Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park http://www.springdale.co News of Zion | Events, Restaurants, Lodging & Hikes for Springdale & Zion Canyon Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:20:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Kanab Best Friends Animal Sanctuary best time to visit or volunteer is during the winter http://www.springdale.co/kanab-best-friends-animal-sanctuary-best-time-visit-volunteer-winter/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:20:04 +0000 http://www.springdale.co/?p=2642 By Barbara Williamson Living in the desert, we don’t always “do” winter with a lot of grace. The thought of being outside in the cold is a bit much for people who live here for the sunshine and mild climate. But winter is unavoidable, and we’ve got a great reason for animal lovers to bundle…

The post Kanab Best Friends Animal Sanctuary best time to visit or volunteer is during the winter appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutube

kanab best friends animal shelterBy Barbara Williamson

Living in the desert, we don’t always “do” winter with a lot of grace. The thought of being outside in the cold is a bit much for people who live here for the sunshine and mild climate.

But winter is unavoidable, and we’ve got a great reason for animal lovers to bundle up and get moving … actually, about 1,600 furry and feathery reasons. You will leave with a grin on your face, we promise.

Every year, about 30,000 people visit and/or volunteer at the nation’s largest companion animal sanctuary in nearby Kanab, run by Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society. But, just like the national parks, it is really busy during the summer.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is located five miles north of Kanab and is home to dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, pigs, goats, mules, sheep, burros, and wildlife. The animals come to this sanctuary in the canyon from far and wide. Some are ill, some have been neglected or abused, and all are homeless. But once they’re at this animal refuge, they receive everything they need — physically, emotionally and psychologically — to thrive and find good homes.

But the big secret is that the greatest time to visit the sanctuary is in winter. Just like all the other great attractions in southern Utah, most out-of-state visitors visit the sanctuary in the warmer months. So during the winter, the tours don’t book up as quickly.

Volunteering provides a unique opportunity to combine a love of nature with a love of animals in an exquisite setting that’s rich with outdoor recreational adventures. As a volunteer, you’ll enjoy the rewards and feel-good memories of helping make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. Wonderful weekend getaway for the entire family. Winter’s a great time for volunteering because the Sanctuary has fewer volunteers which means a broader range of options for working in all the animal areas. And a special bonus for volunteers in Dogtown and Cat World is that they can even take a dog or cat back to their hotel room for an overnight stay.

“The volunteers in the winter find they can spend even more special one-on-one time with animals,” said Lori Bernath, Best Friends’ manager of volunteer engagement. “In the ‘slower’ months is when we can really use the help with walking dogs, socializing dogs, cats and other critters, cleaning, etc. Because there are less volunteers, people have a greater chance of being able to volunteer in their preferred areas or to help in an area that can accommodate fewer volunteers such as Piggy Paradise, Horse Haven, Bunnies and Parrots. Also it so much fun to watch the dogs play in the snow!”

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary also hosts free tours every day of the year except Christmas. General sanctuary tours are offered as well as a variety of specialty tours including a guided walking tour to horses and pigs as well as focused tours in the dog, cat, bunny, and parrot animal care areas, photography and bird walks, and many others.

And since the sanctuary is so close to St. George, it’s easy to make this a day trip or spend a night or two in Kanab. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has eight cottages and four cabins, and guests can take advantage of our discounted winter rates. Our guest cottages are $95 per night, and our guest cabins are $60 per night from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28. To make an onsite lodging or tour reservation, please visit reservations.bestfriends.org.

In addition, Kanab and the surrounding area has many wonderful accommodations that Best Friends volunteers and visitors enjoy. Ask about special discounts. Several properties also participate in the sleepover program for dogs, and Best Western and Holiday Inn also welcome cats for sleepovers. Please visit bestfriends.org/sanctuary/visit-our-utah-sanctuary/places-stay for more information, or go to visitsouthernutah.com to find out more about other area attractions.

Please call (435) 644-2001 ext. 4537 to inquire about all of our tours or volunteering, or visit bestfriends.org/visit.

