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Six great local parks & museums for children in Southern Utah

 

 

Southern Utah is known for Zion and Bryce National parks but there is so much more to do and see, especially with children. The area is filled with wonderful neighborhood parks, tons of history and historical areas, several State Parks and even ghost towns. It seems like there is a park, playground or pond in almost every area of the Southern Utah. Washington County actually wants to have a park or pond accessible to every residential area that is within walking distance and they are doing a good job of providing that. Here are just a couple of our favorite parks/playgrounds for the kids.

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Dixie Rock at Pioneer Park

Every visit to Southern Utah should include a visit to Pioneer Park (a.k.a. Dixie Rock). This is actually a city park that encompasses 52 acres of incredible hiking, rock climbing, slot canyons and caves. There area areas to have an afternoon picnic, BBQ or just to take a well-deserved rest scattered throughout the park. From the top of the Dixie Rock you can see the entire St. George valley, White Dome, Zion National Park and Arizona. While you are there don’t forget to hike up to Scouts Cave and try to go through the “slot canyon”. Both very popular places in the park.

Red Hills Desert Garden

Right next to the Dixie Rock is one of the newest parks in Southern Utah is Red Hills Desert Garden. This is the first desert conservation garden the state of Utah. The park includes a man-made stream with water pumped directly from the Virgin River with 6 native fish species as well as over 170 species of drought tolerant plants. There is a replica of a slot canyon that towers well over 7 feet in the air. While walking around in the slot canyon you will find a fantastic area where there are acrylic windows placed in the faux rock. These windows allow you to get a peak at the aquatic life living in the river. Parts of the river are made to be crossed because you will find huge rock stepping stones to navigate over to get to the other side. There is plenty of seating scattered throughout the park as well.

Town Square and Carousel

Just south of the Dixie Rock is the Town Square with a splash pad, lazy river, a vintage carousel and the Children’s Museum. This is a truly wonderful town square and park. The main attraction is the lazy river and the splash pad. The man-made river meanders through out the greater portion of the park. There is a rock waterfall on the north end of the river that flows into very shallow water where the kids can bet their feet wet but still be safe. There are also large sitting rocks in the middle of the river to relax on. You can’t miss the splash pad for great summer fun. This is the largest splash pad in Southern Utah and is usually filled with kids cooling off. To the west side of the park is the Vintage Carousel where people of all ages can go for a spin on their favorite horse or in a carriage seat. There is ample seating, shade and picnic areas, bathrooms and huge grass areas throughout the Town Square as well.

The Children’s Museum

Just next door to the town square is the Children’s Museum. The museum is fairly new and a favorite in the community. It is free for all children to enter and explore. The museum encompasses 3 floors and 10,000 square feet. Your children will be able to explore everything from prehistoric animals, milking “cows”, pretending to be a knight in a castle, a mechanic working on cars and so much more. They have a sports room, science, music, art and theater exhibits as well as an airport where every child can be the pilot! The Children’s Museum also has special exhibits throughout the year and is a favorite place for most of the local children to be free and creative.

Thunder Junction Park

The newest park on the south west side of St. George is Thunder Junction. Thunder Junction is the only all abilities park created for children in Southern Utah. Thunder Junction features a volcano pavilion for parties, lunch, etc. If you use the BBQ grill, then the volcano actually starts smoking to simulate an eruption! This prehistoric themed city park has everything from splash pads to water features to a vast amount of playground equipment. Everything in the park has been made so that a handicapped child can still have just as much fun as anyone else. There are handicapped accessible ziplines, swings, water features as well as a train ride that circles the park and crosses the park to give everyone a fun scenic tour of the park. There is a massive dinosaur with a double slide built in the tail and a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull that sprays water out of its mouth. Thunder Junction is truly a unique park for everyone of all ages.

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum

The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum occupies more than 35,000 sq. feet where visitors can see over 300 different species of animals found throughout the world all displayed in their natural habitat. Different parts of the world make up the displays. There is the mountains of Asia, the plains of Africa and the forests of North America. One of the main highlight of the museum is the 2-story mountain. The mountain has waterfalls and speakers that give the sounds of the animals and even a periodic thunder and lightening storm can be heard. You will see preserved animals such as mountain lions, elk, moose, deer, bighorn sheep, buffalo, crocodiles, giraffes and even a snarling cheetah as well as a vast variety of birds. There are also 100’s of insects and a wonderful butterfly collection. There is also a large kid’s room that has a full-size tree house, reading nooks, climbing area, a camping play area and a large variety of animal pelts, fur and horns that the children can touch and explore. Just outside of the museum is one of the best information and gift shops in the area.

