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Labor Day 2020

Labor Day 2020

Posted in: Outdoor adventures, Travel on August 20, 2020.

Labor Day Weekend

Summer is winding down, and it’s almost Labor Day again. Since, as we all know, this year has been a bit different, your kids may or may not be heading back to traditional school. But we can bet that your family could probably do with a little vacation regardless. So if you’re looking to get away for a fun, long weekend this Labor Day, then we at the Lodge have some updates and suggestions for you.

A natural stone arch

Hickman Bridge in Capitol Reef, a popular Labor Day hike. Photo by James Lee via unsplash.com

Parks Status

We thought we’d start by just confirming that all five of Southern Utah’s national parks are open to visitors. Most places are back to normal, with a couple exceptions: Arches and Canyonlands still haven’t reopened their visitor centers, social distancing practices are now in place in Capitol Reef’s Gifford House, you need to reserve a seat on the Zion Canyon Shuttle, stuff like that. If you visit the official NPS site you can get all the latest info on the national parks in Utah.

Also, there aren’t any closures or restrictions at any of Utah’s awesome state parks, in case you were thinking of heading there.

Rows of sandstone hoodoos

The distinctive hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, one of the stops on our Three Park Roadtrip. Photo by Barth Bailey via unsplash.com

Ideas to Get You Started

If you want to visit more than one park this Labor Day weekend, then we suggest you check out our Three Park Roadtrip itinerary. It’s a pretty comprehensive tour of Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion National Parks. We’ve already done the heavy-lifting in terms of planning, but you can, of course, adapt it to your needs.

If you prefer to do less driving, but still want to explore a good portion of Southern Utah’s amazing landscape, check out our list of things to do in the Moab area in our Moab Adventure Guide. There’s plenty of outdoor fun in and around Arches and Canyonlands.

Finally, if you want to come down to our neck of the woods and hang out in Capitol Reef, then we’ve got a great itinerary for you to check out here. It’s tailored to how many nights you think you’ll spend in the area, so you can get the most out of your time.

But no matter where you go, we hope you have a great Labor Day this year!

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