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    Raindrops keep falling on my head.....

    by pfsmalo Written Mar 10, 2008

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    A short side trip before getting into Zion Canyon is a visit to Grafton. Grafton is a small ghost town made famous by the scenes from 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" where Paul Newman rides his bicycle around with Katherine Ross on the front bars and the song "Raindrops keep falling on my head" is playing behind. Not much left now, a couple of wooden shacks and the old cemetary. Even the front porch of the outlaws house has been set on fire by vandals. On Hwy 9 in Rockville cross the iron bridge over the river, about 600 metres on your right is the Grafton road, just follow it round for a km or two. This is a dirt road not recommended in wet weather but it's not that far from civilisation so help is just around the corner.

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    Paria Canyon

    by SandiM Written Jan 24, 2008

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    For a truly amazing photographic experience, try Paria Canyon! The entrance to this place is in Utah, however soon you will cross over to the Arizona side. It's 3 miles in to a spot called 'The Wave', a geographical wonder! The walk is fair to moderate, however there are no signpoints and no path so you have to use your orienteering skills to locate this spot. It is not advisable to go for the walk unless you get permission from the park rangers the day before you walk in. If you research this place, you will understand why. It's lovely, but if you get lost, you will want someone to know where you are so they can send someone for you! There are 'maps' of a sort on the internet you can print off to help you find this place. I do not believe it is advisable to camp out in this area overnight. You are also required to bring out with you anything that you bring in with you, including toilet paper, food wrappers, bottles, etc. Check it out!

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    Snow Canyon, a Beautiful State Park

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Oct 8, 2007

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    If you love the outdoors, and are visiting Zion National Park, you may enjoy a side trip to Snow Canyon State Park. This 5,739 acre park is a great place for photography, hiking, biking, and camping. This is a colorful canyon with red Navajo sandstone formations, some capped by an overlay of black lava rock, making them even more striking. You will also find an area of petrified sand dunes. Here the red sandstone has wonderful textures, giving any camera buff a number of interesting shots. This park is 11 miles northwest of St. George. It includes a campground with 17 RV sites and 34 tent sites, restrooms, hot showers, some electric hookups for RVs, a dump station, and an overflow campground that is used during busy times. There is a day use fee of $5 per car.

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    Ranger tours

    by hackenbush Updated Jun 24, 2007

    In Zion , there's a free early morning tour given by the Park Service that's very informative and interesting. You usually have to sign up the day before ,and it's only a couple of hours, but you can see a lot in a short time and check out what you would like to revisit later. They give a lot of information about the geology of the area and the way the area was formed.

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    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

    by Toughluck Written Dec 12, 2006

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    Located east of Bryce Canyon NP, south of Capital Reef NP, and west of Glen Canyon NRA, Grand Staircase is a vast expanse of desert and high plateaus. Nearly inaccessible, today, dirt roads provide more access to the vast reaches of the monument. But don't be fooled, the best is still nearly inaccessible, except by foot. Take water, plan to spend a lot of time and be ready for some wonderful experiences.

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  • Great Roadtrippin'

    by CDNgirl Updated Sep 17, 2006

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    Okay, this doesn't exactly cover Utah, but one of my favorite stretches of Hiway is on the I-15 south from St. George through the northern corner of Arizona through to Nevada. Its only about 8 or 10 miles, but it goes through this amazing gorge and its so beautful!! I can never remember the name of it, but its worth the drive!!

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    CLIMBING AND HIKING

    by blubee Written Aug 18, 2006

    Be prepared to climb every hill, mountain while in here. Because there are sceneries you can really appreciated when you are way up there. Just wear slacks and rubber shoes for comfort and easy access.

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    CLIMBING AND HIKING

    by blubee Written Aug 18, 2006

    Be prepared to climb every hill, mountain while in here. Because there are sceneries you can really appreciated when you are way up there. Just wear slacks and rubber shoes for comfort and easy access.