The National parks are a must see but don’t forget about visiting the local parks as well.

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ATV Adventures are perfect for any ages, even teenagers

Traveling with a family that includes children and teenagers can have its challenges. Younger children are typically happy with any family friendly adventure. Traveling with teenagers, whom are often opinionated and feel self-sufficient, can pose an entirely different set of challenges. ATV Adventures are perfect for any ages, even teenagers

It can be very difficult to find activities that will be interesting and fun for younger children, parents, AND teenagers. Outdoor activities are even harder to find for every age group. There are ton’s of activities younger children will love. You can do many different activities such as hiking, swimming, tubing or even horseback riding but finding any of those activities that will work for all age groups together at once can be a daunting challenge.

The solution for this is just may be an ATV tour for the entire family. Typically, you will find tours that offer ATV’s for one person, ATV’s for two persons and UTV’s for 4 persons. No matter what size your family is, this is an activity that can be enjoyed together.

An ATV Tour is pure excitement for all. Younger children love the excitement of riding on an ATV. The teenagers will love the thrill and power of an ATV. Teenagers like the power they feel from these massive machines. They also love having the ability to actually drive an ATV, depending on age. Parents will love the idea that they have found an activity everyone will talk about for years to come.

There are many reasons parents choose an ATV tour for the entire family. Here are just a few of the top reasons to choose an ATV adventure for your next family vacation:ATV Tour Group

  • Forming new and exciting bonds with your children and finding a common interest.
  • Being able to get the children outside in nature and leave the electronics in the car.
  • Your family will discover Utah in an entirely different way than you would with any other activity.
  • The ability to get up close and personal with Utah’s incredible geology, fauna, and flora.
  • Creating lasting memories that your children will never forget.
  • Learn about the history of the area as well as the three different eco-systems you ride though.
  • Lastly and most importantly, you move up on the cool parent ranking for thinking of this adventure.

At ATV & Jeep Adventure tours we love to help families connect with nature and one another by giving everyone an outdoor adventure that will be the experience of a lifetime.

 

 

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North Rim Grand Canyon Hiking Trails

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon has some great hiking trails without all the crowds of the South Rim. While you are hiking at the North Rim remember to keep a look out for California condors, regarded as one of the rarest birds in the world. By the 1980’s fewer than two dozen condors lived in the wild. Grand Canyon National Park has participated in the condor reintroduction program with encouraging results. As many as 73 condors have been known to soar over the area, thus making the park one of the easiest places to view California Condors

 

Cape Royal Trail

The trail to Cap Royal and Angel’s Window both begin at the Cape Royal parking lot. This is a flat paved trail and is handicapped accessible. You will have magnificent views of Angel’s Window, the inner canyon and the Colorado River. There are also interpretive markers along the way to explain the natural history of the area. (0.5 miles, 30 minutes)

 

Transept Trail

This is one of the easiest trails, is very well maintained, easy to follow and handicapped accessible. The Park Service does often offer a Ranger Talk that takes you along part of this trail. The Transept Trail runs between the North Rim Campground and the Grand Canyon Lodge. (1.5 miles, 2 hours)

bright-angel-trail-tunnelBright Angel Point Trail

Just a short walk from the Grand Canyon Lodge is the Bright Angel Point trail. This is an easy, self-guided nature trail that leads you to a spectacular view of the canyon. Here you can see and hear the sounds of Roaring Spring which is more than 3,000 feet below the Rim. (Approx. 1.5 miles, 30 minutes)

 

The Uncle Jim Trail

This trail will bring you out to Uncle Jim’s Point where you have fantastic views of the upper portion of the North Kaibab Trail. The Uncle Jim Trail winds through the alpine forest to a point overlooking the canyon. This trail begins at the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. (Approx. 5 miles, 3 hours)

 

Widforss Trail

The Widforss Trail has a great blending of forest and canyon scenery. This trail provides an excellent view of the Buddha Temple. The trail starts at the Widforss Trail parking area which is one mile down the dirt Point Sublime Road and one-quarter mile south of Cape Royal Road turnoff. (Approx. 10 miles, 6 hours)

 

North Kaibab Trail

This trail is the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. On this trail you will get an nkappreciation for the beauty and immense size of the canyon. The trail ends at Bright Angel Campground and the Colorado River.  This trail is not recommended as a day hike and it is strenuous. If you want to make a day hike out of this trail then go off onto the Coconion Overlook (1.5 miles round trip) or the Supai Tunnel (4 miles round trip) (9.4 miles, 6 to 8 hours)

 

Ken Patrick Trail

This trail takes you from the trail head along the northern drainage of Bright Angel Canyon. You will wind through the forest and along the rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area. THIS IS NOT AN EASY TRAIL AND CAN BECOME DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLLOW. (Approx. 10 miles one way, 12 hours)

 

Some of the best times of the year to hike these trails are in May, September and in early October. The park is closed during the winter months due to snow.

