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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 map sales. Starting appropriately enough on Pione...

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    |  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
    (Jessica Miller  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A view of Ruth Lake. Utah Hike of the Week: Ruth Lake in the Uintas
    The trail to Ruth Lake is perfect for families or beginning backpackers who are testing their bag weight. Along the way, hikers will see meadows, pond...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 09:11 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
  • Tom Wharton  |  Special to The Tribune  Navajo Lake in morning. To see the best Utah has to offer, look no further than Navajo Lake
    Seeing nature in all its glory is relatively easy when visiting Utah, where the red rock of the Colorado Plateau, the alpine splendor of the Uintas, a...
    Updated Jul 18 2017 09:11 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
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mountain bikers on Deer Valleyís Holy Roller trail, Saturday July 8, 2017. What you can learn from a death on Deer Valley’s Holy Roller mountain biking trail
    Richard Schmutz had taken up mountain biking only a couple of months before he went riding at Deer Valley Resort for the first time. “He went up there...
    Updated Jul 11 2017 06:36 pm   |     |   Share
    (Jessica Miller  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Clyde Lake in the Uinta Mountains. Utah Hike of the Week: Clyde Lake in the Uintas
    If you are in the Uintas and looking for a path that will take you past a lake, try the trail to Clyde Lake. You won’t get just one lake view — you ca...
    Updated Jul 11 2017 03:43 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
  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Scenes from the Oregon Trail: Scotts Bluff National Monument, Gering Neb. A modern journey on the Oregon Trail tells a story of risk and reward
    The sun is low over Wyoming’s South Pass, pinkening the western sky that called thousands of pioneers over this 20-mile basin between high, grassy slo...
    Updated Jul 06 2017 05:12 pm   |     |   Share
    (Jessica Miller  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Kelly Miller and Luigi the dog hike North Taylor Canyon trail in Ogden. Hike of the week: North Taylor Canyon in Ogden
    Directions • From Interstate 15, take the 31st Street exit and head east. Turn left on Washington Boulevard, then turn right onto 30th Street. Turn le...
    Updated Jul 03 2017 04:03 pm   |     |   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
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Desert Voices is a family trail at Dinosaur National Monument. It is just over 2 miles long and shows off some of the monument’s rocky scenery and desert plants and wildlife. May 27, 2017. Utah Hike of the Week: Desert Voices Trail — Dinosaur National Monument
    Desert Voices is a great nature hike for children. In fact, the park installed two sets of trail signs: one with detailed explanations of the ecology ...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 10:04 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sculptor Steve Bartholomew in the studio of his cabinet store in Cedar City. June 14, 2017.   In this Cedar City studio, a passion for the outdoors carved in wood
    Cedar City • Woodcarver Steve Bartholomew came so close to an elk as a boy that he could see the bull’s bloodshot eyes as it racked its horns against ...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 10:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Ranger John Isom leads children in a ranger program Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Dinosaur National Monumentís Quarry Exhibit Hall. Exploring Utah: On the wonders of dinosaurs — at any age
    To the kids at Dinosaur National Monument: A few weeks ago I was in the Quarry Exhibit Hall, and I saw you dashing from fossil to fossil, shouting out...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 11:23 am   |     |   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
  • Colombian archer Sara Lopez on target to achieve her big dreams
    After winning the gold medal in the compound mixed division of stage 3 of the Archery World Cup on Saturday, Colombian shooter Sara Lopez had fewer th...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:58 am   |     |   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
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