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  • Puebloan Indian Village

    by DebbieLA Updated Jul 20, 2006

    Edge of the Cedars State Park is located off of US 191 in Blanding at 660 W 400 North St.. We stopped on our drive from Moab to Page, AZ. The Puebloan Indian village was inhabited between AD 750-1200 and you can walk through the ruins. The ruins are located behind a museum that has a very nice collection of artificats and is well worth walking through.

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    Soldier Summit

    by hundwalder Written Nov 9, 2005

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    Soldier Summit is the name given to the mountain pass where US Highway 6 reaches its highest elevation. Soldier Summit, which is located about midway between Provo and Price, was named in honor of Utah's war veterans. There is a very nice highway rest stop located near the summit. The rest stop is a popular picnic area.

    This photo which was shot from a quiet chat road that runs adjacent to the rest stop, is highly representative of the high desert landscape of central Utah. The photo was taken in early September before snow blankets the area. The countryside was still covered with yellow sage blooms at the time. The great Sanoran Desert has a charm all of its own. Please take the time to enjoy it.

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    Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

    by goingsolo Written Jan 10, 2005

    The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is a large area encompassing over 1 million acres and spread across southern Utah and a small portion of northern Arizona. The land contained within the monument is designated wilderness area and is thought to be one of the only remaining unexplored areas in the country.

    Portions of the monument can be accessed by driving along hwy 12 from Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef or along hwy 89 between Kanab and Page, Arizona. There are several more primitive roads leading deeper within the monument.

    The area is a recreational paradise for hikers, backpackers and bikers. ATV and horseback rides are also permitted. There are few trails in the area, which adds to its appeal to those who seek remote backcountry settings.

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    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

    by goingsolo Written Dec 13, 2004

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    In additional to 6 National Parks, Utah has a number of smaller state parks which are equally impressive in their unusual beauty. Coral Pink Sand Dunes is one of them. The park is located just north of Kanab, about an hour south of Zion.

    As you may have guessed, the park's claim to fame is its pink sand dunes, colored by the erosion of navajo sandstone. Hiking, four wheeling and camping are the main attractions here, but this is also a great place for taking a short drive around simply to admire the dunes.

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    Boulder Mountain

    by goingsolo Written Dec 13, 2004

    Highway 12, which begins just west of Bryce Canyon and ends near Capitol Reef, is aptly designated as a scenic byway. One of its highlights, literally and figuratively speaking, is Boulder Mountain. The mountain is the summit of this scenic drive. One a clear day, views extend for miles. On a winter day, Boulder Mountain is snow speckled and glorious, rising above the valleys and towering over the canyons of this fantastic landscape. Highway 12 passes over the mountain, winding past snowshoers and other winter enthusiasts, eventually dropping down into the valley area where it ends at the foot of yet another of Utah's National Parks.

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    Red Canyon in the wintertime

    by goingsolo Written Dec 13, 2004

    The best time for seeing southwest Utah is the wintertime. The temperatures are much cooler, but there's a chance of a pleasant day. Surprisingly, the crowds are all gone. I guess no one wants to experience a Utah winter unless they are skiing in the mountains. But the red rocks, golden canyon walls and hoodoos of Bryce Canyon are dazzling when covered with snow. Southern Utah is truly magical during this time of year. If you've visited the area in the summer and enjoyed the sights, definitely come back for a winter visit, even if you're so cold adverse that you'll refuse to leave the confines of your heated car. Simply gaze out the frost covered windows at rocks, canyon walls and valley floors udsted with snow.

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    Petroglyphs at Capitol Reef National Park

    by windsorgirl Written Dec 4, 2004

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    Along Hwy 24 you will pass by several scenic lookouts including a spot to view ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs which have been carved into the cliff side.

    I didn't find this display as impressive as Newspaper Rock near Moab, but it was worth the stop to stretch our legs and admire the surrounding red sandstone cliffs.

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