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Salt Lake City

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528,1286,110

Moab

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417,1104,37

Zion National Park

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596,1367,5

Arches National Park

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615,1603,1

Monument Valley State Park

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363,1137,3

Bryce Canyon National Park

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608,1608,3

Kanab

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82,238,18

Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

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95,239,0

Springdale

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51,106,21

Park City

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130,383,123

Canyonlands National Park

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209,513,1

Capitol Reef National Park

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200,449,0

Kodachrome Basin State Park

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50,82,0

Snow Canyon State Park

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44,119,0

Goblin Valley State Park

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19,70,0

Saint George

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34,72,44

Vernal

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30,57,15

Hanksville

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21,72,1

Green River

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32,110,10

Cedar City

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14,24,30

Logan

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14,14,14

Mexican Hat

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21,46,4

Escalante

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38,110,2

Cedar Breaks National Monument

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12,51,0

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

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11,28,0

Alta

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18,26,6

Garden City

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19,33,3

Thompson Springs

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4,21,0

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

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45,86,0

Salina

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5,12,4

Dead Horse Point State Park

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8,41,0

Natural Bridges National Monument

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31,118,0

Horseshoe Canyon Unit- Canyonlands National Park

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4,16,0

Torrey

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12,35,10

Bonneville Salt Flats State Park

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2,13,0

Provo

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18,43,22

Beaver

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13,12,9

Delta

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11,21,2

Hurricane

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5,8,5

Orem

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12,24,8

Goosenecks State Park

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15,39,0

Pleasant Grove

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8,26,0

American Fork

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3,11,2

Antelope Island

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8,43,0

Bluff

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17,37,2

Mount Pleasant

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4,3,0

Ogden

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11,55,15

Salt Lake City

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  • Temple Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Salt Lake City Things to Do

    Temple Square is well worth the 'free visit'...you'll have access to two visitor centers with as much information as you want to know about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormons). The grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained and the buildings have rich architectural and religious history. Ask about the Nauvoo...

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  • Grand America Hotel

    Salt Lake City Hotels

    This is the nicest hotel in the city located in Temple Square amid all the attractions.

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  • Squatters Pub & Brewery

    4 out of 5 stars

    Salt Lake City Restaurants

    Squatters Pub Brewery snuck up on me despite many years of wanting to go there. I had not made it to Salt Lake City in either my 1994 or 1995 trips to Utah, always seeming to get stuck in the state's more renowned southern sights. So, Salt Lake City and Squatters were intertwined as places I just could not manage to get to and when you can't get or...

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Moab

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  • Arches National Park

    Moab Things to Do

    Some wonderful hiking trails, all not very long and some very easy to walk from the car. A good mix with some primitive trails and well maintained trails. Entry into the park is only $10 and good for a week. There are over 2000 arches in the entire park. The visitor center is very informative and a few years back was renovated it was nice that...

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  • Best Western Canyonlands Inn Moab

    Moab Hotels

    Wonderful place to stay in Moab. Spacious rooms, just right for our family of 5. I was impressed...

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  • Pints without Pain

    Moab Nightlife

    2015 update: still our favorite watering hole. If you've read my warning about bizarre Utah liquor laws, you'll know that finding a spot for a post-hike pint can be frustrating? Eureka: we found one here. Woody's is your no-frills, no-attitude oasis for a cold one on a sunny patio or in the bar with no annoying ado. It's a battered local's haven...

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Zion National Park

  • Park and Ride

    Zion National Park Transportation

    Zion is a mighty busy place during the warmer months; so busy that traffic and parking eventually became a real headache, and they had to find a way to make accessing the park a lot easier for all concerned. That answer was the Springdale and Zion Canyon free shuttle service. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive is off limits to personal vehicles from about...

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  • Zion Lodge

    Zion National Park Hotels

    This is the only hotel inside the park, and was our splurge on trip #1. Much as we loved it, I...

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  • Rain+ slot canyons = big trouble

    Zion National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I mentioned how important it was to check the forecast in my Narrows page but there’s nothing like a few visual aids?During this second trip, the region was hit with a record-books storm that turned the gentle, blue-green Virgin in my Riverside Walk review into the flooded, muddy, log-filled torrent you see here. It rose very, very quickly, and...

