Category Archives: National Parks

Zion National Park Facebook Page

Link to Zion National Park Facebook Page

Link to Zion National Park Facebook Page

Join over 3,000 other friends who love Zion National Park.

 Great information about the outdoors, beautiful pictures and occasionally there are opportunities to win trips to other natural wonders around the country and world.   Did you know there are typically 2-3 days each year that all national parks are free to the public?  Also during the slow season you can drive your car into Zion’s National Park without having to ride the tram system.  St. George is less than an hour away from the entrance.  If you’re paying attention you just may spot the ostrich farm on the right side of the road on your way there.

Zion National Park Winter Schedule

National Park Service, Zion National ParkDecember signals the beginning of a quieter time in the park with fewer visitors and increased opportunities for solitude. Due to decreased visitation, some services will be reduced or ended for the winter season. The voluntary shuttle service that provides transportation to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive on weekends in November has ended operations for the season. The Zion Canyon Shuttle and the Springdale Shuttle will resume regular service on April 1, 2012. For visitors interested in spending the night in the park this winter, the Watchman Campground and Zion Lodge are open year-round.  During a trip, the public is encouraged to visit the Zion Canyon Visitor Center for information on park activities and trail conditions. This facility is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The Kolob Canyons Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through December. Beginning January 1, operating hours will be reduced to 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both visitor centers are closed on December 25. For additional information, please visit

Don’t Waste Dixie! – Recycling Program

Welcome to Washington County in Southern Utah!

Recycling Binnies in St George, Utah

Recycling Binnies in St George, Utah

Recycling Program of Washington County

We live in a most remarkable and beautiful part of the world and we are striving to keep it that way for generations to come. 

The WCSW Recycling Program (Washington County Solid Waste) is the 1st county wide recycling program in the history of southern Utah. This program will provide public drop off locations, approximately 40 sites, within Washington County where residents can drop off their paper, plastic, metal, and glass. Operational costs for this program are covered by residents’ trash removal fees. In turn, 100% of the commodity money will be given back to the cities and towns that make up Washington County for community projects.

Springdale, the town at the southern border of Zion National Park, is part of Washington County.  Please take advantage of this program prior to entering the park.

Recycling “Binnies” are located across the street from the Best Western Coral Hills behind the Washington County Building.

November 15th is America Recycles Day!  Celebrate by reducing your trash, a little effort DOES make A BIG difference.

Welcome the Winter Season at Parowan Gap

Parowan Gap Begins the Winter Season

Where: Parowan Gap Petroglyphs National Register of Historical Sites

What: Observe the natural phenomenon that reminded the native americans of Southern Utah to prepare for the up-coming winter.

“This is the most amazing event of all the events to be observed at the Gap,” said event coordinator/interpreter Nancy Dalton, who explained, “that before and after Nov. 6-8, the morning sun will pass through the Overseer’s mouth, but only on these three days will the sun enter his mouth and sit, and sit, and sit and – gulp – the Overseer swallows the sun.  Thus, telling the American Indian people that the Summer Sun has gone into its winter home, and if they have not prepared for winter weather, then they better be moving south quickly.”

Along with watching the Summer Sun go into its winter home, the event will include a walking interpretive tour of the Gap and its many petroglyphs.  Those attending the event are strongly encouraged to wear winter coats, hats and gloves, as the winter wind through the Gap can be quite chilly.


SHS Helicopter Services

SHS Helicopter Services

Skyhawk Helicopter Services offers beautiful helicopter tours of Zion National Park and the surrounding Southern Utah areas.  SHS has specific routes to recommend and also provide custom charter flights upon request.  They want to make your Helicopter Tour as safe and comfortable as they can.  Their helicopters are air conditioned for comfort and maintained at the highest stardard possible!

Call today to reserve your flight.  877-641-0524.

SHS Helicopter Services

SHS Helicopter Services

There’s an APP for Zion National Park!

Zion National Park

Zion National Park "has and app for that"

The Zion National Park app, an indispensable resource for anyone exploring the 7th most visited national park in the United States, delivers a 45 minute audio tour of Zion Canyon, a high-resolution GPS-enabled map, constantly updated ranger led activities, over 75 photos and much more.
CLICK HERE TO Read the rest of the article by Jared Preusz, Fox 13 Web Content Producer

Users can view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks, plan hikes, review key safety information, learn about over 250 points of interest and access a complete list of facilities including locations of all the restrooms, campgrounds and picnic areas in the park.

Like the Grand Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park apps that preceded it, the Zion app boasts a rich and impressive map interface that is custom-made, GPS-enabled, includes every hiking trail in the park, and displays interactive points of interest. Unlike other apps for the park, the map works without the need for a cell or data connection and is specifically designed for the mobile app platform.

