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It seems amazing that a place near a major metropolitan area can qualify for dark-sky designation. But that’s exactly what Antelope Island State Park recently earned. The popular Great Salt Lake island state park, west of Layton in Davis County, …

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    Police forces take positions on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed along with an attacker, Thursday, April 20, 2017. An attacker with an automatic weapon opened fire on police on Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others before police shot and killed him. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) Paris attack raises travel insurance questions
    Travelers with a big trip coming up usually follow the news carefully, nervous about unforeseen events, like a terrorist attack, that might cause a po...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 02:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • Jennifer Nelson  |  Courtesy Team Red, White and Blue crosses the finish line of the Salt Lake City Marathon in April 2016. Veterans group ready to complete Salt Lake City Marathon together
    The motivation for each participant in Saturday’s 14th annual Alaska Airlines Salt Lake City Marathon races is different. In the case of Team Red, Whi...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 10:09 pm   |     |   Share
    Array of outdoor, environmental groups will join Salt Lake City March for Science
    A number of Utah outdoor organizations and environmental groups will be joining the March for Science on Saturday. The Earth Day event will begin at 3...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 12:27 pm   |     |   Share
      Kent Sorenson is among several expert tiger muskie anglers who will present at the seminar. Kent Sorenson  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Experts share tips at Salt Lake seminar for catching hard-fighting tiger muskies
    Tiger muskies are the largest cool-water fish in Utah and, at times, one of the most difficult to catch. That’s why the Division of Wildlife Resources...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 05:15 pm   |     |   Share

    Explore the Rockies with new family friendly guide and a dog named Jake
    Families who enjoy taking their dogs on hikes and camping trips might want to check out “Jake’s Nature Guide: Rocky Mountains,” a new kid-friendly boo...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 11:36 am   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)   View of Hurricane from the trail, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Utah Hike of the Week: Overlooking State Street in Hurricane
    Directions • The trailhead is in a cul-de-sac at the eastern edge of 1000 South in Hurricane. From State Street (also known as State Route 9), turn so...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 03:01 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune File Photo)   A fly fisherman casts his line in the middle Provo river near Midway. Celebrate Earth Day by fishing for garbage on the Provo River
    Looking to do something for the environment on Earth Day? How about cleaning things up? Brighton Anglers is sponsoring the third annual Provo River Cl...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 03:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott T. Smith  |  Courtesy)  The Milky Way and stars are visible in the sky above Highway 24 (Main Street) in Torrey, illuminated by a dark-sky friendly LED light. Southern Utah town has starring role in dark-sky movement
    Torrey • Utah is emerging as a global leader in protecting dark skies from light pollution, attracting visits to the Colorado Plateau that during the ...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 11:46 am   |     |   Share
    A piece of Western mining history stands tall in Utah town of Eureka
    Eureka • Wasatch Front travelers heading to Little Sahara Sand Dunes for Easter weekend fun will likely drive past the Bullion Beck and Champion Minin...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 10:18 am   |     |   Share
    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    An American Kestrel is spotted in Draper, during the Jordan River Bird Count, in Sandy, Thursday, January 1, 2015 Still time for early-bird registration for National Audubon Society’s July convention in Park City
    The National Audubon Society is holding its biennial convention July 14 to July 17 in Park City, with early-bird registration closing Saturday. The th...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 04:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Josh Campbell  |  Red Bull Content Pool  Karl Meltzer poses for a portrait at his home in New Hampshire, USA on 9 June, 2016. Documentary follows Sandy resident’s record run on Appalachian Trail
    Sandy resident and world class ultrarunner Karl Meltzer’s record-setting thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail last year is now featured in documentary f...
    Updated Apr 15 2017 09:36 am   |     |   Share
    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Naui Zambrano cools off in a waterfall on the Sulphur Creek trail, a 5-mile slot canyon hike in Capitol Reef National Park, Saturday August 1, 2015. New guide for the ‘Best Easy Day Hikes Capitol Reef National Park’
    Capitol Reef National Park offers some of Utah’s best and easiest day hikes. Whether trekking to Hickman Bridge, enjoying a stroll in Capitol Gorge or...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 03:01 pm   |     |   Share
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Tracks believed to belong to dilophosaurus and megapnosaurus are imprinted in the rock at the Warner Valley dinosaur tracks viewing site south of Hurricane. Utah Hike of the Week: Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks
    This short and sweet hike leads to a floor of sandstone that contains a display of dinosaur tracks. The tracks probably were left by the famous carniv...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 08:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Paintbrush flowers bloom April 2 near the Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road south of Shivwits. Hello old friends: Wildflowers making beautiful return to Utah deserts
    Washington County • The scent of honey and spice greets me as I approach a Utah holly along the Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road. Farther north, on the ...