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Arches National Park

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Kanab

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  • Buckskin Gulch

    Kanab Things to Do

    A big giant fail for us but I’m including this bit in case you have better luck or a greater tolerance for mud. At somewhere around 12-13 miles in length, Buckskin is the longest, deepest slot canyon in North American and possibly in the world. As mentioned in my review for Wire Pass, the slot canyon used for access, we’d intended to make a day of...

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  • Canyons Lodge

    Kanab Hotels

    236 Highway 89 North, Kanab, Utah, 84741, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Wire Pass

    Kanab Things to Do

    We’d driven up here from Page 'cause we weren’t going to have time to hike it on our way to Zion. The plan was to escape the brutal heat with a fun day of combined scrambling though this 1.7 mile canyon plus 3-4 miles into connecting Buckskin Gulch. Both are in the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, and the trail is an entry point for...

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Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

  • Another shower!

    Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument Favorites

    There is a trailer park located just down the road from the national monument visitor center, on the same side of the road toward the town of Escalante. The showers are clean but beware the hot water does not last long. I found on my last visit they like to boast their four large water heaters but they fail to tell you they are on vacation mode, at...

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  • showers

    Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument Favorites

    I have camped many times in this area and on occasion spend many days in the wilderness. When I am done it is nice to take a shower. If you don't want to get a hotel room, your best option is to drive about 30 minutes to Kodachrome State Park which has a public shower for about $2. It is a blessing in the desert.

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  • Take the loop!

    Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument Off The Beaten Path

    Escalante is great. You will definitely enjoy it. If you hike Pee-a-boo and spooky as a loop, be sure to go up Peek-a-boo and down spooky. Two reasons, trying to down climb out of Peek-a-boo can be nerve racking to say the least, unless you are an avid climber. An in and out hike of Peek-a-boo is not recommended without some climbing experience....

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Springdale

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  • Pub and grub

    Springdale Restaurants

    We’re big fans of craft brews so we had to give this one a try. Zion Canyon Brew Pub is in an area called Zion Canyon Village, just outside of the south pedestrian entrance. You have to pass through this area if you’re taking one of the shuttle buses or walking from Springdale. We ordered up one of beer flights to try out all of the options, and...

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  • Desert Pearl Inn

    Springdale Hotels

    707 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, Utah, 84767, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Holy Pepperoni!

    Springdale Restaurants

    A funky pizzeria and pasta place located in what used to be a church, the covered front porch had a great view while keeping us dry on a rainy day. It's a counter joint - meaning you find a table, look over the menu, and then go up to the register to place your order. They’ll run it out to you when it’s ready, and give you cups for filling your own...

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Park City

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  • Home Furnishings

    Park City Shopping

    Nice store! Beautiful furnishings. I didn't buy anything only because I wondered how I would get it home. But, I guess I could have it shipped. Anyway, Harald didn't seem to interested in shopping here so I quickly browsed through and left.

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  • Stein Eriksen Lodge

    Park City Hotels

    Sadly, my fiance was not able to accompany me recently to a family wedding in Park City. I decided...

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  • Art Gallery

    Park City Shopping

    To our surprise, this gallery had some of our favorite artists. Nano Lopez who is a bronze sculptor. We happen to have one of his pieces at home. He started with humanoid pieces with mechanical gears, letters and other symbolic items. Then, he began making animal sculptures that were a bit whimsical. I was disappointed to see him take this path....

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Capitol Reef National Park

  • Wildlife in an Art Gallery

    Capitol Reef National Park Things to Do

    The rock art gallery alongside the main highway is a well-visited place. It is supplied with ample parking space even from hulk point of view. The viewing area has been enhanced with an elevated wooden path and some explanations along the way. The carvings themselves might be exciting to variable degree depending on the heat, sun angle or crowd...

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  • Hickman Trail and Rim Overlook Trail

    Capitol Reef National Park Sports & Outdoors

    The Hickman Bridge Trail is reached a 2 mile round trip trail that is steep and strenuous in spots then levels out and becomes easier. The trail connects to the strenuous 4.5 mile round trip, Rim Overlook Trail if you want a bit more of a challenge. Both trails will expose you to the glaring sun so be prepared. Good walking shoes, water,...