An Artistic Adventure

Maynard Dixon Living History Museum

Maynard Dixon Living History Museum

In 1939, Maynard Dixon and his young wife, artist Edith Hamlin, left their long-held studios and careers in San Francisco and headed for the magnificence and fresh air of Southern Utah. They purchased a 20 acres, set in a grove of cottonwood trees, in the small town of Mt. Carmel, Utah on historic U.S. Route 89 where they soon built a log style home. Under a two hour drive from St. George.  At this location they spent many days painting the beauty of the region, and the pastoral scenes of the area’s numerous farms. Many friends came to visit Maynard and Edith, sharing the opportunity to paint while soaking up the southern Utah sun.

After Maynard Dixon’s death in 1946, Edith, following her deceased husband’s wishes, scattered Maynard’s ashes on a hill overlooking the house and studio. She subsequently established a memorial site with a bronze plaque depicting Maynard’s signature logo, the Thunderbird. Edith kept the house until 1963, when she sold it to her artist friend, acclaimed watercolorist Milford Zornes. Zornes and his wife Pat hosted numerous art workshops on the property.

In 1998 the home was privately purchased and restored to its original glory. The non-profit The Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, was established, and the home is now a mecca for artist retreats, tours, workshops and the annual Maynard Dixon Country Art Invitational held each year in August.  It is a

The Bingham Gallery is built on the neighboring property to showcase the finest art ever produced in the American Southwest. To schedule tours or artists retreats, or for more about the Thunderbird Foundation and Maynard Dixon, visit or call (435) 648-2653.

Pipe Springs National Monument

Click for Pipe Springs National Monument

Located 60 miles from St. George it is located between Colorado City and Fredonia along the Arizona Route 389 and in the middle of the Kaibab Paiute Reservation.

Visitors are welcome to tour historic out-buildings and a scenic half-mile ridge trail at their own pace. A visitor center and museum shared by the National Park Service and the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians offers an extensive array of high quality exhibits on Southern Paiute and pioneer culture and history.

The centerpiece of the monument is the old fort built by early settlers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to protect the springs that gave the monument its name. Guides offer historic tours of the fort which has an interesting story intimately connected to the history of St. George.

Zion Canyon Native Flute Festival – May 12th-14th

Zion Flute Festival

Zion Flute Festival

Once again, the Zion Flute Circle, World Peace Gardens and the Arizona Flute Circle presents the 7th annual Zion Flute Festival a world flute and drum event. Mark your calendar today because you will not want to miss out on this spectacular event. The festival will play host to some of the finest Native American Flute musicians in the world in what is being called a “World Music Event”. Concert performers are literally a who’s who of Native American Flute and World Music musicians. Click on the link below learn more.

The festival event hours are:
Thursday, May 12th: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday, May 13th: 10:00 am to 6:00 PM
Saturday, May 14th: 10:00 am to 5:00 PM
Closing Ceremony – Saturday, May 14th: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

World enthusiast will gather together in Springdale Utah, to browse vendor booths and listen and play flute music, attend workshops, learn from each other and share our music and passion with each other. The festival will be at 118 Lion Blvd. in Springdale, UT.

Entrance Fee is $5.00 per person per day, children under 12 are free.

Evening concerts are $25.00 per person per night, children under 12 are free.

Purchase Tickets on the site at the link above.

Zion National Park – Kolob Canyons

Zion National Park Kolob Canyons

There are two Kolob sections in Zion National Park; Kolob Canyons located 18-miles south of Cedar City and Kolob Terrace accessed from the town of Virgin, 12-miles from the south entrance of the main section of the park. Both Kolob sections can proudly boast of their magnificent mountains of red sandstone, however the two are as different from each other as they are from Zion Canyon or Zion’s east side.  Kolob Canyons is a remote 30,000 acre block of the park which is located northwest of Zion Canyon.  Its set at a higher elevation than the main park, in fact, it boasts of having the parks highest peak – Horse Ranch Mountain at 8726 feet and some of Zion’s youngest strata. 

Directions – To get to it from Cedar City, travel south on I-15 and take exit 40.  From Zion’s main section, exit the park from Zion’s south entrance.  Drive on SR-9 through the small towns of Springdale, Rockville and Virgin.  Turn right at the stop light in La Verkin and travel through Toquerville to I-15.  Take I-15 north and exit at the signed exit for Kolob Canyons.  It will take about 90-minutes (40-miles) to travel from Zion’s south entrance to Kolob Canyons. Kolob Canyons is open year-round however the road can close due to snow.

The 7-day Zion pass is good for all sections of Zion.
Kolob Canyons Visitor Center:  435.586.9548 Open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.