Day hikes that go farther then Roaring Springs are not recommended as a day hike. If you are going on one of the trails that are not marked as “easy” then please check in with the Ranger station before you leave on your hike.  And remember to keep your eyes open for a sighting of Condors!

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Free Activities for Kids in Southern Utah

There are a lot of free activities for kids in Southern Utah. The St. George area is a year-round recreational haven for singles, couples and especially for families. There are so many free activities for kids they will never be bored. There are parks for the kids, and adults alike, strategically placed all over town, Dinosaur tracks, museums, ATV riding, bike trails, petroglyphs, tons of water activities and so much more.

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Thunder Junction, an all abilities park, has recently opened in St. George, UT. This is a special one of a kind park where no one is left out. Everything is accessible to everyone regardless if you are in a wheelchair, use crutches or not. The park has a dinosaur there with some really great features like an “erupting” volcano, splash pad and a 1/4 -scale train that has a 2,700-foot track.  This remarkable play space offers accessible and sensory-rich play space that will enchant and delight children and adults with or without disabilities.

Pioneer Park

Pioneer park is one of the most fabulous and free places to visit in the St. George, UT area. It is not your typical park because there is no grass or playgrounds. You have an entire 52-acre park that is a natural playground just waiting for you to explore. If your kids love to climb on rocks, then this is the place to come to. You can stay close to the parking area and still be able to climb several rocks or you can take the trail and find the historical pioneer cabin, Boy Scout Cave or connect off on another trail system to explore the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The views from the top of Dixie rock are out of this world!

Adjacent to Pioneer Park is the Red Hills Desert Garden. The primary focus of the garden is to teach and promote water conservation and landscaping principles but it is really so much more. There are waterways where you can hop on rocks to get over the water or take a bridge, watch the fish swim on by red-hills-13or you can head over to the view area. With the viewing area, the public can view the Virgin River’s native fish in the fish’s habitat. The Plexiglas panel is a great way to see how fish live in the lakes and streams in the area.

A fun surprise is the faux rock replica of a slot canyon. The canyon walls tower over you and kids love the feeling they are on a mountainous hike complete with overhanging archways. After checking out the “slot canyon” don’t forget the bonus trail over to the boulders where the kids can enjoy lots of rock to climb on and caves to explore.

Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks

About 15 miles outside of St. George is the Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks. This area is popular with adults and kids alike because it’s easy to get to as well as having the ability to see over 400 dinosaur tracks in one concentrated area. With many of the dinosaur tracks, you can see the toe pads and claw marks. You can see dinosaur footprints left behind by dinosaurs from the eubrontes and the grallator groups from the early Jurassic period. It is always fun to compare your foot size to a massive animal that roamed the earth many, many years ago.

Little Black Mountain Petroglyph Site

This popular destination is just a few miles south of St. George on the Arizona strip alittleblack-5-lnd well worth the drive out. The Little Black Mountain Petroglyph site dates back over 6,000 years with over 500 individual rock-art designs, petroglyphs and elements on the cliffs and boulders. Along the 1.2-mile groomed trail you will notice the petroglyphs are mostly on the south side of the rocks and boulders.  Kids really love this outdoor activity. While you are there don’t miss going over to Glitter Mountain too.

In the same area as Little Black Mountain Petroglyph site you will also find Sparkle or Glitter Mountain.

Glitter Mountain is an old gypsum mine just one mile over the Utah state line into Arizona. It is a huge glittery mountain of fun! The gypsum looks like glittering crystals you can take home with you.  Don’t forget to bring something to chip away gypsum fragments from the pit. If you don’t want to chip off any rock, then you can just pick up a piece of the glittery rock from the thousands that are scattered on the ground. Bring a bucket to put the gypsum in so you can take a souvenir back to family and friends.

