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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Red Canyon Visitors Center Opens For The Season

The visitor center in Red Canyon will open for the season tomorrow, April 6.

Red Canyon is a very scenic area along Hwy 12 just west of Bryce Canyon National Park. The canyon has hoodoos similar to those seen in Bryce Canyon. The canyon is managed by the US Forest Service. It offers a nice campground, hiking and biking trails and many other attractions.

The environment in Red Canyon is very similar to that of Bryce Canyon. If it was located in any other state it would be a state park or perhaps a national park or monument. Since this is Utah, it is managed as a National Forest recreation area.

The Forest Service provided the news release below:

PANGUITCH, UT – The Powell Ranger District, Dixie National Forest will open the Red Canyon Visitor Center for the 2012 season, on Friday April 6. The Visitor Center will initially be open Friday through Monday during the month of April, and then expand operations to seven days a week starting May 1. Visitor Center hours of operation will be 9AM to 6 PM daily. The Visitor Center has a book store, art gallery and interpretive displays highlighting the area’s resources, along with current events and activities taking place in the Red Canyon area.

"The Red Canyon Visitor Center is a great spot to stretch your legs on a short hike, view local artwork, photograph the surrounding beauty, as well as learn about the natural and culture resources of the Dixie National Forest," said Powell District Ranger, Karen Schroyer.

This coming season interpretive programs in geology, solar observation and night sky programs will be presented at the Visitor Center and Red Canyon Campground. The Red Canyon Visitor Center will again partner with Bryce Canyon National Park to provide the solar scoping and night sky programs, which were very popular during the 2011 season.
The Art Gallery at the Visitor Center will have three painting exhibits this season featuring local southern Utah artists. The opening art exhibit will be local Panguitch artist/painter Virginia Valcourt, who will feature oil paintings along with pen and ink drawings of the Red Canyon area. The exhibit will run April 6 – June 6 and will be open during regular Visitor Center hours.

Come explore your Dixie National Forest this year for a great outdoor family recreation experience and be sure to stop in at the Red Canyon Visitor Center. For more information please contact the Powell Ranger District office located in Panguitch, Utah, 435-676-9300, or call the Visitor Center at 435-676-2676 during regular business hours.

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