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Just three miles from Entrance. We are conveniently located next to Bryce Canyon National Park on National All American Scenic Highway 12 (one of the most beautiful in the world) and very close to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Kodachrome Basin State Park, and much more!

We invite you to make a reservation and spend as many days in this magnificent region as possible.

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This will go down as Utah's best year for waterfalls. They were everywhere as I hiked in our national parks over Easter weekend. Runoff from a just-ended storm was pouring over the canyon walls, which glistened as shafts of sunlight pierced the dark sky. Lost clouds extended wispy fingers up the cliff faces, trying to break free from the canyons. It was an incredibly beautiful time to be in the parks.

People are often delighted when they find waterfalls in our desert canyons. We have some classics; the two Calf Creek waterfalls are consistently rated among the most scenic anywhere. But we get a bonus this spring - streams that have been dry or have just trickled during the past few years are now gushing, creating spectacular waterfalls.

I counted a dozen falls visible from the main road or from easy trails in Zion Canyon. Weeping Rock continues to shed its gentle tears, forming a soft veil across its popular alcove and hanging gardens. To the side of the alcove a lively stream tumbles off the cliff face, thundering down into a plunge pool. At Upper Emerald Pool, the normally docile spray comes down as an awesome raging torrent.

Impressive falls can be seen at Temple of Sinawava and along the trail leading into the Narrows. I also hiked in Capitol Reef and enjoyed viewing the effervescent Fremont River waterfall along Hwy 24 near the park's eastern boundary.

Huge amounts of snow have piled up on our mountains and we continue to get storms ever few days. I've never in my life seen so much snow on Boulder Mountain. Runoff is now underway in southern Utah and will continue for the next several weeks, bolstering stream flows and providing an exceptional opportunity for people to view waterfalls.

The waterfalls in Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon/Lake Powell will be spectacular this spring. There will also be interesting falls in Canyonlands, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and other desert spots throughout southern Utah.

Bryce Canyon is located at a high elevation and it still has snow, but that will go quickly now. The waterfall along the stream near Mossy Cave will be very photogenic.

Take care hiking this spring. Canyons that are normally dry may have standing or flowing water. Slot canyons are particularly dangerous during and just after storms. Streams may carry 2 or 3 times their normal flow; their swift currents pose a real danger.

Our whitewater rafting rivers will get a tremendous boost as northern mountain snowpacks melt. Later May and early June will provide some of the best rides in years. Raft companies report strong bookings. If you want a whitewater trip during prime times you need to book immediately.

Spring fishing has picked up at Lake Powell and on our blue ribbon trout streams.

And spring skiing continues strong. Snowbird Resort plans to stay open on weekends through Memorial Day. It looks like they will have plenty of snow. Incredible!

Wildflowers are now coming on strong in our lower deserts. The show of color is strong this year because of the abundant rainfall. Peak viewing times vary by elevation; talk to rangers or locals in the area you'd like to visit.

— Dave Webb

Upcoming Events Of Special Interest

Pond Skimming Contest & Reggae Fest, Apr. 2 at The Canyons Ski Resort. Participants attempt to ski across a pond of open water. It's fun to watch. There will be great music and other activities.

Moab 20K Marathon, April 16. This 20k run is centered at Red Cliffs Lodge, 13.5 miles up the Colorado River on Scenic Byway 128, northeast of Moab. 801-372-7867.

Earth Day Festivities, April 22, across Utah.

Tour of Canyonlands, Apr. 23 Moab. This annual mountain bike race draws riders from coast to coast, as well as international destinations, for a weekend of racing like no other.

Golden Spike Anniversary Celebration, May 10. Celebrates the 136th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Highlights include steam demonstrations by locomotives Jupiter and No. 119, reenactments of the last spike ceremony of 1869 and guest speaker David Bain, author of Empire Express and The Old Iron Road. Held at Golden Spike National Historic Site, Promontory. 435-471-2209 x 19

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, May 12-17. Celebrating birds on and around Great Salt Lake. Booths, workshops, live animals, field trips, artists, & speakers, youth activities and live animals, fabulous Dutch oven dinner and more. Most activities will be held in Farmington. 801-451-3286

Mountain Man Rendezvous, May 27-30. The Old Ephraim Mountain Man Club presents the 30th Cache Valley Rendezvous, a reenactment of the Mountain Man era of 1825-1840. Many activities for men, women and children. Black powder rifle target shoots and the infamous 4-man situation shoot. Held in Blacksmith Fork Canyon east of Hyrum. 435-770-2663

Moab Arts Festival, May 28-29. Jewelry - Pottery - Wood - Sculpture - Clothing - Fine Art - Photography - Kid-o-Rama - Music - Entertainment - Taiko Drummers - Food Court - Free Admission. 435-259-2742

See our comprehensive events listing for upcoming activities.


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