St. George City Town Square Park

Town Square Park is located in downtown St. George City, inside the historic district on Main Street. This park is fabulous for children and adults alike. There are several dramatic water features, a great splash pad fountainst-george-town-square with jets that spray high into the air to cool off in the summer months. Adults and kids really like the lazy river running throughout the park. They can wade in the water of the river to cool off their feet or play in the splashing waterfall. There is a lot of grassy area as well as pavilions with tables and chairs for relaxing. One of the newer additions to Town Square Park is the Carousel. It is a classic 36-foot carousel that features over 1000 lights, two sleighs and 30 beautify hand-painted horses. Children and adults alike can’t resist an old-fashioned carousel!

The St. George City Children’s Museum is also located within the park. This is a great place to take kids of all ages. The museum has ten exhibit rooms so everyone can have a blast.  In these areas is where everyone is encouraged to touch, feel, play and explore with everything. You can do everything from milk a cow to be a fireman for the day. There are two floors to the museum where there is everything from a science area to music and bubble rooms. You can spend an hour or a full day at this fantastic children’s museum.

Southern Utah has so much to offer no one can be bored, unless they choose to. When you are visiting Southern Utah, you will find there is something for everyone. The best part is that not all activities have to break the bank! After your ATV tour with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours there is still time in the day to relax and take in some free activities.

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Outdoor Adventure – How to prepare for Southern Utah

Outdoor Adventure” should be the nick name for Southern Utah.

  Utah is one of the top destinations in the country for anyone who likes the outdoors.  There is a vast amount of outdoor activities and always something to fit everyone, especially in Southern Utah. If you like ATV riding, off-roading, hiking, rock climbing, cycling, jet skiing, boating, fishing, golfing or even just taking in the beautiful scenery then Southern Utah is the place for you.

The weather can change drastically from over 100 degrees in the peak summer months to under 30 degrees at night in the winter months. You may not run into any snow in the winter in St. George, UT but just 40 minutes away you can be snow skiing or hiking in the snow. The weather may be semi-warm at Zion National Park in the winter but the water is very cold, be prepared.  If you are planning on a trip to the area, then you need to be prepared for your adventure.

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  • Dressing in layers, even in hot weather, is always a good idea. You can always take off layers if you are warm but cannot add layers if you are cold. It is also important you always have a pair of long pants with you, even in the summer. Certain times of the year it is always a good idea to have a hat or some rain gear in your backpack in case you get that quick rain squall.
  • A couple of different pairs of shoes are the most important pieces of clothing to have with you. If you are hiking on a graded trail or at the water, then a pair of sandals could be OK but if you are visiting Zion National Park or going on an ATV adventure then you will need a sturdy paid of closed toed shoes.
  • Do not forget to bring a good pair of sunglasses that have a UV rating with you. The summer sun can be a bit intense at times so don’t forget to protect your eyes. Bring a good pair of sunglasses you won’t mind if they get dropped in a river or a sand dune.
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    • Always bring a first aid kit with you when in Southern Utah. Throw it in your backpack when you go on an adventure because you never know if you might get a blister from hiking in new hiking boots.

    Don’t forget SUNSCREEN

    • ALWAYS BRING A GOOD SUNSCREEN WITH YOU! Our sun can be intense in the summer so it is imperative you have a good sunscreen. DO NOT be afraid to use it often.
    • Even in the winter months we can have very high UV ratings so use sunscreen in the winter months as well.

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    • ALWAYS remember to bring plenty of lip balm with you. Remember your lips can get sunburned too.

    Water and Food

    • You will need to make sure you are ALWAYS hydrated!! You can never drink enough water in the desert. So, if you are hitting the trail, on an ATV adventure in the dunes, on the rocks or even in the water make sure you are bringing more water than you think you will need. If you are going on a tour, then ask if they provide water for you so you can lighten your load.
    • You will also want to pack a few small snacks like trail mix or protein bars, just in case. When you are out hiking trails, on the water or in the dunes, don’t forget to keep up your energy. Again, if you are taking a tour, ask if they provide snacks for you.

If your trip to Southern Utah includes an ATV or side-by-side UTV adventure on the best sand dunes in Utah, then just call the friendly staff at ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours and let them handle everything for you. The friendly staff can also help you find local accommodations and even other adventures such as zip lining, helicopter rides, mountain biking or even horseback riding with our partner companies.

Southern Utah is a year-round travel destination that has so much to offer. It is only a short two-hour drive from Las Vegas or a four-hour drive from Salt Lake City. Don’t miss out on one of the best outdoor travel destinations in the United States.  Outdoor Adventure

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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Tours

 

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If you are thinking of booking an ATV adventure tour and have questions then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the frequently asked questions we get when someone wants to book a tour with us.

