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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

National Public Lands Day & Cedar Breaks Fall Festival

National Public Lands Day is Saturday, Sept 28, 2013. On that day entrance fees will be waived at most national parks, monuments, recreation areas and other federal properties. Camping fees will still be assessed, along with boat launch fees and other charges.

Utah's five national parks and those nearby will observe the day and will not charge entrance fees.

Many facilities will hold special activities including service projects where people can help improve and protect natural resources. See the Public Lands Day website for info on activities wherever you will be.

Cedar Breaks Fall Festival
Fall colors are approaching their peak at higher elevations around Utah. One of the great spots to view the colors is at Cedar Breaks National Monument, located in the tops of the mountains east of Cedar City. The Monument sponsors an annual Fall Festival to encourage people to come up and enjoy the beautiful scenery and delightful fall weather.

ScenicSouthernUtah.com provided the information below about the festival:

USA Today described Cedar Breaks National Monument and the surrounding area as “one of the top ten places to experience fall colors” in the United States. Special events include activities, workshops, and more. We will also celebrate National Public Lands Day, a fee-free day, on Saturday, September 28, with a volunteer service opportunity. For information call 435-586-0787 or visit www.nps.gov/cebr.

Schedule of Events:

Saturday and Sunday
Make-and-Take Crafts at the Visitor Center 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Track Attack Booklets
Leaf Stamp Art
Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

Saturday Only
Public Lands Day Service Project – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Check in at the Fee Station for instructions.

The Living Forest, Patrick Moore, US Forest Service – Outdoor presentation meets at the Visitor Center area – 2:00 pm.

“Fire Safety in the Fall” – Campground Amphitheater – 4:00 pm – Free s’mores provided.

Sunday Only
Autumn Animals Guided Hike – Alpine Pond Trail – 2:00 pm – Meet at Chessman Ridge Overlook.

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