Southern Utah’s Magical Amazing Earthfest
By Rich Csenge
Plan your vacation to attend Kane County, Utah’s unforgettable festival of learning, discovery and adventure, May 8 through May 14, 2016. The annual Amazing Earthfest, held each year in Kanab, is a one-of-a-kind, must-see celebration of land and life in the intermountain West! Local residents and visitors from around the nation and internationally make Kanab their destination beginning on Mother’s Day for a full week of fascinating educational and experiential events. Focused on the myriad wonders found in southern Utah’s color country, the annual Amazing Earthfest is unique. No other region offers such an incredible density of beautiful scenery with an abundance of professional naturalists managing nationally treasured landscapes! Offering over 35 exciting and inspiring events in a single week, Amazing Earthfest will increase your ecological awareness and appreciation for nature, with events on wildlife, dinosaurs, hiking, geology, resource management, archaeology, local culture and pioneer heritage, performance arts, films and live entertainment. Specialists in botany, geology, forestry, paleontology and wildlife lead activities for all ages both indoors and outside in the national parks, forests, monuments and public lands. In the company of a specialist, you’ll experience how the marvelous and delicately balanced ecosystems support the rich tapestry of life in the high deserts and plateaus of the American Southwest. Embark on an adventure guided by an archaeologist to discover and appreciate an extraordinary Native American cultural site revealing pre-historic conditions, lifestyles and traditions that have evolved here over thousands of years. Attend a live performance of jazz, classical or folk music, discover expressive contemporary fine art, participate in a group cycling event, hike, horseback, or ATV ride. Share in an adventurous day on the trail uncovering dinosaur tracks, rare plants, and rock art! The events of Amazing Earthfest explore ideas, history, natural sciences, artistic creativity, land ethics, human society, community conservation, and economics that stimulate conversation about stewardship of our planet’s natural resources, and responsibility to future generations. At Amazing Earthfest, families and individuals expand personal relationships with each other and with nature. Through traditional stories and with telescopes for night-sky viewing, journey into the beyond to enhance your understanding of humanity’s place in the cosmos. See contemporary award-winning documentary films, hear live performances by musicians and poets, and view exhibits of original work by regional artists. Join in this exceptional celebration of land and life on the Colorado Plateau. Enjoy the welcoming hospitality of area service providers. All events are open to the public and most are free of charge. Pick up your Amazing Earthfest Schedule of Events at the Kane County Office of Tourism, 78 South 100 East, and at visitor centers and businesses throughout the region, or go online at www.AmazingEarthfest.org Amazing Earthfest makes Kane County a destination for discovery, exploration and adventure in the heart of America’s Grand Circle! Save the date – the Tenth Annual Amazing Earthfest – Kanab, Utah, May 8-14, 2016!