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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Utah Symphony To Perform At Utah's National Parks

Utah Symphony and the Utah Office of Tourism are partnering to bring musical performances to gateway communities near our Mighty Five national parks.

The Symphony held a news conference today announcing the tour. Here are some details:

The Utah Symphony's Mightly 5 Tour
Five National Parks. One Epic Week.

Only in Utah
When the heat of the summer day wears off, let the Utah Symphony’s Mighty 5™ Tour take you away to the desert evening sky for an inspiring symphonic experience you can only get in Utah. Go hiking, climbing or sightseeing in Southern Utah and capture these unforgettable performances set against the backdrop of Utah’s nationally treasured parks. In honor of the beautiful surroundings, supportive patrons, and generous sponsors these concerts are being presented for free.

Tuesday August 12 / 8 pm
Teasdale Community Park, Teasdale, UT (near Capitol Reef National Park)

Thursday August 14 / 8 pm
Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab, UT (near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks)

Friday August 15 / 8 pm
Ruby's Bryce Canyon Rim at Ruby's Inn, Bryce Canyon, UT (near Bryce Canyon National Park)

Saturday August 16 / 8 pm
O.C. Tanner Amphitheatre, Springdale, UT (near Zion National Park)

The Deseret News offers more detail in this news article. Here are excerpts.

These concerts will be free for tourists and our community members, making them as accessible as possible and allowing us to give back the great gift of music to our community,” (Symphony President and CEO Melia) Tourangeau said.

Tickets will be made available May 1 through select partners when booking lodging and recreation packages. Starting July 1, tickets will then be made available at select Zions Bank locations and online. Any remaining tickets will be distributed at the gate on the evening of the performance. Visit for additional information.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Enjoy A Taste Of Cache Valley Plus Volunteer At State Parks

Now's the perfect time for spring road trips and one destination often overlooked this time of year is the Cache Valley/Logan area in northern Utah. Logan is a beautiful small city surrounded by checkerboard farms and towering mountains. It is fun to watch the agricultural land come to life now that the earth is warming.

The Cache Valley Visitor Bureau has put together this fun "Food Tour," providing information about local businesses that provide outstanding service and tasty culinary offerings. Here are a few excerpts, title lines. You'll have to view the complete guide to get the details.

Bluebird Candy Company, 75 West Center, Logan
(435) 753-3670

Dairy Products
Aggie Ice Cream and True Blue Aggie Cheese, USU Nutrition & Food Science Building, 750 North 1200 East, Logan
(435) 797-2109

Cox Honeyland, 1780 South Hwy. 8
(435) 752-3234

Volunteer At Great Salt Lake Nature Center
If you enjoy children and wildlife, consider becoming a volunteer at GSL Nature Center, located just northwest of the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area near Farmington, in Davis County.

Diana Vos, director of the nature center, says the center's spring field trip season for school kids is underway. "We're looking for energetic and enthusiastic people to help us run the weekday field trips," she says.

If you'd like to help run field trips or staff the nature center, contact Vos at 801-589-2373 or

Work At Jordanelle State Park
Jordanelle State Park provided this information:

Would you like to work in the outdoors? Jordanelle still has some openings for Quagga techs and maintenance. Contact the park and pick up an application if you are interested in a summer job. 1-435-649-9540

Friday, April 11, 2014

Explore Utah's Mighty 5 During National Parks Week

National Parks Week is April 19-27. On opening weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, admission will be free at every US national park! Special activities will be held at the parks during the week. See the National Parks Week website for details.

This is an ideal time to visit Utah's five national parks. Spring flowers are blooming and air temperatures are delightful. Conditions are perfect for auto touring, camping, hiking, biking and exploring.

The video below shows some of the fun you can have a Utah national parks. The bottom video shows stunning black and white images shot by Zion Park artist-in-residence Rick Braveheart.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Volunteer At Best Friends Plus Best Road Trips

West-Centric travel has this new blog post by a guy who spent a day volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located near Kanab and Zion National Park.

Best Friends is the largest no-kill sanctuary in the US and it depends on volunteers to help care for the animals. Volunteers can do a variety of jobs including walking and grooming and cleaning up. Some animals are even available for sleep overs.

Not just dogs and cats but birds, bunnies, larger animals, reptiles...

Here's a quote from the blog:

After a brief orientation for Dogtown, it was off to the Puppy Preschool area. I chose to work with the puppies (who wouldn’t??) but you can also spend time with senior dogs, which I plan to do next time I visit.

