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Friday, May 24, 2013

Ideas For Memorial Day

Still stumped about what to do this weekend. Here are some ideas:

1. National Parks – This is the perfect time to visit our Utah's national parks. Virtually all facilities are open and in good shape. It's warm but not too hot – ideal for hiking, biking and exploring. Easy access points will be crowded but it is easy to find out of the way spots with fewer people.

Zion Park is updating this spring Facebook page, with gorgeous photos of wildflowers, animals and scenery.

Consider visiting Capitol Reef National Park. It is off the beaten path and so it offers greater chance for solitude.

2. State Parks. A few of our parks are very popular and will be crowded. But many receive only moderate visitation. The video below, showing Starvation State Park, captures some of the fun.

3. Lake Powell is a prime holiday destination. The marinas will be zoos, with lines at the boat launch ramps. But if you cruise away from the marinas you will find almost unlimited sun, sand and sandstone.

Fishing is very good at Lake Powell right now. See this excellent report for ideas.

4. Salt Lake City. With many of the locals heading out of town, this is a great time to see the sights in our Capital City. Motels, restaurants, theatres, parks and other attractions will all be open and ready.

There will be special Memorial Day services in Salt Lake City and some other communities. Check our regional calendars for details.

Be advised, Utah's public transportation systems (buses, rail) will non operate on Monday because of the holiday. More information.

Below is the new Starvation State Park video. Make me want to go.

- Dave Webb

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