Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest

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It is difficult for me to believe it has been seven and a half years since I first saw Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest of Utah but it has been that long. The first time I saw it I was blown away by the red rocks and the hoodoos against the deep green of the pines. This view is seen right from the road.

I took this image on my first trip there with my old Nikon D70 and the kit lens which was an 18-70mm. I was on my way to Bryce Canyon and just had to stop and take some images. I loved those red rocks against the blue sky with the fluffy clouds. I find that if I look at this image long enough the clouds will appear to move.

Butch Cassidy hid out in these canyons when he thought he had killed a man in a fight over a woman. He hadn’t killed the man, he had just knocked him out.  The area where he hid is now called Cassidy Trail.

Utah rocks!

Life is good.



  1. KEITH NICHOLS March 10, 2015 at 8:50 am

    That’s a beautiful photo. My wife and I are going to Sedona, AZ soon, and can’t wait to enjoy the beauty of similar scenery.


  2. Patty Chadwick March 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I love, love, love the red rocks…especially after a rain!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

  3. Elephant's Child March 7, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Glorious. A sight to make a heart sing. Loudly.

    • Mia McPherson March 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks EC, it makes my heart sing too

  4. Susan Stone March 7, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Gorgeous photo! Is this the Red Canyon outside Bryce Canyon National Park?

    • Mia McPherson March 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Susan, Red Canyon is only about 9 miles from Bryce Canyon. It is such a gorgeous place!

      • Susan Stone March 8, 2015 at 10:52 am

        Yes it is. I love the colors there. It seems like we drove through Red Canyon to get to Bryce, the one time we were there. I love the desert – we live in the Chihuahuan Desert – and the desert in Utah is especially beautiful.

  5. Dave Sparks March 7, 2015 at 6:07 am

    O.K. Your image convinced me. It is now on my bucket list.

    • Mia McPherson March 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

      Well when you come this way let me know. Hopefully we can meet up.

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