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It is often said, one can judge a book by its cover. After years of experience and work, I feel this might not be the case. Many things are not what they look or seem to be. There is always much more underneath and beyond what we see or can perceive. The experience is altogether different. This holds true for travelers and travelling. The world has so much to offer and there is so much to see. What one person likes or dislikes, others might not feel the same way about it. One such undermined place is Utah.

Not Everything You Hear is True

People often refrain from Utah travels or vacation trip as they are misled due to its dry terrain and deserts. Utah is a place that holds in its lap many marvels for the enthusiastic and fun traveler. A traveler who is willing to explore, tread the road less taken and have an adventure should definitely have this place on his list. A tourist can go to many places and enjoy many activities from just relaxing in the lap of nature to going out for dirt bike rides with like-minded people.

There are many resorts and places to stay that offer spectacular views of the city and are well connected to the places around for one to explore and see. The travelers can contact the local tourist guides for packages or details for all outbound activity. Below is a small list, not conclusive, of activities and things one can do in Utah and plan to visit the upcoming 2013 Utah Events. The information for all these events that happen is easily and readily available online for people to see and plan their vacations accordingly.

  • Raft for the Cure
  • The Lord Of The Wings, at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site
  • Sunday Love Feast, featuring live events, demonstrations and exotic foods
  • OktoberFest at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
  • Go around the city in a hot air balloon for once in a lifetime experience, year round (weather permitting).

Utah organizes several fairs, festivals and hosts many important events year round and these local festivals are well worth a visit. One can plan vacations according to the event they want to attend and get to experience the life of Utah in its full fervor. Apart from this, you can always plan for other outbound adventure activities and places to see depending on the time and season of the year.

 

The red rock country located in Southern Utah is simply breathtaking. Exploring the grandiose natural wonders of red rock country is an experience of a lifetime, and there are many ways to explore this awe-inspiring land.

National parks, state parks, and other recreation areas are scattered throughout the region. Red Rock is perfect for climbing, hiking, biking, camping, or just sightseeing. Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park are among the top national parks to visit in the region.

Canyonlands features vast and rugged areas of land just southwest of Moab. With every geographical feature from plateaus and canyons to the rushing Green and Colorado rivers, Canyonlands is the perfect place for hiking, biking, or riding the rapids. Some of the top attractions of the park include The Maze District, The Needles District, Island in the Sky, and Horseshoe Canyon.

Bryce Canyon National Park is slightly different from Canyonlands and offers an entire new range of ways to explore and enjoy the red rocks. Wind and water erosion, combined with geologic turmoil, have created and shaped the notable pink cliffs of Bryce Canyon. Visitors can take a scenic drive out to Rainbow point, where you can see into Arizona from 9,115 feet above ground, or Fairview Point, the best place to look out over the Grand staircase. The Bryce Amphitheater, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, is among one of the most popular and picturesque locations in this park to enjoy a concert or other entrainment. This naturally formed open-air venue is known for its rock formations of red sandstone as well as two huge monoliths that make for an outstanding acoustic experience like none other. You can even go to the visitor’s center where they offer free tours and a pass backstage to play instruments or sing on stage. As a music venue, this location is a must for all music lovers.

The landforms and geographical features of Arches National Park make it one of the top ways to explore the red rocks of Southern Utah. Appropriately named, Arches features over 2,000 stone arches, naturally formed, as well as impressive peaks and massive balanced rocks. Hiking or driving is the best way to experience Arches. If you are looking for a great place to camp, the Devil’s Garden Campground and Delicate Arch are great locations for a rest from a long hike. You can go it alone or attend a program led by a ranger to learn even more about the unique offer

Whether you go by foot, bike, or boat, the red rocks of Southern Utah are vast and breathtaking. Exploring the red rocks is ideal for all ages and there is something for everyone. ings of Arches. Before leaving, be sure to catch the spectacular sunset over the arches.

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Among the numerous activities that can be found while visiting Southern Utah, the following is the top ten that tourists and residents enjoy here.

1.)    Go fishing- From rivers and lakes to reservoirs and streams, Southern Utah is a great place to do a little fishing. If bass is your fish of choice, one of the nation’s best places to catch bass and striped bass is Lake Powell, located on the border of Utah and Arizona. Other lakes and streams in the area are known for rainbow and brown trout, in addition to many other types of fish.

2.)    Take a scenic drive- With so many plateaus, canyons, and cliffs, there is no shortage of picturesque drives where every route is the scenic route. One of the most popular routes is to Cedar Mountain Plateau where visitors can experience a 360 degree view of diverse landscapes and terrain.

3.)    Visit a National Park- Southern Utah boasts some of the best national and state parks in our nation. The unique and ancient geographical features make visits to any one of the five major national parks an experience to remember. The five major national parks are:  Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky District), Canyonlands National Park (Needles District), Capitol Reef National Park , and Zion National Park.

4.)    Take a hike – Some of the best hiking trails in the world can be found in Red Rock country. Whether you are an advanced hiker or just a beginner, Southern Utah offers an experience for anyone. Almost all of the national and state parks have multiple hiking trails to explore, and each one offers a different scene with varying levels of difficulties. A popular hiking trail located in Zion National Park is the narrows. This path is great for beginners but also advanced hikers who want to continue on to the Gorge for a 16 mile hike around the top. 

