Utah’s small towns have tons to offer, and you already know about some of the most popular attractions. Everyone knows that Vernal is THE place to go for dinosaurs, for instance, but you might not be aware of one of its other interesting bits of history. Kanab is the gateway to several of our national parks, but it also has some very cool residents of the furry variety. Read on to find out the secrets of Vernal, Kanab and 10 other small towns in Utah that you should definitely visit this spring.
Honestly, Bryce Canyon National Park held no interest to me. My wife, Lutgart and I moved to Utah from Ramstein Germany in July of 2014. I retired from the Air Force while serving overseas and continued to serve now as a civilian employee. When we found out we were coming to Utah, it was and remains exciting.
The National Park Service has been touting the yearlong celebrations of its centennial this year — but they are not the only ones turning 100 in 2016.
It’s a happy 100th as well for Ruby’s Inn.
As part of this year’s National Park Week and in honor of the National Park Service’s centennial year, Bryce Canyon National Park will offer free admission from April 16-24.
“National Park Week is a great time to visit Bryce Canyon for anyone who wants a budget friendly vacation or getaway this spring,” Falyn Owens, executive director of Garfield County’s tourism office, said. “This is especially good news for anyone who has never seen the park before and wants to see why it’s such a popular destination.”
The 6-acre park helps visitors learn about the early native people by following trails past ruins, wandering through a six-room replica dwelling and touring museum exhibits. The former inhabitants left behind a wealth of tools, pottery and other implements when they moved on about 800 years ago.
The high-altitude of Bryce Canyon lookouts give predictably and mesmerizing views over the inhospitable landscape, but it’s the thousands of hoodoos that grab the attention.
The beautiful 16 page spread titled “Only in the Far West” highlights a 1 week program with Boulder Outdoor Survival School.
On all sides of Escalante stretches the northern tip of the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, a seemingly endless swath of untouched sandstone steps, buttes, and canyons preserved by their ruggedness for thousands of years.
You won’t find an ATM or even a stoplight in Boulder, Utah, but you will find a pioneering farm-to-table restaurant that serves some of the most delicious organic meals in America.