The post Kanab Best Friends Animal Sanctuary best time to visit or volunteer is during the winter appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
President’s Day weekend brings changes to Zion National Park shuttle schedule and trails http://www.springdale.co/presidents-day-weekend-brings-changes-to-zion-national-park-shuttle-schedule-and-trails/ Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:35:14 +0000 http://www.springdale.co/?p=2637 Zion National Park will resume weekend-only shuttle service in the park Feb. 18 for Presidents Day weekend visitation. Shuttle buses will depart the Visitor Center at 7 a.m. heading up the canyon to designated trail head stops with the last bus returning to the Visitor Center from the Temple of Sinawava (stop 9) at 6:45…

The post President’s Day weekend brings changes to Zion National Park shuttle schedule and trails appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutube

zion national park shuttleZion National Park will resume weekend-only shuttle service in the park Feb. 18 for Presidents Day weekend visitation. Shuttle buses will depart the Visitor Center at 7 a.m. heading up the canyon to designated trail head stops with the last bus returning to the Visitor Center from the Temple of Sinawava (stop 9) at 6:45 p.m.

This same schedule will operate on Feb. 19 and again on the weekends of Feb. 25 and March 4. The in-town, Springdale shuttle services will not operate during these weekend dates. Full-season daily shuttle services in the park and in Springdale will begin March 11 and run through late fall.

The Natural History Museum will be open over Presidents Day weekend Saturday and Sunday only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The Lower Emerald Pools Trail remains closed for clearing operations due to rock and landslides, which have continued in the area since Jan. 10. With rain in the forecast for this weekend, visitors should check weather conditions and plan accordingly.

Road construction continues in Rockville along State Route 9 from approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Wait times along the construction route can be up to 15 minutes.

The post President’s Day weekend brings changes to Zion National Park shuttle schedule and trails appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Springdale Restaurant Coupon|1/2 off apps at Wildcat Willies http://www.springdale.co/springdale-restaurant-coupon-wildcat-willies/ Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:22:12 +0000 http://www.springdale.co/?p=2580 Springdale Utah Restaurants|1/2 off apps at Wildcat Willies in June Wildcat Willies is located just south of Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily! Check out their LATE-RISER BREAKFAST: Available until 1:30 daily! Join them for daily specials, delicious desserts, and suds in the saloon. The beer sampler makes for…

The post Springdale Restaurant Coupon|1/2 off apps at Wildcat Willies appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutube

Springdale Restaurant CouponSpringdale Utah Restaurants|1/2 off apps at Wildcat Willies in June

Wildcat Willies is located just south of Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily!

Check out their LATE-RISER BREAKFAST:

Available until 1:30 daily! Join them for daily specials, delicious desserts, and suds in the saloon. The beer sampler makes for a great pairing to any meal of your choice as well as a great summer cool-down after a hike!

Wildcat Willies has a Southwestern atmosphere and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a full-service saloon and plasma TVs.

Springdale Restaurant Coupon
A beer flight at Wildcat Willies | Restaurant Coupons Springdale Utah

Wildcat Willies serves family favorites every day from breakfast to dinner and later, with off site catering also available in the southern Utah area. Come in and enjoy some traditional dishes such as smoked ribs and mouth-watering Southwest favorites, just to name a few.

Call them to cater your weddings! Call Shandee to discuss bookings and menu options. They will be happy to custom-design a menu for your special event! Visit their website’s catering page to see sample menus.

You can also call about holiday parties, birthdays, and business meetings. Menus provided are simply guidelines. They seek to customize your menu for your event! Prices are determined once all food choices are confirmed, and menus can be added to and subtracted from depending on your specific needs.

Right-click and save this printable Springdale restaurant coupon, then bring it in to Wildcat Willies, or simply present the mobile-friendly version on your device to receive the “Half off any appetizer” special and make your next visit a tasteful and enjoyable one.

Hours of operation: 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Mondays–Thursdays and 7 a.m.–11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Wildcat Willies is located next to the Zions Bank at 897 Zion Park Boulevard.

Wildcat Willies is online at wildcatwillies.com.

Restaurant Coupon Springdale Utah

For more St. George, Utah, coupons check back daily at Coupons ~ St. George.

