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Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, UT
Known for the spectacular warped geology
of the Waterpocket Fold, the park features a
fascinating collection of ancient petroglyphs,
rock art figures carved by Native Americans
from AD 700-1300. Capitol Reef has been
designated an “International Dark Sky Park”
for its commitment to reducing light pollution,
hence the stargazing is predictably world-class.
Mammoth Springs and Stream
If a break from the desert terrain is in order, try
Mammoth Springs in the Dixie National Forest
near St. George, where crystal clear 40 degree
water bubbles out of the earth. A three-mile
hiking trail includes a footbridge that leads
across the stream to the spring’s source.
Las Vegas, NV
The dazzling lights of the entertainment capital
of the world beckon just 90 minutes southwest
of St. George, right off Interstate 15. Just
remember, “What Happens in Vegas Stays in
Lake Mead National Recreation Area,
Boulder City, NV
Only 30 miles east of Las Vegas, Lake Mead is
regarded as America’s most diverse national
recreation area. Created when Hoover Dam
impeded the flow of the Colorado River, the
lake is the largest reservoir in the United States
and part of the larger National Recreation area,
which sprawls across 1. 5 million acres. Consider
renting a houseboat and vacationing on the
water for a few days.
Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV
A National Historic Landmark and engineering
marvel, Hoover Dam is the highest concrete
dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at
more than 725 feet above the Colorado River.
Tours of the dam include a 500-foot elevator
ride down to the hydroelectric power plant
where you can stand on giant a 30-foot pipe
and feel the Colorado River rushing through it.
Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
Take a memorable day trip to the Utah Arts
Festival in Salt Lake City, June 22-25. The state’s
largest outdoor festival includes 160 visual
artists and 100-plus performing artists.
“The Strip” in Las Vegas
TRAVEL ROUTES: ST. GEORGE, UTAH