Southern Utah Family Adventures

Adventure and relaxation make Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge a rustic, but elegant destination in the Moab region. Fantastic views combined with great recreational and meeting facilities as well as its own winery bring visitors a taste of the old West.

In Central Utah, Hillside Miniature Golf southwest of Monroe, the rolling sand hills east of Delta, and the KC Water Slides south of Richfield are all popular choices for family fun (623-5203).

Fremont Indian State Park centers on exhibits, rock art, and dwellings of Utah's ancient Indians, 21 miles SW of Richfield. (527-4631)

The Parker Family Ranch on Hwy 89 south of Circleville, was the childhood home of the famous outlaw, Butch Cassidy. (896-9222)

The BLM's Price Canyon Recreation Area in a canyon north of Price, and the area surrounding Joe's Valley Reservoir northwest of Orangeville, are popular for camping, picnicking, and hiking (800-842-0789).

The Desert Wave Pool in Price City Park has 3 action waves and calm water (637-7946).

The College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum is filled with dinosaur and ancient Indian exhibits, 155 E. Main, Price (637-5060).

Cedar Mountain Recreation Site south of Price offers an excellent view of the San Rafael Swell, and the San Rafael desert is popular for camping and solitude.

The BLM's Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, 20 foot Allosaurus and other exhibits, 30 miles south of Price on Hwy's 10 & 55 (637-4584).

Goblin Valley State Park, explore intricately eroded rock creatures. Perfect for hiking and 'hide and seek', the park is between Green River and Hanksville off SR 24 (564-3633).

The Hickman Bridge Trail is a family favorite with geology, flora and remnants of the Fremont Indian Culture, as well as a huge natural bridge. The trailhead is off SR 24. The orchards of Capitol Reef allow self serve picking of several types of fruit in season, and attract deer and other animals each evening.

Helper Parkway offers a shady relaxing trail along the Price River for a brisk or leisurely stroll. The parkway features Bocce courts for those who desire a less strenuous experience. (435-637-3009)

Hike Nine Mile Canyon and discover Indian Rock Art, historic remnants of early ranching, and a variety of wild life. The canyon features an actual working ranch "bed and breakfast" where you can sleep in an Indian teepee or a rustic log cabin.(435-637-3009)

Birds of every shape and description flock to The Desert Lake Waterfowl Management Area in Emery County, as well as pheasant, dove and rabbit. Tours can be arranged. (435)637-3310

The Western Mining and Railroad Museum in Helper is a unique historic museum. Visitors get the opportunity to hear actual train whistles while viewing the exhibits because the museum is located across the street from the train station. (435)472-3009

Green River boasts the John Wesley Powell River History Museum which includes fascinating replicas of the different boats used by explorer's and adventurers to explore the west's waterways, including a unique round hull boat used by the Indians. (435)564-3427

Step back in time and visit a typical pioneer home and schoolroom at the Emery County Pioneer Museum in Castle Dale. (435)381-5154

Life-size dinosaurs in the Paleontology room and artifacts from Indian cultures are a few of the fun things to see at the Museum of the San Rafael in Castle Dale. (435)381-5252

In southwestern Utah, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park has a 'boardwalk' trail and acres of fine, pink sand on which to play. It is 11 miles off Hwy 89 near Kanab (874-2408).

Snow Canyon State Park features short, easy hikes in a stunning setting, 9 miles north of St. George (628-2255).

The Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City (586-7878). Rated as one of the best Shakespearean festivals in the nation! Catch a show during the summer or fall season.

The BLM's Squaw Trail is an easy hike from Kanab City Park offering panoramic views. Other fun spots in this area include Kanab City Park; Kids Pond at Woods Ranch 10 miles east of Cedar City on SR-14; the BLM-administered Sand Dunes between St. George and Hurricane on Hwy 9; and the Utah Wildlife Resources Mammoth Creek Fish Hatchery (735-4200) southwest of Hatch near Hwy 89 (800-233-8824).

Southeastern Utah's Grand County Library in Moab provides a cool respite during 'Summer Story Hour', Thursdays at 10a.m. all summer, 25 S. 100 E. (259-5421).

