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This is Fred Ball, Zions Bank, speaking on business.

I'm not very "out-doorsey." I don't like to be wet, cold or dirty. My idea of roughing it is a room overlooking a body of water, with room service and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

When I went to my appointment with Paul and Aggie Evans of the Canyonlands Campground in Moab, I thought, "This is not for me. I don't want to sleep on the ground, and I'm just not the camping type." Imagine my surprise as I left an hour later and thought, "Hey, this is great. What a nice spot to use as your headquarters to enjoy Color Country."

This campground offers all the amenities that you need for a comfortable, enjoyable visit. The facilities are clean, shady and very attractive. There are hook-ups for campers and motor homes, tents and even cabins with screened-in porches and air conditioning. Paul and Aggie have six cabins now, but there are 10 more on the drawing board.

Though the Canyonlands Campground is right in the center of downtown Moab and within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and businesses, it seems that you are far away in the mountains.

The campground offers a laundry and bathhouse facilities, and an Amoco gas station and convenience store with a very extensive inventory of supplies, groceries and sundries.

I had a great tour. Paul put me on a motorized mule, kind of like a golf cart, and we toured the project. We went across Pack Creek on the mule and saw the "primitive area." This is for those who really want to camp out with sleeping bags on the ground. It is pristine, clean and very attractive.

Paul was a skipper for private yachts and lived in Southern California. Aggie was from the Pacific Northwest. And when they met, they decided they would like to start a new life in a beautiful location. Five years ago, they bought Canyonlands Campground. They saw that the facility was a Good Sam Park affiliate and had great potential and they loved Moab.

I'll probably still look for a five-star hotel in the future, but my opinion has definitely changed about "camping out."

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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