How long as ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours been in business?

  • Our company, ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours, was started by Jim and Laurie Clay over 21 years ago, we were the first adventure tour company of this kind to operate in Southern Utah and still the #1 ATV tour company in Southern Utah. After Jim’s passing, the company was sold to our current owners, who are from northern Utah, and they are very familiar with the rental and tour business. Our company is fully staffed from the general manager to the shop person, with people who have lived and worked within our local community for years. We have grown leaps and bounds in the last year and have had a banner year to date giving adventures and making memories for our guests. We don’t just give a tour, we provide adventure tours.

How long are your adventure tours?

  • We have several different options for tour length.

  • We have a short teaser tour that is 3 hours long. This is great for people short on time.

  • A well rounded and very popular half day adventure that is 3 ½ to 4 hours in length.

  • And lastly, we have our full day tour that is typically 5 to 5 ½ hours.

What times are your adventure tours?

  • Tour departure times vary depending on the time of year and the tour you select. We have tours that leave earlier and go out later in the summer and the reverse for winter. We will do the best to find a departure time that suits your needs.

Where do we meet you?

  • We have the pleasure of being able to stage our adventure tours directly out of Sand Hollow State Park. With ATV & Jeep Adventure tours when you get on your ATV you’re on the dirt ready to play, there is no riding on the road to get to the trail to start you tour.

How old must you be to come on tour?

  • We say that there is not minimum or maximum age to have an adventure. If you have a smaller child that typically uses a car seat in your car, then you will need to bring it along for the ride. Your child must be property restrained in the car seat when the machine is running. Children under 7 years old must ride in a UTV side by side, not an ATV. There is no age limit to have a great time with us. We recently had a fantastic 92-year-old woman have the time of her life on an adventure with us!

How old must you be to drive a machine?

  • To be the driver of an ATV you must be 16 years old. Those under 18 years old also need a valid Drivers License.

  • To be the driver of a UTV side by side you do have to be 21 years old, no exceptions.

  • To be a driver and have a passenger on a 2-Up, 2-person ATV, you must be 18 years old.

Can we wear shorts and flip flops on our adventure tours?

  • No. For safety reasons you are required to wear long pants and closed toe protective footwear such as sneakers or boots. We cannot allow flip flops or sandals to be worn on any of our tours.

Do we need to bring our own water?

  • No. You are welcome to bring your own water bottle but our guides will be equipped with a cooler full of ice cold water and snacks for everyone.

Are there restrooms available during the tour?

  • No, the only restrooms are located where you begin the tour and our guides always remind everyone to visit the restroom before your tour begins.

  • Even while on tour, our guides are prepared for all situations so just let them know you need to use the restroom and they will advise you as to what to do.

What if the weather is bad and it is raining or looks like rain?

  • We ask that you still meet your guide 30 minutes before your tour time at the staging location at Sand Hollow State Park. You and your guide will decide if you want to go on your tour and if our guide feels it is safe. Our rain storms typically are very short and do not stick around for long. Our guides do carry rain gear with them just in case. Plus, it’s a blast to ride in the rain!

Can pregnant women go on our adventure tours?

  • No. Since it can be a bumpy ride at times we do not want to risk the safety and well-being of any pregnant woman or her child.

What happens if someone gets hurt?

  • We require all our guides to be fully trained in CPR and First Aid and carry first kits. Each guide carries a cell phone with them at all times.  Our tours are always within cell phone range where a guide could call for help if they feel they cannot render adequate first aid.

Does everyone have to wear a helmet?

  • Yes. Safety is our first concern and we do provide DOT approved helmets for each guest. The guides will typically tell you if the key to the machine is in the off position then you can take off your helmet. We require helmets to be worn by everyone whenever they’re machines are running.

The most frequently asked question is…………..

Do we need to tip our guide?

  • Our guides work very hard to make sure everyone is safe and has an exceptional time. We do not require a gratuity but your guide will always appreciate the thoughtfulness of a guest expressing their appreciation for the hard work they do. Tip income goes a long way toward making guiding a viable career option.

