October 2, 2013

National Park Closures

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Highway 9 through Zion National Park is still open

National Park Closures

DON’T PANIC and don’t cancel your plans!  There is still a lot to do and see in southern Utah.  INCLUDING seeing a portion of Zion and Bryce National Parks

Yes, it is true National Parks across the country are officially closed.  However, talk to the locals and you will find there are well traveled locations to overlook into the parks that are still viewable for the general public.

There is still A LOT to do and see in southern Utah!

 

ZION NATIONAL PARK:  Highway 9 through ZION NATIONAL PARK is still open which provides views to many of the popular park features including the mile long tunnel and Checkerboard Mesa.  Also open is the giant screen movie Treasure of the Gods which presents grand views of Zion’s not readily accessible from the general areas.

CEDAR BREAKS, is the road through Cedar Breaks, also open and the views are accessible, but all buildings will be closed and unmanned.

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK, 20 minutes outside of St George, is a great spot to visit as well.

BYRCE CANYON NATIONL PARK: Best Western Ruby’s Inn offers a private shuttle and viewing location into Bryce Canyon.  Southern Utah also has several historic sites, and ghost towns worth checking out.

We recommend calling a Best Western close to each National Park to find out what additional attractions there are to visit in each area.  There are known outlooks that give access into the parks.  Those still make a trip worthwhile.

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK, St. George, BW Coral Hills 800-542-7733

ZION NP: BW Zion Park Inn 800-934-7275

BRYCE NP: BW RUBY’S INN: 435-834-5341, BW PLUS Grand Hotel: 435-834-5700

CEDAR BREAKS: BW El Rey Inn & Suites: 435-586-6518, BW Town & Country 435-586-9900

August 23, 2013

FREE Admision to the Grand Canyon and all National Parks

FREE Admission to the Grand Canyon this Sunday, August 25th 2013.  In celebration of the National Park Service’s 97th birthday, all 401 national parks across the country, including will waive entrance fees on Sunday.

 

Grand Canyon Aerial View

Grand Canyon Aerial View, Photograph by David Edwards
National Geographic

FREE Admission to all National Parks,  Read more about Founders Day of the National Parks Service courtesy of St. George News.

 

Administrative History

Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service. Today Grand Canyon National Park receives close to five million visitors each year – a far cry from the annual visitation of 44,173 which the park received in 1919.

This link takes you to the Administrative History of Grand Canyon National Park, a political and economic history of the park from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

June 25, 2013

Cedar Breaks Star Parties!

Cedar Breaks Star Party

Cedar Breaks Star Party

As darkness falls on Cedar Breaks National Monument, a different kind of light illuminates the night sky. That light, which comes from objects out in space transforms the night from a place of darkness into a place of wonder.

To celebrate and share the beauty of our dark night skies, Cedar Breaks hosts a series of star parties throughout the summer season. Each star party is conducted by park staff and astronomy volunteers at Point Supreme. Once the light fades, the party kicks off with a laser light tour of the constellations, followed by star viewing through several telescopes. Observe swirling nebulae, twinkling star clusters, neighborly planets, and distant galaxies. Learn about everything from constellation mythology to the structure of the universe, all in one night!

Star parties are free of charge and are two hours in duration. Telescopes will be provided for viewing, although visitors who own their own telescopes are invited to bring them along. Please dress warmly for the cool night air at this high elevation!

Star parties will be held every Saturday evening beginning in July and extending through Labor Day weekend. Additional star parties are scheduled for full moons and meteor showers. Please note that start times will change as the season progresses.

Cedar Breaks National Monument is located two hours from Best Western Coral Hills.

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September 6, 2012

Southern Utah Night Life

 

Cedar Breaks, America in Lights

Cedar Breaks, America in Lights

Cedar Breaks National Park, just under two hours away from the Best Western Coral Hills, has spectacular views, both in the day and nighttime.

Due to its high elevation and remote location, Cedar Breaks has one of the darkest night skies in the country. However, this often overlooked natural resource is in danger of being completely lost as increased light pollution from nearby cities obscures the stars. Instead of a deep black expanse punctuated by the brilliant pinpoints of stars and the iridescent glow of the Milky Way, light pollution reduces the night sky to a faintly orange haze.

