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Video: Hip RV Roamers Spotlight Springdale

Nikki and Jason Wynn were recently in Springdale with their eco-RV (is that a contradiction in terms?) and made a nice little spotlight on our fair town. The video has been making the local email/Facebook rounds… seems like most of the locals are very pleased with the Wynns’ work. If you haven’t been to Springdale before, the Springdale episode of “Gone with the Wynns” will give you a glimpse of our slice of paradise… and perhaps your next adventure destination? So this eco-RV… It apparently gets up to 17 mpg (about the same as my Toyota Tacoma) and pulls 1/5 the battery juice of an average RV. Does that make it “green”? I don’t know, but it seems a lot better than the average 6 mph RV rolling through Springdale. Are RVs the next big thing for Gen X? Seems like a lot of folks my age are into the old Airstreams and DYI teardrop trailers, so maybe the 20-to-40 crowd is just waiting for some cool RVs to come along. But something tells me that size is a major factor, and a 31-foot vehicle might not be the answer to a true adventurer’s travel dreams. If you’re curious about the supposed world of … Continue reading

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Radical Reels Adventure Films In Springdale Monday!

Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” Adventure Film Tour 8 PM, Monday, October 3rd Tanner Amphitheater, 36 Lion Blvd. Springdale, Utah  For the SECOND year in a row, Zion Adventure Company hosts the Radical Reels adventure film tour, a two-hour collection of the very best short adventure films from 2010. Radical Reels is an outreach of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, the preeminent film festival for adventure-goers and outdoor-lovers, held annually in Banff, British Columbia. Just think about how expensive it would be to go to Banff… and then think about how easy and inexpensive it is to come to Springdale. The choice is obvious! Because we are tiny little Springdale, we don’t get a prime-time weekend position for the festival… but that doesn’t mean Zion isn’t the BEST place to kick back and enjoy first-class, adrenaline pumping, incredibly inspiring films. Join us this Monday evening (October 3rd) at 8 PM for two hours of biking, riding, skiing, climbing, skateboarding, and paddling with some of the most aggressive and creative minds in the outdoor world. Curious about the specific films that we’ll be seeing? Look here! Bring a sleeping bag! Bring a friend! Bring an enemy! I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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ZAC Hosts Annual Climbing Guides Meeting in November

On Saturday, November 5th, the Professional Climbing Guides Institute will hold their annual BBQ here in Springdale. There will be food, clinics, prizes, and a much anticipated “Unimog vs. Dynometer” challenge. We also expect to have a bunch of guides and climber-types sitting around sharing stories, debating the finer points of anchoring, rigging, teaching, and climbing, and generally dorking out in the climbing realm. We’re planning on having a lot of fun, and everyone is welcome to stop in for part or all of the festivities. The Essentials When: Saturday, November 5th, 1:00 PM Where: Springdale Town Park (next to the Springdale Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd, Springdale, UT) Schedule: 1:00 PM – Alternative anchoring & equalizing clinic with PCGI Mentor, Seth Zaharias 3:30 PM – “Where Climbers Loose Speed” clinic with PCGI Mentor, Alan Jolley 5:30 PM – Dynometer meets Unimog for a fun load testing & breaking climbing gear experience, PRIZES & BBQ!

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David West Holding Gallery Party to Unveil New Prints

Our friend David West has been busy photographing this summer, and he’s throwing a gallery party in a few weeks to release his first few prints from the summer’s toil. If you’re in Springdale, join David and his family at the David West Gallery downtown, from 6 – 9 PM on Friday, October 21st for hors d’ouevres, live music, and lots of fantastic landscape imagery. David’s also doing a Facebook/raffle/giveaway thing… check his website for details on how to win a 30″ print of the above image.

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Zion Canyon Music Festival This Weekend – Free!

Event Essentials Friday and Saturday, September 23 –24, 2011 Zion Canyon Music Festival Springdale Town Park – 126 Lion Boulevard, Springdale Plan to be here this weekend when the Zion Canyon Music Festival will again fill Springdale with phenomenal music. Be sure to attend both days which will be full of music, food, arts and crafts, and of course great autumn weather! Best of all, this year’s festival will be FREE to ATTEND! Held on ballfield in the Springdale Town Park, those who attend the event may easily browse through a variety of original art, handmade musical instruments and fine craft vendors as well as several local restaurant booths. The event will also include locally produced beer provided by the Zion Canyon Brewing Company, the Festival’s lead sponsor for 2011. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for your comfort during the performances. Plan to enjoy the entire day. No coolers, outside food or outside alcohol may be brought into the Festival. Backpacks will be inspected at the information tent. Please bring a reusable water bottle. Water stations will be available throughout the day.

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Radical Reels Film Fest Coming to Springdale In Two Weeks!

Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” Tour 8 PM, Monday, October 3rd Tanner Amphitheater, Springdale, Utah  In just two weeks, Zion Adventure Company hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s “Radical Reels” program here in Springdale. Radical Reels is the compact version of the larger BMFF World Tour, the outdoor documentary film series which has garnered wide acclaim around the world. Here’s how the Banff Centre describes this awesome, action-packed film series: The Radical Reels program is made up of short, action-packed climbing, paddling, mountain biking, BASE jumping, skiing, snowboarding, and other adrenaline sport films. We always keep an eye out for films that feature a fresh approach, a new sport, and a radically independent spirit.  This year’s films include paddling, skateboarding, skiing, climbing, and snowboarding – downhill AND cross-country! For a more specific idea of the fantastic adventure films on this year’s program, check out the film schedule on the Radical Reels website. Radical Reels admission is $5, in advance or at the door. Advance ticket purchasers get 20% off dinner at Whiptail Grill OR The Flying Monkey before the show, so make sure to arrive in Springdale early to take advantage of a great night out. If you’ve never been to … Continue reading

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CCC Now Showing Valerie Orlemann Paintings of Desert & Water

The Canyon Community Center (CCC), just up the street from us on Lion Boulevard in Springdale, has a fantastic rotating gallery space that is always worth a visit when you’re in town. The Art Committee at the CCC works hard to fill the space with not only beautiful work, but work that helps us connect to our local landscapes, history, and communities. Now through the end of August, the CCC features desert landscape paintings from Valerie Orlemann, a painter from Parowan, just north of Cedar City. Orlemann’s show focuses on the age-old archetype of “water in the desert,” an endless metaphor reflecting our need for, desire of, and occassional obsession with the rare and precious. Here is news release (copied from our Zion arts newsletter): A Water-Haunted Landscape… Featuring Artist Valerie Orlemann It’s ironic that the dry landscape of the desert southwest is all about water. Canyons form where water cuts them.  Dry washes preserve the ripples of long ago runoff in sand and in stone.  Arid slopes turn up sea shells.  Hikers must carry drinking water, but must also be wary of flash floods.  Much of Valerie’s work depicts the course of water through the desert.  In a dry and thirsty land … Continue reading

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Charlotte Vaillancourt Shares Georgian Stories This Wednesday

This Wednesday, August 10, former ZAC outfitter, Charlotte Vaillancourt, will share stories of her Georgian adventures over the last year. Entitled, “No, Not That Georgia!”, Charlotte will discuss her experiences teaching English in the former Soviet Republic, where she worked at both a village’s public school and a regional university in Batumi. After initially having a tough time adjusting to Georgian culture, Charlotte has come to embrace Georgia and is returning for a second year there in just a few weeks. Catch her at the Canyon Community Center on Wednesday (7 PM) before she takes off! For a preview of Charlotte’s insights and commentary on Georgian culture, check out her blog.

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Live Music in Springdale: Rising Lion Plays Friday @ 8 PM

The most common criticism I hear about Springdale in the summertime is, “Why is there no nightlife in this town? There are all these people here, and nothing to do.” Well, it’s not like there’s NOTHING to do in the evening… you can stargaze, or hike under the moon, or swap stories around the fire. But admittedly, while most other tourist meccas have countless restaurants and bars with live music, dancing, and endless supplies of victuals, Springdale’s nightlife can be difficult to find. Fortunately, the Bit n’ Spur Restaurant and Saloon does its best to fight the evening quiet, hosting a number of bands throughout the year. This Friday, Rising Lion plays at the Bit, bringing his live reggae jams to Springdale’s only real dance floor. Based in Florida and New York, Rising Lion plays a mix of roots reggae, urban, and dub, and has played in Springdale a number of times over the past 15 years. Come early for dinner, then help clear the dance floor and enjoy the music for the rest of the evening! Details: The show starts at 10 p.m., and there’s a $12 cover at the door. Find the Bit n’ Spur in the middle of Springdale, … Continue reading

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Lava Point Campground Open for the Season

On Saturday, the Park officially announced Lava Point campground is open for the season, meaning the road is reasonable for 2WD vehicles, downed trees have been cleared, and the pit toilets are ready for business. As Zion’s ONLY maintained free camping area, Lava Point campground is an awesome but little-known gem, the perfect place for escaping the Springdale summer heat. Not only does Lava Point offer free camping and great views, but it is only 1/2 mile away from the West Rim Trail trailhead, the starting point for many 5-star adventures, including Imlay Canyon, Heaps Canyon, and Right Fork of North Creek, and, of course, the West Rim trail itself. Lava Point is also just a few miles south of Kolob Reservoir, another sweet place to escape the heat and go swimming, boating, and/or fishing (license required). The advantage AND disadvantage to LPC is its mere six sites are first-come, first-served. Get there early in the day, and you’ll likely score a site. Arrive late, however, and your chances are… unknown. While the campground fills on most high-season weekends, your chances during the week are pretty good, even late in the day. Lava Point sits at 8,000 feet, so be … Continue reading

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