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Bat tests positive for rabies in Grand Canyon National Park 

GRAND CANYON—A bat recently removed from an area along the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park has tested positive for rabies. All visitors to Grand Canyon, including those who are recreating in the backcountry and on the Colorado River, are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and be alert to potential interactions with […]

A crowd waits for the sunset near the end of the Delicate Arch Trail, Arches National Park, Utah, Sept. 14, 2014 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

Explore: 3 essential tips for visiting Utah’s most-frequented natural spectacle 

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK — In a remote cavity of Arches National Park, the sun sets and a strange phenomenon occurs: Flocks of manic professional photographers stake out tripod space, literally shoulder to shoulder, on the edge of a sunken orange cliff. These beauty specialists know what they’re doing; snapping Utah’s most notorious structure during the sunset glow is […]

What the sun should look like from St. George on Oct. 23, 2014 at maximum eclipse | Image courtesy of time and date website, St. George News

Partial solar eclipse steals afternoon sky; safety tips, viewing locations, where to buy glasses 

SOUTHERN UTAH — Following the blood moon that occurred Oct. 8, the sun will take on its own seeming metamorphosis Thursday afternoon as the moon moves in front of the sun causing it to take on a crescent shape and treating viewers — weather permitting — with a partial solar eclipse. The eclipse is visible from all […]

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Halloween spirit brings intraterrestrials, microbes, SLIME to BLM Brown bag lecture 

ST. GEORGE—Diana Northrup will be sharing a fascinating journey exploring the subsurface to hunt for novel microbes in the caves of the Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument in a lunchtime lecture Friday at the Interagency Information Center, 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George. Northrup’s hunt for intraterrestrials in these caves has revealed microbes that break […]

Fat bikes and sand boards, Kane County, Utah, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Kane County, St. George News

Maximum sand action at Kane County’s Dunesday Xtreme; registration still open 

KANAB – Kane County will host a new, one-of-a-kind team triathlon Nov. 8 at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. The event will include running, sand-boarding and fat-biking through the sand. Each four-person team will have to trudge through 6 miles of sand – or snow, depending on the weather. This event isn’t for the faint […]

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BLM hosts open house for improvements at Parowan Gap 

PAROWAN — An open house will be held Tuesday celebrating completion of recent site improvements made at the Parowan Gap by the Bureau of Land Management-Utah, Cedar City Field Office. Beginning at 5 p.m., the event will feature a blessing ceremony by the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and light refreshments provided by Iron County Tourism Bureau. […]

View from the boardwalk of the Virgin River Boardwalk Trail, 965 S. Washington Fields Drive, Washington, Utah, Oct. 11, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

Building toward Zion, Virgin River Boardwalk Trail creates vital connection 

WASHINGTON CITY — Following the Dead or Alive 5K and 10K, some 100 people comprised of families, runners and a few super heroes and goblins, joined at the Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park, located at 965 S. Washington Fields Dr. in Washington City, Saturday morning to celebrate the official opening of the Virgin River Boardwalk Trail. […]

OCT 9 Public invited to Bryce Canyon Fly-In and Airport Open House

Community Invited to Bryce Canyon Airport for Fly-in, Open House 

PANGUITCH — The communities of the Bryce Canyon area are preparing to welcome extra pilots and the public to its historic airport with the first-ever Bryce Canyon Fly-in and Airport Appreciation Day happening Friday and Saturday. “Our airport is a historic treasure and a tribute to the ingenuity and hard work of the residents of Garfield County,” […]

A "deluxe" tent at Moab's "glamping" resort, Moab Under Canvas, Moab, Utah, Sept. 15, 2014 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

Explore: Moab’s glamping resort; the fancy form of roughin’ it 

MOAB — The most extravagant camping experience in the southwest exists right on the brim of Arches National Park. Surrounded by some of nature’s most bizarrely beautiful structures, this fancy glamping resort tastefully complements some of the most famous scenery in the Southwest. Moab Under Canvas is a safari-style tent motel ideal for vacationers who yearn for something […]

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Lecture series features wildfire fighting, intraterrestrials, area hikes 

ST. GEORGE — Each Friday, the Bureau of Land Management and its partners host the popular Brown Bag Lecture series which provides unique opportunities for members of the public to learn more about the area’s natural resources and public lands. Speakers include geologists, range specialists, biologists, archaeologists, rangers and other specialists who delve more deeply […]

Cabins for rent at Big Springs in Kaibab National Forest, Fredonia, Arizona, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Kaibab National Forest, for St. George News

Big Springs cabin rentals available soon on North Kaibab Ranger District 

FREDONIA, Arizona – The North Kaibab Ranger District has added seven Big Springs cabins to the Kaibab National Forest’s cabin rental offerings, which will be available for public use on May 1 as part of the Arizona Cabin Rental “Rooms with a View” program. Tucked away among the forest’s ponderosa pines along Forest Service Road 22, […]

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Grand Canyon’s North Rim begins seasonal closures; park remains open for day use 

GRAND CANYON — The staff on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will begin to shut down most visitor services and facilities on Oct. 16. The North Rim will remain open to visitors through Dec. 1 or until snow closes Highway 67 leading into the park. Regularly scheduled ranger-led programs will be offered through […]

The number of California condors treated for lead exposure in Utah and Arizona has fallen to its lowest level since 2005. Location, date unspecified| Photo by Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, St. George News

Fewer condors treated for lead exposure 

SOUTHERN UTAH—The number of California condors treated for exposure to lead recently dropped to its lowest level since 2005. Wildlife officials in Utah and Arizona are crediting efforts by hunters – to voluntarily use nonlead ammunition – as a major reason why fewer condors are being affected. How do you save an endangered California condor?  Provide it […]

Tami Thomas at the Airstream motel, Shooting Star RV Resort, Escalante, Utah, Sept. 13, 2014 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

Explore: A wicked cool ’80s retreat, Utah’s national park circuit; STGnews Videocast 

ESCALANTE — An alluring camp of gleaming silver camper trailers sit a mile west of Escalante, adjacent to one of Utah’s ultimate scenic drives. This Airstream resort  is one of the more remarkably unique lodging experiences in Southern Utah’s canyon country and a bucket-lister for any self-respecting road-tripper. Just the presence of these trailers in between the onslaught of  beauty along Utah’s […]

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North Rim fire managers plan for fall pile-burning 

GRAND CANYON — National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service fire managers, working together in the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, are making plans to burn piles of woody debris starting Monday and extending over the next 30 days as weather conditions allow. The piles are located in two primary locations: near the North Rim entrance station […]

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