Light pollution has become so prevalent in urban areas that it’s becoming difficult to remember what the night sky is supposed to look like. For example, after a 1994 earthquake knocked the power out in Los Angeles, emergency centers received numerous calls from anxious residents regarding a strange, silvery cloud in the sky. They didn’t realize they were looking at their own galaxy. National Parks and Monuments are one of the few remaining places where the wonders of the night sky can still be seen. In fact, two-thirds of the people in the United States will never see the Milky Way unless they travel to remote places like National Parks.

May 26, 2012

S.R. 14, Cedar Breaks, Opens Memorial Day Weekend!

Today May 24th, S.R. 14 is finally opening to allow traffic through to Cedar Breaks abd Duck Creek Village.  The Southern Utah community has been looking forward to this since last October when a massive landslide wiped out 800 feet of the popular scenic roadway.

The road will not yet be paved so motorists will be traveling on road base (dirt/gravel) during this time. The road will open at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 24, and will remain open until 7:00am on Tuesday, May 29. After that time, the road will be closed during the day and opened each night from 7:00pm to 7:00am, except on Friday when the road will open at 5:00pm and remain open through the weekend until Monday at 7:00am. This will continue to be the schedule now through the month of July.

 Distant view of SR 14 in October 2011. 

Thank you UDOT for moving all of that!

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May 2, 2012

St. George Events in May 2012

From the pleasant and quaint experiences of a small town to the serious and sophisticated happening of a big city…here’s a small sample of some of the events and activities during May 2012 in St. George, Utah and Surrounding Areas.

 Dino Days in Dixie 2012, April 30-May 5

Here comes Dino Days in Dixie, celebrating the 12th year since the discovery of these remarkable tracks! They will have a new Special Display “Where Do Dinosaurs Get Their Crazy Names?” A Grand Opening will be held on May 1st, there will be fun and games every day that week, new children’s play area, and maybe a surprise newcomer to the museum! Build a “new” dinosaur on the magnet board, create new dino names, or decipher the coded names in the exhibit. 10am-6pm, $6 Adults, $3 children, 2180 East Riverside Drive, 435-574-3466

 Ancestor Square Concert Series, every Thursday

7pm-8:30pm FREE, Sit near the rippling brook on the green facing the old Jail House patio, with the aromas of Italian, Mexican and Tai food wafting through a soft evening breeze as you sit back and enjoy the original tunes of new SUSWA songwriters and performers. Bring your blanket/lawn chair and come and enjoy the evening.  (Just one block from Best Western Coral Hills) 2 West, St. George Blvd.  435-674-1674

 “CLASS” performed at Kayenta Outdoor Theater, May 3-5

Enjoy this talented troupe of players performing “CLASS”. Tickets $15, From Best Western Coral Hills turn right on St. George Blvd, proceed to and turn right onto Bluff Street and go west on Sunset Blvd through Santa Clara until it becomes Hwy 91. Follow the signs to Kayenta. Turn right and drive one mile. 435-652-8318

 International Star Wars Day, May 4th

May the forth be with you!  Check out our block for a great summary of one of the Star Wars episodes thanks to LEGO Club TV.

 St. George Ironman 2012, May 5th

Saturday May 5th The last year of a full St. George Ironman.  Touted as possibly the most challenging Ironman course in the world beginning in 2013 the new course will become an Ironman 70.3.  The finish line is only three blocks away from the Best Western Coral Hills.

 Cotton Days 2012, Washington City, May 5-12th

Come celebrate 155 years of Washington City with weeklong activities and events.  The Cotton Days parade will be Saturday, May 12th at 9am followed by the Cotton Fest at the city park.

See our Cotton Days Blog for more information.   

 Ivins Fitness Festival 2012, May 5th

Located at Unity Park and designated viewing area for the bicycle portion of the Ironman St. George.  The Fitness Festival will include an area to view the riders with music, food, youth activities and vendors from 9am to 3pm at 400 South 200 West, Ivins, Utah

 Cinco de Mayo, St. George 2012 (May 5th of course)

Located only three blocks away from the Best Western Coral Hills celebrate with all the music, food and dancing.  This family event takes place at the Catholic Church parking lot from 10am – 8pm at 157 North 200 West. St. George.

