If you live in Utah and have yet to visit one of the state’s five national parks, then you have a lot to catch up on. Utah’s “Mighty 5®” as locals like to refer to them, are all variations of petrified sediments sculpted and influenced by wind, water and time—with each park appealing to adventurers in a unique way.
People from all over the country come to Utah to explore its widely known national parks, which include Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capital Reef and Zion.
And now is the perfect time to join in on the fun and soak in all of the natural beauty that Utah has to offer, because during April 16 to April 24, all national parks in the country will be offering free admission in honor of National Park Week.
In addition to visiting the parks for free, explorers can also attend a series of fun and festive events that Utah has in store during National Park Week.
April 16: National Junior Ranger Day: Do your kiddos have a knack for exploring? Junior Ranger Day, which is set to take place from 8:00 am to 5:45 pm on April 16 at the Arches Visitor Center front patio, is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to celebrate the preservation of Utah’s parks with engaging hands-on activities. They can even earn a Junior Ranger badge from one of Arches very own local rangers! Interested in attending? Plan your visit here.
April 22: Earth Day: In support of Earth Day’s mission for environmental protection and preservation, attendees can roll up their sleeves and pitch in for a project at their favorite national park. Find a park where you can help out here.
April 23: National Park InstaMeet: For those who are lovers of all things social media, you can join an InstaMeet where groups of Instagrammers meet up at various national parks to take photos and videos together. Don’t miss out!
April 24: Park Rx Day: Looking for an excuse to visit a nearby National Park? Park Rx Day, a new holiday that promotes the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health might be your perfect opportunity to do just that. During this day, attendees are encouraged to participate in any type of recreational activity that supports Park Rx Day’s mission.
April-May: St. George Art Exhibit: From now until May 28, the St. George Art Museum is featuring Impressionist artist Erin Hanson to help celebrate the museum’s “2016 National Parks: United America: 100 Years on Common Ground” event. Hanson’s collection titled, “Painted Parks,” which is currently being displayed in the main gallery, showcases National Park landscapes including Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and more. Interested in attending? Click here to learn more about this ongoing event.
April-September: Utah GeoTour: This year, 29 Utah counties will be participating in the Visit Utah GeoTour, where participants will embark on a high-tech treasure hunt chase in search of hidden geocaches. Not sure how it works? This growing treasure hunt features five geocache points in each of Utah’s 29 counties. Inside each geocache is a unique code and set of directions to another pick-up location. Once you’ve collected three of any county’s five caches, you can go to the pick-up location to collect a special county patch. If you redeem all 29 patches, you can earn an official Utah Geo Tour jacket. Eager to start “caching” in your prizes? Click here to plan your GeoTour.
Make sure to check with your favorite local national park to get more details on these exciting events.
Here’s to happy exploring!