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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 May 26 2017 12:48 pm   |     |   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 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
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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 May 23 2017 09:17 pm   |     |   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 May 23 2017 09:18 pm   |     |   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 May 23 2017 09:21 pm   |     |   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 May 22 2017 07:14 pm   |     |   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 May 16 2017 11:09 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 May 15 2017 02:24 pm   |     |   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 May 15 2017 02:22 pm   |     |   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 May 15 2017 02:23 pm   |     |   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 May 09 2017 12:49 pm   |     |   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 May 09 2017 08:55 pm   |     |   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 May 05 2017 04:45 pm   |     |   Share
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    Summer in Park City means camps for skiing, Nordic sports
    Youngsters interested in working on their winter sport disciplines can begin registering online. Sports available at the Utah Olympic Park in Park Cit...
    Updated May 09 2017 08:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    Sabrina Allen’s award-winning duck stamp depicting a family of buffleheads, titled “With Mother Beside Them.”   Courtesy | Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Grantsville girl’s family of buffleheads earns Duck Stamp prize
    Sabrina Allen of Grantsville won the Best of Show award at the Utah Junior Duck Stamp Contest, and her artwork made the top 25 in the Federal Junior D...
    Updated May 09 2017 08:55 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Courtesy photo)     Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City will host its annual Utah Archaeology Day Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Activities include Native American games, history, traditional crafts and skills and visits with a variety of demonstrators. Archaeology events and more on tap at Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City
    Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City will host its annual Utah Archaeology Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Activities include America...
    Updated May 02 2017 01:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Tom Wharton  |  Special to The Salt Lake Tribune)     The Parowan Gap in Utah’s Iron County  includes a treasure trove of petroglyphs. Stop and explore the petroglyph wonders of Utah’s Parowan Gap
    Hundreds of thousands of Utah travelers zoom past the Parowan Gap in Iron County on their way to St. George, Zion National Park, Las Vegas or Southern...
    Updated May 02 2017 12:20 pm   |     |   Share
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    Dates for Utah’s pheasant hunt might be easier to remember this fall. Ron Stewart  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources State gathering comments on fall upland gaming hunt
    Spring might seem a strange time to be thinking about upland game hunting in Utah, but the state will soon begin gathering input on the fall hunt. Div...
    Updated May 02 2017 08:35 pm   |     |   Share
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       A nice largemouth bass fishery is developing at Steinaker Reservoir.  Once the dam repair and earthquake work are done, DWR biologists will start bringing the largemouth bass fishery back. Natalie Boren  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Limits eased at two Utah fisheries in advance of dam repair and restoration plans
    Northeastern Utah is a bit of a drive for many Wasatch Front anglers, but fishing at places such as the Green River, Flaming Gorge Reservoir or lakes ...
    Updated May 02 2017 12:10 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, Chance The Rapper performs at The Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia. The breakout performer scored seven Grammy nominations including best new artist, announced Tuesday, Dec. 6. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File) Chance the Rapper, Muse, Gorillaz among headliners at Life is Beautiful in Vegas in September
    If you plan on traveling to Las Vegas for the fifth annual Life Is Beautiful Festival next September, it might be a good idea to begin buying tickets ...
    Updated May 02 2017 08:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   The historic Rockville Bridge spans the Virgin River. The tiny town of Rockville will hold a fundraiser this week featuring an art sale to raise funds to preserve the bridge. Tiny southern Utah town enlists artists to help preserve historic bridge
    The town of Rockville has been trying to save and restore its historic bridge that spans the Virgin River. The bridge, constructed in 1924, is the onl...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
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    Photo courtesy of Dan Ransom  Antelope Island State Park recently earned the title of International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association. Antelope Island State Park celebrates dark sky designation
    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 ...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
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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 25 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
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    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
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      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
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    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
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    (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 25 2017 11:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    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 25 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share