    Updated Apr 12 2017 04:22 pm   |     |   Share
    (Courtesy photo)   Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California is retiring its 27-year-old Boomerang steel roller coaster on April 23. Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boomerang roller coaster soon won’t be coming back
    Some classic roller coasters such as Lagoon’s venerable wooden coaster continue to thrill theme park visitors as they have for generations. Others don...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 05:46 pm   |     |   Share
    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   George Sommer fishes in Lake Powell’s Good Hope Bay beneath a surrealistic morning sky in this 2015 file photo. Spring fishing at Lake Powell beginning to heat up
    As the weather warms, spring fishing at Lake Powell typically starts to heat up as well. According to longtime Lake Powell fishing guru Wayne Gustaves...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 06:38 pm   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Joe Rosati ’Mr. Mint’ competes in the pond skimming contest during the 2014 Spring Grüv in Park City. This year’s contest at Park City Mountain Resort is Saturday. Park City Mountain Resort gets into spring spirit with Pond Skimming Contest
    The 21st annual Pond Skimming Contest is a rite of spring at Park City Mountain Resort and it will take place Saturday, April 15, at noon. The competi...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 08:03 pm   |     |   Share
    Arches National Park issues new travel delay warnings as road construction continues
    Arches National Park, already a popular spring destination, is going to be challenging to visit through much of 2017 due to road construction. Officia...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 08:09 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  Tribune File Photo)   A fly fisherman casts his line in the middle Provo river near Midway, as his fishing partner watches. Catch fly-fishing tips, gear and more at weekend expo in Sandy
    The 11th annual Wasatch Intermountain Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo returns to the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy on Friday and Saturday. The event...
    Updated Apr 06 2017 01:12 pm   |     |   Share
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A scene from the canyons near Monrovian Park in Sevier County on March 8, 2017. Utah Hike of the Week: Monrovian Park in central Utah
    This hike follows along a babbling brook into a stunning canyon in one of Utah’s less-visited areas. Directions • Take Monroe’s Main Street south ...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 09:39 am   |     |   Share
  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A scene from the canyons near Monrovian Park in Sevier County on March 8, 2017. Surprises on the hiking trails of Monrovian Park in central Utah
    Monroe • One of my favorite things about central Utah is that I don’t know it too well, so I can be totally surprised. When people in Sevier County su...
    Updated Apr 07 2017 09:40 am   |     |   Share
    (Courtesy photo)   Sharpen your raptor identification skills this weekend with a raptor workshop, field trip and lecture led by HawkWatch International founder Steve Hoffman. Details at www.hawkwatch.org/raptorid . HawkWatch International founder leads raptor workshops, field trip in Salt Lake this weekend
    HawkWatch International founder Steve Hoffman will be in Salt Lake City this weekend for a raptor workshop, field trip and lecture. The workshop, whic...
    Updated Apr 04 2017 07:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • This undated photo provided by C&G Partners and taken at the West Point Foundry Preserve in Cold Spring, N.Y. shows a freestanding trailhead which incorporates a cast-iron branding seal inspired by the original 1818 Foundry stationery logo, the site map and interpretive panels about early Cold Spring. The trailhead’s mesh metal structure is filled with brick fragments taken directly from the Foundry ruins. The kiosk’s canopy features laser-cut lettering identifying the Preserve. (C&G Partners via AP) A lot of design goes into those helpful park and trail maps
    A hike in the woods or a stroll through a preserve or park can be enhanced by a good trail sign — one that is informative, easy to see, yet doesn’t in...
    Updated Apr 04 2017 10:54 am   |     |   Share
    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Two Sage-Grouse face off while strutting on a lek in the Parker Mountain area, near Loa, Utah, Friday, April 22, 2016. Utah wildlife officials offer chance to see sage grouse on display
    Few things in nature are as spectacular as sage grouse males putting on an elaborate courtship display in the spring. And Utahns have a chance to view...
    Updated Apr 04 2017 07:38 pm   |     |   Share
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