Canyonlands National Park provides another look at the wonders of erosion, about 300 miles up the Colorado River from better-known Grand Canyon National Park. Canyonlands is located around the confluence of the Green River and the Colorado, which divide the park into three regions: Island In The Sky, Needles and The Maze.
Island in the Sky is the most accessible by car, on the northern side of the park and a little over 30 miles from Moab, Utah. Paved roads lead to the visitor center and beyond to scenic spots such as the Green River Overlook, the appropriately-named Grand View Point Overlook and the area near Upheaval Dome. If you’ve got a 4-wheel drive vehicle – and aren’t afraid to use it – there are many more miles of road that will take you all over Island in the Sky.
The Needles area comprises the southeast portion of the park and is also accessible by paved road. The Needles visitor center is a 75 mile drive south-ish from Moab. Beyond the visitor center, paved roads can take you as far into the park as Squaw Flat and Big Spring Canyon Overlook. Needles is full of hiking trails that frequently follow along tributaries of the Colorado River.
The Maze is on the western edge of Canyonlands and is by far the least accessible part of the park. Roads into The Maze are only for 4-wheel drive vehicles and can only be entered through the neighboring Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Moab is the town closest to the Island in the Sky visitor center, with quite a few places to stay ranging from chain hotels to the 4-star Sorrel River Ranch Resort Spa. Staying in Moab also puts you just a few miles from the entrance to Arches National Park. The town of Monticello is closer to the Needles visitor center and has a couple of places to stay.
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The Mountain West Conference (MWC) is one of several college football conferences that experienced significant shake-ups in 2010. In the next couple of years the MWC will see a couple of universities leave (BYU and Utah) and some programs join the conference (Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada). Meanwhile, as Mountain West football fans have been enjoying the home games of their favorite teams during the 2010 season, TheRealPlaces has been the popular choice for finding hotels closest to all Mountain West Conference football stadiums.
Currently leading the conference – and ranked #4 in the country – are the TCU Horned Frogs. They’re 5-0 at Amon G. Carter stadium thus far this year with only the 11/13 game against San Diego State left on the home schedule. Also undefeated are the Utah Utes (6-0, 3-0, ranked #9 nationally), who still have home games versus Colorado State, TCU and BYU scheduled for Rice-Eccles Stadium visits.
The Air Force Academy is in the hunt for both the MWC conference title and the inter-academy “Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy” after an early season win versus Navy. The Air Force Falcons are currently 3-1 in the conference, with games at Falcon Stadium against Utah and new Mexico still to come in 2010.
San Diego State is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the MWC thus far in 2010. The Aztecs hope to add home victories at Qualcomm Stadium against Colorado State, Utah and UNLV to earlier wins over Nicholls State, Utah State and Air Force.
Traditional football powerhouse BYU Cougars haven’t been quite as powerful in recent years and they’re 2-5 overall with a 1-2 record in the MWC this year. Wyoming, UNLV and New Mexico are still headed to LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo later this season. The record of the Colorado State Rams is the same as BYU, with games scheduled against New Mexico and BYU still ahead at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins.
Things are tough at the bottom of the MWC standings with UNLV, New Mexico and Wyoming struggling to accumulate just three wins between them – and only one in conference play. The UNLV Rebels are 1-6 – their only victory coming against fellow conference also-ran New Mexico at home at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The Wyoming Cowboys have managed two wins outside the conference to get to 2-5 but they’re 0-3 in the MWC, including losses to Air Force and Utah at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. The New Mexico Lobos are having a season to forget (0-6, 0-2), but Lobo fans hope to see something positive in the remaining home games versus San Diego State, Wyoming and TCU at University Stadium in Albuquerque.
The St. Regis luxury hotel chain has opened the new St. Regis Deer Crest Resort at the Deer Valley ski resort in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. In addition to easy access to the ski runs of Deer Valley, the hotel offers the first Jean-Georges restaurant in Utah, the Remède Spa, the first hotel funicular in North America, a “European-style ski beach”, a world-class fitness center and 14,000+ square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
Guests at The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort can choose from 181 rooms, including 67 one-bedroom suites that can be combined with adjacent “luxuriously appointed guest rooms” to create group accommodations of up to four bedrooms. You arrive at the resort in interesting fashion, starting at the hotel’s “Snow Park Building” and traveling directly into the St. Regis’ main building across a 230-foot climb on the hotel’s funicular tram.
The resort’s interiors were designed by Linda Snyder Associates and emphasize “contemporary sophistication” that reflects Deer Valley’s natural surroundings with “rich finishes and rugged undertones” through the use of natural stones, woods and metals. Guest rooms feature 37-inch LCD HDTV with DVD player, sound system, MP3 docking station and a 17-inch LCD television tucked inside in the bathroom mirror. Suites add fireplaces, a 42-inch LCD hi-def TV, kitchens and expanded living areas.
The “ski beach” at The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort offers great mountain views from chaise lounges on the 3,000 square foot Mountain Terrace. Enjoy the 40-foot long “Fire Garden” and a multi-tiered, year-round swimming pool plus two outdoor hot tubs.
The J&G Grill is the resort’s signature Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and offers a selection of Jean-Georges’ finest dishes from his restaurants around the world. 6,000 bottles of wine await oenophiles in The St. Regis Wine Vault, with close to 1,000 different wine labels featured.