Outdoors and Travel

Tom Wharton

     Mallard ducks on marshes in Utah in 2015. Courtesy  |  Division of Wildlife Resources Ducks Unlimited launches new season of online film series
    Hunters who enjoy learning about wildlife management and hearing stories can watch a new series of movies online. Ducks Unlimited is launching another...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 11:36 am   |     |   Share
    (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   A buck Mule Deer looks over two doe near the Fielding Garr Ranch on the east side of Antelope Island. Drought, then winter conditions could reduce number of buck deer hunting permits in Utah
    While the number of buck deer permits have mostly increased in recent years, there will be a slight decrease this year if the Utah Wildlife Board adop...
    Updated Mar 22 2017 11:33 am   |     |   Share
    (Courtesy Adam Barker)  Photographer Adam Barker, known for landscape and active lifestyle imagery that has been featured in Outside, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Skiing, Ski, Powder, Fly Fish Journal and others, will speak Saturday at Wasatch Camera Club’s PhotoOp 17 series. Accomplished outdoors photographers to speak at Wasatch Camera Club event
    Two noted photographers will share tips, stories and — naturally — stunning photographs during a Wasatch Camera Club event titled PhotoOp 17 on Saturd...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 03:42 pm   |     |   Share
    (Lynn R. Johnson  |  Special to The Salt Lake Tribune)    Kanab Film Commissioner Kelly Stowell at the site of the military fort used in numerous Western movies, including ’The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again,’ with Don Knotts and Tim Conway.  The wooden structure was made over as a hotel, painted red, and partially burned for the 1979 Disney film. Filmmakers get fired up for Kanab’s Little Hollywood Shootout
    Filmmakers looking for a challenge might want to consider participating in Kanab’s Little Hollywood Shootout, which begins at high noon Wednesday at t...
    Updated Mar 21 2017 09:18 am   |     |   Share
    Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Festivities include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. Opened in 1967, the iconic attraction has inspired versions at five Disney Parks worldwide and five film adaptations from the ’Pirates of the Caribbean’ film franchise. (Courtesy | Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary at Disneyland
    This bit of news might make baby boomers who started visiting Disneyland as teenagers feel old. Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the park’s icon...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 04:09 pm   |     |   Share
    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A mountain lion is on display in the taxidermy competition at the International Sportsmen’s Expo at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy in 2015. The 2017 four-day show opens Thursday and runs through this weekend at the South Towne Expo Center. International Sportsmen’s Expo opens four-day Utah show
    The International Sportsmen’s Expo opens is opening its four-day run today at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy. This is the 19th year the sh...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 11:30 am   |     |   Share
      If you want to keep lots of fish, Millsite Reservoir is a great destination. Starting March 15, the bag and possession limit at the reservoir will increase to 16 fish. If you want to keep lots of fish, Millsite Reservoir is a great destination.  Starting March 15, the bag and possession limit at the reservoir will increase to 16 fish. Morgan Jacobson  |  Utah Division of Widlife Resources Want to catch and keep lots of fish? Consider a trip to Millsite Reservoir
    Millsite Reservoir near Ferron in Emery County offers good recreation choices. There is a small state park campground that is near access to the Skyli...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 02:31 pm   |     |   Share
    In time for spring break visits, the 212-foot Shoshone Falls, known as the ’Niagara of the West,’ is flowing big-time right now in southern Idaho as the Bureau of Reclamation releases flood-control waters from Upper Snake River reservoirs. Courtesy of Southern Idaho Tourism Idaho’s Shoshone Falls flowing higher than normal in time for spring-break visits
    Most Wasatch Front residents probably think about going south instead of north to enjoy spring break. But southern Idaho offers interesting places to ...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 02:33 pm   |     |   Share
    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A shuttle bus leaves the Zion Canyon Village just outside  Zion National Park near Springdale in 2013.  Utah’s Zion outranks Yellowstone for number of visits
    If it seems as though your favorite national park is getting more crowded, it’s not just an illusion. The U.S. Department of Interior recently reporte...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 02:30 pm   |     |   Share
    Cedar Breaks National Monument is celebrating March 18 its recent earning of International Dark Sky Park status. Courtesy  |  Mike Saemisch Cedar Breaks National Monument celebrates dark sky designation
    Cedar Breaks National Monument east of Parowan will celebrate its designation as the 16th International Dark Sky Park with a special event on Saturday...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 07:10 pm   |     |   Share
    (The 2017 annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) is coming this weekend to the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.  Courtesy photo)  North American Handmade Bicycle Show rides into Salt Lake City
    The North American Handmade Bicycle Show opens its three-day run at the Salt Palace on Friday. There will be some unusual bicycles on display, includi...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 12:15 pm   |     |   Share
    Get jigging for walleye in Utah with this free seminar
    While walleye are found in many waters in Utah and are plentiful in some, they aren’t the easiest fish to catch, especially for novices. Those who wan...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 07:10 pm   |     |   Share
    (Tribune file photo)    Spring skiing conditions at Solitude Mountain Resort in 2015. Plenty of time to still hit the slopes as Utah ski resorts set closing dates
    Though there is still plenty of time to hit the slopes and skiing and snowboarding are excellent right now with great snow conditions, the season is b...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 11:52 am   |     |   Share
    Wild Swan Day is a great day to get outside and see tundra swans. Courtesy  |  Mike Christensen, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Celebrate the arrival of migrating swans in Utah
    The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be holding events Saturday celebrating the arrival of thousands of...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 05:13 pm   |     |   Share
    A taxi pedals his bicycle, decorated with Cuban and U.S. flags, as he transports a woman holding a sleeping girl, near the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. President Barack Obama will travel to Cuba on March 20. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Government travel policies causing vacation worries? Consider ‘Cancel for Any Reason’ travel insurance
    Sometimes life gets in the way of a good vacation. Such things as a death in the family, an unexpected illness or even a terrorist attack can force la...