Volunteers do a variety of tasks, and the day I was there I took puppies for walks and played with them in the fenced-in exercise area. Yeah, it’s hard work but somebody’s gotta do it. The pups have temporary names based on random things. I played with some of the “cheese” malamute mixes, Havarti and Mozzarella…:

Best Friends has many friends in high places, including numerous actors and preformers.

Lonely Planet's Best Road Trips

To promote release of the second edition of it's book, USA's Best Trips, lonely planet has named five trips in this teaser article. Here are names of the five trips highlighted:

Coastal New England
Michigan’s Gold Coast
Four Corners
Ivy League Tour
Mighty Mo

Comments on the article are also worth reading. Many commentators share my view that Four Corners is worth seeing - once - but that the area around Four Corners is amazing and warrants repeated trips.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Graffiti Prompts Closure In Arches; Unwind In Zion And Bryce

An area just southeast of Sand Dune Arch, in Arches National Park, has been closed to the public because of excessive graffiti - mostly names that have been carved into the sandstone. The park is considering ways to prevent more damage in this and other areas. has this on the problem, information including this quote:

"Some of it is so deeply incised, we're really sort of pondering what the options are. Some of it is pretty easy to erase, some of it is probably not," said Paul Henderson, the park's assistant superintendent, on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, it grows like a cancer. As soon as there is some, everybody else, 'Hey, I want my name, I want my design.'"

Unwind In Utah

The Wall Street Journal online has this interesting article about challenging adventures where you can be papered. Bryce and Zion make the list. Below we list their destinations and then a quote from their section on Utah.
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"Austin Adventures offers a tour that covers Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks in a way that's both strenuous and indulgent. Travelers spend six days in the area, exploring canyons and rock formations on hikes that range from 2 to 20 miles long. They overnight near the trails in hotels, including Seven Wives, a historic inn on the edge of Snow Canyon..."

Monday, April 07, 2014

Backpack, Camp and Glamp In Utah

Now's the perfect time to backpack in the desert canyons in southern Utah. Days are mild and water is plentiful (relatively speaking, considering we are a desert). Nights are crisp but not too cold.

Great destinations include Dark Canyon, Grand Gulch, Coyote Gulch and the backcountry in most of our national parks and monuments.

As the season progresses, snow will melt from our mountains and they will become popular backpacking areas. When the desert gets hot, the mountains are cool and inviting.

This article lists five great backpacking destinations in Utah. These spots make the list:

1. Zion National Park
2. Arches National Park
3. Wasatch Front
4. High Uintas
5. Bryce Canyon National Park

Most people don't think of Arches as a backpacking destination. It is relatively small, compared to other Utah parks. The most popular attractions can be reached via short hikes off the scenic drive. But the park does include considerable backcountry area. Two parcels in particular are very scenic, attract relatively few visitors and can only be seen by people willing to lace up their boots and follow long trails into wilderness settings.

Glamping Utah
Utah is a famous destination for camping, with numerous sites in our national and state parks, forests and desert playgrounds. Now, we also offer some luxury "glamping" opportunities. One commercial venture in Moab provided this news release. Below is the Headline and introductory paragraph.

Introducing Utah’s First Glamping Destination

On April 4th, 2014, Moab Under Canvas will open for guests with a safari-style luxury glamping. Following the overwhelming popularity of Yellowstone Under Canvas, comes additional luxuriously furnished safari tent and tipi accommodation, deluxe suites with king sized beds, and light and bright en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilets and hot water.

Volunteer At National Parks, Utah State Parks

April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week in America. That designation was established by Presidentialproclamation, part of which reads:

By performing acts of service, we can shape a Nation big enough and bold enough to accommodate the hopes of all our people. Across our country, volunteers open doors of opportunity, pave avenues of success, fortify their communities, and lay the foundation for tomorrow's growth and prosperity. They are often equipped with few resources and gain little recognition, yet because of their service, our country is a better and a stronger force for good.

If you are looking for a place to volunteer, consider offering your services at national and stateparks in Utah. Volunteers donate thousands of hours of service, making the parks safer and more pleasant while helping to keep operating costs down.

The video below highlights some volunteer opportunities at Zion National Park.

We encourage you to watch for opportunities to volunteer. Such opportunities are often posted on bulletin boards at the parks and on park websites. You can also find out about opportunities by talking to the rangers at the information desks.

Visit your favorite parks and look for opportunities. The aren't hard to find.
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