrower as it goes along, be careful not to get stuck. There is no way out of ”Spooky” so you need to return the way you came in. Included in our Hole in the Rock Day Trip.
Long Canyon Slot
For this hike you will need to begin in the town of
Boulder. In Boulder, look for Burr Trail Road (just off of SR 12).
Turn on to Burr Trail Road (at the diner) and continue for about 10+
miles. At this point you should see a dirt road pullout on the left.
Park here. Looking across the wash in front of you, you should be able
to see a narrow slot canyon. There is no bottom exit to the canyon so it
will be an in-and-out the same way hike. This is a pretty nice canyon
so take your time and enjoy.
(15 minute round trip hike) Included in our Petroglyphs Day Trip.
Upper Calf Creek Falls
If you like adventure but you are not the greatest
at canyoneering this is the hike for you. Take Highway 12 and look for
mile markers 80 and 81. Between these posts there will be a dirt road
leading to the trailhead parking area. Looking at the face of the canyon
the trail is on the right. Like many of these area hikes you need to
follow cairn piles to find the route across the slickrock. Be sure to
keep looking back so you can recognize the way out. This hike is worth
the effort, the falls at the end are amazing. Included in our Petroglyphs Day Trip.
Lower Calf Creek Falls
Much like the Upper
Calf Creek Falls, this hike has beautiful waterfalls at the end. This
hike starts in the town of Escalante. Head east on Highway 12 to the
Calf Creek Campground. From the parking area the hike is 5+ miles round
trip. Expect several sandy areas along the way and this hike is usually
pretty hot so bring lots of water, especially in summer. You can cool
off by swimming at the falls. If you bring your canine friend make sure
they are leashed. This is a developed campground with restrooms and is a
fee area with a $7 camping fee and a $2 day use (hiking) fee. Included in our Petroglyphs Day Trip.
Driving down Hwy 89 to get to Zion is worth the drive just for the scenery. Zion National Park is a jewel in the crown of the South West. Zion now uses a shuttle system to take visitors into the main canyon so park your vehicle and relax as you tour the majesty of Zion. Towering sheer multi-colored walls on your sides, flowing water of the Virgin River and cool meadows in the valley floor await you.
Just 11 miles away, Bryce Canyon with its famous hoodoos
beckons to the young and old alike. Take your camera and make sure you
have lots of room in the memory because every outlook and trail offers
some of the most fantastic views around. Wind carved canyons with
pinnacles and meandering labyrinths carved in the pink stone are sure to
fill many a memory card. Right in our Back Yard!!
Scenic Hwy 24 is your conduit to Capitol Reef National Park. Whether you simply drive through the park or take the time to hike many of the popular trails, this trip is worth the drive. Areas to see while in the Capitol Reef area: Spring Canyon, Chimney Rock, Panorma Point, Hickman Bridge, Capitol Dome (white sandstone dome that resembles the U.S. Capitol), the old Fruita School house and many more. Capitol reef is over 3 hours away drive time so allow for a full day to visit this area.
Be sure to allocate time for this day trip.
Take the Burr Trail Road as you leave Boulder, follow for about 20
miles. During the drive, especially the last 5 miles or so, you will be
treated to an amazing red canyon with very deep red colored
rock walls. On the other side of the canyon you will find a turn-around
spot with fantastic views of the adjacent valley. Included in our Petroglyphs Day Trip.
On Feb 20, 2013, a landslide removed a section of Rt 89 about 25 miles below Page, AZ. This will have an immediate impact on travelers wishing to go to or from the Grand Canyon or Lake Powell area from the National Parks of Utah - Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase, etc. Please consult this link to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to learn more and find best detours available for your needs.
Another amazing destination along Hwy 89 is Lake Powell. Located both in Utah and Arizona Lake Powell is the second largest man made lake in the country. Lake Powell can store over 24 MILLION acre feet of water. Visitors love to water ski, fish, and rent houseboats to explore the many twisting turning side canyons that compose the lake. If you have the time, the weather most always cooperates during the summer months.
The Grand Canyon is the 3rd point in Utah's Golden Circle (Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon). Your scenic drive down Hwy 89 culminates at the junction at Jacob's Lake. From there enjoy a gentle climb in elevation up Hwy 67 to the Park entrance. At the rim there are many short hikes and scenic drives that show off the majesty of the Grand Canyon. Standing on the edge at the observation platform you can see why this is listed as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.