The post Springdale Restaurant Coupon|1/2 off apps at Wildcat Willies appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
June 2016 Zion Guide (.PDF) features “Sanctuary – The Story Of Zion” http://www.springdale.co/june-2016-zion-guide/ Tue, 07 Jun 2016 21:55:55 +0000 http://www.springdale.co/?p=2576 Click “HERE” to download The Zion Guide June 2016 Digital Issue (.PDF) Click “HERE” to download The Zion Guide June 2016 Digital Issue (.PDF) June 2016 Zion Guide ON THE COVER: DSU presents “Sanctuary – The Story Of Zion” INSIDE: 11 Tips For the Best Zion Experience, Ten Less Traveled Hikes in Southern Utah, Overlook Hike,…

The post June 2016 Zion Guide (.PDF) features “Sanctuary – The Story Of Zion” appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutube

Click “HERE” to download The Zion Guide June 2016 Digital Issue (.PDF)

June 2016 Zion GuideClick “HERE” to download The Zion Guide June 2016 Digital Issue (.PDF)

June 2016 Zion Guide

ON THE COVER: DSU presents “Sanctuary – The Story Of Zion”

INSIDE: 11 Tips For the Best Zion Experience, Ten Less Traveled Hikes in Southern Utah, Overlook Hike, Condor Pair May Be Incubating Egg in the Park, Springdale Restaurant Guide, Zion Shuttle Schedule, Springdale Full-Length Map, and more.

________________________________________________________________________

Vision: To be the community voice of and for Utah and Southern Utah

Mission: To provide a consistent, reliable, and quality source of news, information, opinions, and stories for the local community that also resonate with a larger audience

Submission Guidelines: Have a great article you want to publish? Send it to us! If we really like you, we may bring you on a regular contributor.

We are looking for short news articles or stories that report on interesting aspects of life in Southern Utah. We love stories on unique subcultures, engaging community issues, interesting local people, and modern pioneers. We are interested in news, politics, culture, recreation, the environment, and good short stories or narratives about unusual people, interesting places, and unique insight into local culture. The Independent and suindependent.com are published by Independent Publishing Company, Inc.
40 N. 300 E. #103, St. George, UT 84770 ~ P.O. Box 3116, St. George, UT 84771
(435) 656-1555, Fax: (435) 656-1511

Social links:

Facebook:facebook.com/springdaleut
Twitter:@springdaleut

plus.google.com/+SpringdaleUT

 

The post June 2016 Zion Guide (.PDF) features “Sanctuary – The Story Of Zion” appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
O.C. Tanner features Trailblazers Summer Concert Series http://www.springdale.co/o-c-tanner-trailblazers-summer-concert-series/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 21:27:14 +0000 http://www.springdale.co/?p=2571 O.C. Tanner Amphitheater’s Summer Concert Dixie State University just unveiled its new branding, the Trailblazers. Not only does this branding apply to the athletic programs at Dixie, but it is also now the title for the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater’s summer concert series in Springdale: introducing the newly titled “Trailblazers O.C. Tanner Summer Concert Series.” During…

The post O.C. Tanner features Trailblazers Summer Concert Series appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutube

O.C. Tanner AmphitheaterO.C. Tanner Amphitheater’s Summer Concert

Dixie State University just unveiled its new branding, the Trailblazers. Not only does this branding apply to the athletic programs at Dixie, but it is also now the title for the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater’s summer concert series in Springdale: introducing the newly titled “Trailblazers O.C. Tanner Summer Concert Series.”

During his introduction of the new identity, President “Biff” Williams spoke of the courageous and forward thinking trailblazers who settled the St. George area. He explained that the Trailblazer would naturally fit as a title for our university. He also said the title is also a perfect fit for a concert series that will embrace local and regional musicians and feature groups who have spent a lifetime blazing a trail in their art.

In recent years, the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater has held weekly concerts throughout the summer. While this has allowed an opportunity for a high number of shows, the ability to effectively market these shows has suffered. The goal for this season is to decrease the number of shows but raise the bar on quality and advertising in hopes of enticing not only the large number of tourists visiting Zion National Park to attend but also the residents of Washington County. The new Trailblazers Concert Series will feature world-class entertainment amidst the visually stunning backdrop that the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater provides. Playing off the hugely successful “First Friday” events held in St. George, we will be hosting our events on every second Saturday starting in June and extending through September.

So what kind of shows can you expect? We hope to provide something for everyone during the inaugural season.

The series will kick off with Country Jam on June 11. Local musician Eric Dodge will co-headline the event along with Vegas favorite the Randy Anderson Band. This high-energy combination, along with line-dancing instruction between sets, will guarantee a boot-scooting, knee-slapping good time.

On July 9, Rockfest will be headlined by local favorites Wirelefant and Houston Rocket with a few surprise guests to be announced.

