The Great American Road Trip: Best of Bluff

If you’re stopping by Bluff on your way to the Utah Symphony’s Great American Road Trip performance here are some great places the locals recommend visiting.

Enjoy a meal at the Comb Ridge Bistro

This American style café has a long-standing tradition in the Bluff area. Established in 2005, Comb Ridge used to be a Navajo Twins Trading Post in the early 1970s. With excellent service and ambiance, the Bistro’s menu offers delicious food for every meal and includes a wide selection of alcoholic beverages for your enjoyment. The Comb Ridge Bistro supports the work of talented local artists displaying various landscape paintings, Navajo inspired artwork, and traditional stone jewelry.

Visit the restored Bluff Fort Historical Site

The Bluff Fort visitors center offers free guided tours daily with engaging staff ready to show you around and answer your questions Learn the history of the Mormon pioneers, who settled in Bluff, through audio-visual displays, a fully loaded covered wagon, and photography of the early residents and more. Take the chance to dress in pioneer attire and take a picture pulling an authentic pioneer handcart.

Walk the Hole In the Rock Trail

Through some of the most rugged and unforgiving terrain in North America, the Hole in the Rock Trail was built by the pioneers in 1879-80. The trail received its name from a crevice the colonizers utilized to gain access to the Colorado River gorge. Make unforgettable memories with a visit the trail! Marvel at its beauty and remember the challenges overcome by the original Bluff settlers.

Are you still not convinced this will be the best musical road trip of your life? Just take a look at this:

 

See you on the road!

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Get the Most out of the Great American Road Trip

It’s just not summer without an unforgettable road trip – and this summer, we’re embarking on an adventure to southern Utah. Pack a bag and plan for our concerts in Springdale, Bluff, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, and Vernal Brewing Company.

To make your trip even more memorable, here are our recommendations:

First Things First

Forget about the concert hall because we’ll be performing in the great outdoors! Since we’re outside, you won’t want to forget about the necessities. Bring something to sit on (a camping chair or blanket), a sweater for when it gets cold, bug repellant, sunscreen, and an umbrella (just in case!)

Pack a Picnic

The best part of being in an outdoor venue is that you can bring snacks. You could always bring sandwiches and celery sticks, or you could always make your picnic special by trying a new recipe or picking something up from a favorite local spot like Swig in St. George.

Make Memories

You’ll want to remember this extraordinary experience! Don’t forget to pack your camera and (dare we say it?) a selfie stick so you can capture incredible memories at the concert. We love connecting with people at our concerts, so follow and tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and tag your photos with #utahsymphonyroadtrip.

Tune into a Playlist

What’s a road trip without the perfect playlist? Whether you’re traveling from Salt Lake to Springdale or from Blanding to Bluff, we have the ideal music to set the mood for your journey. Get a preview of our repertoire for the concert or listen to a list of music inspired by the majestic night sky of southern Utah.

Stay for a Star Party

The best part about being in southern Utah is being under the stars. Take your concert experience to a new level by staying after the concert for a star party. This collaboration between us, the University of Utah’s Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, and the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative will allow you to explore the night sky through lectures provided by park rangers and local astronomers, as well as have viewing opportunities on high-powered telescopes.

Register for a star party here.

You won’t want to miss these free concerts and star parties, so get your tickets here. Bon voyage!

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The Great American Road Trip: Best of Springdale

Theater at Zion National Park

Enjoy all Springdale has to offer before our concert at Zion National Park.

Coming to Springdale for the Great American Road Trip?  Before the concert, find the best restaurants, hikes, art galleries, and more here.  According to the locals, these are the best spots around Springdale:

Grab a bite at Bit and Spur Restaurant & Saloon

The friendly staff at the Bit and Spur Restaurant & Saloon have been serving fresh innovative southwest food for 35 years, making them a favorite destination at Zion’s. Along with the excellent food come enjoy the lively atmosphere. There are scheduled Band Nights with live music, billiards, and a full bar with house-made margaritas. Finish off your meal with one of their award winning in-house desserts and enjoy good company in the renovated patio space.

Take a hike to the Canyon Overlook at Zion National Park

This short, one-mile hike is the best way to see an incredible view of the Pine Creek slot canyon! At the beginning of the trail, there are steps that lead up to a rocky, uneven dirt path so you’re going to want to bring good walking or hiking shoes.  Look out for the cool shaded alcoves along the way with lush ferns growing out of the walls. The trail is family friendly, but keep a close eye on children as there are some steep cliffs on your way to create amazing memories.

Be amazed at the David J. West Gallery

If you’re looking to find a nice place indoors to be inspired by the great outdoors, look no further than the David J. West Gallery. Photographer David J. West has a passion for capturing the natural beauty that exists in nature. Displayed at the gallery are selections of his regional landscape photography, many of which may be purchased. With his photography, Mr. West hopes to encourage others to protect the natural health and beauty of the world around us.

Be sure to join us on this leg of our journey! Get more information for the free Springdale performance of the Great American Road Trip here.

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