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TUACAHN AMPHITHEATRE-A SOUTHERN UTAH FAVORITE

 Tuacahn Amphitheatre is a popular attraction for tourists and locals in Southern Utah. With spectacular views, nestled between 1500-foot red rock cliffs, with shows and entertainment you will never forget.  During the summer months they feature Utah’s finest actors, in some of Broadway’s greatest productions.  This unique outdoor theater is enhanced by Southern Utah’s famous red rock and natural desert scenery, which makes every show unique. Every year thousands of people from all over the world come to experience the beauty, performances, actors, and atmosphere that only Tuacahn offers.


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PETER PAN

Everybody can experience magical childhood memories, and dream a little when they watch J.M. Barrie’s famous story Peter Pan.  They bring the story to life right before your eyes in the red rock canyon with Pixie dust, pirates and Neverland.  They brought this show back after ten years, and the stadium was packed with anticipation from opening night on. They bring the story to life with majestic views, and the panoramic background is sure to leave you stunned.  You will witness Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and the Children flying over the stage just like in the classic version we all remember and love.  Peter Pan will run through mid -October 2016. 

 

HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Tuacahn will take you back in time to the 15th century in Paris.  Based on the novel and traditional songs from the Disney feature, as well as new songs, you will love this performance.  This story has a message that will touch the heart of all ages, and is about being a true hero.  They put a new twist on the show, but you will still see Victor Hugo’s original message of honor, love and betrayal.  Don’t miss the Hunchback of Notre Dame beginning in August 2016.

 

TARZAN

As the cool fall weather arrives, and Halloween is all around us, come experience the best show for the season, Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller.  For many locals, this is a tradition during the Halloween season.  From the amazing costumes, dancing, comedy, and of course scenery, this show is truly something the family will never forget.  You will experience it all; skeletons, Frankenstein, werewolves, and mummies.  You can bring a warm blanket, snuggle up, and they have warm delicious hot chocolate available.  Thriller starts October 21-29, so get ready for crisp fall weather, laughs and spooky scares.

 

 

THRILLER

As the cool fall weather arrives, and Halloween is all around us, come experience the best show for the season, Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller.  For many locals, this is a tradition during the Halloween season.  From the amazing costumes, dancing, comedy, and of course scenery, this show is truly something the family will never forget.  You will experience it all; skeletons, Frankenstein, werewolves, and mummies.  You can bring a warm blanket, snuggle up, and they have warm delicious hot chocolate available.  Thriller starts October 21-29, so get ready for crisp fall weather, laughs and spooky scares.

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CHRISTMAS IN THE CANYON

Tuacahn’s Christmas in The Canyon is November 27th through December 21st.  There is no better way to get into the best season of the year, then experiencing this magical presence of lights and festivities.  You can also enjoy Christmas items and Holiday gifts located at the Tuacahn Gift Gallery.  They offer delicious Holiday treats, hot chocolate and Christmas music.  They present a popular live Nativity which is a family favorite tradition.  You can take the kids to see Santa Claus, and ride a Holiday train.   This is an event that the entire family will cherish, and there is no better way to feel the Holiday magic then experiencing it at Tuacahn.

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The Canyon Overlook Trail at Zion National Park, a family friendly trail

 

 

The Zion Canyon Overlook trail at Zion National Park is a fairly easy hike that will reward you with panoramic views of the canyon that will leave you breathless. The entire hike was only a little bit more than a mile round trip and only takes about 40 minutes. If you are looking for a short hike, are pressed for time or have the kids or grandparent with you, then this is the hike for you.

The trail is well marked and is hiker friendly, can accommodate most people but is not handicapped accessible. The very beginning is the hardest part of the trail and it can seem a bit steep for some people. Once you get past the initial bit of climbing, nothing serious just a bit steep, then the rest of the hike is fairly level with small up and downs as you make your way out to the overlook. Since it is only about ½ a mile to the overlook most people can make the hike in about 20 minutes or so. You will want to take you time to enjoy the mesas and red rock formation you will see along the way to the overlook as well as the gorgeous views.

The Zion overlook trail not only offers view of the canyon and pine creek below but if you look toward the tunnel then you will also notice where the windows were carved into the rock as part of Zion tunnel during construction.

All in all, this is a great short hike that everyone should take the 40 minutes to enjoy. Take the kids and grandparents as this hike is sure to please the entire family, and the views will not disappoint anyone.

If you are going to Zion National Park, then this is a great short hike to plan on taking  before or after going on an ATV/UTV tour with ATV & Jeep Adventure tours!

West Temple, Altar of Sacrifice, and Sundial at sunrise, Zion National Park, near Springdale, Utah, cottonwood Trees in Fall Foliage, near st. George, Ut