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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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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
Maynard Dixon Camp Out in Mt. Carmel
Enjoy the paintings of modern-day, world-class artists and celebrate the inspiration of famed southwest artist, Maynard Dixon at his historic property. Attend the wet painting sale on Saturday at 10 a.m. or purchase a ticket for the full gathering and all events
When: Mon June 20 - Sat June 25
Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City
The Festival is held annually on the 4th weekend in June at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City and showcases local, national and international artists. It has attracted more than two million people, 4,500 performances and 3,600 artists' displays for over 30 years running!
When: Thu June 23 - Sun June 26
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
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: Mon June 27 - Sat October 22
Where: Cedar City, Utah
Independence Day Celebration at Duck Creek Village
Pancake breakfast, parade, live music and laser light show.
Where: Kane County