Explore the Parks
By Dixie Brunner
With the National Park Service Centennial, make sure to visit the parks in northern Arizona and southern Utah! Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon North Rim National Parks are amazing ... please visit and enjoy these iconic destinations, and sing ‘Happy Birthday!’ Special events have been planned to celebrate in surrounding communities, so make sure to check local travel information centers. What about the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument? Say ‘Happy Birthday’ to it as well. They are celebrating 20 years after President Bill Clinton made the enormous tract of land the first monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management. But southern Utah and northern Arizona areas are so much more than just the national parks, so we encourage you to ‘venture out, explore the parks ... and more,’ and be prepared to say ‘wow’ a lot! Visit Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring National Monuments, as well as Coral Pink and Kodachrome Basin State Parks! What about Cedar Mountain and scenic Highway 89? They are all great choices that will provide you with places of scenic beauty, history and geologic adventures. You can visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the history museum, hike ‘The Wave,’ visit the dinosaur museum in Big Water, hike the Wahweap hoodoos, or check out your lineage at the LDS Family History Museum in Kanab. You can rent a houseboat or just visit the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Swim, hike, boat or bike to destinations within this amazing place. Do you want to hike the famous Angel’s Landing at Zion, visit an art gallery, and then have an incredible meal cooked by extraordinary chefs at local restaurants? Perhaps you would like to see the hoodoos in Bryce National Park, take a swim at your Kanab hotel, and then sit back and listen to great music at an outdoor concert? What about seeing the best view of the Grand Canyon National Park from the North Rim? How about watching deer or bison herds, and then coming back to Kanab and going souvenir shopping? You are definitely going to need plenty of time to ‘Explore More’ here!