November brings a chill to the air and plenty of cool activities in Cerca country.
Wednesday, Zion National Park: Plein Air Realism. Artist Doug Braithwaite teaches participants about surface prep, the pallet and color and value study. Two-hour workshop. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959. www.zionpark.org.
Thursday, Zion National Park, Utah: Thursday Trek. Join a naturalist for an introduction to the geology, flora, fauna and cultural history of Zion. Reservations necessary. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959. www.zionpark.org.
Thursday through Sunday, Page, Ariz.: Lake Powell Hot Air Balloon Regatta. Balloons lift off every morning. Street fair with food, arts and crafts, local fundraisers, and balloon glow after dark. www.pagelakepowelltourism.com. (928) 660-3405.
Friday, Zion National Park, Utah: Zion Geology Workshop. This workshop explores Zion's past. Short hikes will take you to landslides and rockfalls to discuss how water and erosion continue shaping Zion's landscape. Reservations necessary. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959. www.zionpark.org.
Saturday, Springdale, Utah: Butch Cassidy 10k run and 5k walk. The 10k route runs from Springdale to the town of Grafton, and the 5k starts on Bridge Road in Rockville and continues on to Grafton, a location site from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." (435) 772-3434. www.springdaletown.com.
Sunday, Parker, Ariz.: 11th annual Bluewater Resort and Casino Triathlon. Long-course triathlon features a 1k swim, 53k bike and 8k run and the short-course triathlon features a 0.6k swim, 15k bike and 4k run. mountainmanevents.com.
Nov. 9-Jan. 1, Prescott, Ariz.: World's Largest Gingerbread Village. More than 100 gingerbread structures on display in a winter wonderland that includes electric trains. Prescott Resort. (928) 776-1666. www.prescottresort.com.
Nov. 9-13, Death Valley National Park, Calif.: 62nd annual Death Valley 49ers. Highlights include seeing the wagon train and desert trail riders riding into the valley after days on the trail, cowboy poetry, 4x4 tours, Western art show and fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar competitions. www.deathvalley49ers.org.
Nov. 10-14, St. George and Springdale, Utah: Red Rock Film Festival. Film competitions and screenings and panel discussions. Various venues. (435) 705-5555. www.ophilia.com.
Nov. 12, Cedar City, Utah: Iron Mission Days. Cedar City's birthday celebration features pioneer living skills demonstrations, lectures and guided tours. Frontier Homestead State Park Museum. www.scenicsouthernutah.com. (435) 586-9290.
Nov. 16-21, St. George, Utah: Jubilee of Trees. This festival features an auction for one-of-a-kind Christmas trees, a gala dinner and talent show, a holiday fashion show, a teddy bear birthday party and entertainment. A benefit for Dixie Regional Medical Center's Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Dixie Convention Center. (435) 251-2480. www.jubileeoftrees.org.
Nov. 19, St. George, Utah: Turkey Trot. This untimed 5k and 1-mile walk/fun run is a benefit for Dixie Care and Share. Seegmiller Farm and surrounding area. (435) 634-5860. www.scenicsouthernutah.com.
Nov. 26-Jan. 8, Williams, Ariz.: Mountain Village Holiday. The holiday season kicks off Saturday with a parade themed "Home for the Holidays," followed by the tree lighting ceremony. Dickens carolers, lighting contests and an outdoor skating rink. www. experiencewilliams.com. (800) 863-0546.
Nov. 30-Dec. 3, St. George, Utah: Dickens' Christmas Festival. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping at unique shops while being entertained by a cast of Dickens characters such as Tiny Tim, Scrooge and Queen Victoria. Dixie Convention Center. www.dickenschristmasfestival.com. (435) 688-2990.