Outdoors and Travel

Tom Wharton

    (Courtesy photo)    Utah State student Fallon Rowe is featured in the documentary ’Highpointers’ airing on PBS on Sunday (1 p.m. KUED Ch. 7). The film explores those who attempt to climb the highest point in each state. Utah State student’s ‘Highpointers’ quest explored in documentary coming to PBS
    People explore the United States in many ways. Some try to visit all 50 states. Others seek to travel to all of the national parks. A few seek to see ...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 03:36 pm   |     |   Share
    (Franciso Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Glimpses of the scenic famed walls of Zion National Park flash by motorists as they travel through the mile long tunnel along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. Zion among top national parks in new popularity poll
    Utah’s Zion ranked high a recent survey on the most popular national parks by influencer marketing company Experticity. Zion finished in the top four...
    Updated Jul 28 2017 03:08 pm   |     |   Share
      Catch a trout with a tag in its dorsal fin -- or a fish that’s over 24 inches long -- and you’ll win a prize. Michael Hadley  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Contest aims to lure anglers to Panguitch Lake after recent wildfire closure
    Panguitch Lake, one of southern Utah’s best trout fisheries, was closed for a few days due to the recent Brian Head wildfire but it is up and running....
    Updated Jul 25 2017 10:08 pm   |     |   Share
    St. George Visitor Center moving to Pioneer Courthouse on Monday
    While it has been a bit difficult to find, the St. George Visitor Center inside the BLM offices always provided great information, as well as book and...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 11:33 am   |     |   Share
    |  Courtesy Joe Bauman   Mike Clements created what has been billed as the largest amateur telescope in the world. The Clements Telescope, which will be unveiled to the public with the Kolob Observatory at the Stansbury Park Observatory Complex on Saturday, July 22, 2017, employs a spy satellite telescope mirror 70 inches across that weighs 900 pounds. A dedication ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., and a star party, in which the public can try out the telescope, is scheduled to take place from dusk until midnight. Public invited to get a close look at world’s largest amateur telescope
    Stargazers are invited to celebrate the dedication and actually use what is billed as the world’s largest amateur telescope Saturday at the Stansbury ...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 04:32 pm   |     |   Share
    Wildflower Festival taking place this weekend in Big Cottonwood Canyon
    Now that the last remnants of winter have left the Cottonwood Canyons, the mountains east of Salt Lake County are now decorated with thousands of colo...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
    |  Courtesy Utah DWR   Division of Wildlife Resources biologists are recommending an increase of 531 to 565 permits for the upcoming cougar hunt season. Regional Advisory Council meetings begin July 25 and will also consider bobcat recommendations. Cougar hunt permits in Utah expected to see a slight increase
    One of the more contentious fights over hunting in Utah comes when cougar permit numbers are set. That could be the case again this year. Division of ...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 08:48 pm   |     |   Share
      You can see ospreys like this one at this year’s Osprey Watch. Scott Root  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources See ospreys in action at Flaming Gorge event
    While fishing in the Duck Creek area last week, I had a chance to watch ospreys fishing for their dinner. There were more than a few times when the bi...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 04:58 pm   |     |   Share
    (Courtesy photo)    The U.S. Forest Service and local partners will celebrate this weekend the remade  Energy Loop National Scenic Byway in Huntington and Eccles Canyons in central Utah. Grab a passport and explore the revamped Energy Loop National Scenic Byway in central Utah
    The Energy Loop National Scenic Byway in Huntington and Eccles canyons in central Utah may not be well known, but it traverses beautiful scenery as we...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
       You can get close to bats at the upcoming Meet the Bats event. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Utah wildlife officials bust myths and fears about bats
    Bats are among nature’s most interesting creatures. They’re also one of the more misunderstood. The Division of Wildlife Resources is doing its best t...
    Updated Jul 11 2017 03:44 pm   |     |   Share
    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Terroride, built in 1967,  is Lagoon’s oldest haunted attraction. It is being revamped for the 2017 season. Lagoon throws a 50th-anniversary bash for updated Terroride
    Riding Lagoon’s Terroride, known to those of a certain age as the “spook alley,” has been a rite of passage for several generations. For youngsters, b...
    Updated Jul 11 2017 03:41 pm   |     |   Share
    Applications to hunt tunra swans in Utah will be accepted July 5 - 20. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Permit deadline nearing for Utah hunts on tundra swan, three other species
    While hunting most upland game species in Utah requires only a combination or small-game license, four of the state’s species require a permit. And th...
    Updated Jul 10 2017 11:56 am   |     |   Share
    FILE - This June 26, 2007 file photo shows a sign depicting U.S. Forest mascot Smokey Bear on a fire danger sign in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., as smoke from a wildfire rises behind it. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) Fire danger isn’t the only thing to consider in Utah mountains over July Fourth holiday
    A combination of high fire danger in some areas along with higher-elevation trails and roads that are still wet and muddy have U.S. Forest Service off...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 03:09 pm   |     |   Share
    The 2017-2018 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a trio of Canada geese. Art by James Hautman of Chaska, Minn. (Courtesy USFWS) New duck stamp supports conservation
    The 2017-18 federal duck stamp, which features Canada geese, is now on sale. Money from the stamp, known as the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Con...