 Waste Water Treatment Plant Tours,  May 8

Ever wonder about how our waste water is processed and treated? What is done with it? Where does it go? This extensive tour will educate and show you those poecesses. 1pm – 4pm, FREE, 3780 S 1550 W, Bloomington.  Take Exit 4 off I-15 to Pioneer Rd South-take a Right onto Man-of-War and cont. to S Bloomington Rd-turn left and follow to 1550 W and turn left-cont to 3780 S and turn Right. Treatment Plant will be at the end of the road. Julie 673-3617

 Brian Regan at Tuacahn, May 10-12

LOL (Laugh out loud) with Brian Regan at 8pm. Brian has become so popular he now has three performance dates to choose from.  If you are in the area do not miss this opportunity to enjoy this most talented comic.  Performing at Tuacahn:  1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, Utah. Tickets are $34.50-$44.50. www.tuacahn.org or 435-652-3300

 Culinary Water Plan Treatment Tours May 11

Ever wonder about how our drinking water is processed and treated before it reaches our homes? This extensive tour will educate and show you those processes. 9am-1pm every half hour, FREE. Just off Highway 9, Take exit 16 off I-15 to Hwy 9. Watch for Quail Creek Reservoir Sign and turn left.  Julie 435-673-3617

 Southwest Symphony Orchestra, May 11-12

Presenting “From Bach to Broadway” at 7:30pm at the Cox Performing Arts Center, located on the Dixie State College campus at 325 S 700 E, St. George. Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets online or learn more about the Southwest Symphony Orchestra go to www.southwestsymphony.org or call 435-652-7800

 5th Annual New Visions Art Show and Sale, May 11-12

 This year’s New Visions Annual Art Show will feature more than 30 acclaimed artists participating in the art show, sale, and “Quick-Draw” painting event.  The show and sale will take place noon-8pm on May 11th and 8am-4pm, May 12th with a silent auction at 2pm at the Santa Clara Town Hall, 2603 Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara. Call 435-313-5008

 Crown Fighting Championships, May 12

St. George Utah’s Premier MMA event, showcasing St. George’s local professional & amateur fighters pitted against Utah and Las Vegas’s finest. 7pm-10pm, Dixie Center 1835 Convention Center Drive.  Tickets $20-$40, www.crownfights.com

 Foundation of DRMC Evening “Classic” 2012, May 16

Open to the public, this annual fundraiser to help fight against cancer welcomes golfers and non-golfers alike to participate in the “classic” evening from 6-10pm at the Dixie Center, 1835 Convention Center Drive, St. George.  The cost is $50 per person, complimentary to those who pay the golf sponsorship fee. Call435-251-2484.  Room are 20% off for those attending the event who stay at the Best Western Coral Hills from out of town.

 Downtown, Ancestor Square Farmers Market  

Sample, view and buy some of the locally grown food and products produced in the southern Utah area. Every Saturday 8am –noon. Only one block away from the Best Western Coral Hills at 2 West, St. George Blvd (Ancestor Square) 435-632-3721

 Zion Flute Festival 2012, at Springdale, May 17-19

A celebration of life, music and beauty at the 8th annual Zion Flute Festival at 118 Lion Blvd, Springdale, with evening concerts at the O. C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale.  Entrance is $5 for the festival, $25 for the evening concerts. Children are free. www.zionflutefest.com has more information.

 What Women Want Expo 2012, St. Goerge, May 18-19

On May 18th, 10am-8pm and May 19th 10am-pm find out all the latest and greatest stuff at the annual What Women Want Expo 2012.  Located at the Dixie Center, 1835 Convention Center Drive, St. George, just 3 miles and 7 minutes from Best Western Coral Hills.  Tickets are $5 at the door or $3 if purchased in advance at The Spectrum newspaper office at 275 East, St. George Blvd (Just one block from the Hotel).

Or you can always purchase online at www.whatwomenwantexpo.com.  435-674-6244

 The Thomas Brothers, May 18-19

From Branson, MO to Las Vegas, NV, the Thomas Brothers are a class act; voices with style, beauty and richness True Entertainers. Enjoy music of the 40s, 50s, the best of Broadway, Gospel and Country! Ross and Rhett are currently performing their own show in Europe on the Windstar cruise line, and you still see them with the Osmond Brothers on tour. Before joining the Osmond’s, the Thomas Brothers enjoyed Headlining at the Music City Centre in Branson, MO.
The Thomas Brothers career has taken them to over 30 states and 13 countries on land and sea. From the Everly Brothers to Broadways Phantom of the Opera, this duo speaks variety, professionalism and true showmanship! Bringing the best of their careers together, this brother team connects with their audience through music, dancing and laughter. Enjoy the best of theatre, just outside of the Beautiful Zion National Park.

