13th Annual Amazing Earthfest Excites Imagination May 12-18
By Rich Csenge
Southern Utah’s 14th annual Amazing Earthfest offers seven days of fascinating experiential learning, outdoor adventure, arts, science, community building, starry night sky and award-winning documentary film events from May 10-16, 2020. Mark your calendar now! In the undiscovered beauty spot that is Kanab, Utah, where America’s cherished public lands envelop the city, thousand foot high Vermilion Cliffs (second step in the Grand Staircase), adorn its northern reaches. Rugged geologic features and the astonishing color of the landscape beckon visitors attending the events of Amazing Earthfest to begin the day with a guided hike or cycling adventure. Names like The Narrows of Cottonwood Wash, Toadstools, Moccasin Mountain, the Huntress Slot and South Fork Indian Canyon tantalize and evoke the imagination, arousing expectations for a memorable experience. Add confident hike leaders with local knowledge of routes, trails, dinosaurs and rock art, and you have the beginnings of a great day in the making! This is an educational festival celebrating America’s National and State Parks, National Forests, Monuments and Public Lands; not with things to buy, but things to do, with experiences that enrich the spirit, inspire wonder and evoke a deeper understanding of the natural world. Beginning on Mother’s Day each year, it’s a truly distinctive festival featuring some 30 events of remarkable breadth and interest. Earthfest began with a visionary concept in 2007 that wild federal lands managed in trust for and accessible to all Americans could catalyze civil and personal healing. It thrives on contributions of inspiration, knowledge and expertise in earth sciences, wildlife, Native cultures, land management, the arts, humanities, astronomy and more from a cadre of committed individuals who care deeply for earth’s natural wonders, the ancient artifacts of prehistoric human existence and all the myriad living creatures of the Colorado Plateau. Amazing Earthfest reveals the caliber and interests of Utahns and visitors to the region who weave passion for the preservation of wild nature into their daily lives, best exemplifying and distinguishing southern Utah’s Amazing Earthfest from all others. Link up with a BLM archaeologist or paleontologist, meet an environmental author or documentary filmmaker, enjoy a potluck dinner party with festival producers, connect with a creative poet to absorb insight, stretch out on backcountry trails and routes, take in award-winning documentaries, and relish spectacular starry night skies with local astronomers. Discover what makes Utah wilderness and its spectacular public land irreplaceable! The 14th annual Amazing Earthfest offers all this in a beautiful rural setting with great hospitality, fine restaurants and limitless destinations for self-directed exploration close at hand. Volunteer opportunities are available. Make your travel plans and reservations now! Visit www.AmazingEarthfest.org for event information, find us on Facebook or call 435-644-3735.