Why the Zion (National Park) Shuttle Was Needed and Why It Is Inadequate Today

At the grand opening of the Zion National Park transportation system on May 26, 2000, the program noted that the park was going “back to the future.” “The congestion, noise, pollution, and associated resource damage suggested that we go ‘back to the future,’” the event’s program read. “Beginning today, we visit Zion Canyon by shuttle […]

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Utah National Parks Set Recreation Visits Record in 2017

Four of Utah’s five national parks set new recreation visits records in 2017; since 2012, the state’s “Mighty Five” have seen a 66 percent increase in visitors. Zion drew 4.5 million visits and jumped from fifth place to third in 2016, leapfrogging California’s Yosemite and Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Bryce Canyon moved up to 12th […]

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Underrated Places To Hit While It’s Still Winter

Shoveling snow under gloomy skies doesn’t do winter’s brand any favors. Numerous places in the South are enjoying warm, sunny weather—a big draw for those in parts of the country where winter is long, cold, and dreary. Here are some overshadowed places that’ll have you reveling warm during these cold-weather months. Mississippi There are also […]

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Way Down South In…Utah

Dixie has it all: mild weather, red rock hiking, proximity to national and state parks, golf—even a little cotton. Since the early 1860s when Mormon pioneers came to the far southwestern corner of Utah to grow cotton, the Washington County area has been known as Utah’s Dixie. The communities of St. George, Hurricane, and Springdale […]

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Mysterious Abandonment Of Hovenweep

In the high desert country which straddles the border between southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado, the Hovenweep ruins with their mysterious towers induce a strange silence, something you cannot quite explain. At the famed Mesa Verde ruins, forty or fifty miles to the east of Hovenweep, you hear the shouts of excited children, the scoldings of […]

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See the Fall Leaves Near Utah’s National Parks

Often overlooked for New England or the Smoky Mountains, Utah’s wide array of forests and state and national parks—each located at different elevations and receiving varying amounts of rainfall—make for a diverse foliage spectacle. Utah’s geography creates a multitude of peak viewing times throughout the state, so you can come early or late in the […]

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