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With huge crowds expected to jam trails and parking areas in Zion National Park for Memorial Day weekend, the state tourism officials are promoting alternative southwestern Utah destinations nearby. The big opening to the summer travel season typically leads to …

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    |  Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service   Riverview Campground is a well-maintained campground adjoining Utah’s Yellowstone Creek in the Ashley National Forest. Thinking of camping in Utah’s national forests for Memorial Day? Here’s an update on what’s open and what’s closed due to snow and mud
    Campers hoping to head into Utah national forests may find higher-elevation campgrounds, roads and parking areas still closed due to snow and mud. U.S...
    Updated May 29 2017 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A family looks at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Memorial Day crowds could be especially bad at Arches National Park
    Memorial Day always ranks among the busiest three-day weekends of the year for outdoor recreation spots. Those visiting national parks, fishing areas,...
    Updated May 25 2017 01:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Yvonne Mueller, of Draper, plays the accordion during Snowbird’s 42nd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration Saturday August 16, 2014.  Utah ski resorts shift from winter to summer recreation
    With the snow almost gone from Utah’s mountains, ski areas are moving from winter to summer recreation. That includes lift-served mountain biking, dea...
    Updated May 29 2017 03:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • Mikah Meyer, in honor of his late father and the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, is attempting to become the youngest person to visit all 417 National Park Service sites. Pictured, Delicate Arch in southern Utah. Courtesy Mikah Meyer Journey to become the youngest person to visit all 417 National Park Service sites hits Utah
    Mikah Meyer in 2016 set out on a mission to honor his late father and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service: Become the youngest person t...
    Updated May 24 2017 02:58 pm   |     |   Share



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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Boaters on Deer Creek Reservoir Tuesday April 28, 2015. Boating safety begins with wearing life jackets
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   George Sommer lands a fish in Lake Powell’s Good Hope Bay. What’s the hottest fishing spot in Utah? State website guides the way
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    In this undated photo provided by Brigham Young University on Oct. 16, 2015, paleontologists work at a site where a pterosaur, which would have been the largest flying reptile of the time some 210 million years ago, was found in 2009, in Dinosaur National Monument near the town of Jensen in northeastern Utah.  (Brooks Britt/Brigham Young University via AP) Aspiring paleontologists will dig this Utah museum summer program
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    (Courtesy photo)     Kanab will host the 15th annual Greyhound Gathering on May 19-21, with events including a parade and hikes. Parade and hikes among events for Greyhound Gathering in Kanab
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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Arrowleaf balsamroot blooms May 9, 2017 along the Living Room trail in Salt Lake City. Utah wildflower update: Floral decor in style in this Living Room
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