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Published: September 10th 2019
Today, following breakfast, we headed out to Bryce Canyon. As we are driving we see so much and every area is different. As we were driving to Bryce we went around a bend and suddenly everything was this beautiful deep red color like we had never seen before. We immediately pulled off the road and took pictures. We learned we were in the Red Canyon. We just were in awe at the land forms, rocks, mountains, hoodoos, and natural bridges. This was just a precursor to what we would see once we got to Bryce.
When we entered Bryce, we stopped at the visitors center to pick up maps and formulate a plan. We were really on a time limit as we had packed a lot into our day. The first place we stopped was Bryce Point, considered on of the most awesome places in the entire Park. There are no words to describe what we saw and certainly pictures don't do it justice. It is hard to believe the colors and the shapes that were created over time. We just couldn't believe what we were seeing.
From Bryce we headed back through the Red Canyon and toward Kanab,
Utah. My only reason for visiting Kanab is to drive by the outdoor set of Gunsmoke. It was built to resemble Dodge City and where most of the outside filming took place. When we arrived in Kanab we were truly surprised. It was a fairly large town with many businesses, restaurants, and hotels/motels.
We found the visitors center and stopped to ask where was the set for Gunsmoke. Sadly we learned it had been partially burned and there wasn’t much to see. We drove by anyway.
The woman at the visitors center was very knowledgeable. We learned that Kanab was known as the Little Hollywood and hundreds of movies were filmed there, even as recently as 2012. Planet of the Apes, The Greatest Story Ever Told, McKennas Gold, & The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again are all movies that were partially filmed in Kanab. Some of the TV shows were Gunsmoke, The Lone Ranger, Six Million Dollar Man & Have Gun Will Travel. My very favorite mini series with Bruce Boxleitner and James Arness, How the West Was Won, was filmed in Kanab!! It is definitely on my list of places to return!
When I was researching
and planning this trip I noticed the North Rim of the Grand Canyon was only 1 hour 20 minutes from Kanab. I also learned that only about 10% of the visitors to the Grand Canyon ever go to the North Rim, so I decided we should be part of the 10%. I’m so glad we went!
The North Rim is very remote. The only lodging is cabins, some large, some small. There is one restaurant and you need reservations for meals. There’s also a deli/coffee shop. It was a very long, scary walk along a narrow path to Angel Point but the views were amazing!!
When we first started planning this trip Terry wasn’t excited to see the Grand Canyon. He had no desire to be in the desert. Now that is one of his favorite places he visited. The pictures don’t do it justice.
On our way back to our condo we stopped to eat at Jacob Lake Inn. What a delightful place to visit. Had I known if it’s existence we probably would have stayed there. The meal was delicious. The staff was polite and accommodating. And they had the best prices if anywhere we’d
been, even on souvenirs!
It was a long drive back to Cedar City and we were tired when we arrived at midnight but it was so worth it to do all we did today!
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