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Arriving near sunset, my partner and I take our seats facing the 1,500-foot red rock cliffs at Southern Utah’s Tuacahn Amphitheater, the rocks glowing in the magic hour light. We’ve just driven in from Salt Lake City, but the bustling energy of the city quickly fades, and we find ourselves enchanted as a tale as […]

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We may as well have been on Mars. Far away from any semblance of civilization and surrounded by a seemingly endless horizon of dramatic desert landscape, we had the place to ourselves. Is there anything so liberating as escaping the masses to quietly commune with nature in a vast expanse of stunningly beautiful desolate terrain? […]

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Warmer temperatures make Utah's Dixie (named so because of ill-fated early Mormon Pioneer attempt to grow cotton in the desert) a year-round travel destination. You can golf pretty much throughout the year on St. George's championship-level courses. But it's a land of contrasts, it can be sunny and warm in St. George and snowing just […]

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Cara MacDonald / KSL.com Rep. Rob Bishop delivered a letter earlier this week to the acting Secretary of the Interior requesting they take “emergency measures to resume operations” at National Parks in Utah. Acting Secretary David Bernhardt approved the request Sunday morning, stating that services will resume to national parks within a few days. Read […]

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Joseph Witham / St. George News As a partial shutdown of the federal government continues well into its second week, local officials are working to keep Zion National Park open for at least another week. As many federally managed parks have been forced to close their boundaries to all visitors, Zion has remained partially operational […]

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Kevin Lewis / Community Education Channel It’s one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Washington County, Utah is not only seeing a high growth rate, but is also experiencing worldwide tourism. Washington County Tourism Director Kevin Lewis explains why and how these visitors are helping locals pay the bills.

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Kevin Lewis / Southern Utah Business Magazine If you had suggested to early explorers that one day tourism would be one of the largest private sector employment groups in this area, they would have laughed you off the expedition trail. In the mid-1800s, Parley P. Pratt called this area a “poor and worthless” place. He […]

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The St. George area is often touted as the gateway to Zion National Park, and that’s true—it’s quick and easy to get to this iconic national park from St. George. But there’s so much more to southwestern Utah than its proximity to Zion. This slice of Utah is filled with adventure possibilities, ranging from mountain […]

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