The Grand Circle

In the 1920's, the Union Pacific Railroad advertised the Grand Circle as a tour of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. From those beginnings, the Grand Circle has grown to include some of the most awe inspiring national parks and monuments including attractions in 4 states.

The Grand Circle is a close concentration of national parks, monuments and recreation areas that includes Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell), Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Bryce Canyon National Park.

In addition to National Park Service-administered sites, the Grand Circle is home to the Dixie National Forest, Red Canyon, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Anasazi State Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and numerous lakes and reservoirs. The region is a hotbed for outdoor recreation, including hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, fishing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. One of the most scenically diverse places on earth, there is something for everyone in the Grand Circle.

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Did You Know

Called a “helluva place to lose a cow” by its namesake, early pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce Canyon is not really a canyon but a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters displaying rock pinnacles in all shapes and sizes.

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