Hey friends, welcome back to Grand Adventure! I’m your host Marc Guido, and in this episode we are staying in Cannonville, Utah, and we’re here to show you Utah’s spectacular Bryce Canyon Country. So stick around! Now we named this episode Bryce Canyon Country instead of Bryce Canyon National Park, because the National Park is actually closed to visitors for the COVID-19 outbreak; however, that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to see or do around here. Quite to the contrary, there are a ton of things to see and do around here We have Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument just to our east. We’re not going to visit that in this episode, but we’re going to link on the screen right here if you wanted to go check out one of our previous episodes that covered that part of Utah. However, we do have right nearby the gorgeous Kodachrome Basin State Park which has just reopened to visitors. We also have, right outside of Bryce Canyon, the Red Canyon area, which in my opinion actually has some better hiking than the National Park itself in an equally spectacular setting. There are also some great little small towns and things to see and do around here, and we hope to share a little bit of that with you in this episode Now for this episode we are staying at the Cannonville/Bryce Valley KOA Campground in Cannonville, Utah, with full hookups.We came here because we wanted to spend some time with some friends who are working here for the summer at this KOA campground, and we’ll introduce them to you in the course of this episode. But this is not what you would normally expect from a KOA campground. It’s not a huge complex with hundreds of sites. It’s a small, intimate, cozy campground with aisles that tend to wander around either through the lower campground down here, or the upper campground which is up in the hill behind me. The site’s, we again opted for the cheap seats. We have a 30-amp back-in site in the lower campground, which actually has a rarity in this part of Utah, and that’s some nice lush green grass in the patio area for Zoe to enjoy They do have premium sites with some upgraded patio areas. They also have everything all the way to a 50-amp pull- through for the largest Class A. We’ll show you a little bit around this campground before we head off and explore Utah’s beautiful Bryce Canyon Country We’re heading out down the road with our friend John Tardif to start exploring
Bryce Canyon Country. Known to his friends as JT, he and his wife Jo-Ann are spending their second summer at the Cannonville/Bryce Valley KOA, with Jo-Ann working at the campground. Originally from New England, the couple spent the past 20 years living in Sheridan, Wyoming, before selling it all to pursue the full-time RV lifestyle. Together they run the YouTube channel and Facebook group Scenic Driveways. Since we can’t access the National Park atop Bryce Canyon, we’re going to explore the BLM roads beneath the canyon surrounding the towns of Cannonville and Tropic Kodachrome Basin is a jewel of the Utah State Park system. Just 12 miles from Cannonville and 20 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park, at an elevation of 5,800 feet, Kodachrome Basin is known for its sandstone spires and columns called sand pipes, believed to be found nowhere else on Earth. Differing geological explanations of the features exist. One explanation is that the area was once similar to Yellowstone National Park, with hot springs and geysers which eventually filled up with sediment and solidified. As the surrounding sandstone eroded it left behind these 67 large sand pipes. Others suggest these sandstone spires of the result of sandstone intrusions which were created as a result of the tectonic activity that gave rise to the uplift of the surrounding plateaus. In 1948 the National Geographic Society explored and photographed the area for a story that appeared in the September 1949 issue of their magazine. They named the area Kodachrome Flat after the then relatively new brand of Kodak film they used, and for the vivid colors of the sandstone. In 1962 the area was designated Chimney Rock State Park, but was renamed Kodachrome Basin a few years later with Kodak’s permission There are several campgrounds within the State Park. Bryce View Campground provides what its name implies, from 11 reservable dry campsites. Arch Campground
offers six reservable water and power sites for RVs and trailers up to 25 feet in length. Basin Campground is nestled right at the head of the basin It offers 15 full-hookup sites, 20 standard sites, one double site, and one ADA site. Most are reservable, with a few held for walk-ups. Generator hours of noon to 4 p.m. are strictly enforced Kodachrome Basin also has two amenities that we seldom see in a State Park: a bunkhouse and a laundromat Zoe and I are heading into Red Canyon to squeeze a bit of hiking in between rain showers. Red Canyon is situated in Dixie National Forest just a couple of miles northwest of Bryce National Park, and offers nearly identical scenery without the crowds that usually descend upon Bryce Canyon. The Red Canyon trail system is nevertheless widely known and very popular. Hiking trails include Pink Ledges, Hoodoo, Bird’s Eye, and Golden Wall, and there’s a paved bicycle trail that runs the entire length of the canyon. Red Canyon has been called “the most photographed place in Utah,” and it’s easy to see why with its brilliant red soil contrasting with green pines Excuse me!
In 1923, when Bryce Canyon first became a National Monument, Reuben Syrett — better known as “Ruby” – moved his lodge to the location of his ranch just outside the Monument, and named it Ruby’s Inn. What started with tent houses paved the way for today’s two hotels and massive full-hookup RV park that are still run by Ruby’s family From the moment we arrived in Cannonville, JT hasn’t stopped raving about the burgers at the Antimony Mercantile, or “Merc”, which have garnered numerous consecutive best-in-state awards JT and Jo-Ann are going to accompany me on the 49-mile drive to the tiny hamlet of Antimony to see what all the fuss is about, and take in some of the scenery along the way And the conclusion? Those best-in-state awards are well-deserved JT is also an expert marksman, so what better opportunity to brush up on my shooting skills? The free Bryce Valley Shooting Range was constructed in 2015 as an Eagle Scout project less than a mile up Route 12 from our campground. My grandfather purchased this 1966 Winchester Model 121 bolt action .22 caliber rifle when I was only six months old, but I haven’t fired it in 40 years Well, seems like third time’s the charm Yeah baby! Unlike this rifle I may be a bit rusty, but I’ve still got it So we sincerely hope that you’ve enjoyed coming along on our Grand Adventure to
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