Deseret News – Sting is coming to Utah to celebrate ‘America’s greatest idea’


SALT LAKE CITY — At Zion National Park, you can hear several languages in the span of an hour.

That’s what Lyman Hafen has discovered working as the executive producer of Zion National Park Forever Project, the park’s official nonprofit partner. It’s his constant reminder that while Zion is Utah’s first national park and is popular within America’s national park system, it’s also known and beloved around the world. In fact, Zion National Park attracted 4.3 million visitors in 2018 and was No. 4 on National Geographic’s Top 10 list of most popular national parks, beating out Yellowstone and Yosemite, among others.

Which is why an international rock star is coming to Utah to celebrate Zion’s 100-year milestone as a national park.

Backed by the Utah Symphony, Sting will perform his greatest hits — everything from “Roxanne” to “Fields of Gold” — on Aug. 31 at USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City. The concert will generate revenue for the Zion Forever Project, which pays for programs and projects not ordinarily covered by the National Park Service budget.

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