January 18, 2011

The Bloomington Cave near St. George.

 History

Bloomington Cave has been known since the turn of the century with the establishment of St. George. With the city growing only miles away, this well-known cave is facing increasing vandalization. In the mid-1950s, the Utah Dixie Grotto actually dynamited the cave’s entrances shut because they believed the cave was too dangerous. The cave was quickly dug open. Spray-painted graffiti littered the walls of the heavily traveled routes. In 2005, as a large volunteer effort, large amounts of the graffiti was removed through sand blasting. In July 2009, the cave entrances’ gates were completed and access was placed under a free permit system. The cave receives about 1,000 visitors/year with spring break being the heavily visitation time. See a HD YouTube video of the cave at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m77dEbdeXCY .

 

 Bloomington Cave

The Beaver Dam Mountains, which sit in the southwest corner of Washington County, Utah, are made up primarily of Permian Age limestone, which makes for great rock climbing, and sometimes, provides the foundation for spectacular cave systems. Located on the east side of the Beaver Dam Mountains, is the Bloomington Cave–the only cave in the St. George Field Office area that is open for public access. It can be found approximately 15 miles west of the City of St. George (see Directions). 

Bloomington Cave is the fifth largest cave in Utah, at a length of 1.30 miles and a depth of 240 ft. Larger caves in Utah include Little Brush Creek Cave(5.93 miles), Big Brush Creek Cave(4.92 miles), Duck Creek Lave Tube (2.28 miles), and Main Drain Cave (1.47 miles), Bloomington Cave still contains many unmapped passages. Several thousand feet remain to be surveyed.

Bloomington Cave is a fault cave. The cave trends north and south with a western plunge of about 40 degrees. This plunge allows the cave to be descended to its maximum depth without ropes. The cave is three-dimensional fracture maze. The cave’s floor consists of large steps that are pinched off by a consistently sloping ceiling. Many of the walls turn up to be low connecting passages. At many locations the walls are indefinable. And many passages overlie each other. Many of the passages appear as if they were carbon copied at hundred of locations throughout the cave. The cave is truly a mapping nightmare!

Bloomington Cave is the most extensive and well-known cave in the St. George Field Office. It is a large tectonic cave, and has at least six distinct levels and a maze of passages that are generally narrow, often with steeply dipping floors. The surveyed length of the cave is currently 1.35 miles (7,136 feet), making it the sixth longest cave in Utah. In 1994, this cave was listed as a significant cave on federal lands, under the authority and mandate of the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act (FCRPA) of 1988

This cave’s difficulty level is currently unrated. However, many users who are not experienced cavers have found the cave much more difficult than expected. Bloomington Cave requires crawling, squeezing through tight passages, climbing, and moving on slippery surfaces. Five routes are marked within the cave. View the Cave Routes page to see these routes and to read a description of their challenges.

Anyone wishing to enter Bloomington Cave must have a permit. The permit is free and available from the St. George Field Office. To find out how to obtain a permit – click here.

Know Before You Go

   
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January 10, 2011

Win a FREE Night at the TravelUtah Expo

 

We are coming to Northern Utah! Come visit our booth at the TravelUtah Expo and enter to win the chance to win a free night stay in our elegant Jacuzzi suites.  While there you can also get information about the 2011 year for Tuacahn, golf  and receive other hotel discounts for future stays.

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR $2 OFF COUPON!

It’s time for the Utah Travel Expo!  Please join us and over 50 of the world’s best tour, hotel and cruise companies!  The Utah Travel Expo is your place for EXCLUSIVE travel discounts and savings.  Everyone that attends will get a discount of up to $100 plus additional savings and amenities offered by tour and cruise companies, plus a chance to win a trip to Hawaii and other valuable trips and prizes.  Come ready to plan your next vacation!

 

Dates and Times:
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14 – Doors open from 3:00PM to 9:00PM
SATURDAY, JANUARY 15 – Doors open from 10:00AM to 3:00PM

 

Special Guests and Seminars:
Alan McKay presents
– China a land full of tradition, culture, and excitement!
Larry Gelwix, the “Getaway Guru” -
 HOW TO TRAVEL FOR FREE OR ALMOST FREE
On Stage Alaska – Presented by Holland America. See the beauty of Alaska!
And More! – See schedule for complete details!

 

Location:
Davis Conference Center is located in Layton north of the Layton Hills Mall. The address is: 1651 North 700 West; Layton, Utah 84041

 

The Utah Travel Expo is sponsored by Columbus Travel and Dick Jensen and Alan McKay Tours, Utah’s two top travel companies. 

FOOD SPECIALS: Get a free BBQ sandwich compliments of Holy Smoke BBQ. Subzero Ice Cream will be giving free samples at their booth and Jimmy John’s will be bringing in samples.  Plus dinning discounts at Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar and TCBY. The value of the food samples and discounts is worth the ticket price!

Tickets are just $5 per person (17 and under are free) and if you pre-purchase or present the coupon you will get $2 off the regular price. All tickets that are pre-purchased online will be entered to win a 3 night cruise.  Tickets can be pre-purchased by clicking on the above picture or or by calling Columbus Travel at 801-295-9568, 801-295-9568 or 800-373-3328, 800-373-3328 All of the information about the Utah Travel Expo can be found on this site. 

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January 5, 2011

St. George Parade of Homes 2012

Enjoy this years St. George Parade of Homes even more by staying at one of the best St. George Hotels in the Southern Utah area.  Located in the center of town and central to all the parade homes.

The 2012 St. George Parade of Homes will be:

Dates: February 17 – 26, 2012
Times:  10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Prices: $12.50.  Access to every house once during the 10 day period.
Purchase Location:  Lin’s Market or the Center Court at Red Cliffs Mall
What: 25 beautiful homes in the Washington County, Utah area

The parade of homes is just one of several attractions that attract many visitors to Southern Utah each year.  Read our other pages to learn more about:  the St. George Ironman, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, The St. George Marathon, The Huntsman World Senior Games, Sand Hollow Reservoir, Tuacahn Theater, St. George Area golf, and St. George weather.

St George Parade of Homes 2012

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January 3, 2011

St. George Winter Bird Festival

 

 Don’t miss the annual St. George Winter Bird Festival. Thursday-Sunday, January 27-30, 2011.  This exciting 4-day event offers an opportunity to explore and learn more about the significant natural areas of Southern Utah’s birding hot spots. There will be field trips, workshops, presentations and bird walks throughout the event.

 

 

While the St. George area does not see much snow, the surrounding mountains do. Eagles are a common winter guest.

 

 

     On Saturday evening, birding enthusiasts can attend a special dinner with keynote speaker and wildlife photographer, Paul Bannick, at our sister property Best Western Abbey Inn. Pre-registration for the banquet is required by Friday, January 21, 2011 and can be done at www.sgcityrec.org     A complete schedule of events and times can be viewed and downloaded at St. George Winter Bird Festival webpage.

Turkey Vultures wander throughout the St. George Utah area. These two cruise above one of the higher plateaus above St. George.

 

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