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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sand Dune Arch appears with a dusting of snow at Arches National Park. Utah Hike of the Week: Sand Dune Arch — Arches National Park
    A quick, cool hike sheltered from the desert sun, Sand Dune Arch is a great stop at Arches National Park. The path takes you into a narrow fortress of...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 04:48 pm   |     |   Share
    Jeff Mayhew, right, with the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, gets his vitals checked by members of Rural/ Metro Fire Dept., north of Tucson, Ariz., Monday, June 20, 2016. Mayhew returned from the search for a missing hiker in the Ventana Canyon area. Several hikers have died over the weekend from heat-related problems. On Sunday three Germany men went hiking in the Ventana Canyon area of the Santa Catalina Mountains. One died, one is missing and the other is hospitalized, authorities said. (A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT ‘100 percent avoidable’: Hiker deaths mount in blazing Arizona heat wave
    The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday that after a day-long search in heat-scorched Ventana Canyon they had recovered the body of 33-year-...
    Updated Jun 22 2016 10:14 am   |     |   Share
    (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Golden Wall Trail in southern Utah’s Red Canyon offers hoodoos and vistas. Utah Hike of the Week: Golden Wall Trail and Castle Bridge in Red Canyon
    Directions • The Red Canyon Visitor Center sits between Panguitch and Bryce Canyon National Park on Highway 12. The trailhead for the Golden Wall Tra...
    Updated Jun 16 2016 05:09 pm   |     |   Share
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Wildflowers greet hikers near the wash to the Moonshine Tanks on May 1, 2016, in the San Rafael Swell. Utah Hike of the Week: Moonshine Tanks — San Rafael Swell
    Moonshine Tanks is best in spring, when the wash has channeled the desert’s scarce water to a number of wildflowers. The rest of the year, the angled ...
    Updated Jun 16 2016 07:51 am   |     |   Share
    (Tribune File Photo)    Hikers tramp below ’hoodoos’ on the Peekaboo Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. Utah Hike of the Week: Navajo and Peekaboo trail loops — Bryce Canyon National Park
    Directions • The Navajo Trail begins at Sunset Point. Hike • It is possible to see the red-orange hoodoo cathedrals of Bryce Canyon National Park...
    Updated Jun 02 2016 05:03 pm   |     |   Share
    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Chris Jones makes his way along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail near the mouth of Emigration Canyon in Salt Lake City, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Here are the National Trails Day events in Utah
    Saturday is National Trails Day — a day for hikers, bikers and anyone who loves a stroll outside to celebrate and help maintain trails. Here is a lis...
    Updated Jun 02 2016 05:04 pm   |     |   Share
    |  Courtesy Zion National Park   Portrait of the group standing before the first rappel of Keyhole Canyon on Monday, September 14, 2015.  Photographed from left to right: Gary Favela, Don Teichner, Muku Reynolds, Steve Arthur, Linda Arthur, Robin Brum, and Mark MacKenzie. Outside Magazine explores ‘the worst disaster in Zion’s 97-year history’
    The deaths of seven people during a September flash flood through a slot canyon in Zion National Park were the culmination of many factors, according ...
    Updated May 26 2016 02:28 pm   |     |   Share
    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Recapture Canyon, looking south from Recapture Dam, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Recapture Canyon, near Blanding is rich in archaeological sites, and has been a sore spot in the long-running debate about motorized access to southeastern Utah’s public lands. The BLM closed it to motorized use in 2007, and two Blanding men were sentenced in 2011 to pay $35,000 in fines for constructing illegal trails there. Utah Hike of the Week: Recapture Canyon near Blanding
    Directions • To reach the north end of the trail, park northeast of Recapture Dam along U.S. Highway 191, about 3 1/2 miles north of Blanding. Look fo...
    Updated Jun 01 2016 08:29 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Two hikers walk the trail at the top of Guardsman’s Pass, Sunday, September 20, 2015. We hikers are freeloaders, and the feds are onto us
    Twenty-five years ago or so, when I was a boy growing up in central Illinois, I bought my first hunting license. Carrying a shotgun through a harvest...
