April 4, 2011

Red Canyon on the way to Bryce Canyon


Red Canyon Tunnels

By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2010

Red Canyon and Butch Cassidy

History and lore of the old west are alive in Red Canyon, thanks to Butch Cassidy, who was raised nearby in a cabin in Circleville where he lived from 1879 until 1884. Rumor has it that when Cassidy was in Panguitch at a dance he got himself into a brawl over a girl. Cassidy thought he killed the fellow and fled to the craggy land where Red Canyon is today.  Turns out, the man he knocked out was just fine, but a posse was already sent out after Cassidy. He eluded them by hiding along what is now known as the Cassidy Trail.  Red Canyon is not quite as famous as old Butch, but it is part of the vast 2-million acres that make up Utah’s most famous forest, Dixie National Forest.


Red Canyon Tunnels Marker

Red Canyon Tunnels Marker


Red Canyon – Utah

Red Canyon is located along Scenic Byway 12, just 9 miles from Bryce Canyon. Passing through it is required to get to Bryce Canyon National Park from the west. From the east, stay on Highway 12, past the junction of highways 12 and 63 for 9 miles, to find Red Canyon.

From the Native Americans who traveled the canyons, to people like J.W. Humphry who constructed the tunnels, Red Canyon on the Dixie National Forest has fascinated people for centuries. Unique vermilion-colored rock formation and stands of Ponderosa pines make the canyon exceptionally scenic. Take time to discover all that Red Canyon has to offer.

The first stop when touring Highway 12 is the Scenic Byway Information Kiosk located at the mouth of Red Canyon. This information pavilion provides an overview of the entire byway and highlights significant features.

The Red Canyon Visitor Center, open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, has information on hiking, camping, picnicking, and sightseeing. A U.S. Forest Service campground is across the road from the visitor center.

As part of Dixie National Forest there are no entry fees to drive through or hike in Red Canyon. Red Canyon, a spectacular oasis of rock nested in a vast forest known to locals as “Dixie.” The two-million acre, 170 mile long forest ranges from Red Canyon’s arid desertscape of sandstone hoodoos to a lush high altitude forest on Cedar Mountain.

Filed under: National Parks,Travel Tips — admin @ 6:00 am

March 14, 2011

SGU Airport Offers Los Angeles Flights


SGU - St. George, Utah Municipal Airport

SGU - St. George, Utah Municipal Airport

New Airport Flights to Los Angeles!

This weekend the new United Direct flights to LAX from SGU airport will be open. SkyWest/United Express has introductory pricing for one week only on tickets from SGU to LAX or connecting on to a handful of California destinations.

You have to book the travel at least 10 days in advance and these limited time fares are only available for purchase from March 2 – 11 for travel through the end of the year. So if you are looking to get out of town anytime this year, check it out at www.united.com.

Keep in mind that some restrictions do apply and all fares may not be available on all days of operation. Flights are based on availability and fares do not include any of the taxes and/or fees which will be calculated at time of purchase.

Travel between
Travel onTues or Wed Travel on Mon. Thur. Fri. Sun. (*flights do not operate on Sat.)
SGU – LAX $79.00 $99.00
SGU – Carlsbad, CA $89.00 $109.00
SGU – Santa Barbara, CA $89.00 $109.00
SGU – Monterey, CA $99.00 $119.00
SGU – San Luis Obispo, CA $89.00 $109.00
SGU – Yuma, AZ $89.00 $109.00
SGU – Imperial, CA $89.00 $109.00
SGU – El Paso, TX $119.00 $139.00
Filed under: St. George Area,Travel Tips — admin @ 8:54 pm

February 16, 2011

Spring Promotion with Best Western Rewards

Spring Promotion 2011

February 6 – April 11, 2011
Best Western is going to market with an extra special Spring Promotion beginning February 6 and running through April 11 – 65 days in all, celebrating Best Western’s 65th birthday!Offer Details

  • Best Western Rewards® (BWR) members who register for the promotion and stay three separate times at any Best Western-branded hotel during the promotion period earn a free night voucher for use at any Best Western hotel in the U.S., Canada or the Caribbean before June 30, 2011. (Limit one voucher per member.)
  • BWR members who pay for all 3 stays with a Best Western Rewards® MasterCard® during the promotion period will earn 1,000 bonus BWR points. (Limit 1 credit card bonus per member.)
  • Our partners Aeroplan®, AIR MILES® and American Airlines® also have special offers.

