by Senator Ross Romero
Senate Minority Whip
Last summer on this blog, I shared my recommendation to visit our Utah State Parks. I discussed my wonderful camping experience at Jordanelle State Park.
Last weekend (June 6-7), I visited Zion National Park with my family. I was again reminded how beautiful and diverse our state is and the many treasures it possesses. We stayed at the Park’s south entrance in Springdale, Utah, at the Majestic Lodge, and the name is well deserved. The trip was organized by my mother-in-law in part to entertain my sister-in-law and baby niece visiting from Michigan. I share who was on the trip to illustrate that the Park has opportunities for all ages and adventurers. While we generally stayed on the paved trails with my four-year-son and niece (except a morning non-trail adventure to the Weeping Rock), we heard from others who waded down the Virgin River for ten hours, camped at the Park, and climbed its massive walls. We had a great time looking at the birds and lizards as well as the cliffs and water. In addition, it was nice to know that we were helping the local and state economy by spending time and money vacationing in Utah.
I was surprised when I arrived home on Sunday to read in The Salt Lake Tribune about Zion National Park’s 100-year celebration, having just been to Zions. I have provided some links in this post so you can see for yourself what was written in the Tribune and how you can plan a trip of your own to visit the National Parks within our beautiful state. Click here to read the Tribune article about Zion National Park and its celebration of its “Century of Sanctuary.” Click here to read Deseret News article about the economic benefits of National Parks. Click here to read more about National Parks in our state.
I encourage you to get out and explore all our State has to offer.
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