Salt Lake City, UT, October 15, 2013 - With a long weekend ahead for Utah school children, families have a rare opportunity to enjoy Utah’s five national parks – The Mighty 5™ – with access to discounted lodging, heightened hospitality and a Mighty 5 Ambassador certification. 

With Utah’s national parks reopening, there is a great opportunity for Utahns to book last minute Mighty 5 adventures at bargain prices. Stunning fall colors and cool temperatures make this a prime time to visit. That is why Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert led the nation to negotiate the reopening of Utah’s parks. With some visitors canceling trips due to the shutdown, motels and hotels in most gateway communities surrounding the parks have rare seasonal vacancies. This has turned into a great opportunity for Utahns to visit the states national parks and support local businesses. In the Bryce Canyon area, virtually all reservations are available at significant discounts.

To celebrate the reopening of Utah’s national parks, the Utah Office of Tourism is challenging Utahns to experience The Mighty 5 by the end of the year and become an official Mighty 5 Ambassador for the state. A Mighty 5 Ambassador certificate will be provided to Utah families who visit all five national parks by December 31, 2013, and post their experiences on the Visit Utah Facebook page. The certificate will be signed by Governor Herbert. The first 100 families who register to participate will receive the official Utah Office of Tourism 2014 scenic calendar, which is fresh off the press this week, and a Mighty 5 decal.  

“How often do you get a chance to see the world’s best red rock with your family, while supporting Utah’s local businesses and communities at the same time?” said Governor Gary R. Herbert. “If ever there was a time to plan a great weekend adventure, it’s right now. Families can have unforgettable “Utah: Life Elevated” experiences, and become official Mighty 5 Ambassadors for our spectacular state.”  
The Mighty 5™ national parks are integral to Utah’s $7.4 billion dollar tourism industry. Last year, more than 6.6 million people from all over the world visited Utah’s national parks. 

Vicki Varela, managing director of The Utah Office of Tourism, Film and Global Branding, suggests families go here to experience the states Mighty 5 commercial and see why the parks create life-changing experiences. 

“Whether you are looking for memorable family fun, an adrenaline rush, the solace of nature or a combination of all three, you will have an unforgettable experience in our national parks – and you will become a great ambassador for our state,” Varela said. 

For more information on becoming a Mighty Five Ambassador, click here. To contact the Utah Office of Tourism, an agency of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, visit or call 800-200-1160.