    Updated Jul 03 2017 03:49 pm   |     |   Share
    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Nicholas, 12, and Hailee, 6, Tronson of Lehi attend to camp while waiting for family to show up for a weekend of camping at the Spruces Campground near the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. Back in 1905 the heavily wooded area looked much different when it was a tree nursery before becoming a campground in 1920. Camping in Utah over the July Fourth holiday? Here’s what you need to know about fire restrictions
    Before building a fire when camping over the July Fourth weekend, know that there are restrictions in many parts of the state. Add Arches and Canyonla...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 03:03 pm   |     |   Share
       The Uinta Mountains are a great place to fish for brook trout. Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Your guide to fishing over the July Fourth holiday weekend in Utah
    As the July Fourth weekend approaches, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is gearing up for one of the busiest summer fishing seasons. Officials ...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 12:42 pm   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson | Tribune file photo)   German luger Albert Karsten competes at at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Catch the Olympic spirit on Sunday in Park City
    The Utah Olympic Park in Park City will be hosting an afternoon of Olympic-themed activities Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes appearan...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 12:00 pm   |     |   Share
    Weber County celebrates newly connected trail system with festival
    Weber County will celebrate the first annual Bank of Utah TrailFest on Saturday, June 24, to encourage hiking or bicycling on its Centennial Trail. Af...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 11:06 am   |     |   Share
    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sierra Norton, 5, cools off by sliding into the water at the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center, Monday, June 5, 2017.   Here’s an idea for keeping cool in Kearns
    The high temperatures that marked the start of summer in the Salt Lake Valley mean that many residents are looking to cool off. That might mean ice sk...
    Updated Jun 26 2017 12:46 pm   |     |   Share
    (Michael Kunde  |  Courtesy) The Hogback between Escalante and Boulder is depicted in this scene from a 2016 ad campaign by the Utah Office of Tourism touting the possibilities in the state for a ’great American road trip.’ New study ranks Utah as one of the best states for a fun and frugal road trip
    Those of us who are lucky enough to live in Utah know that between the red rock of the Colorado Plateau, the beauty of the Wasatch Front mountains and...
    Updated Jul 11 2017 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
    Hikers brave the afternoon sun as the temperatures hit 110-degrees Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Phoenix. Temperatures are expected to climb to 120-degrees in the metro area in the next week. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Tips for dealing with extreme heat and preparing for summer hiking
    With the National Weather Service predicting temperatures in southern Utah that could exceed 110 degrees this week, now would be a good time to warn o...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 07:04 pm   |     |   Share
    Top 5 new theme park attractions worldwide
    With about 40 percent of Americans planning a visit to a theme park this year, park designers Thinkwell Group are offering their listing of the top fi...
    Updated Jun 16 2017 10:15 am   |     |   Share
    Big game hunting permit applications due Thursday at 11 p.m.
    Utah hunters who want to apply for an antlers big game permit have until Thursday at 11 p.m. to get their applications into the Division of Wildlife R...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 03:30 pm   |     |   Share
    Arches’ Devils Garden trails ready to re-open, but Fiery Furnace and Salt Valley Overlook slated to close
    The National Park Service has some good news and some bad news for visitors to Arches National Park. The good news is that the popular Devils Garden h...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 07:08 pm   |     |   Share
    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Joshua Fairley, 7, Los Angeles, rides the SkyCycle, suspended 15 feet in the air, as Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum unveiled a new outdoor exhibit. The SkyCycle exhibit will be located on the upper level of The Gateway center across from the museum, and will be open annually April through October.’Friday, April 21, 2017.   Kids bored of summer vacation already? Get a Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass
    With the summer vacation season now upon us, parents sometimes look for things to do that are close to home. One solution would be to obtain a Visit S...
    Updated Jun 12 2017 01:06 pm   |     |   Share
    National Get Outdoors Day events to be held at Tuacahn on Saturday
    The St. George portion of the 10th annual National Get Outdoors Day will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tuacahn Outdoor Amphitheater. T...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 12:51 pm   |     |   Share
    Outdoors: Cedar Breaks Scenic Drive open now
    The Cedar Breaks Scenic Drive — State Highway 148 — is open and so is the national monument’s information center and book store. The information cente...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 07:09 pm   |     |   Share
    Free Fishing Day this Saturday at ponds throughout Utah
    Saturday is Free Fishing Day in Utah, with no license required to get out and a number of special events planned throughout the state to celebrate the...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 02:44 pm   |     |   Share
      You can learn how to fish at Outdoor Adventure Days. Steve Gray  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Shooting, catching, riding all part of free Outdoor Adventure Days on June 9-10 in Salt Lake City
    Start planning ahead to attend the Division of Wildlife Resources’ free Outdoor Adventure Days on June 9 and 10 at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range a...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 02:44 pm   |     |   Share
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Babylon Arch stands in the morning sun March 12, 2017 in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve near Leeds. Less-crowded alternatives abound near Zion National Park
    With huge crowds expected to jam trails and parking areas in Zion National Park for Memorial Day weekend, the state tourism officials are promoting al...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:53 am   |     |   Share