7pm-9pm,  $15 Adults, $10 Child, 897 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, Utah,  www.thethomasbrothers.com

 SG Triathlon, May 19

Sprint, Olympic & Kids Triathlons, Overall, Age Group, Clydesdale, Athena & Relay Divisions, USAT Sanctioned / Certified Race Director, Accurate Chip Timing, The first of 2 events in our Twin Tri Series, FREE post-race meal & massage! No Park Entrance Fees on Race Day! No Registration Transaction Fees! FREE Race!  7am until 1pm, Hurricane, Utah$70-$90, http://bbsctri.com/sg-tri

 WCBRA Barrel Race, May 22

Washington County Barrel Racing Association, 6:30pm-10pm, 5500 W 700 S, Hurricane, From I-15 take exit 16, travel east on SR 9 and turn right at 5300 West. Dana Hulet 435-632-0745

 NBHA Barrel Race, May 26

Barrel racing in conjunction with the National Barrel Horse Association. 7pm-10pm. 5500 W 700 S, Hurricane, From I-15 take exit 16, travel east on SR 9 and turn right at 5300 West. Janie Johnson 435-674-5524

 

 

April 16, 2012

The Cacti are in Bloom in St. George, Utah

Cactus Blossoms at Best Western Coral Hills

Cactus Blossoms at Best Western Coral Hills, St. George Utah

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Here’s a great photo of the cacti blooming in front of Best Western Coral Hills.  After much discussion, and watching, it was determined that these beautiful flowers, once they bloom, only stick around for about two days. 

 
 
 
 
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February 13, 2012

Zion Country Action Tours

A Lifetime Of Adventure In One Place!

Canyoneering in Zion National Park

Video of Canyoneering in Zion National Park, Utah 

We enthusiastically recommend Zion Country Action Tours, which is a complimentary service from the St. George Area Tourism Office to help introduce you to the adventure activities available in and around St. George and Zion National Park. The pages on this site will link you to skilled guides and outfitters who can make your adventure a thrilling success. If you have questions about the area, or how to get started, give thm a call at 1-888-848-ZCAT (9228).

February 8, 2012

Grand Canyon Sky Walk

Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk

Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk

Walk the path of the eagle … 4,000 feet above the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon. Look down through 2.5 inches of crystal-clear glass to the Canyon floor below.  Stand on the edge of an engineering marvel that extends 70 feet over the Grand Canyon’s rim and weighs 1.2 million pounds.  Gaze at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s natural wonders.  Are you ready to “Walk the Sky?”

 The Grand Canyon Skywalk is located at Grand Canyon West Rim, on the Hualapai Nation.

Visiting Grand Canyon West Rim is a wonderful Day Trip from Las Vegas or Northern Arizona. In addition to ‘Walking the Sky’ at the Skywalk, you can watch traditional performances by Hualapai tribe members, take a one-day white water rafting tour, land in a helicopter at the bottom of the Grand Canyon or stay overnight in one of the cabins at the Hualapai Ranch.

CLICK HERE for Directions from St. George, Utah  to the Grand Canyon West Rim Skywalk.

The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West Rim

The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West Rim

Grand Canyon Skywalk at West Rim

Grand Canyon Skywalk at West Rim

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February 3, 2012

Zion National Park Facebook Page

Link to Zion National Park Facebook Page

Link to Zion National Park Facebook Page

Join over 3,000 other friends who love Zion National Park.

  http://www.facebook.com/zionnationalpark?ref=pb

 Great information about the outdoors, beautiful pictures and occasionally there are opportunities to win trips to other natural wonders around the country and world.   Did you know there are typically 2-3 days each year that all national parks are free to the public?  Also during the slow season you can drive your car into Zion’s National Park without having to ride the tram system.  St. George is less than an hour away from the entrance.  If you’re paying attention you just may spot the ostrich farm on the right side of the road on your way there.

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