Utah has a significant connection to the prehistoric era, and the volcanic ferocity that created the national parks enjoyed today. Zion National Park is a contrast in environments ranging from deep rock gorges to gigantic rock “sculptures” guarding this sacred area. “Watchman” rises over 2500 feet above the canyon floor, the “West Temple” shows its prominence measuring a height of 7,810 feet. The Virgin River flows through Zion, but at “The Narrows” the river is only 20 feet wide, but has a wall of rock over 1000 feet above it! Throughout Zion the rock sculptures are never ending, and their colors are a constantly changing palate from the day’s sunlight. The IMAX presentation provides visitors with a very bold view of Zion National Park.
Bryce Canyon can best be described as “The Impressionists”. Like the artists, Bryce’s assemblage of rocks in reds, pinks, and whites displays thousands of images before you. What one sees, another may not and vice versa. Viewing Bryce Canyon is hypnotic! Cedar Breaks is an amphitheatre of beauty at a depth of 10,000 feet from the viewing rim. Millions of years of erosion created this deep “bowl”, and its ragged walls, spires, columns, and arches tinted with shades of reds, yellows, and purples from the mineral deposits are an incredible sight. Bristlecone pines, among the oldest plants on Earth, somehow cling to existence on the walls of the canyon.(PLEASE NOTE THE PARKS OF UTAH ARE OPEN FOR TOURS FROM LATE SPRING THROUGH MID NOVEMBER).
During the summer months, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is held at Southern Utah University in Cedar City. A authentic open-air replica of the Globe Theatre hosts the productions, and the quality of performance is noteworthy.