Hippiestock comes next on Aug. 13 and will feature a Grateful Dead tribute band: Catfish John. Joining Catfish John will be Soul What?! and Whisky Tooth Revival, both of whom play a funky brand of ‘70s-inspired groove tunes. Between sets, Hippiestock will play host to what we hope to be the largest drum circle ever assembled in Southern Utah.

Rounding out the series on Sept. 10 will be our ode to Bluegrass and Americana music, which will aptly be titled “Roots Revival.” Marty Warburton and the Home Girls will host the event, which will also feature local multi-instrumentalist Ryan Tilby and friends as well as some of the region’s best bluegrassers. All four shows will feature food trucks and other family activities to keep kids and adults alike entertained from start to finish.

The O.C. Tanner Amphitheater will also play host this summer to an original production titled “Sanctuary, The Story of Zion.” Written by beloved storyteller and singer/songwriter Sam Payne, the show will tell the multi-layered story of Zion National Park through pictures, story, and song. From the First Nations peoples to the settlers who founded the town, to the present day tourists and residents, Payne will chronicle the evolution of the canyon in a way that entertains and educates and leaves the audience with a better understanding of the challenges and triumphs that are part of the history of one of the nation’s most popular national parks.

Details for “Sanctuary, the Story of Zion” as well as the Trailblazers O.C. Tanner Summer Concert Series will be available at octannershows.com as well as on Facebook. Tickets for all Tanner productions are $15 for adults, $6 for students, or $38 for a family and will be available at the door the night of the events, or at dsutix.com. Shows will start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (435) 652-7800.

The post O.C. Tanner features Trailblazers Summer Concert Series appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Zion Human History Museum welcomes volunteers to assist http://www.springdale.co/zion-human-history-museum-volunteers/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 21:26:11 +0000 http://www.springdale.co/?p=2568 Zion Human History Museum volunteers The Zion Human History Museum in Springdale is seeking detail-oriented volunteers with good handwriting who are enthusiastic about working with history. Volunteers assist with the museum collections from Zion National Park and collections housed at Zion from Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument. This includes the collections…

The post Zion Human History Museum welcomes volunteers to assist appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutube

Zion Human History Museum welcomes volunteers to assist

Zion Human History Museum volunteers

The Zion Human History Museum in Springdale is seeking detail-oriented volunteers with good handwriting who are enthusiastic about working with history.

Volunteers assist with the museum collections from Zion National Park and collections housed at Zion from Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument. This includes the collections currently on exhibit at the Human History Museum in Zion.

The museum seeks volunteers for during the weekdays, ideally once a week, but says that any amount of help is welcome.

Prospective volunteers should contact the museum curator, Miriam Watson, at Miriam_Watson@nps.gov or (435) 772-0146.

RELATED ARTICLES

Zion Human History Museum seeks volunteers

Springdale Utah Restaurants: 1/2 off apps at Wildcat Willies in May

Wildcat Willies is located just south of Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily! Check out their LATE-RISER BREAKFAST: Available until…
Zion Human History Museum seeks volunteers

Public voting open for Zion Tunnel Preservation Project

By Lyman Hafen The historically iconic Zion Tunnel is dear to the hearts of people across the country and around the world. During the month…
Zion Human History Museum seeks volunteers

Zion National Park will never really address overcrowding

Zion National Park is in the process of holding a series of local public meetings to discuss overcrowding and what to do about it….
Zion Human History Museum seeks volunteers

Condor pair may be incubating an egg in Zion National Park

A pair of California condors appear to be nesting again in Zion National Park. Park staff first observed the pair entering a cavity in…
Zion Human History Museum seeks volunteers

Photo Gallery: Hints of winter in Zion National Park by Josh Warburton

The Independent is inviting photographers—both locally and beyond—to submit photo essays. Themes and topics are up to you. Contact our Photo Editor Dallas Hyland…
Zion Human History Museum seeks volunteers

Unsatisfied with Tour of Utah decision, Springdale setting booby traps for cyclists

After the controversy surrounding the Springdale Town Council’s rejection of the 2016 Tour of Utah and following the recent announcement by the Tour, Springdale…

The post Zion Human History Museum welcomes volunteers to assist appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Zion National Park Condor pair may be incubating egg http://www.springdale.co/zion-national-park-condor-pair/ Fri, 27 May 2016 20:16:19 +0000 http://www.springdale.co/?p=2562 Zion National Park Condor egg A pair of California condors appear to be nesting again in Zion National Park. Park staff first observed the pair entering a cavity in Zion Canyon February 26. Since then, the pair has been regularly observed in the cavity and the surrounding area. Biologists from The Peregrine Fund, a nonprofit…

The post Zion National Park Condor pair may be incubating egg appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutube

Zion National Park condor eggZion National Park Condor egg

A pair of California condors appear to be nesting again in Zion National Park. Park staff first observed the pair entering a cavity in Zion Canyon February 26. Since then, the pair has been regularly observed in the cavity and the surrounding area. Biologists from The Peregrine Fund, a nonprofit organization that releases and monitors condors, has confirmed that GPS locations and daily behavior of both parents indicate regular incubation.

