In 2016, Trump won 45% of Utah's vote. In 2020, Trump won 58%, That alone ought to tell tourists to stay out of Utah, but wait there is more. Trump's gross mismanagement of COVID-19 combined with that of Utah's equally incompetent Republican state government has turned one of the world's top tourist destinations into a disease ridden cesspool. If you must tour the west in the COVID era, head for the USA's west coast: The COVID-19 infection rate per 100,000 people in these places is (as reported on 11/22/2020):
For the counties along the scenic coastline of OR and WA: less than 500 to 1,200.
For some counties that include National Parks:
Not only are Utah's national parks surrounded by disease ridden communities, many of the parks themselves are overcrowded with tourists. Zion's attractions are almost all located along a 6 miles long dead end road and Zion was the fourth most visited national park last year. Of the three national parks with more visitor's than Zion-- Smokey Mtns., Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mtn.-- only the Grand Canyon is, like Zion, a destination park. Visitors to Rocky Mtn. and Smokey Mtns are primarily day trippers from nearby population concentrations.
Is it possible to safely tour in Utah? Maybe. I tried it, but only because I have lived in UT for the last 23 years. Knowing how Utah utterly failed to contain COVID-19, I took special steps.
If you don't know this stuff, so stay out of Utah. For the record, here's how I did it in mid-November when I took a day trip to one of Utah's stellar but least visited National Monuments where I took, not the star attraction road into the Monument, but I went to one of the relatively obscure other roads into the Monument. This road has only 5 pull over scenic overlooks. At the 5 stops, I saw a total of 7 other tourists-- 2 at 2 stops, 3 at one stop, and nobody at 2 stops. Extreme social distancing was easy to do. I stopped at the Visitor's Center to use the WC-- nobody else in sight. Visited a WC at one of the stops, nobody else in sight. Self-service gas stations, and I packed the day's food and drink in a cooler with ice.
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