5.)    Experience the local art – Interested in the arts? The city of St. George is perfect for every art enthusiast. From art museums to multiple exhibitions and shows around town, there is something for everyone’s taste in art and culture.  

6.)    Find a great biking trail – Similar to the hiking trails, most of the national and state parks have multiple bike trails for varying levels of difficulty. Depending on the type of terrain you prefer, you can find great trails at Zion National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante, and Cedar Breaks, to name a few.   

7.)    Play some golf- Numerous golf resorts span the landscape of Southern Utah, but St. George’s Red Rock Golf Trail is one of the most picturesque and unique locations to play golf. Golfers can experience any one of the 13 golf courses that are available year round.

8.)    Experience the city of St. George- Awarded one of America’s best “Wilderness Town,” St. George offers great dining and entertainment, against the background of canyons and mountains.

9.)    Visit a ghost town- Southern Utah is home to Grafton Ghost Town where “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was filmed. Visit this town near Zion National Park to experience the true American West.

10.)  Hop in a hot air balloon- There is no better way to experience the natural beauty and geographical wonders of Southern Utah than in a hot air balloon. In a balloon hundreds of feet off of the ground, you will see rock formations in a way that is not possible from the ground or in an air plane. Most balloon rides will take you over one of many national state parks as well as other unique geographical locations such as the Gorge and portions of the Moab.   

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Imagine spending all day exploring the rugged and picturesque terrain of St. George and all night camping and sleeping under the stars.

There is no better time to experience the great outdoors than summer time! Visitors can enjoy the warm weather and picturesque landscapes in a variety of ways, from biking and hiking, to river rafting and four-wheeling. There is an adventure around every corner as you explore the untouched beauty of Southern Utah. Many companies will offer adventure tours that can provide the best scenes, whether on a boat or on a bike.

If ATVs are your preferred mode of exploring the terrain of St. George, consider an ATV and the Jeep Adventure Tour or the Windows of the West Hummer Tour. These tours offer visitors the opportunity to explore the landscape with an experienced guide. Trips range from a few hours to a few days. Locations also vary from national parks to more secluded areas.

Don’t let the deserts and dry terrain fool you, St. George is home to some of the best boating, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing in Utah. Popular locations for water sports of every kind include Lake Powell and the three state park reservoirs: Sand Hollow, Gunlock, and Quail Lake. There are also smaller reservoirs such as Pine Valley, in the Pine Valley Mountains, and Ivins, located just outside of Gunlock. Lake Powell, located approximately 150 miles outside of St. George, is rated as one of the nation’s best bodies of water for all water sports. If whitewater rafting or kayaking interests you, take an adventure on the rapids with experienced guides or on your own. From rentals to guides, the perfect tour company can offer you the experience of a lifetime.

No outdoor trip is complete without a little camping, and the terrain and landscapes of Southern Utah are the epitome of camping. There are numerous private and public campgrounds in the St. George area and surrounding state parks. One of the most popular areas to camp is Temple View RV Resort, right in the center of St. George.

Not the outdoorsy type? No problem! St. George offers great shopping, entertainment, dining, and museums. Spend a day in the city touring art galleries and exhibitions and spend your evening enjoying a concert in the park. Grab a blanket, food, and family and enjoy a summer night full of music and fun. Concerts run from May 13th to September 9th and begin every night at 7:30 pm.

You Better Start Stretching

The St. George Marathon is extremely popular, not only among the locals, but for  people from all across the US and multiple countries as well.

Being a part of the St. George Marathon is pretty incredible. It’s inspiring. It’s exhausting. It’s a course with beautiful terrain and a one-of-a-kind landscape. For those that are competing, it’s so rewarding and fulfilling. This year the event is taking place on Saturday October 6, 2012 and will be marking the 36th Annual Race.

The St. George Marathon

If you are not participating in the St. George Marathon but would like to be involved in an event yourself, you can register for the Mayor’s Walk the morning of the marathon.  The walk begins at 7 am and encompasses the last stretch of the race through town. You will finish at Vernon Worthen Park, the same as the marathons runners.

We’ll See You There

Come and join Five Seasons Vacation Rentals and St. George Resort Rentals as we kick off the morning of the St. George Marathon and the Mayor’s Walk. Registration proceeds will go to a great charitable cause. For more information on registering for the Mayor’s Walk, visit the St. George Recreation Division webpage.)

FYI, the St. George Marathon is held annually at the beginning of October. The town is always packed, so be sure to book your St. George resort rental in advance so you won’t miss out on all of the fun and festivities that Southern Utah’s red rocks have to offer.

Put the Remote Control Down

If St. George and the rest of Southern Utah is known for anything, it’s the great outdoors! Last Saturday was National Get Outdoors Day, but many of us probably missed it. Well the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management are sponsoring a day of great family-friendly activities to help families have more of a desire to get outdoors.

The Southern Utah Get Outdoors Day Family Expo will be on Saturday, June 16th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Tuacahn Market in Ivins, Utah. KCSG Television gives the whole scoop on the event:

“Activity stations will include desert hiking, regional recreational information, wildlife viewing, the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Explore! Mobile Exhibit, an interactive caving challenge, a dinosaur murder mystery exhibit, knot tying competition and rock climbing gear demos.”

Southern Utah is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, so it only makes sense to tie our shoes, fill up some water bottles, put on some sunscreen, and get outdoors. To learn more about the Southern Utah Get Outdoors Day Family Expo, click HERE.