Condor courtship and nest site selection usually occur during the winter months, culminating with the production of a single egg between late January and early April. Both condor parents incubate the egg with exchanges occurring every three to four days on average. If all goes well, a chick will hatch after approximately 56 days of incubation, and both parents will feed and care for the young condor. The chick will remain in the nest for up to seven months before fledging. Even after the chick fledges, it will depend on its parents until the following year.

This condor pair has attempted to nest each of the last two years in remote areas of Zion. The pair produced a chick in 2014, but it failed to successfully fledge. Last year, GPS locations indicated the pair was nesting again, but this was never confirmed due to the remote location of the nest site. It is not unusual for a pair to fail in the first few attempts.

The southwest experimental population of condors was initiated in 1996 with releases occurring on an annual basis in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Condors have successfully nested in northern Arizona with the first wild-hatched young fledging from a nest in the Grand Canyon in 2003. Over 20 young have been produced since, and wild-hatched condors have produced young — a major milestone on the way to recovery.

Lead poisoning is currently the greatest obstacle to recovery of this endangered bird, with 53 percent of diagnosed deaths attributed to lead poisoning. Condors are scavengers that feed primarily on the carcasses of mammals. They unintentionally consume lead when feeding on carcasses of animals shot with lead ammunition or lead-contaminated gut piles left in the field. Both Utah and Arizona currently have voluntary non-lead ammunition programs within the condor’s range to reduce the amount of lead in the environment.

Zion National Park will soon launch a nest watch program at the Zion Human History Museum where park rangers and volunteers will use spotting scopes to monitor the nest cavity. Visitors are welcome to join them and learn more about California condors. Those interested should inquire at the visitor center for specific dates and times.

RELATED ARTICLES

Condor pair may be incubating an egg in Zion National Park

Endangered California condors in southern Utah?

Along with the endangered Mojave desert tortoise and now possibly the California condor, the balancing of public land use in southern Utah continues to…
Condor pair may be incubating an egg in Zion National Park

It’s official! Biologists at Zion catch glimpse of Utah’s first condor chick

  The discovery of a pair of California condors raising a chick in Utah marks the first verified hatching of California condors in Utah since…
Condor pair may be incubating an egg in Zion National Park

Milestone hatching of California condors suspected in Zion National Park

The Independent Zion National Park is excited to report that a California condor has apparently hatched in the wild in the state of Utah for…

The post Zion National Park Condor pair may be incubating egg appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC adds Springdale screening of “Off the Rez” http://www.springdale.co/docutah-electric-american-history/ Thu, 26 May 2016 23:21:36 +0000 http://www.springdale.co/?p=2557 DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC focuses on American History DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC has added a Springdale screening of “Off the Rez” May 28, 7 PM at The Springdale Community Center to go along with their May 27 viewing in St. George. “Off the Rez,” tells the story of a Native American family in Oregon that leaves the reservation in pursuit of…

The post DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC adds Springdale screening of “Off the Rez” appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutube

DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC adds Springdale screening of "Off the Rez"

DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC focuses on American History

DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC has added a Springdale screening of “Off the Rez” May 28, 7 PM at The Springdale Community Center to go along with their May 27 viewing in St. George.

“Off the Rez,” tells the story of a Native American family in Oregon that leaves the reservation in pursuit of the American dream on behalf of one of their eight children, a 16-year-old girl who is one of the best high school basketball players in the country. Four generations of strong Native American women from the Umatilla Nation struggle together to preserve their traditions in the unforgiving world of big-time American high school sports. The film will be hosted by nine-time Emmy award-winning producer, director, writer, and editor Jonathon Hock.

