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New and Happening in Utah: Autumn 2017

August 29, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Glamping Tents, Treehouses and Tipis, Oh My!
Utah’s Mighty Five® national parks (Bryce Canyon, Zion, Capital Reef, Arches and Canyonlands) are renowned for their incredible natural landscapes and now visitors can enjoy the epic scenery during the day, then stay in equally unique accommodation at night. Here are the most unconventional options when it comes to getting beauty sleep in some of the most beautiful places on Earth:

  • New Treehouses Open Near Bryce Canyon: The Stone Canyon Inn has completed two “tree houses” as part of the latest addition to the property. They each feature a king size bed, a loft that sleeps two children and a bathroom with tiled shower. A staircase allows visitors to climb above the trees, but stay in comfort. A refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, TV and complimentary WiFi are also on offer in these rooms, and at night guests will enjoy sitting around a fire pit at ground level. Surrounded by windows, guests are awarded with the best feature of these rooms – incredible views of nearby Bryce Canyon.
  • Glamping Resort to Open in Zion: Welcoming 3.5 million visitors in 2016, Zion National Park now ranks as one of the five most-visited national parks in the U.S. Nestled amidst its famous red rocks is Under Canvas® Zion; perfect for escaping the crowds. Opening August 17, 2017, the new safari-style glamping resort will offer spectacular accommodation in 60 luxury canvas tents, upscale ‘farm-to-campfire-table’ dining under the stars and the option to enjoy resort-arranged activities nearby including mountain biking, horseback riding, jeep tours and hot air ballooning.
  • Stay Like a Star in an Airstream: Just off Scenic Byway 12 lies the Shooting Star RV Resort with nine Airstream trailers each decked out to resemble the dressing room of a major Hollywood star while on set. For a taste of the leading lady lifestyle, visitors can book into Marilyn Monroe’s trailer or for the true Utah experience opt for Paul Newman’s (aka Butch Cassidy). The resort isolated a short distance from both Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks and come evening, guests can watch a movie under the stars in one of the resort’s classic 1960s cars at the drive-in cinema.
  • Circle the Wagons: One of the most authentic ways to enjoy the raw beauty of Utah’s red rock landscapes is by staying in one of the new Conestoga Wagons at the Capitol Reef Resort which lies less than 10 km from Capitol Reef National Park. Sleeping up to six, the luxury wagons are based on traditional 19th century designs and each features a private fire pit right outside its door – the perfect place to kick back and relax under the stars just as the pioneers would have done 175 years ago.
  • Nod off in a Native American Tipi: Fulfill childhood dreams past and present by staying in a traditional Native American tipi on the edge of spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park. At Ruby’s Inn RV Park and Campground, there are now eight tipis available, each sleeping up to eight adults comfortably. With no electricity, plumbing or beds, this is a back-to-basics experience and guests will need to bring their own sleeping gear.

Explore Utah’s Native American History
Utah is one of the best places to connect with America’s indigenous roots. A number of major Native American events take place throughout the year capped by the Living Traditions Festival held each May in Salt Lake City.  Even the name ‘Utah’ comes from the Ute tribe who settled around the Great Salt Lake basin, and there are plenty of ways to explore the heritage and traditions of Utah’s native tribes, including the Ute, Navajo, Shoshone and Piute. Here are three of the best:

  • This Is The Place Heritage Park: An extraordinary outdoor site dedicated to hands-on heritage,  ‘This Is The Place’ on the outskirts of Salt Lake City recently unveiled a painstakingly accurate recreation of a Native American village.  The site includes the largest Teepee in America (capable of seating 110 guests) as well as an authentic Medicine Wheel and both male and female ‘Hogans’ – traditional buildings used for religious ceremonies and family life respectively. www.thisistheplace.org
  • Nine Mile Canyon: Deep in the Utah desert, about an hour’s drive from the town of Price, visitors will find the world’s longest art gallery.  They shouldn’t be fooled by its name though: ‘Nine Mile Canyon’ actually runs for more than 65 km, and is adorned with thousands of Native American petroglyphs and pictographs, many of them over 1,000 years old. Guided tours run out of Price. www.castlecountry.com/Nine-Mile-Canyon
  • Monument Valley Tour: The ancient Navajo Tribal Lands in southern Utah are rich with history and make for a fascinating visit. Goulding’s Lodge offers guided jeep tours of Monument Valley led by local Navajo guides who grew up in and around the area. Visitors can take a tour at sunrise, sunset, during a full moon or opt for a full day tour. They will experience spectacular canyons, buttes and mesas and stop at locations where John Ford, John Wayne and many other legendary figures of the southwest have left their footprints. www.gouldings.com/tour

Shoulder Season at Snowbird
Salt Lake City lies within easy reach of some of the world’s most internationally-renowned resorts like Park City, Deer Valley and Snowbird. Typically visited for skiing and snow activities in the winter months, these resorts offer plenty of action in the shoulder season too. Only 45 minutes from Salt Lake’s International Airport, Snowbird in particular has become an increasingly popular year-round resort. Active adventures available include an aerial tram, mountain coaster, alpine slide and world-class mountain biking – plus from August 12 to October 15, 2017, the resort’s annual Oktoberfest celebration returns. What’s more, during the off-season visitors can stay in the same luxury ski accommodation, but for a fraction of the price. www.snowbird.com

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