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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.
Road Trips to Parks Read More
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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Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City
This festival attracts more than 150,000 ticket holders, some of whom come to Cedar City just for the 250 festival performances.
When: Thu June 25 - Sat October 31
Where: Cedar City, Utah
Saturday & Special Cedar Breaks Star Parties
Star parties are held every Saturday evening at Point Supreme Overlook from July 4 to September 5. There will also be a special star party at the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, August 12. Each star party lasts for two hours beginning at 9:30 PM in July and 9 PM in August.
When: Sat July 4 - Sat September 5
Where: Cedar Breaks National Monument
Voted one of America's 10 Best Oktoberfests by Men's Journal Magazine. Snowbird's Annual Oktoberfest attracts over 60,000 visitors and has grown to become one of the largest festivals in Utah. (801) 933-2222
When: Sat August 15 - Sun October 11
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
Moab Music Festival
Every September, the award-winning Moab Music Festival brings world-class musicians to stunning red rock venues around Moab, Utah for a feast of chamber music, jazz, and traditional music concerts. We call it "music in concert with the landscape," celebrating old and new chamber music, jazz with a Latin flavor, and traditional music from around the globe. 435-259-7003
When: Thu September 3 - Mon September 14
Where: Moab, Utah
Dead Horse State Park Night Sky Program
Explore the cosmos underneath the dark skies of the Colorado Plateau. Participants should meet on at the visitor center at 8:30 p.m. For more information call (435) 259-2614.
Where: Dead Horse Point State Park