“This documentary, which was part of a series on ESPN’s ‘30 for 30,’ is a film about tradition and breaking tradition, about stereotypes and defeating those stereotypes, about one girl’s struggle seen as a microcosm of the struggle of her people,” said Phil Tuckett, executive director of DOCUTAH . “It is a remarkable film which does not take sides but rather reveals the strength of generations to overcome deprivation and move on with their lives.”

On June 24, DOCUTAH will screen “The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb.” The film is a haunting journey through the dawn of the nuclear age and an incisive history of humanity’s most dubious achievement and the man behind it — J. Robert Oppenheimer, the principal architect of the atomic bomb. Featuring archival footage and commentary from scientists and soldiers directly involved with the Manhattan Project, this gripping film is a fascinating look at the scope and power of the Nuclear Age. The film will be hosted by director Jon Else.

“This Oscar-nominated documentary has lessons for the world in which we find ourselves facing the dangers of terrorism, tribalism, and, perhaps nuclear proliferation,” said Tuckett.

The films will be shown at the Electric Theater in St. George at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the film or from Christina Merrill at the Jennings Building on the campus of DSU between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays.

Upcoming films at The Electric Theater

May 27: “Off the Rez”
June 24: “The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb”
July 29: “The Great American Cowboy”
August 26: TBA

DOCUTAH ’s mission is to enlighten, entertain, and envision the world through documentary film. As such, it is an integral part of the performing arts at Dixie State University and a perfect fit for the performing and cultural arts program at DSU.

The post DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC adds Springdale screening of “Off the Rez” appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Zion Tunnel Preservation Project named finalist for $2 million grant http://www.springdale.co/zion-tunnel-preservation-project/ Thu, 26 May 2016 17:29:08 +0000 http://www.springdale.co/?p=2553 Zion Tunnel Preservation Project By Lyman Hafen The historically iconic Zion Tunnel is dear to the hearts of people across the country and around the world. During the month of June, everyone who cares about the Zion Tunnel Preservation Project can vote online to support a substantial grant that, if won, will provide funding to…

The post Zion Tunnel Preservation Project named finalist for $2 million grant appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutube

Zion Tunnel Preservation ProjectZion Tunnel Preservation Project

By Lyman Hafen

The historically iconic Zion Tunnel is dear to the hearts of people across the country and around the world. During the month of June, everyone who cares about the Zion Tunnel Preservation Project can vote online to support a substantial grant that, if won, will provide funding to preserve and maintain the Zion Tunnel into the future.

The grant is funded by American Express through the National Trust for Historic Preservation as part of their Partners in Preservation initiative. Twenty national park historic preservation projects, including the Zion Tunnel Preservation Project, have been named finalists for a total of $2 million in funding, all of this to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. National Geographic is hosting the online voting, which began May 25 and continues through July 5. You can vote once a day for the project of your choice, and the winning projects will be announced soon after July 5. To vote, go to VoteYourPark.org. For detailed information on the “Zion Tunnel Preservation Project” and how you can support it, go to the Zion National Park Foundation website at zionpark.org.

Zion Tunnel Preservation ProjectIn the region we now know as the State of Utah, it has always been easier to travel north and south than east and west. It has to do with geological forces deep in the earth. And the result is that most of the mountains, faults, fissures, and fractures in red rock country run north and south, leaving openings for north-south travel through the valleys while rugged ridges, canyons, and plateaus hamper movement east and west. So it’s always been easier to get from St. George to Salt Lake City than, say, from St. George to San Juan County.

With the advent of automobiles and independent tourism, Southern Utah boosters got serious in the early 1920s about figuring out a way to exit and enter Zion Canyon from the east. As the nation started to realize the amazing beauty of this area, voices began to be heard in Washington demanding better access. It took a lot of time, money, and ingenuity, but when the task was accomplished, three magnificent national parks — Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon — were brought within reach of a fast-traveling public.

Centuries ago, Native Americans built the first trail out the east side of Zion Canyon. Some 20 steps chiseled into the sheer rock near today’s Weeping Rock parking lot attest to the fact that the Paiutes went out through Echo Canyon over the East Rim.

In the late 1800s, a local stockman named John Winder built the first pioneer livestock trail up and over the same rock face. In the years following the designation of Zion Canyon as a national monument in 1909, local park employees did extensive work in remodeling Winder’s trail and building others. But the idea of an actual road out the canyon’s east walls seemed beyond the reach of everyone.