Arches National Park has many short, easy trails through a magically eroded landscape which make this park a favorite for hikers of all ages. The park is north of Moab off US 191 (259-8161).

Canyonlands Field Institute presents educational programs on the ecology of the Colorado Plateau for children and adults, P.O. Box 68, Moab (259-7750).

The La Sal Mountain and Abajo Mountains offer excellent chances to cool off in the summer and to cross-country ski in the winter.

Dead Horse Point State Park shows off Canyonlands National Park's geology in vivid color, particularly at sunrise and sunset.

Moab's Bar-M Chuckwagon offers an authentic, high-energy western dinner show full of folklore, humor and audience participation. Join in the fun! Come early and enjoy Gunfights, Games, Western Village, Gift Shop, Saloon and More!

The Monticello Golf Course is a winter favorite for tubing and sledding.

Mill Creek Canyon adjacent to Moab and Negro Bill Canyon north of Moab offer short, secluded hikes. An evening boat trip on the Colorado River is a leisurely way to wind down the day. (259-8825 or 587-3235).

Bryce National Park - (435) 834-5322 The Junior Ranger Program offers children ages 12 and under the opportunity to learn more about the park. Although the program is designed as an independent learning experience in an effort to accommodate individual family schedules, one important requirement is that the kids attend a ranger-guided activity. Recommended minimum time needed for completion of the program is approximately one full day. When kids fulfill their requirements, they can bring their completed booklets to the park visitor center and receive a Junior Ranger certificate. In addition, a special patch is available for $1.

Zion National Park (435-772-3436) Family recreational opportunities available in the park. Hiking - Zion offers many trails ranging from short "leg-stretcher" walks to the strenuous adventures. Wildflowers & Fall Colors - The variety of mountain and canyon environments makes Zion an excellent location for wildflower walks in the spring and summer and brilliant leaf color in the autumn. Photography - Zion offers the photographer many opportunities to explore color, texture, and light. Birdwatching - Zion is home to 271 species of birds. A bird checklist can be obtained at the visitor centers. Bicycling - The Pa'rus Trail offers a paved, car-free alternative for bicyclists, pedestrians, and people with strollers or wheelchairs to visit lower Zion Canyon and access the Scenic Drive. Ranger-led activities - During the summer, join a Park Ranger to learn more about Zion National Park. Topics include geology, plants, animals, human history and other features. Programs include guided walks, short talks at the visitor centers and evening programs at the campground amphitheaters and Zion Lodge. All programs are free. Check the weekly schedules posted at visitor centers and bulletin boards throughout the park for times, places, and subjects.

Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre (772-2400) in Sprindgale features a giant screen epic exploring the natural beauty of Color Country. Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods takes viewers an a thrilling panorama through time to explore the legends of Zion Canyon, and surrounding areas. A terrific preview of must see places in southern Utah. Open daily.

Bumbleberry Inn Playhouse only one mile short of the entrance to Zion National Park and adjacent to the Bumbleberry Restaurant. This new Branson-style show, TWIST the NIGHT AWAY at the Bumbleberry Playhouse is a 1950's Musical Production that will send you back to the days of young love, bobby socks, Doo Woppin' melodies and good ol' Rock n' Roll. This era of rich harmonies, classic love songs and unforgettable dances is fun for the whole family.

Capitol Reef National Park at Torrey (435)425-3791. Harvest Homecoming celebrates the pioneer legacy and fruit harvest of Capitol Reef. Watch as traditional craftspeople demonstrate skills ranging from soapmaking to tinsmithing. Learn about Native American culture or hear stories of the Mormon pioneer settlement. Re-enact a day in the life of a student at the Fruita schoolhouse. Come celebrate the crafts, skills and talents of turn of the century pioneers whose isolation required self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Contact the Visitor Center for the date and events schedule of Harvest Homecoming.

Cedar Breaks National Monument - The grass fields, evergreen trees, wildlife and windblown sandstone make for a grand family experience. The high elevation of the area provides mild temperatures during the summer months that is a great escape from the desert heat. Cedar Breaks will become a favorite stop for those seeking the solitude and beauty nature. Cedar Breaks National Monument is just a short drive from the town of Brian Head and its many recreational facilities.

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