When the weather cools down, the action picks up in much of Cerca Country. There should be an experience on this list well worth your time and gasoline.
Friday-Nov. 2, Beatty: Celebrate the history of Beatty with three "Beatty Days" of events including an ICS-sanctioned regional chili cook-off, Dutch oven cook-off, Old West shootouts, parade, wagon races, wheelbarrow races and antique car show. Music and entertainment. (775) 553-2424, www.beattynevada.org.
Saturday, Carson City: Nevada Day Parade. The largest parade in the state celebrates Nevada’s birthday. This year’s theme is "Hollywood in Nevada — Movies and Television." The parade begins on Carson Street. (775) 687-7410, www.visitcarsoncity.com.
Saturday, Springdale, Utah: Butch Cassidy 10K run and 5K walk. The 10K route starts in Springdale, the 5K in Rockville, and both end at Grafton, a village used for scenes in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." (435) 772-3434, www.springdaletown.com.
Saturday-Nov. 2, Page, Ariz.: Lake Powell Balloon Regatta. Balloon lift-off every morning at 7 a.m. at the Lake Powell National Golf Course. Street fair with food, arts and crafts and local fundraisers, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Page’s main street, Lake Powell Boulevard, will be shut down for balloon glow after dark. (928) 660-3405, (888) 261-7243, www.cityofpage.org.
Nov. 5-9, Death Valley National Park, Calif.: Death Valley 49ers Encampment. Highlights include seeing the wagon train and desert trail riders entering the valley after days on the trail; cowboy poetry; four-wheel-drive tours; Western art show and competitions for fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar. www.deathvalley49ers.org.
Nov. 6, 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.
Nov. 8-9, Zion National Park, Utah: Zion Geology Workshop. This two-day workshop explores Zion’s past. Short hikes will take you to a slot canyon, landslide and rockfall to discuss how water and erosion continues shaping Zion’s landscape. Reservations necessary. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959, www.zionpark.org.
Nov. 9, Parker, Ariz.: Annual Bluewater Resort and Casino Triathlon. Long course triathlon features a 1k swim, 53k bike and 8k run. Short course triathlon features half-k swim, 15k bike and 4k run. Mountainmanevents.com.
Nov. 10-15, Cedar City, Utah: Iron Mission Days. Cedar City’s birthday celebration features pioneer-living-skills demonstrations, lectures and guided tours. (435) 586-9290, www.scenicsouthernutah.com.
Nov. 13-16, Springdale, Utah: Red Rock Film Festival. Film competitions, screenings and panel discussions in a spectacular setting. Canyon Community Center and Flanigan’s Inn. (888) 602-0009, www.ophilia.com.
Nov. 15, St. George, Utah: Turkey Trot. This fun loop course starts and ends at Vernon Worthen Park. Register at 9 a.m. the morning of the run. All donations go to Dixie Care and Share. (435) 634-5860, www.scenicsouthern utah.com.
Nov. 9, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Veteran’s Weekend Star Fest. This evening event will feature indoor programs and numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the Lowell Observatory campus. (928) 774-3358, www.lowell.edu.
Nov. 15-Dec. 29, 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 or www.prescottresort.com.
Nov. 20-24, St. George, Utah: Jubilee of Trees. This festival features an auction for one-of-a-kind Christmas trees, talent show, holiday fashion show, teddy bear picnic and a musical concert. A benefit for Children’s Healthcare. (435) 251-2485, www.jubileeoftrees.org.
Nov. 26, 28 and 29, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Thanksgiving Star Fest at Lowell Observatory. This event features indoor programs and numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the campus. (928) 774-3358, www.lowell.edu.
Nov. 27-Dec. 13, Cedar City, Utah: American Children’s Christmas Festival. This event features a storybook cavalcade, Christmas village, Santaland and festival of trees. Cedar City Heritage Center. (435) 865-5107, www.scenic southernutah.com.
Nov. 28, Williams, Ariz.: Mountain Village Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The holiday season starts with the lighting of the town tree, a parade of lights, Dickens carolers, lighting contests and an outdoor skating rink. (928) 607-0123, www.williamsfestivals.com.
Dec. 3-6, 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 Center. (877) 856-6366, www. dickenschristmasfestival.com.