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September 20, 2019 Visit USA No Comments Email Email

Arches & Bryce Canyon National Parks Designated Dark Sky Parks 
Utah is already home to the highest concentration of accredited international dark sky parks and communities on the planet, but now Arches and Bryce Canyon National Parks – two of Utah’s Mighty 5® – have been certified as Utah’s latest International Dark Sky Parks. The U.S. National Park Service and the International Dark-Sky Association recognized the parks for their quality night skies and commitment to protecting and sharing natural darkness. Bryce Canyon’s certification was granted on the 50th anniversary of its astronomy programming. On September 21, 2019, Arches’ park rangers will host a ceremony and star party to celebrate at the newly completed Panorama Point stargazing area.

Tiny Houses, Tree Houses and Yurts, Oh My!
East Zion Resort is now open 25 minutes from the east entrance to Zion National Park – celebrating its 100thanniversary in 2019. Situated on a hillside overlooking the small town of Orderville, UT, the resort offers an array of interesting accommodation options including tiny houses, tree houses, yurts and soon-to-open glamping tents, located across two lodging locations. The resort has built a simple, yet luxurious destination with each unit designed with a modern flair and packed with luxury finishes. East Zion Resort offers shuttle service to Zion National Park, a private slot canyon tour and is also central to Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon.

Move Over East Coast! Fall Colour Comes to Utah 
Utah is known for its red rock landscapes, but until the end of October it also boasts some of the best fall foliage visitors will find in the United States. Utah is home to 11 Scenic Byways offering leaf peeping opportunities. In Northern Utah, travelling the Logan Canyon National Scenic Bywayallows visitors to sample the harvest season through this rich agricultural area ablaze with colour, including the turquoise waters of Bear Lake; nicknamed “the Caribbean of the Rockies.” In Southern Utah, the Patchwork Parkway National Scenic Byway(known as Southern Utah’s Fall Colour Loop), connects three scenic byways and features Cedar Breaks National Monument.

New Jurassic National Monument
Utah’s Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry was recently designated a National Monument named Jurassic National Monument. The new monument is located near Cleveland, Utah which is home to the densest collection of Jurassic era fossils anywhere in the world. Jurassic National Monument incorporates the quarry, the visitor centre and the surrounding land. The visitor centre offers an array of fossil and scientific information to budding paleontologists and has complete Allosaurus and Stegosaurus skeletons on display. A few easy hiking trails are also open to the public to explore. Utah is home to the Mighty 5® National Parks, 44 State Parks and seven National Monuments.

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