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    (Courtesy photo)   SPOT Gen 3.  Here’s the 2016 Utah outdoors holiday gift guide
    It’s hikers’ and campers’ favorite time of the year — other than hiking and camping season. But it’s definitely skiers’ and snowshoers’ favorite time...
    Updated Nov 24 2016 10:04 am   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A family poses for a picture under Delicate Arch in Arches National Park Saturday March 5, 2016. Book review: 'Hiking Arches National Park' is a thorough guide to a crowded treasure
    Some people wait their whole lives to visit Arches National Park. Some of us here in Utah are regulars. Both groups will be able to find useful infor...
    Updated Nov 21 2016 09:05 am   |     |   Share
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    (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Bright petroglyphs are on the wall of Black Dragon Canyon in Utah’s San Rafael Swell on Sept. 12, 2016.    Utah Hike of the Week: Black Dragon Canyon on the San Rafael Swell
    Directions • From the town of Green River, take Interstate 70 west for 13.2 miles. On the north side of the interstate, just a few feet beyond mile m...
    Updated Oct 27 2016 05:27 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Ruins of an ancestral Puebloan dwelling rise from the grass at Edge of the Cedars State Park on June 11, 2016 in Blanding. Utah Hike of the Week: Edge of the Cedars State Park kiva ruin and art walk — Blanding
    This short walk takes hikers into an ancient kiva and by artwork evokative of the lives and times of Ancestral Puebloan people. The kiva, an undergrou...
    Updated Oct 20 2016 04:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Hikers follow the silty Paria River on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Utah Hike of the Week: Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch to Lees Ferry
    Directions • Obtain permits from the Paria Contact Station along U.S. Highway 89 near Kanab, Utah, then head back northwest for 5 miles and take a lef...
    Updated Oct 14 2016 09:54 am   |     |   Share
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    (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Visitors from around the world flock to Arches National Park year round. Arches National Park stops issuing backpacking permits
    Arches National Park has stopped issuing backcountry camping permits pending a review. The park recently updated its backpacking page to say a morato...
    Updated Oct 08 2016 08:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    |  courtesy of Google maps  Map of the Limber Pine Nature Trail Utah Hike of the week: Limber Pine Nature Trail in Logan Canyon
    Directions • The trailhead is about 30 miles east of the mouth of Logan Canyon on U.S. Highway 89, near the summit but before heading down toward Bear...
    Updated Oct 06 2016 05:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016 file photo, a herd of bison grazes in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park in Wyo. Park administrators appear to have lost ground on a 2009 pledge to minimize cell phone access in backcountry areas. Signal coverage maps for two of Yellowstone’s five cell phone towers show calls can now be received in large swaths of the park’s interior such as the picturesque Lamar Valley. The maps were obtained by a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File) Yellowstone’s cell phone coverage grows despite plans to limit it
    Billings, Mont. • Adventure seekers encounter untamed wilderness when they enter the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. Howling wolves. Deadly ...
    Updated Oct 01 2016 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
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    Lya Wodraska  |  Special to The Tribune  A view from top of the rim after climbing out of the wash on the Upper Muley Twist Canyon hike in Capitol Reef National Park. Utah Hike of the Week: Upper Muley Twist Canyon in Capitol Reef National Park
    Capital Reef is known for its isolated, awe-inspiring terrain, and there is no better example of the geology than hiking Upper Muley Twist, a canyon t...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 05:23 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     A sign marks the end of the Curtis Bench Trail in Goblin Valley State Park. The trail concludes with a view of Goblins on the valley below and the Henry Mountains in the distance. Utah Hike of the Week: Curtis Bench Trail in Goblin Valley State Park
    Directions • From the visitor’s center, take Goblin Valley Road 1 mile south to an intersection. In front of you and slightly to the right, you will s...
    Updated Sep 29 2016 05:23 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Cindy Bird Vance filters water from a stream near Dollar Lake in the Uinta Mountains. Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.  Utah Hike of the Week: Kings Peak via Henrys Fork Trailhead
    Directions • Take I-80 east through Evanston, Wyo., following exit 34 toward Fort Bridger and Mountain View. Follow WY-410 south as it becomes Co Rd 2...
    Updated Sep 15 2016 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A wooden plank on top of Kings Peak. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Gallery: A hike up Kings Peak — the highest trail in Utah
    Photographer Lennie Mahler and friends this week hiked to Utah’s highest point — Kings Peak in Duchesne County on the Ashley National Forest. The pea...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 06:45 am   |     |   Share
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    (Jessica Miller  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The short trail loops around Bridger Lake. Utah Hike of the Week: Bridger Lake in the Uinta Mountains
    Directions • Take Interstate 80 east past Evanston, Wyo. Then take exit 39 to WY-414 South. Turn right onto WY-410 E, and then turn left onto Country...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 09:13 am   |     |   Share
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    (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Forest is seen looking east atop the Oakley Trail on Aug. 23, 2016. The trail gains 1,042 feet of elevation. Utah Hike of the Week: Oakley Trail
    Directions • From the town of Oakley, take State Road 32 southeast for 1 mile. Then turn east onto Boulderville Road and follow it for 2.2 miles as it...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 01:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty | The Salt Lake Tribune)    The sun sets over the Pacific Ocean giving to the rocks on Rialto Beach a tangerine glow Aug. 24, 2016 in Olympic National Park. 12 Months of National Parks — No. 12, Olympic: The sun sets on this adventure
    Olympic National Park • We have reached the end of our journey! My daughter and I started in September with our feet in the Atlantic Ocean. Twelve mo...
