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The Zion Narrows

The Narrows in Zion National Park, (near Springdale, Utah) is a section of canyon on the North Fork of the Virgin River. The hike of The Narrows is one of the premier hikes on the Colorado Plateau. The term The Narrows refers to both the through-hike of The Narrows, and to The Narrows themselves, especially the 3.6 miles (5.8 km) long section of canyon between the end of the Riverside Walk Trail and Big Spring. The Narrows lies north of, and upstream of, the main Zion Canyon. Hiking the Narrows was rated # 5 in the National Geographic ranking of America’s Best 100...

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Things To Do While In St George

Make the most of your stay with us here at the Comfort Inn. Make sure to plan in a little extra time for some fun. You will be amazed at all the things you can do here in St George. St. George was founded as a cotton mission in 1861 under the direction of Apostle Erastus Snow, called by Brigham Young, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)—part of a greater church effort to become self-sufficient. While the early settlers did manage to grow cotton, it was never produced at competitive market rates; consequently, cotton farming was eventually abandoned. At the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, Brigham Young organized the settlement of what is now Washington County, Utah. Fearing that the war would take away the cotton supply, he began plans for raising enough in this western country to supply the needs of his people. Enough favorable reports had come to him from this warm country below the rim of the Great Basin, that he was convinced cotton could be raised successfully here. At the general church conference in Salt Lake City on October 6th, 1861, about three hundred families were “called” to the Dixie mission to promote the cotton industry. Most of the people knew nothing of this expedition until their names were read from the pulpit; but in nearly every case, they responded with good will, and made ready to leave within the month’s time allotted to them. The families were selected so as to ensure the communities the right number of farmers, masons, blacksmiths, businessmen, educators, carpenters, as needed. The settlement was named after George A. Smith, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Click here to learn more about St....

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Bryce Canyon National Park

The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874.The area around Bryce Canyon became a National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a National Park in 1928. The park covers 35,835 acres (55.992 sq mi; 14,502 ha; 145.02 km2)[1] and receives relatively few visitors compared to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, largely due to its remote location. Read...

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The Subway In Zion

We love Zion National Park and so do many of our guests. Starting in about April going clear until November we get a large influx of guests who are staying with us and visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon and The Grand Canyon. Many of those guests are hard core hikers. The Subway is a colloquial name for a uniquely shaped slot canyon in Zion National Park. It is located between two peaks called the North and South Guardian Angels, deep within the Left Fork of North Creek. It is part of the larger Great West Canyon system, which includes both the Left and Right Forks of North Creek. The Subway is so named for its tube-like, undercut slot canyons. This segment of canyon is less than 0.25 miles (0.40 km) in length, but long approach and exit hikes are necessary for...

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park gets nearly 3.5 million visitors a year. Many of those visitors are first time visitors. If you are planning on staying with us, take a couple minutes and visit the front desk and we will be happy to provide you with directions from the hotel to the park.

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8 Tips For Beginner Runners

With the St George Iron Man coming up, we thought it would be appropriate to post something about running. Running is one of the best workouts to keep you fit and healthy. It is not as hard as you think and it is one of the best ways to start your day bright and fresh. The first few days you may feel little hard, but each day that passes by, you’ll feel enthusiastic, and you will wait for tomorrow to come soon, so that you can start another new and fresh day again. Many people have already started running and it might be a great idea to join them. If you also want to join them, then learn these 8 basic tips to start again and get fit and healthy in no time. The simple basic tips include: 1. Have a goal: If you have a goal, it keeps reminds you and motivates you until you reach it. It takes at least three to six months to reach your goal. You can have a goal to complete certain distance or run at certain time, etc. Male sure you set a goal that is attainable and reasonable. 2. Go Slow: Don’t follow strong workout regime, don’t overdo it. Sometimes you get excited and you tend to run fast, which may cause other problems later. Remember when you are training for racing you should take it slow, don’t overdo it. Like the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. 3. Get good pair of Shoes: Shoes are very important in running; don’t hesitate to invest for a good pair of shoes. Always keep them in good condition. In case your old ones are torn out, get new ones before you start your practice. Get checked your foot type and wear only the best shoe that gives comfort to your feet. 4. Know your body limits: You should understand and listen to your body, when it is paining, thirst, body aches, and mood swings are the signs that your body needs some rest. Don’t neglect these signs, take some rest and then get medical help if required. It is ok to take a day off for practice, and give complete rest to your body. 5. Warm up: It is a good habit to warm up little bit before you start your routine. Jog or walk for few minutes before you start running. A warm up will enhances muscle flexibility. You will get more strength and will able to perform better. And also warm up can decrease the risk of injury. 6. Take complete rest and recover fast: When you feel tired, and your body needs some rest, then just stop everything for a while and give complete rest to your body and recover fast to start over you routine workout. Follow hard/easy training method. If you train hard one day, then go easy on the other day. Alternate days do hard and easy workouts to balance your body limitations. 7. Eat Properly: Runners need more energy; unless you eat properly you won’t get sufficient energy. Food gives you fuel to run for longer time. During training sessions, you must eat well, don’t do any kind of diet; you need more energy than ever when you are running a race. It doesn’t mean that...

