Red Canyon is located just west of Bryce Canyon National Park along UT 12. It is the first impressions of what visitors will see when they reach Bryce. The orange red sandstone pinnacles, spires, columns and hoodoos are a taste of the beauty of Bryce, but with less color variation from the formations found within the park. Most vistors just pass through the canyon, but it is well worth the stop to stretch the legs and to enjoy the scenery.
Red canyon is not part of Bryce Canyon National Park, but is managed by the
U.S. Forest service. The canyon is a shallow valley that passes through the
side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. When travelling from the west, it starts at
what is know as Sunset cliffs (the beginning of the escarpment) until it
fades onto the flat grasslands on top 4 miles later. There is a paved
walking and bike trail that visitor's can enjoy. Here are just a few pictures
of what can be seen: