Scenes from Red Canyon
Dixie National Forest, Utah
Travelers bound for nearby Bryce Canyon National Park who approach from the west via Highway 12 encounter Red Canyon about 20 minutes before reaching the famous national park. Upon seeing the hoodoos (rock spires), visitor center, and red rock tunnel, some mistakenly think that they've reached Bryce, and indeed some photos and postcards even misidentify Red Canyon as Bryce Canyon or a part of the natonal park.
Although Red Canyon is not as spectacular as Bryce Canyon, visitors who pass on Red Canyon because it's not a national park miss out on some gorgeous scenery and many excellent hiking trails.
Red Canyon, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, serves as a valuable reminder that the National Park Service does not have a monopoly on fantastic scenery, and that national forests have more than just trees.