What’s New, Happening and Not to Be Missed for Summer 2018
With more than 100 new hotel rooms, camping sites and cabins plus new tours, adventures, culinary experiences and some notable anniversaries, Kane County is one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the US state of Utah.
Representing the best of both the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest, Kane County is home to breathtaking landscapes including Grand Stair-case-Escalante National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Kodachrome Basin State Parks, Lake Powell, Hole-in-the-Rock, the quaint city of Kanab and the largest animal sanctuary in the United States.
Try These Two New Adventures
East Zion Jeep Tours: Offering guided jeep tours through the backcountry of Zion National Park, the company has recently introduced a new fleet of highly customised Jeeps that boast top notch suspension for the best possible comfort and open seating for panoramic viewing opportunities. Taking travellers to lesser-known areas of the park, tours are available to coincide with sunset or to offer adventurous visitors the option to combine a jeep ex-cursion with a breath-taking rappel into one of Zion’s major slot canyons. Expert guides lead the tour and educate participants about the flora, fauna, his-tory, and geology of the region. Tours range from 90 minutes to five hours in duration and are priced from $59 (approximately £42) per person. www.eastzionjeeptours.com
Nipple Mountain Ranch Tour: Visitors can take an ATV tour on a real working ranch surrounded by the cliffs of Grand Staircase, Ancient Native Sites cab-ins, the Historic Monkey House and Mollies Nipple, a Navajo Sandstone landmark. Typically lasting six-seven hours, tours include lunch and offer active adventurers the opportunity to explore the Old West on four wheels with stops at locations including Nipple Ranch Meadows, The Rock House and Na-tive petroglyphs. Prices start from $135 (approximately £95) per person. www.nmrtours.com
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Western Legends Roundup
From 20-25 August, the streets of the city of Kanab – better known as ‘Little Hollywood’ – are set to be filled with round-the-clock entertainment as the Western Legends Roundup returns for its 20th anniversary. Since the 1920s, over 200 movies have been filmed in the city’s backyard and during the festi-val, visitors can enjoy daily tours of classic western filming locations and numerous outdoor performances.
For an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime, during the festival, wannabe cowboys can take ride as a passenger in an authentic covered wagon as part of a Wagon Train Trek (20-23 August) travelling 60-miles through some of the most iconic Western scenery around, including sections of Grand Staircase-
Escalante National Monument. Holidaymakers can choose between joining the trek as a ‘tenderfoot’ for one full-day for $475 (around £334) per person, or taking part as a ‘pioneer’ for the full four-day, three-night experience for $1,499 (approximately £1,055) per person. www.westernlegendsroundup.com
Don’t Miss – Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
While Utah’s Mighty 5® National Parks often steal the spotlight, state parks such as Coral Pink Sand Dunes should be on every Utah visitors bucket list. Celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2018, the park boasts breath-taking coral-hued sand dunes set amidst a backdrop of red sandstone cliffs. Estimated to be between 10-15,000 years old and shifting as much as 50 feet per year, the dunes are now a popular location for activities such as ATV rides, sand-boarding, fatbiking and hiking. Entry to the State Park costs $8 (around £6) per vehicle. www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/coral-pink
Coral Pink ATV Tours (www.coralpinkatvtours.com) runs ATV excursions six days a week (Monday-Saturday). One-hour sessions are priced from $85 (around £60) for drivers and $35 (around £25) for passengers.
Learn to Cook Like a Local
Dutch Oven Cooking Classes: New for 2018, guests and visitors of Zion Ponderosa Ranch can learn to cook like the locals, Dutch oven style.
Where to Stay: Hotels and Resorts Developments
Zion Ponderosa Ranch Now Open Year-Round: Zion Ponderosa Ranch, located on the eastern edge of Zion National Forest, now offers lodging, dining and recreation services such as paddle-boarding year-round. The Ranch also recently added 70 camping sites, 20 glamping sites and 22 cabin suites.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Lodging Opening in 2019: The former Four Seasons Inn Hotel is undergoing renovations and will reopen in 2019 as the
newest lodging property for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the largest rescue and advocacy group for animals in the U.S., and is home to more than 1,600 animals, including dogs, cats, horses, bunnies, birds, pigs, mules, goats and sheep. Volunteer opportunities for visi-tors are available year-round. www.bestfriends.org
Travel to Kane County
Bon Voyage (0800 316 0194, www.bon-voyage.co.uk) has seven nights in Utah from £1,995 per person. The price includes return flights from LGW to Las Vegas, five nights in a Cabin suite at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort near Mt Carmel and two nights at the Hilton Garden Inn St George with car hire for the duration. All accommodation is room only and the price is based on two adults travelling and is valid for travel during July/August 2018.
For photos, visit the Kane County Media Library: www.kcotphotos.com
For more information on Utah, visit: www.visitutah.com/uk