    Updated Mar 03 2017 10:48 am   |     |   Share
    (Courtesy  |  Utah Geological Survey)  In this 2014 file photo, Utah state paleontologist Jim Kirkland, right, is pictured with volunteer Howard Finn as they help excavate this nine-ton block of sandstone containing fossilized remains of numerous Utahraptor fossils north of Arches National Park. Kirkland will kick off the Green River Rock & Mineral Festival on March 31 with a lecture on the area’s spectacular dinosaur fossils. Rock and Mineral festival celebrates Utah’s rich landscape
    Few places on Earth offer geology as interesting as that found in Utah. From the Colorado Plateau to the basin and range of the West Desert to the Was...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 11:23 am   |     |   Share
      These mussels were found on a boat at Lake Powell in 2016. If attached mussels are found on your boat this year, you’ll have to get it decontaminted and allow it to dry for the required length of time. Cody Edwards  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Utah’s quagga mussel battle continues with boating regulations at Lake Powell, Deer Creek Reservoir
    State officials declared war on the pesky quagga mussels a few years ago, and the fight will continue with regulations at two popular boating waters. ...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 11:49 am   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   USA’s Steven Holcomb, Frank Del Duca, Carlo Valdes and Samuel McGuffie compete during the Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Winter thrills on track at Utah’s Olympic Park in Park City
    You don’t need to be an Olympian to enjoy Utah’s Olympic Park. The Park City center that hosted bobsled, luge and ski jumping in 2002 is again open to...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 12:23 pm   |     |   Share
    (Tribune file photo)    Rob Covert drives a Jeep on Long Canyon Road near Moab in 2010. Time to plan ahead for Moab Easter Jeep Safari
    The Moab Easter Jeep Safari, which began in 1967 using the Behind the Rocks Trail and first sponsored by the Moab Chamber of Commerce, has become one ...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 07:10 pm   |     |   Share
      Large common carp are found regularily during fish sampling surveys at Pelican Lake. Courtesy  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Utah wildlife officials to treat Pelican Lake with chemical to kill invasive carp, and all other fish
    There was a time when fishing for big bluegill at eastern Utah’s Pelican Lake was worthy of national exposure. Anglers from all over the West came to ...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 11:39 am   |     |   Share
    A screenshot of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website with information of hunting big game in the state. Utah big-game hunt application deadline nearing
    If you plan on hunting most species of big game in Utah this fall, time is running out. Hunters have until March 2 at 11 p.m. to get their application...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 11:12 am   |     |   Share
    Roads for Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge open again after flooding
    Good news for wildlife watchers. After weather and flooding closed the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge’s 12-mile Auto Tour Loop and the road leading ...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 10:57 am   |     |   Share
    (Courtesy photo)    Kanab is sponsoring its annual Hog Wild Relay Race on April 1. It is a two-person team relay race run on the Hog Canyon redrock trail system near town. Go hog wild on this southern Utah relay race
    Couples or pairs of friends looking for a challenging spring run can enjoy an April Fools Day race in Kanab’s Hog Canyon. The southern Utah town is sp...
    Updated Feb 21 2017 03:30 pm   |     |   Share
    (Franciso Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Glimpses of the scenic famed walls of Zion National Park flash by motorists as they travel through the mile long tunnel along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. Zion National Park inspires more poetry
    Nature often inspires poetry. That will certainly be the case starting March 2 as Zion National Park hosts its Poetry in the Park for the seventh year...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 02:13 pm   |     |   Share
    Should subsidized museums offer residents discounts?
    Cedar City’s Frontier Homestead State Park has formed an interesting relationship with the Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism & Convention Bureau. The Bure...
    Updated Feb 17 2017 09:27 am   |     |   Share
    Courtesy of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.   You can see thousands of geese at the annual Snow Goose Festival. Delta to host geese, festival
    While a 21/2-hour one way drive from the Salt Lake area to the western Utah town of Delta might seem a bit long for a wildlife viewing trip, anyone wh...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 11:55 am   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  Tribune file photo)   Visitors take pictures and hike around Delicate Arch in Arches National Park Saturday March 5, 2016. Arches night road closures start this spring
    If you hope to visit Arches National Park for a night hike or drive, don’t plan on doing so between March and November this year except on Friday and ...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 03:15 pm   |     |   Share
    (Manti floods in the early 1900s due to overgrazing.  Courtesy photo)  Forest Service came to the rescue for turn-of-the-century Utah
    When Utahns recreate in national forest lands close to population centers, the beauty of clear-flowing mountain streams, shaded public campgrounds, lu...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 02:49 pm   |     |   Share
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Scenes from the Utah Sportsmen’s, Vacation & RV Show at the South Towne Expo Center Thursday February 12, 2015.  It includes luxury motor homes, travel trailers, pop ups, campers and more. There will also be outdoor cooking demonstrations and fly tying demonstrations. The show runs daily through Sunday. RV Show heralds new outdoor season
    Sandy — Can spring be far behind? The 52nd annual Utah Sportsmen, Vacation and RV Show opens its four-day run Thursday at the South Town Expo Center. ...
    Updated Feb 13 2017 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
    Eric McCandless  |  ABC  Elton John performs during “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.” Going to California? Get a free visitors guide
    It’s no secret that California might be the number one vacation destination for Utah families. Attractions such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, Lego...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 08:36 am   |     |   Share