    Updated May 24 2016 04:54 pm   |     |   Share
    Courtesy  |  Bear Lake Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau  The Bear Trail in Garden City is a 4.5-mile paved path along the southwest side of Bear Lake. Utah Hike of the Week: Bear Trail at Bear Lake
    Directions • To start the Bear Trail from the southern end, go to Ideal Beach Resort at 2176 S. Bear Lake Blvd. in Garden City. To start from the nor...
    Updated May 19 2016 01:03 pm   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Visitors take pictures and hike around Delicate Arch in Arches National Park Saturday March 5, 2016. Never put a bison in your car and other don’ts in the national parks
    Those of us that have spent time in the national parks did a collective forehead slap when we read about the tourists at Yellowstone National Park who...
    Updated May 17 2016 10:52 am   |     |   Share
    (Tribune File Photo)    Hickman Bridge, Captiol Reef National Park. Utah Hike of the Week: Hickman Bridge in Capitol Reef National Park
    Directions • From the Capitol Reef National Park visitors center, travel east on State Road 24 for 2 miles. The trail head is on the north side of th...
    Updated May 18 2016 07:36 am   |     |   Share
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A young hiker stops to muck in mud on the way to Lower Aztec Butte in Canyonlands National Park. Utah Hike of the Week: Lower Aztec Butte — Canyonlands National Park
    This hike leads to ancestral Puebloan granaries on the lower of two buttes with cliffside ruins and sweeping views of Canyonlands National Park. Dire...
    Updated May 05 2016 03:07 pm   |     |   Share
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Though Mesa Arch is best known for its sunrise views, the rock walls of Canyonlands National Park. catch the western light of dusk in shades of rose and purple. Utah Hike of the Week: Mesa Arch — Canyonlands National Park
    Mesa Arch is a short, rewarding loop hike to and from an arch with spectacular views of the Colorado River canyons east of Canyonlands National Park. ...
    Updated Apr 30 2016 10:30 pm   |     |   Share
    (Jessica Miller  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Corona Arch trail in Moab, Utah. Hike of the week: Corona Arch near Moab
    Directions • From Highway 191, take the Potash Road (Highway 279) and drive about 10 miles south to the trailhead turnoff. The trail is marked at the ...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 02:34 pm   |     |   Share
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rock formations appear as fins protruding from the ground near the trailhead of the Broken Arch Loop hike at Arches National Park. Utah Hike of the Week: Broken Arch Loop — Arches National Park
    Broken Arch Loop is a fantastic family hike in Arches National Park. It’s easy and short with views of two arches, short and safe stretches of fun cai...
    Updated Apr 15 2016 07:00 am   |     |   Share
    (Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Corona Arch near Moab has become what is billed as the world’s largest rope swing after climbers figured out how to adapt climbing gear to set up a thrilling 250-foot pendulum ride under the arch. Concerned with liability issues, state officials recently shut down the arch, which is on state-owned land, for commercially guided swinging, pictured here on Nov. 4. Gallery: Utah hiking photos, as tweeted by the hikers
    Some Utahns and visitors spent the first week of April on the trail. Here’s a collection of the photos they tweeted. Follow @UtahHikes on Twitter for...
    Updated Apr 10 2016 01:30 pm   |     |   Share
    (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Santa Clara River runs below a ridge along the Tempi’po’op Trail on March 24, 2016. Utah Hike of the Week: Tempi’po’op Trail in Santa Clara
    Directions • The hike starts at the Tukupetsi Trailhead. From the center of Santa Clara, take Santa Clara Drive west. (Maps or navigation devices may...
    Updated Apr 09 2016 06:33 pm   |     |   Share
    Courtesy image  A screen grab from santaclaratrails.com Send us the best Utah hiking websites
    There’s 262 trails in our Hike of the Week database. That’s great. The problem is: it’s getting harder for us to find trails we haven’t already told ...
    Updated Apr 04 2016 07:00 am   |     |   Share
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The outline of Whale Rock swims onto the horizon at Canyonlands National Park. Utah Hike of the Week: Whale Rock — Canyonlands National Park
    We’re kicking off our 2016 hiking season with marine fun in the desert: Whale Rock in Canyonlands National Park. The hike is short and fun. Small chil...
