Belly of the Dragon! A Very Cool and Easy Thing to Do! Kanab, Utah

belly of the dragon near Kanab, Utah

Not far from Kanab, beneath the highway is a hidden Dragon. Well, at least the Belly Of The Dragon! Come explore!

A great place to bring your kids and get that “cave exploring feeling” even though the Belly is more of a tunnel. It is just long enough you may want a flashlight in the very center before you can see the light from the other side.

Easy to get to, just off the road. The Belly of the Dragon is 16 miles north of Kanab on Highway 89. As you start coming down the big hill into Mt Carmel Junction, (traveling north from Kanab), you’ll see a well-maintained dirt road on the left at the bottom of the hill, known as Barracks road. (This is about 1/2 mile before you reach Mt. Carmel junction.) Make a sharp left after the guardrail, go 1/4 mile up that dirt road and the entrance is on the left.
There are plenty of places to park. The cave faces west, so lighting is best in the early afternoon. There is a little bit of a scramble to enter into the opening but nothing too strenuous.

You can continue on a short hike on the far side of The Belly up a sandy wash. Depending on the time of year there may be a small waterfall there.

Do a little internet search and you will find great photos of hikers, families and even marathon runners. The Grand to Grand Ultra Marathon (from the Grand Canyon to the Grand Staircase) races through here every year in September. g2gultra

A fun and easy place to stop for great photos!

Fun, Interesting, Easy Hike. The Toadstools. Southern Utah

Toadstools_in southern Utah

Want to spend a couple of hours on another planet, or at least feel like it? Welcome to the ToadStools.

Geology takes front and center stage here.

Located along U.S. 89 in the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument (SW Utah), the Toadstools trailhead leads to a series of mushroom-like formations of orange and white rocks. Kids and adults alike will have fun on this “other worldly” trek. The route is .8 miles each way, level, and easy walking.
Like a giant layer cake, the Escalante Staircase was so named thanks to the immense sequence of its sedimentary rock layers ranging from Bryce Canyon in the north to the Grand Canyon in the south.

A toadstool is a spire-like feature with a boulder perched atop a pedestal rock, like a mushroom, which forms when a softer rock erodes away, leaving a column sheltered from the elements. Slightly different from the HooDoos of Bryce Canyon National Park.

You can stretch your legs on the jaunt from Kanab to Lake Powell or stick around and find other trails like the nearby Catstair.

The trail is open year-round and fees/permits are not required. The entire hike is exposed, so avoid going in the middle of the day during the summer. Otherwise, spring through fall are excellent times to hike here. The area is dog-friendly.

Park at the trailhead off of Highway 89, 45 miles east of Kanab, 12 miles west of Big Water. There is a small parking area right off the Highway with an information board.
GPS Coordinates
(37.101310, -111.873169)

 

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