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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 Canyonlands National Parks and Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments to that list. According to …

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    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Desert Voices is a family trail at Dinosaur National Monument. It is just over 2 miles long and shows off some of the monument’s rocky scenery and desert plants and wildlife. May 27, 2017. Utah Hike of the Week: Desert Voices Trail — Dinosaur National Monument
    Desert Voices is a great nature hike for children. In fact, the park installed two sets of trail signs: one with detailed explanations of the ecology ...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 10:04 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sculptor Steve Bartholomew in the studio of his cabinet store in Cedar City. June 14, 2017.   In this Cedar City studio, a passion for the outdoors carved in wood
    Cedar City • Woodcarver Steve Bartholomew came so close to an elk as a boy that he could see the bull’s bloodshot eyes as it racked its horns against ...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 10:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Ranger John Isom leads children in a ranger program Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Dinosaur National Monumentís Quarry Exhibit Hall. Exploring Utah: On the wonders of dinosaurs — at any age
    To the kids at Dinosaur National Monument: A few weeks ago I was in the Quarry Exhibit Hall, and I saw you dashing from fossil to fossil, shouting out...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 06:58 pm   |     |   Share
       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

  • Colombian archer Sara Lopez on target to achieve her big dreams
    After winning the gold medal in the compound mixed division of stage 3 of the Archery World Cup on Saturday, Colombian shooter Sara Lopez had fewer th...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:58 am   |     |   Share
    (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
    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
    (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
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Hikers explore Fantasy Canyon near Vernal. Photo taken May 28, 2017. Utah Hike of the Week: Fantasy Canyon — Uintah County
    Fantasy Canyon is a dense array of intricate rock formations in gray sandstone formed by an ancient lake and eons of weathering. The formations appear...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 11:27 pm   |     |   Share
    (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
  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Hikers explore Fantasy Canyon near Vernal. Photo taken May 28, 2017. At Utah's Fantasy Canyon, legends in the wind, natural wonders and natural gas development on the horizon
    Uintah County • Fantasy Canyon is not quite literally a diamond in a coal mine. It is … well, an extremely pretty thing in a natural gas field. Ghou...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 07:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • Ka-Voka Jackson’s research team hikes to a planting site at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, where they are trying to rehabilitate canyons infested with ravenna grass. Courtesy Ka-Voka Jackson Roots run deep for researcher battling invasive grass in Glen Canyon
    In a remote canyon off the northern reaches of Lake Powell, a fourwing saltbush is growing deep roots as part of Ka-Voka Jackson’s experimental plots ...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 07:23 pm   |     |   Share
    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
    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
    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Hiker takes a compass bearing before walking across part of Cedar Mesa in San Juan County.  Prominent Bears Ears formation visible in the distance. The area is included for a proposed Bears Ears National Monument. Looking for a Utah hiking trail? Here are some websites
    Utah is in peak hiking and biking season, but finding a trail can take as much time as slogging up a path. Local U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of La...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 12:13 pm   |     |   Share
    |  Courtesy Bureau of Land Management Utah Hike of the Week: Mary Jane Canyon near Moab
    Mary Jane Canyon (and the accompanying Professor Creek) is becoming one of the Moab area’s more popular hikes. The out-and-back hike ends with a three...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 07:31 am   |     |   Share
    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
  • (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     River runners launch rafts and inflatable kayaks onto the Colorado River at Dewey Bridge campground near Moab on May 27, 2017. Summer is duckie season on the flat water of the Colorado River near Moab
    Moab • On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, one raft after another shoved off from Dewey Bridge campground and into the current of the Colorado Ri...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 07:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Tom Wharton  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Rockport Reservoir has been offering good close-to-home fishing recently. Fishing is spotty right now, but should be excellent later in the summer, due to high water levels
    After several years of drought in Utah, things changed this winter. Heavy snowpack made rivers run high and filled reservoirs. That difference will he...
    Updated Jun 13 2017 07:07 pm   |     |   Share
    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
    (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
    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
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Box Canyon envelops a valley of cottonwood trees and sumac bushes in Dinosaur National Monument. Photo taken May 29, 2017. Utah Hike of the Week: Box Canyon — Dinosaur National Monument
    Box Canyon is a short, shady and beautiful family hike near the Josie Morris cabin in Dinosaur National Monument. It leads into a lush, green box cany...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • Topaz Museum reopens; grand opening events set for July 7-8
    The Topaz Museum has reopened after months of renovations with new exhibits honoring the 11,000 Japanese-Americans interned at the Topaz Camp near Del...
    Updated Jun 08 2017 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
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