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A busy fall at Utah's state parks
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2008, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Utah's state parks will host these events ad more during the month of September. For more events, visit http://www.utah.com/stateparks.

Sept. 10 » Geology hike at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Escalante: Explore the park's unique geology, dating back 150 million years, on a guided hike to the Petrified Forest. Meet at the visitor center at 10 a.m.; 435-826-4466.

Sept. 11 and 16 » Bird watching at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Escalante: The park naturalist will help you identify birds by sight and sound. Binoculars and field guides are provided. Meet at the visitor center at 9 a.m.; 435-826-4466.

Sept. 12 » Full-moon hike at Goblin Valley State Park, Green River: Park staff will take you on a walk through the goblins to discover how a full moon changes the behavior of the park's animals. Meet at 8:30 p.m. at the Observation Point above the Valley of the Goblins; 435-564-3633.

Sept. 12 » Scorpion scouting at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Escalante: Track one of the desert's most famous creatures with a black light on this evening adventure. Meet at the visitor center at 8 p.m.; 435-826-4466.

Sept. 13 » Lime Canyon hike, Wasatch Mountain State Park, Midway: This is a four-hour moderate to difficult hike. Meet at 8 a.m. at the park visitor center; 435-654-1791.

Sept. 13 » Junior Ranger program and bat study, Goblin Valley State Park, Green River: How do predators and prey survive in Goblin Valley's harsh environment? Geared for children 6 to 12 who want to earn a Junior Ranger badge, but everyone is welcome. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Observation Point above the Valley of the Goblins. At 8:30 p.m., park staff will talk about bats and the role they play in the area's ecosystem. Meet at the amphitheater just past the campground; 435-564-3633.

Sept. 13 » Junior Ranger program on owls, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Escalante: Learn about owls through fun games and activities. Look inside a real owl pellet. Meet at the visitor center at 2 p.m.; 435-826-4466.

Sept. 13 and 20 » Tracks and scat at Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab: Meet at the visitor center amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. for a program on animals of the Colorado Plateau; 435-259-2614.

Sept. 17 » Nature hike at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Escalante: Discover the park's wildlife and desert-adapted plants on a guided hike to the Petrified Forest. Meet at the visitor center at 10 a.m.; 435-826-4466.

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