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Monday, March 20, 2006

Easter In The Desert

Spring break and Easter vacations bring thousands of people to the red rock deserts of southern Utah. Most come from the Salt Lake or Las Vegas areas, but specialized activities bring in people from all around the world. Travelers need to be aware that lodging may be hard to find in Moab and St George over Easter weekend.

This newspaper article has detailed information.

The Moab Jeep Safari, an incredibly popular event, will be held April 8-16 and area hotels are already booked solid. Developed campgrounds are also filling up, and there are new regulations limiting backcountry camping in some areas around Moab.

St George is also very busy over the Easter weekend, with an art festival in St. George, a car show at Hurricane High School and a Peter Breinholt concert at Tuacahn Amphitheater.

And golf, of course, draws many people to St George during March and April.

Most southern Utah state parks that offer camping will be filled to near capacity – make reservations now if you want a campsite.

Several places are good bets for people who want to get away from the crowds. Capitol Reef will be beautiful, with blossoms starting on the trees in the old pioneer orchards, and ideal conditions for hiking the park’s trails.

Lake Powell is also an attractive destination. Fishing will be very good and camping conditions are excellent. The lake’s water is still cool and so the skiers/jet skiers won’t be there yet. April is a great time to tour Lake Powell, but automobile or boat, and to hike in the Glen Canyon area.

In northern Utah, snow skiing conditions are still very good and the resorts are not crowded.


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