    Updated Aug 25 2016 11:08 am   |     |   Share
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    (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Ann’s Trail in Draper, as seen on June 20, 2016, by starting at the Potato Hill Trailhead, is a two-hour hike that includes some shade and views of the southern Salt Lake Valley. Utah Hike of the Week: East fork of Ann’s Trail in Draper
    The trail is named for Ann Parr, an advocate for trails and open spaces in Draper and the Corner Canyon area of Salt Lake County. She died in 2012. ...
    Updated Aug 25 2016 02:46 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty | The Salt Lake Tribune)    The ’party’ room of Lehman Cave hosted gin-soaked revelry during Prohibitions, rangers say; it is damp and quiet on July 24, 2016. 12 Months of National Parks — No. 11, Great Basin: Miles of adventure fit in one little ring
    The gnarled branches of a bristlecone pine act out the story of the rings inside. They writhe toward the sky like a frame from a stop-motion film, a h...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 11:01 am   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Penstemon perch above a canyon June 10, 2016 on the Step House trail in Mesa Verde National Park. 12 Months of National Parks — No. 10, Mesa Verde: A detour from the plan leads to floral delights
    My trip to Mesa Verde National Park didn’t go exactly as I had planned. I visited with my daughter and mother-in-law in June, the 10th in my family’s...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 10:08 am   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  Mary Demorest   A statue of Paul Revere gleams outside the Old North Church on Sept. 29, 2015 in Boston. 12 Months of National Parks: The error of rushing history in Boston Historic Park
    People who make grand national-parks tours may be susceptible to check-it-off-itis. Sufferers of this disease tend to blow quickly through parks witho...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 10:44 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Sundial Peak overlooks Lake Blanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Backfires to be set against blaze burning in Big Cottonwood Canyon, closing some hiking trails
    Firefighters and the U.S. Forest Service on Monday plan to set backfires against a blaze that’s burning in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The Mineral Fork Fi...
    Updated Aug 20 2016 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A coyote prowls the prairie May 25, 2016 at Wind Cave National Park. 12 Months of National Parks — No. 9, Wind Cave: Drama unfolds in a quiet corner of the prairie
    Some of the most interesting surprises in the national parks are in the back corners: the places that aren’t widely promoted and don’t see much traffi...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 08:59 am   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Wildflowers bloom in a carpet near the road to Dante’s View on April 2, 2016 in Death Valley National Park. 12 Months of National Parks — No. 8, Death Valley: The poetry of survival
    Few things in nature achieve the poetry of a desert wildflower. The beauty and the brevity of a bloom give each petal a bit of magic. They require a s...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 10:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Jessica Miller  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Luigi the dog takes a swim at Bourbon Lake. Utah Hike of the Week: Bourbon Lake in the Uinta Mountains
    Directions • From Evanston, Wyoming, take the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (Utah Highway 150) south for 39 miles. If coming from Kamas, take Center Street...
    Updated Sep 12 2016 09:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Hikers approach a bridge as hoodoos stand sentry over the trail to Mossy Cave on March 31, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park. 12 Months of National Parks — No. 7, Bryce Canyon: The $10 lifetime senior pass needs to end
    Bryce Canyon is the single most impressive thing I have ever seen in a national park. I remember my first trip, when I was in eighth grade. I was fro...
    Updated Aug 18 2016 07:25 pm   |     |   Share
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    Craig Buschmann  |  Courtesy  This alligator keeps its cool despite having its tail swatted by a tourist Feb. 4, 2016 on the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park. 12 Months of National Parks — No. 6, Everglades: Please don’t spank the gator
    People do dumb things with wild animals. That’s a fact of life in national parks. In the 1920s, mule deer fawns began to disappear from Yosemite as v...
    Updated Aug 18 2016 01:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    An anhinga stretches its wings along the Convoy Point Trail on Jan. 29, 2016 in Biscayne National Park. The Turkey Point nuclear plant can be seen in the background. 12 Months of National Parks — No. 5, Biscayne: A threatened park claws its way forward
    Coming from Utah, it’s hard to imagine a national park with views of a city skyline. Sure, Zion Canyon may at times feel like Times Square, but our pa...

    Updated Aug 18 2016 01:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The author’s daughter catches her balance on an icy pothole Dec. 2, 2015 on Whale Rock in Canyonlands National Park. 12 Months of National Parks — No. 4, Canyonlands: The best fun may require a child’s eyes
    One thing I regret as I take my daughter from national park to national park is that she won’t remember any of it. Saskia was 2 when we started, and ...
    Updated Aug 15 2016 03:25 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Mountain goats meander near the summit of Mount Timpanogos on Sunday morning, July 24, 2016. Utah Hike of the Week: Mount Timpanogos via Timpooneke Trail
    Directions • From Interstate 15, take exit 284 for Timpanogos Highway and drive east toward American Fork Canyon until the tollbooth. As of 2016, the ...
    Updated Aug 18 2016 07:51 am   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Two snowmen greet hikers on the Broken Arch trail Nov. 29, 2015 at Arches National Park. 12 Months of National Parks — No. 3, Arches: Are national park rules too strict?
    Pointing this out can elicit a fair bit of defensiveness among national park advocates, but I think it’s important to note: National parks have a lot ...
    Updated Aug 15 2016 03:25 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The author’s daughter, Saskia, tries out a move called The Waterpocket Fold on Oct. 4, 2015 in Capitol Reef National Park. 12 months of national parks — No. 2, Capitol Reef: ‘People shouldn’t be here’
    I once took a friend from back east to Capitol Reef. It was her first trip to any desert. We stopped at a scenic pullout and gazed over the beautifu...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 05:50 pm   |     |   Share