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Visiting Moab, Southeastern & Central Utah

Central and southeastern Utah are as beautiful as ever this time of year. Temperatures are falling, but there’s still much to be enjoyed throughout the region’s world famous state and national parks. Even better, communities from Moab to Nephi to Fillmore invite visitors to help them celebrate the season as they host a variety of community festivals, holiday fun, and other activities.

Central and southern Utah’s vast landscape is filled with otherworldly beauty just begging to be explored, and the best way to see it all is by embarking on a scenic driving tour. Late fall and early winter allow for the widest range of activities, with central Utah road trippers encountering highlights like the dinosaur bones of the Utah Field House of Natural History, near Ballard in Vernal, and southeastern Utah travelers finding popular attractions like Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park near Moab.

January visitors to Moab won’t want to miss the chance to experience the wonders of Arches and Canyonlands free of charge on January 19th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Both parks’ iconic limestone formations are a sight to behold any time, but they’re especially breathtaking capped in snow.

In the meantime, Richfield offers visitors a fun and active way to get to know the locals this Thanksgiving weekend. Turkey Bowl IX is an amateur, double-elimination flag football tournament held November 27th and 28th at Rotary Park. Register to play or just come down to cheer on the teams and enjoy the festivities surrounding the games.

The next weekend, Richfield gets into the spirit of the holiday season with the 2015 Christmas Light Parade. The 20th annual iteration of the annual holiday staple brings lighted floats and a host of other holiday cheer down Main Street, starting at 6 p.m. on December 5th.

Moab showcases the work of local artists and craftspeople while giving visitors the opportunity to get some holiday shopping done on December 5th. The 2015 Holiday Craft Fair is held at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, promising an extensive selection of handmade gifts and specialty items. Come down early to score the best finds – the market opens at 10 a.m.

What’s a visit to Moab without getting out and getting active? The 33rd Annual Winter Sun 10K is a fun way to test your endurance amid brilliant surroundings in beautiful weather. The race starts at 10 a.m. on December 5th at Moab Golf Course, and the all-day fun includes raffle prizes as well as finish-line food and festivities.

Nephi visitors “Run Without a Cause” to ring in the New Year at midnight on January 1st. The 7th Annual New Years Run Down Nephi Main Street is a fun and free 5K from 100 South Main Street to Central Valley Medical Center and circling back. Show up just before midnight on December 31st, snow or starlight – the run takes place no matter what the weather conditions are.


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