Then, in 1923, Howard Means, chief engineer of the State of Utah, and B.J. Finch, a district engineer for the federal government, were sent to Zion Canyon to determine, once and for all, if a road could be built out the east side.

Their initial determination was that it was impossible.

Then someone introduced them to John Winder, who showed them where the road should go up Pine Creek Canyon. They surveyed the route and determined it would be feasible. Their biggest hurdles would be engineering a mile-long tunnel through the stone towers and convincing Congress to appropriate money for such a project.

Zion Tunnel Preservation Project
Workers using a ring drill, with which the pilot tunnel averaged one foot per minute in the sandstone of the tunnel. Photo courtesy of Zion National Park.

What they proposed to do, including constructing 3 1/2 miles of switchback road up the talus slope of the canyon and the one-mile tunnel through solid sandstone, would be impossible to get approved and funded today, but the country’s can-do attitude in the mid-1920s opened the way. By the summer of 1927, the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Tunnel had been approved and funded. Area promoters and politicians — along with the National Park Service under its first director, Stephen Mather — had convinced a reluctant Congress that the project would work.

On September 27, 1927, the first six men hired by the Nevada Contracting Company started clearing a right-of-way up Pine Creek Canyon. Over the next two years, the number of workers would reach more than 200, and what they accomplished in those two years with limited technology and primitive equipment is still hailed as a wonder today.

It took just 11 months and 12 days to blast the tunnel through the mountain. By the end of 1929, the road was complete enough that a car could be driven over the entire route.  But it wasn’t until July 4, 1930, that all the work was finished, and that’s the day dignitaries from across the country gathered near the tunnel entrance to dedicate the engineering marvel and open it to the public.

Zion Tunnel Preservation ProjectOver the ensuing decades, the tunnel has become as much an icon of Zion National Park as the Great White Throne or Angels Landing. For many, their first experience driving through the tunnel is the overriding memory of Zion, something they carry with them the rest of their lives.

Now we all have the opportunity to play a part in the tunnel’s future by voting for a grant that will help preserve it for decades to come. Between May 25 and July 5, you can vote once a day for this important grant by going to VoteYourPark.org.

The post Zion Tunnel Preservation Project named finalist for $2 million grant appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
2016 Governor’s Arts Leadership Award http://www.springdale.co/2016-governors-arts-leadership-award/ Thu, 26 May 2016 17:27:47 +0000 http://www.springdale.co/?p=2547 2016 Governor’s Arts Leadership Award Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah Arts and Museums have announced the 2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients, who were honored at a luncheon during the Mountain West Arts Conference on May 5 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. Larry McKown and Lila Moss, founders…

The post 2016 Governor’s Arts Leadership Award appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutube

2016 Governor's Arts Leadership Award

2016 Governor’s Arts Leadership Award

Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah Arts and Museums have announced the 2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients, who were honored at a luncheon during the Mountain West Arts Conference on May 5 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. Larry McKown and Lila Moss, founders of the Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council — stylized as “Z-Arts” — were in attendance to accept Z-Arts’ award on behalf of the many individuals who have contributed to the organization’s success over the last three decades.

“The recipients of the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards have worked tirelessly to champion the arts and enhanced the lives of Utahns with their visionary leadership and dedication,” said Herbert. “They have improved our education system, the economy of our state, and the livability of our communities. I am delighted to congratulate this year’s recipients.”

The 2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients are as follows:

—Organizational Leadership in the Arts Award: Utah Arts Festival

—Education Leadership in the Arts Award: James Rees

—Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Award: Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council

—Individual Leadership in the Arts Award: Dr. Craig Jessop

The mission of the Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council is to encourage the availability of the arts and humanities, and cultivate a climate of creativity and learning for the Zion Canyon communities of Springdale, Rockville and Virgin. Z-Arts hosts and sponsors over 60 events each year.

RELATED ARTICLES

Z-Arts Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award

Springdale Utah Restaurants: 1/2 off apps at Wildcat Willies in May

Wildcat Willies is located just south of Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah. They have breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily! Check out their LATE-RISER BREAKFAST: Available until…
Z-Arts Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award

Barrier Canyon Style Rock Art featured at Springdale’s Canyon Community Center

Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council is sponsoring Ancient Painters of the Colorado Plateau, a Utah Arts and Museums traveling exhibition that features 2

The post 2016 Governor’s Arts Leadership Award appeared first on Springdale.co | Zion News Events Restaurants Hikes Lodging | Zion National Park.

]]>