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  • Old Wagon Trail

    Capitol Reef National Park Sports & Outdoors

    The Old Wagon Trail follows, as you might guess, an old wagon trail, and traverses several types of rock formations. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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Kodachrome Basin State Park

  • Kodachrome Nature Trail

    Kodachrome Basin State Park Things to Do

    This is a very short trail at .5 miles and is a hard surface trail accessible for wheelchairs. Along the trail are interpretive signs along with quotes that are inspirational. Recommended for those who do not want to venture on a long hike or in the heat of the sun.

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  • Narrow Trials, Steep drops

    Kodachrome Basin State Park Warnings and Dangers

    Several trails in the park have side trails to vistas that are quite narrow on loose rock as seen in the picture. Although the park service warns people to stay at least 10 feet from the edge, they are making no effort to close trails such as the one in the photo which is clearly less than 10 feet across making it impossible to keep 10 feet from...

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  • Angel's Palace Trail

    Kodachrome Basin State Park Sports & Outdoors

    This is one of the more popular hiking trails in the park. There is a large parking area at the trail head and route finding is fairly easy. However the trail does cross over on itself several times but it is in such a compact area that you would not miss any thing if you missed one of the small loops. The sign at the trail head states the trail is...

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Snow Canyon State Park

  • Title Johnson Canyon Trail

    Snow Canyon State Park Things to Do

    Johnson Canyon is one of the trails within the park that is only open seasonally. Usually this trail is closed annually from March 15 to September 14. An easy, two miles trail, with some rocky slopes and steps. This trail winds through ancient lava flows and red sandstone rocks to a sheltered canyon, and an arch spanning 200 feet, which can can be...

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  • Technical Climbing

    Snow Canyon State Park Sports & Outdoors

    Technical climbing of over 170 designated routes is available in the park. See a ranger for a map of climbing areas and route information, as well as a list of seasonal closures. You may also email the park at snowcanyon@utah.gov for information on climbing in the park. If you are interested in taking climbing classes, or doing a climb with a...

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  • Jenny's Canyon

    Snow Canyon State Park Things to Do

    The one mile round trip hike into this small slot is closed at times due to its being prime desert tortoise habitat. It is dedicated to Jenny, a local woman who loved this little spot of heaven. It is a short hike, only about a mile long, but it can be very hot in the summer. Be sure to bring water.There is a small slot in between two fins of rock...

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Goblin Valley State Park

  • Showers!

    Goblin Valley State Park Favorites

    Showers are available last time I visited. There is a $6.00 fee to enter the park the last time I visited.Update 2013: The entry fee is now $7.00. Showers are not available to day users, only campers. There are 4 individual shower rooms. My group used all 4 and from what we can tell,, Shower 1 and 3 were the warmest (from left to right, they are...

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  • getting lost

    Goblin Valley State Park Favorites

    There is no trail in Goblin Valley. If you venture down into the Goblins, make sure you stay oriented if you do not have a compass.

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  • Interesting side canyon

    Goblin Valley State Park Things to Do

    While standing at the covered pavilion overlooking Goblin Valley, you will see a large gray dome rising up from the canyon floor on the far side of the valley. To reach this side canyon, walk across the valley floor toward the dome. Once you reach the dome, turn left and follow the obvious trail. It enter a little canyon that has interesting...

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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    10/12/2013 UPDATE:
    The lodges at Bryce and Zion are open again for at least the next 10 days or as long as there are available funds. See the reservation page for Bryce here, and note that the lodge is scheduled to close for the season on November 9th:

    reservations.foreverresorts....

    See the website for Zion Lodge (open all year or as long as there are funds to keep the park open, anyway) here:

    http://www.zionlodge.com

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    10/11/2013: Utah National Parks to re-open!
    The state of Utah will provide the funds to reopen Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks, Cedar Breaks and Natural Bridges national monuments and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on Saturday 10/12 for at least 10 days. Additional days may be added if a federal budget resolution hasn't been reached by the end of that time.

    Not yet clear if this applies to the lodges at Zion and Bryce but I'll update this notice as information becomes available.

    • wabat's Profile Photo
      Oct 11, 2013 at 4:22 AM

      Welcome news to many, i am sure?

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Oct 11, 2013 at 4:32 AM

      Absolutely! These parks are especially nice in October so it's a busy travel month for them.

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