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The Arizona Strip is a 2-million acre section of northwestern Arizona, although in many respects it is more a part of Washington County, UT. The Arizona Strip, located between downtown St. George and the world-famous Grand Canyon National Park, provides prized grazing for sheep and cattle and located between downtown St. George and the Grand Canyon, has the lowest elevation and the highest temperatures in the state.  It is also a region of colorful rocks, breathtaking beautiful scenery, and impressive contrasts in terms of rainfall, vegetation, animal life and geology.

The Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (also known as DASIA), a non-profit organization which came into being in 1994, has a mission to enhance understanding of the Arizona Strip’s history and natural resources in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management in both Utah and Arizona, and the National Forest and National Park Service offices in southern Utah.

The DASIA office, located at 345 S. Riverside Drive,  oversees five wilderness areas, including the internationally known Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs, the Old Spanish National Historic Trail; nine Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, and two river segments suitable for Wild & Scenic River designation.  In these remote areas of the desert, there are approximately 4,000 miles of unpaved roads leading to spectacular scenic vistas, remoteness and solitude among rough scenic canyons and ponderosa pine forests.

DASIA’s on-site retail store also offers an assortment of interpretive resources, detailed maps, and souvenirs, while the Field Experience trip planning program can assist in your planning needs.

Speaking of planning, if you’re planning a vacation to southern Utah, you’ll need a comfortable home-away-from-home whether your time in the St. George area is a week or a month.  Register online today at for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. 

The newest show at the St. George Art Museum is Twisted, Woven, Spun and Wrapped, a fabulous confluence of contemporary fiber art exhibits. 

“Celebrating Silver” from the Studio Art Quilt Associates recognizes the glistening metal, reflective of the American Southwest, as well as the style and work of 35 vibrant and accomplished fiber artists in this juried exhibit.  This show was first introduced, in Houston, at the renowned International Quilt Festival in October 2014. 

“Weaving a Revolution” displays the extraordinary skill of contemporary Navajo basket makers, whose astonishing woven containers go far beyond functionality as they cross easily into the realm of fine art!   Just as the traditional quilts in the “Celebrating Silver” show transcends functionality to become a work of art, so, too, do these incredible Navajo baskets, which draw on traditional techniques and design, evolve and grow into the extraordinary.

“A Bright Swirling of Bugs” is an art installation by batik and fiber artist, accomplished seamstress, sculptor and educator Kay Miner.  Fascinated by sewing and quilting from an early age, Miner turned her attention to creating nature after peering at the minute detail and structure of insects under a microscope in an undergraduate design class.  In this display, the large and gorgeously colored fabric bugs take wing through a sea of gingko leaves to create a multi-sensory experience which takes art lovers into a primeval, but happy world.

All three on display at 47 E. 200 North, are included in one low ticket price any day (except Sunday) from September 11 to December 31, 2015 or free-of-charge in the evening of each 3rd Thursday when art lovers are invited to attend the art museum’s monthly Art Conversation.   

Add the St. George Art Museum to your list of exciting and fun things to do on your southwestern Utah vacation.  Register online today at for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. 

Most people who live in the United States are not aware how amazing the country really is. They have no idea of how much natural beauty can be found in the country. All they get to see is the big cities and the big amusement parks when they go on a vacation. If they knew about the history of Zion’s National Park they might want to find out some more information about visiting it.

The park is located in the southwest part of the United States. Its 229 square miles are located near Springdale, Utah. The park features a canyon that runs for 15 miles. Visitors to the park will see a wide variety of both plant and animal life.

Native Americans were the first humans to inhabit the area over 8,000 years ago. Several different tribes called this area home throughout the centuries. The white man first started settling in the area in the early 1860’s when the Mormons began to relocate to the area. The area was declared a National Monument in 1909 by President William Howard Taft. It was given the name Makuntuweap National Monument. The name was changed in to Zion National Park in 1918 by the newly created National Park Service.

The name Zion was chosen by the park service because they thought it would appeal to a much larger audience at the time. An additional section of the park that was called the Kolob section became a part of the park in 1956.

Visitors to the park will be able to marvel at the canyons that have been formed through 150 million years of nature’s handiwork. She has managed to create 9 different recognizable formations in the park.

There have been many modern amenities added to the park to make it more accessible to visitors in more recent times. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive provides visitors with a road that allows them to drive through the park. In the 1990’s the park service added a bus shuttle service to ease the traffic that had grown on the scenic drive. The buses use propane gas powered engines that are more environmentally friendly.

Some of the popular activities for visitors include hiking on the different trails and rock climbing. The pictures that can be taken in this national park are often breathtakingly beautiful. A trip to Zion National Park will allow people to see a part of the United States that most people are not aware of. It is definitely something that is worth seeing and learning about. It is also one of those areas that are regretfully overlooked during vacation planning.

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