Filed under: BW General Info,Travel Tips — admin @ 6:22 pm

New Tier Descriptors for Best Western



“The Descriptor Program is really a way for us to better describe our hotels and then enable consumers to make better decisions.”
 - David Kong on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Feb. 1 
Watch the recording

“This is a major change. With more than 2,200 North American properties in diverse locations — from seaside resorts to highway roadsides — and ranging in price from $59 to $500 a night, Best Western found that its customers did not know what level of lodging to expect.”
- Dorothy Dowling on NewYorkTimes.com, Feb. 1 
Read the article

“We will have BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in all markets…customers like differentiation and that’s what we’re really capitalizing on.”
- Ron Pohl on Fox News’s The Strategy Room, Feb. 2 
Watch the recording

Filed under: BW General Info,Travel Tips — admin @ 6:21 pm

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.


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” -
On Stage Alaska – Presented by Holland America. See the beauty of Alaska!
And More! – See schedule for complete details!


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. 

Filed under: BW General Info,Travel Tips — admin @ 5:47 pm

July 26, 2010

Weather in St. George

Did you know that due to St. George’s low elevation and southerly location, it is the hottest part of the state with maximum daily July temperatures averaging about 102 °F? Well it is!  The hottest temperature ever recorded in Utah, 117 °F, was recorded in St. George on July 5, 1985.  This was the state record until July 4, 2007, when 118 °F was recorded south of the city near the Arizona state border. The record high minimum temperature is 89 °F, set on July 15, 1970. In winter, temperatures frequently drop below freezing overnight due to radiational cooling resulting from low humidity, but temperatures generally warm up into the 50s°F during the day. Both the record low temperature of -11 °F and record low maximum temperature of 17 °F (-8 °C) were set on January 22, 1937.

St. George lies in a desert and averages 8.25 inches of precipitation annually. Precipitation is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, except for a dry period from late April through June.  Precipitation mostly comes from the Pacific Ocean from late fall through winter and early spring. The storm track usually lifts north of the city by mid-April. The summer monsoon from the Gulf of California can bring localized but often intense thunderstorms from mid-July through mid-September. One such storm dropped the record single day precipitation in the city, with 2.39 inches on August 31, 1909. Snow is rare, averaging 3.2 inches annually. It has been recorded as early as October 29 (in 1971) and as late as April 11 (in 1927). The record single day snowfall is 10.0 in (25.4 cm), set on January 5, 1974.

Now that you know a little more about our climate, come visit us in southern Utah.  For more statistics on year round temperatures, you can visit www.stgeorgechamber.com/Climate.htm.

Filed under: St. George Area,Travel Tips — admin @ 5:18 pm

April 14, 2010

FREE Entrance Days to the National Parks

There are several dates this year you may want to mark on your calendar or schedule into your vacation.  Every year  there are certain dates when over 100 national parks entrance fees are waived.  That being said it’s nice to know there are 392 national parks that NEVER charge an entrance fee.  The dates to be aware of are:
April 17-25, 2010 (National Park Week)

September 25, 2010 (Public Lands Day)

November 11, 2010 (Veterans Day)

Area National Parks Include:


Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Cedar Breaks, Dinosaur, Glen Canyon, Golden Spike, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges & Zion


Death Valley, Lake Mead


Casa Grande, Glen Canyon, Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, Pipe Spring

Go to: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm for a complete listing of free parks by state.

Enjoy YOUR National Parks!!!

Filed under: FREE Things To DO,National Parks,Travel Tips — admin @ 5:00 pm
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