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    (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
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       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
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    (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
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    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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    (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
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    (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 Jun 20 2017 01:47 pm   |     |   Share
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    (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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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      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
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    (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
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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 Jun 14 2017 11:55 am   |     |   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 Jun 14 2017 11:48 am   |     |   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 Jun 14 2017 11:48 am   |     |   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
    As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, the Division of Parks and Recreation is encouraging boating safety on Utah waters. According to the agency, 80...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:48 am   |     |   Share
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    Spring City’s annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, May 27, will include the dedication of the renovated Old School, built in 1899. The restoration is the result of hundreds of thousands of donated dollars, and many years of  dedicated labor. Courtesy of The Friends of Historic Spring City Two Utah towns celebrate heritage with Memorial Day weekend festivals
    Sanpete County is a fun place to visit on the Memorial Day weekend with two major heritage events taking place. The Friends of Historic Spring City wi...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:48 am   |     |   Share
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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
    As the Memorial Day holiday approaches and anglers get excited to get out fishing, the Division of Wildlife Resources offers one of the most useful we...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share
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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
    After the “Jurassic Park” movies, many folks dream of being a paleontologist and having a chance to dig for dinosaur bones. The Utah Field House of Na...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share
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    Utah’s Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area earns tourism award
    The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area will receive a Best of State Award on Wednesday at the annual gala at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share
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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
    Kanab will host the 15th annual Greyhound Gathering on May 18-21. More than 250 rescued greyhounds, along with their families, will gather for what is...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share
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    Tom Wharton  |  Special to The Tribune   Scenes from tiny Seligman, Ariz., the town that is the heart of historic Route 66. Take a road trip down Route 66 with two new books
    In an age of sameness, many American and foreign tourists search for a more authentic, original experience. That is probably why, on a recent spring S...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share
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    (Sarah A. Miller  |  Tribune file photo)    Birders use binoculars along the 1.5-mile-long Great Salt Lake Center Nature Trail in Farmington as part of the Sunset Trail Tour for the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in 2011. The 2017 festival opens May 18. More info at www.GreatSaltLakeBirdFest.com. Great Salt Lake Bird Festival opens May 18
    The 19th annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival opens May 18 with free workshops, art contests, field trips and displays. Most of the events over five d...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share
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    Weekend deal at KOA campgrounds benefits summer camp for children battling cancer
    Looking for a camping trip close to home that can benefit kids? The Salt Lake City KOA campground at 1400 W. North Temple is sponsoring a deal Friday ...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:46 am   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The sky transforms as the sun dips below the horizon surrounding the hoodoos of Devil’s Garden in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with color. Amazing Earthfest in Kanab set to celebrate public lands of American West
    Kanab will host its 11th annual Amazing Earthfest on May 14-20. It includes arts and culture, healthy living events, documentary film screenings, hiki...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:46 am   |     |   Share
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    (Tom Wharton  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Demonstration of Engine 119 running on tracks at Golden Spike National Historic Site. Golden Spike celebrates the 148th joining of the rails anniversary
    The Golden Spike National Historic Site west of Brigham City will host its annual reenactment of the joining of the rails Wednesday at 10 a.m. This is...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 11:46 am   |     |   Share