    Updated Mar 31 2016 04:36 pm   |     |   Share
    Courtesy  |  Ellen Morris Bishop  Residents of Bluff propose developing an eight-mile non-motorized trail network along this scenic stretch of the San Juan River, connecting the town with the Sand Island recreation site a few miles downstream from the southeast Utah town. Hikers’ photos from their Easter-week trails
    Some Utahns and visitors spent Easter and the week leading to it on the trail. Here’s a collection of the photos they tweeted....

    Updated Mar 27 2016 12:35 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah slot canyon video lets you feel the claustrophobia
    A rough-and-ready video is stirring hikers’ memories of a favorite Utah slot canyon, with its raw capture of a hiker dodging and twisting through the ...
    Updated Feb 08 2016 01:32 pm   |     |   Share
    Danny Patten, left, and his son Spencer Patten, 5, take in the awe inspiring 360 degree view of Snow Canyon State Park after hiking to the top of a stair-like petrified sand dune mounain.  Al Hartmann/Salt Lake Tribune   3/19/08 New Year’s Day hikes planned at 6 Utah state parks
    State park staffs will help hikers ring in the new year and give guided lessons on ecology, geology and other park features. Hikes are planned for Ja...
    Updated Feb 17 2016 04:19 pm   |     |   Share
    (Jessica Miller  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The White Pine Lake Trail near Tony Grove Lake in Logan, July 17. 2015. Gallery: Utah Hike of the Week photos from 2015
    Before snow started covering the trails, The Salt Lake Tribune had another good season of Hike of the Week. We trekked up to White Pine Lake near Log...
    Updated Dec 23 2015 12:18 pm   |     |   Share
    (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Eagle Crags is a 6-mile trail, seen here on Sept. 26, 2015, near Rockville that enters into Canaan Mountain Wilderness. The wilderness area buttresses the southwest flank of Zion National Park. Utah Hike of the Week: Eagle Crags Trail near Rockville
    Directions • From State Route 9 in Rockville, turn south onto Bridge Road. Follow it three-tenths of a mile out of town. Take a very slight right and...
    Updated Oct 28 2015 06:15 pm   |     |   Share
    Utah Hike of the Week: Surprise Canyon — Capitol Reef National Park
    Directions • From State Road 24 in Capitol Reef National Park, take the Notom-Bullfrog Road south. The road is unpaved much of the way; check with pa...
    Updated Apr 05 2016 10:07 am   |     |   Share
    (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Salt Lake Valley and downtown Salt Lake City can be viewed from the top of Mount Van Cott, as seen on Oct. 12, 2015 Utah Hike of the week: Mount Van Cott — the University of Utah
    Directions • The trailhead is next to the electrical substation in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center, 2 N. Medical Drive in Salt Lake C...
    Updated Oct 27 2015 11:53 am   |     |   Share
    Nate Carlisle  |  Salt Lake Tribune  Big Elk Lake, as seen on July 13, 2015, sits at the end of a 1.75 mile trail in the Uinta Mountains. Utah Hike of the Week: Big Elk Lake in the Uinta Mountains
    Directions • Remember to purchase your $6 recreation pass at the Forest Service office in Kamas, 50 E. Center St., or at the self-pay stations along ...
    Updated Oct 07 2015 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
    (Michael McFall  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Silver Lake boardwalk trail. Utah Hike of the Week: Silver Lake and Twin Lakes
    Directions • Drive to the east end of Big Cottonwood Canyon to find Brighton Ski Resort. Follow the one-way loop through the resort a short way, and p...
    Updated Sep 10 2015 10:17 am   |     |   Share
    Courtesy  |  Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation  Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho. In McCall, Idaho, a state park has hiking trails with a Pacific Northwestern feel
    McCall, Idaho • The Pacific Northwest is kind of mythical place to me. That’s because I haven’t spent much time there. So when my wife and I traveled...
    Updated Sep 08 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share