USATourist News MagazineFebruary 2007
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Welcome to the February issue of USA News Magazine. This month we are visiting a fascinating section of Utah where there are endless exploration possibilities. For those of you who are planning a trip to the Orlando area, some of our sponsors have some great specials that can't be passed up, including Disney ticket upgrades with every reservation.
Moab is a small resort town located in Canyon Country about 234 miles (376 km) southeast of Salt Lake City. Moab and its surrounding area is the perfect location for outdoor adventures such as 4 Wheeling, ATV riding, fishing, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, motorcycle touring, mountain biking, scenic flights, skydiving, and winter activities. Moab has 30 hotels/motels, several bed and breakfasts, condo rentals, 15 privately owned campgrounds, and 28 public campgrounds in the national parks and on public lands. There are two grocery stores and several banks and ATM's. It is a great location to start your adventures and learn of the surrounding parks. www.discovermoab.com
So, how do you get there? There are several options of getting to Moab. Many visitors fly into Utah's main airport, Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and take a commuter plane to Canyonlands Field, in Moab Utah. Otherwise the drive from Salt Lake City is 198 miles (320 km). Another choice is to fly into Grand Junction's Walker Field airport in Colorado (via Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, or Salt Lake City) and drive the 46 miles (75 km) to Moab. Search for flights www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/Reservations-Flights.html and car rentals www.usatourist.com/english/reservations/Reservations-Cars.html. You also have the option of taking the Greyhound bus (www.greyhound.com) which stops at Grand Junction, Colorado and Green River, Utah.
Located 5 miles (8 km) north of Moab, along Highway 191 is Arches National Park, home to 2,000 natural sandstone arches. This area has the greatest density of natural arches on Earth. Landscape Arch is one of the most famous arches with its 290-foot span. You will also find many small arches. An arches' opening must measure at least three feet to be listed as an Official Arch. Arches National Park is also full of other amazing formations including colossal sandstone fins, and massive balanced rocks.
In 2005 a new 18,000 square foot visitor's center opened in Arches National Park. The 140-seat theater features the film, Secrets of Red Rock (produced by Discovery Communications). The large outdoor plaza is available to visitors for after-hours information. The center offers interactive exhibits, educational kiosks, a 150-seat auditorium, and a bookstore. www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/utah/nationalparks/arches/arches-main.html and www.nps.gov/arch
The state of Utah is located in the southwestern United States bordered by Nevada to the west, Colorado to the east, Idaho and Wyoming to the north, and Arizona to the south. Utah is full of beautiful scenery and breathtaking geology. The entire state is an outdoorsman's paradise, but a little section in the southeast corner of Utah, Canyon Country, is one of Utah's most magnificent areas as well as a photographer's dreamland. Canyonlands is separated into three land districts by the Green and Colorado rivers: Island in the Sky District, Needles District, and the Maze District. www.usatourist.com/english/destinations/utah/utah-main.html and www.nps.gov/cany
Summers in Canyonlands often surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit during daytime hours and dip into the 60's at night. Winter temperatures may go below freezing but may reach up to the 50's. Spring and fall are a great time to visit with the highs only reaching the 70's and 80's. No matter what time of year you visit you will notice the climate is very dry. Having lots of water on hand is extremely important.
That's it for February's News Magazine. See you next month!
Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair
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