Government Shutdown Causes Zion National Park Closure

Don’t Get The National Park Blues

The federal government shutdown is affecting Utah’s federally managed lands and National Parks. Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell are some of the National Park closures that are causing many travelers the most grief.  I am writing this post to inform travelers of some alternative things to do while staying at the Coral Springs Resort or anywhere near the National Parks mentioned. In some cases some of these alternatives to the National Parks are equal to if not more spectacular options. Some of these hikes and activities are only known by locals and will provide you with a unique travel experience.

Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park

Here are some tips if you were planning on visiting Bryce Canyon During your stay. Ruby’s Inn is providing access through their private drive to an outlook to enjoy the beautiful Bryce Canyon Outlook. Bryce Canyon offers breathtaking views and is well worth the drive to see.

Zion National Park
Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park has closed all of its facilities including the two visitors centers, history museum, Zion Lodge, roads (except for the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Kolob Terrace Road) and campgrounds. Also, all the special events and educational programs have been cancelled as well.

In Springdale there are several hikes that outline some of the beautiful landscape of Zion National Park. All of the shops and stores will remain open outside of the park and it is totally worth the drive to shop, eat and hike outside of the Zion entrance. If you would like to learn more about Springdales unique dining and shopping experience, read my previous post by CLICKING HERE.

Other Activities & Hikes In the St. George Area

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Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarra Creek Hike

Thirty minutes North of the Coral Springs Resort you will find a hidden gem of a hike. Kanarra Creek is one of the most incredible slot canyons in the Southern Utah area. This hike provides a wonderful experience for the entire family. If you would like to see actual video and pictures of my hike up Kanarra Creek CLICK HERE.

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Sand Hollow State Park

Sand Hollow (Lake) State Park

If you had a houseboat reservation in Lake Powell and now you are stranded with time off work and nowhere to go, this is the place for you. Sand Hollow Lake is located 15 minutes from the Coral Springs Resort. Sand Hollow is nicknamed “mini Lake Powell” for good reason. Surrounded by beautiful red rocks and sand dunes for ATV’s, it makes for a beautiful landscape. There are jumping rocks that serve as natural diving boards into the deep blue water. Sand Hollow is great for boating, jet skiing, ATV’s and motorcycles. If you would like to read about my trip to Sand Hollow CLICK HERE.

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Cedar Breaks

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument is located 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Coral Springs Resort. Definitely worth the drive! Enjoy breathtaking views and a spectacular hike all the way around the monument. There will be no personnel to assist or take your money due to the shut down, but you will still be able to get excellent views and pictures on your own. The road is still open and you should have no problem accessing the overlooks.

List Of Other State Parks & Activities

Snow Canyon State Park: is open as are all state parks.
Zion National Park: is still viewable as highway 9 is open,  The Giant Screen Movie “Treasure of the Gods” is still showing in Springdale, there many hikes available that originate in Springdale.
Red Canyon: is view-able because of the highway.
Bryce Canyon National Park: is view-able from a private overlook with shuttle service through Best Western Ruby’s Inn.  They also have horseback and helicopter rides
available to view Bryce National Park.
Cedar Breaks: is available to view but all buildings are locked and there is
no park personnel to assist
Kolob Terrace Road: is open which is absolutely beautiful. Kolob Terrace
Road begins in the small town of Virgin, Utah, about 13 miles from
Springdale. It’s not well marked, but you can spot it by looking for the
biggest intersection in Virgin.  There’s also a brown sign pointing to the
Kolob Reservoir.

Tuacahn Theater: This year the Tuacahn Theater is showing Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mulan and Starlight Express. The outdoor red rock amphitheater provides guests with an incredible outdoor Broadway musical experience.

I hope that this blog gave you some great ideas and even inspired you to visit the St. George Area.

Live Well, Travel Better

Weston Sill



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