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At Comfort Inn, St. George, we provide lodging amenities that will keep you satisfied during your southern Utah vacation. We have an outdoor heated pool, outdoor and indoor hot tubs, an exercise room, a sun deck, and offer free full breakfast. We also provide guest laundry services, vending machines, and fax and copy machines for guest use. All rooms are fully appointed with the following amenitites: Refrigerators Microwaves High Speed Wireless Internet Hair Dryers Iron & Ironing Boards Coffee Makers Flat Screens w/Cable TV Individual Climate Controls Free Local Calls Wake Up Calls The following comforts and conveniences are also offered to guests staying at the St. George Comfort Inn: Outdoor Heated Pool Indoor & Outdoor Hot Tubs Sun Deck Full Sunshine Breakfast Guest Laundry Service Fitness Room Fax & Copy Machines Vending Machines All Rooms...

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Snow Canyon State Park

One of the favorite destinations here in St George, Utah for our guests is Snow Canyon. Snow Canyon State Park is spread across 7,400 acres, it is a beautiful scenic park gently placed among tall sandstone cliffs and lava flows in a beautiful and delicate desert environment. Grand views of the gentile interchange of dark, light and different color rejoicing across canyon walls which induces exciting reactions from visitors. This amazing snow canyon give you chance to explore the elegant dunes and trails on foot, horseback and bike. The Canyon provides you the best campsite at serene campground which is surrounded by red Navajo Sandstone and ancient lava flow. Visit the Snow Canyon and discover the real secrets of the striking desert landscape during regular nature programs. Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is located in sixty two thousand acre, managed by the authorities to protect the federally listed habitat and desert tortoise, and also the park authorities offer outdoor activities for all age groups to explore and enjoy their stay. The outdoor actives include nature studies, hiking, photography, wildlife viewing, camping, junior ranger events and ranger talks. The park also provides 38 miles hiking trails, 15 miles of equestrian-trails and paved biking/walking trail. • Geology Now we call it as Utah was once covered by tiny grains of quartzite sand that was transported by wind over 183 million years ago. These amazing sand dunes are about 2,500 feet thick and gradually they were cemented into rigid stone. They appear burnt orange to creamy white color. Navajo sandstone is the prime rock in the park, which relics the primeval desert sand sea. Over a period of continuous flow of the water on the stone has made the shape of sandstone to shape canyons. Nearly 1.4 million years ago and around 27,000 years ago, the cinder cones exploded causing lava flowed down the canyons and filled the canyons with basalt. These redirected primordial waterways gradually creating new canyons. Remember do not remove minerals and rocks when you are at canyons it is illegal. • Plants and Animals Snow Canyon is home for different wildlife species and for variety of plants that is not found anywhere else in the state. Snow Canyon is situated at the junction of Great Basin Desert, Mojave Desert, and Colorado Plateau, every year the average rainfall in the park is 7.5 inches. The flora of the desert includes creosote bush, sand sage, narrow leaf-yucca, desert willow, and scrub oak. If the weather condition during spring and fall is perfect, then you can observe wildflowers blooming all over the park, which give the beautiful sight to your eye and inner vision. You can also enjoy watching wildlife all over the canyon; you can catch a glimpse of kit foxes, coyotes, quail, leopard lizards, roadrunners, canyon tree frogs and gopher snakes. You can also find some of the endangered species that are protected by authorities in the park. You can see peregrine falcons, gila monsters, and desert tortoise. Remember, you should not touch any desert plants or wildlife during your stay, it is totally prohibited. Snow canyon was opened for public in 1959 and it possesses an authentic history to share with. The region was occupied by the Anasazi Indians from 200 A.D. to 1250. They used to hunt and...

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