September 14, 2012

National Parks Free Day

All entrance fees to our nation’s park shall be waived!

“What’s that?” you say.  Yes, you can enjoy all the wonderful sights of Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Cedar Breaks for FREE.

“When?” you ask.  Good question!  This one-day event is September 29,2012.

“Wherefore?”  In hopes to encourage Americans to explore our nation’s natural beauty, heritage, and culture.

“What if I live far away from any of our nation’s treasures?”  Well, you can always call the Abbey Inn (which, incidentally, is centrally located to 3 pretty amazing attractions) and make your reservation, today!

Don’t forget, 09/29/12.  I’m glad we had this talk.

August 30, 2012

Cedar Breaks Star Parties

Star Party at Cedar Breaks National Monument

Hey all you astronomy enthusiasts!  If you’re looking for something fun to do this Labor Day Weekend, come check out the Star Party at Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Thanks to the high elevation and remote location of Cedar Breaks, they enjoy one of the darkest night skies in the country-ideal for star gazing!  View our awesome universe and learn about constellation mythology and the structure of the universe all in one night.

The party starts with a laser guided tour of the constellations led by Cedar Breaks park staff and astronomy volunteers.  Next is the star viewing through several telescopes.  What can you expect to see?  Swirling nebulae, twinkling start clusters, nearby planets, and distant galaxies.

This weekend is your last chance to attend a Star Party.  Don’t miss it!

Where:  Point Supreme at Cedar Breaks National Monument (Hwy 14 is open)

When: August 31 and September 1 @ 9:00-11:00 PM

Cost: FREE

On August 31st, be sure to stay for a Full Moon Hike.  WEAR WARM CLOTHES!

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May 10, 2012

What is a hoodoo?

When visitors come to Bryce Canyon or Cedar Breaks National Monument, they come to see the curious geological features called hoodoos. Also called goblins, tent rocks, fairy chimneys, and demoiselles coiffees (ladies with hairdos), these unique formations capture the fascination and imagination of people worldwide.  According to Paiute mythology, the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon are Legend People who the trickster coyote turned to stone.  They were called “Anka-ku-was-awits” which means “red painted faces.”

Bryce Canyon has one of the world’s highest concentrations of hoodoos which can range from 5-150 feet.  Some of the most famous examples are: Thor’s Hammer, Queen Victoria, and The Hunter.

These magnificent structures are composed of soft sedimentary rock that was topped with harder, less easily eroded stone that protects the column from the elements.  The brown, pink, and red colors are from the mineral hematite (iron oxide), the yellow from limonite, and purple from pyrolusite.  These colors are even more vibrant after a rain storm, and provide a stark contrast to the gleaming white snow during the winter.  The delicate features are the result of erosion cause by wind, water, and ice.  The erosion rate is 2-4 feet/100 years.

In order to protect these amazing structures for as long as possible, visitors are expected to keep to the designated hiking trails.

Be sure to include Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks National Monument in your next Southern Utah adventure.

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October 31, 2011

Watch the Summer Sun Go To Its Winter Home

When: Saturday, November 5, 2011 @ 7:30 AM

Where: Parowan Gap Petroglyphs National Register of Historical Sites

What: Observe the natural phenomenon that reminded the native americans of Southern Utah to prepare for the up-coming winter.

“This is the most amazing event of all the events to be observed at the Gap,” said event coordinator/interpreter Nancy Dalton, who explained, “that before and after Nov. 6-8, the morning sun will pass through the Overseer’s mouth, but only on these three days will the sun enter his mouth and sit, and sit, and sit and – gulp – the Overseer swallows the sun.  Thus, telling the American Indian people that the Summer Sun has gone into its winter home, and if they have not prepared for winter weather, then they better be moving south quickly.”

Along with watching the Summer Sun go into its winter home, the event will include a walking interpretive tour of the Gap and its many petroglyphs.  Those attending the event are strongly encouraged to wear winter coats, hats and gloves, as the winter wind through the Gap can be quite chilly.

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September 19, 2011

National Parks Free Pass Day!

September 24th, 2011 is another FREE DAY at the national parks.  Fall is fabulous time of year to visit Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Zion National Park because the weather is beautiful, and the fall colors are just starting to appear.

The Abbey Inn is offering some great seasonal deals, too!  Call 435-586-9966 to book your fall get-away!

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