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Tribune Tourist Spot Choice: Moab

Published June 28, 2013 1:01 am

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Winner

Moab • Few places in the world offer the variety of outdoor experiences that can be discovered in Moab. Mountain bike the Slickrock Trail or surrounding areas. Explore some of the world's wildest trails in a four-wheel-drive vehicle or an ATV. Take a whitewater raft trip on the Colorado River. Visit Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Dead Horse Point State Park, where miles of hiking trails are available. Climbers from all over the world test themselves on the red cliffs surrounding the town. A scenic 18-hole course entices golfers. The nearby LaSal Mountains even offer alpine scenery and a mountain fishing lake or two. Add to that music, art, film, square-dance and mountain-bike festivals, rodeos, the Jeep Safari and Jamboree, car shows, a popular half-marathon and rodeos. Finally, the town itself is interesting. Visitors can enjoy breweries, wineries, some interesting restaurants and a variety of art, book and T-shirt shops.

First runner-up

Foothill Cultural District, Salt Lake City (includes Hogle Zoo, This Is the Place Heritage Park, Red Butte Garden, Fort Douglas Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Utah Museum of Natural History) • This is the best place to learn about Utah's human, artistic and natural history by visiting attractions in the same area.

Second runner-up

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area • Enjoy fishing and boating on the reservoir, take a dam tour or rent a raft and head down the Green River. Better yet, get a fly-fishing guide. Add to that campgrounds, beaches, hiking trails, geologic drives and nearby Vernal and its dinosaur attractions, and this is a highly underrated destination.