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From the mundane to the outrageous, our park expert answers your pressing questions about Utah's National Parks. Whether you're planning your dream Zion vacation, curious about the unique rock formations of Arches, or looking for insider tidbits about Bryce Canyon, this section is for you.
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Traveling to Utah National Parks
Utah national parks are mostly in the southern part of the state and are often added on to a Grand Canyon vacation because of their proximity to Arizona. Winter sports resorts and parks are located in the center and northern regions of Utah with Brian Head and Snowbird being popular destinations. The northeastern section of Utah is famous for dinosaur fossils and the Flaming Gorge, a beautiful water sports and fishing area.
Zion National Park
Zion is the most visited national park in Utah. It is located in the southwest corner of Utah. The nearest town is St. George but the park is also an easy trip from Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon's North Rim.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce is in the south-central area of Utah. It is famous for its unique sandstone spires called "hoodoos." The nearest village to Bryce is called Bryce Canyon City. There you'll find a hotel, campground, store, restaurant, and activity center managed by Ruby's Inn.
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Utah National Parks are open year-round, but the events and activities in, and around the park, change with the seasons. From road openings and closings, to festivals and activities, even the hot times to photograph a baby bighorn sheep, we have your complete guide to the happenings in Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands Parks, as well as in nearby gateway towns in Utah and Arizona.
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St. George Art Exhibit Showcases National Parks
From Friday, Jan. 16 through May 28, the St. George Art Museum will feature artist Erin Hanson in an exhibit that highlights national parks. Hanson’s “Painted Parks” collection of landscapes will be displayed in the main gallery. It’s part of the museum’s “2016 National Parks: Uniting America: 100 Years on Common Ground” theme.
Locals and visitors of Zion National Park and St. George are invited to meet the artist on opening day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When: Sat January 16 - Sat May 28
Learn how to use a GPS system and join the Utah GeoTour. It is a fascinating treasure hunt. All 29 counties are participating in Utah. Special county patches are the prize for finding three of the five hidden geocaches. Redeem all 29 patches to get an official Utah Geo Tour jacket. Available for most of the travel season 2016.
When: Tue March 1 - Fri September 30
Gran Fondo Moab
A timed road bicycling event emulating an Italian tradition, not a race, but a signed route up and over the La Sal loop road. Cover 60 miles with 5500 feet of climbing. Register early as we sell out. 435-654-8650
When: Fri May 6 - Sat May 7
Where: Moab, Utah
International Migratory Bird Day Count
Begins at 10 AM at the Matheson Wetlands near Moab, Utah. Contact Kay McLean in advance to participate as a counter, Team Leader, placing signs, etc. 435-259-6199. Come prepared to be outside, have binoculars, water, and bird identification skills.
Where: Moab, Utah
Amazing Earthfest in Kanab, Utah
Celebrate life on the Colorado Plateau with a week of outdoor adventure, art, music, science, historical and cultural exhibits. Amazing Earthfest is family-friendly and free. Presentations and activities feature Native American culture, archaeology field trips, music, guided hikes, bicycle and ATV rides, deep night skies, Pioneer history, documentary films, and more.
When: Sun May 8 - Tue May 10
Where: Kanab, Utah