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Bend, Ore. • The prime mountain biking season is upon us here in Central Oregon. Rainfall and cooler weather will take those dusty singletrack trails and pack them down into perfect shape for the fat-tire crowd. Hitting the trails on …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Carl Taylor helps his dog JB get back into the boat after shooting a pintail duck in Farmington Bay Tuesday November 23, 2010. Recreation: Utah bird hunting looks good this season
    While waterfowl and upland game hunting in Utah do not receive the interest seen in big game seasons such as deer and elk, the hunting seasons often l...
    Updated Oct 07 2015 07:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Nicholas Smith, left, scans the hillsides near Kamas for deer as Shawn Gehring, right, looks on, Saturday, October 19, 2012. The general season rifle deer hunt opened at dawn Saturday with a new format that limits hunters to one of 30 units instead of one of five regions in the state. More than 52,000 are expected to be in the field. Recreation: Numbers are smaller, but deer hunt remains a Utah tradition
    The days when nearly a fourth of Utah’s population participated in the deer hunt, when many schools had fall recess the Friday before the opener and w...
    Updated Oct 07 2015 08:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Change for fishing kokanee salmon to take effect in 2016
    Utah wildlife officials have approved a new rule for fishing kokanee salmon in an effort to protect the fish species during its spawning period. KSL-T...
    Updated Oct 06 2015 04:07 pm   |     |   Share
    Zombies to invade Farmington Pond
    Sometimes kids seem like zombies when they spend hours in front of their television sets playing video games. Seventeen-year-old twin brothers A.J. an...
    Updated Oct 05 2015 10:56 am   |     |   Share

  • ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, OCT 3-4 - In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2015, volunteer Andy Fuzak hikes up Deep Creek Canyon with the Google Trekker camera system to record a route in Riverside State Park in Nine Mile Falls, Wash., just north of Spokane, for the public to view online.  (Rich Landers/The Spokesman-Review via AP) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT Volunteers use Google Trekker to record Spokane-area trails
    Spokane, Wash. • The world will soon have virtual access to paddling the Little Spokane River, biking the Centennial Trail and hiking across the suspe...
    Updated Oct 03 2015 04:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • This photo taken on Sept. 7, 2015, shows a meadow as views of the Three Sisters highlight the summit of Scott Mountain, in Lane County, Ore. The pathway to one of Oregon's most beautiful viewpoints begins at a sign so inconspicuous most people barely take notice.  “User trail,” says the sign, located on the north side of Benson Lake. “Not maintained.”  Not much to get excited about, right?  Yet if you follow this ragged pathway along the shoreline and scramble up a set of cliffs, the reward is almost beyond words. The mountain lake spreads out below, a rich sapphire blue, while the Three Sisters rise so high and close it feels as though you could reach out and touch them. (Zach Urness /Statesman-Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT Sacred viewpoint highlights Oregon’s stunning Benson Lake
    Mount Washington Wilderness, Ore. • The pathway to one of Oregon’s most beautiful viewpoints begins at a sign so inconspicuous most people barely take...
    Updated Oct 03 2015 04:09 pm   |     |   Share
    Duck hunt opens Saturday
    The early hunter may get the bird this year. At least that seems to be the consensus as the waterfowl hunting season opens Saturday at 6:46 a.m. on Ut...
    Updated Oct 01 2015 11:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Tom Wharton  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Black formations near Capitol Reef National Park's Cathedral Valley. Recreation: Busy Capitol Reef area also offers some roads less traveled
    Capitol Reef National Park • The morning scene at the Capitol Reef visitor center seemed chaotic as tourists from all over the world jammed the tiny f...
    Updated Sep 30 2015 07:46 pm   |     |   Share
    Nate Carlisle  |  Salt Lake Tribune

Big Elk Lake, as seen on July 13, 2015, sits at the end of a 1.75 mile trail in the Uinta Mountains. Utah Hike of the Week: Big Elk Lake in the Uinta Mountains
    Directions • Remember to purchase your $6 recreation pass at the Forest Service office in Kamas, 50 E. Center St., or at the self-pay stations along ...
    Updated Oct 07 2015 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
    Event planners trying to help economy
    Few things make travel more interesting than coming into a city that is hosting a special event. Knowing about those events, however, can sometimes pr...
    Updated Sep 30 2015 10:36 am   |     |   Share
    Know forest camping rules
    With the big game hunts already happening in Utah as well as the fall camping season, U.S. Forest Service officials are reminding campers of rules gov...
    Updated Sep 29 2015 09:12 am   |     |   Share
    Travelers hate selfie sticks
    What annoys you most when you travel? According to MissTravel.com, a website whose members are frequent fliers, the biggest travel pet peeve of 2015 a...
    Updated Sep 28 2015 09:54 am   |     |   Share
    Saturday: Dogs, condors and freebies
    Those looking to get out and enjoy what appears to be a glorious fall Saturday should have plenty of options. First off, Saturday is National Public L...
    Updated Sep 25 2015 12:33 pm   |     |   Share
    Ramp to close at Deer Creek Monday
    Deer Creek Reservoir State Park’s Island boat ramp will close for the off-season Monday and remain closed through May in 2016. Park officials said the...
    Updated Oct 08 2015 05:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Fly fishermen take to the waters of the middle Provo River to wet a line as fall colors start to settle in for the season. Recreation: Cool weather means hot fishing
    Fall might be the best time of year to fish in Utah. With kids in school, the crowds are gone. Cool waters make fish more active. In some cases, reser...
    Updated Sep 25 2015 04:46 pm   |     |   Share
    Shutdown could hurt tourism
    The last U.S. government shutdown certainly hurt Utah’s tourist economy, especially at national park gateway communities such as Springdale, Moab and ...
    Updated Sep 23 2015 09:22 am   |     |   Share
    Escalante celebrating arts festival
    Escalante’s Art Festival and Everett Ruess Days have slowly grown into a major event in the small southern Utah town. The 12th annual event is underwa...
    Updated Sep 22 2015 09:40 am   |     |   Share
    Salt Lake wants kids outdoors
    Salt Lake City has launched its SLC Kids Explore program that is encouraging local youth and their parents to spend at least 30 minutes a day outdoors...
    Updated Sep 21 2015 10:50 am   |     |   Share
  • Jesse Peters  |  XTERRA

Emma Garrard competes in the 11th XTERRA National Championship in Huntsville, Utah on September 19. 2015. Middaugh, Park City resident Garrard win XTERRA National Championships
    Huntsville • Josiah Middaugh has been there before, 10 times to be exact. But after two hours and 21 minutes of swimming, biking and running, the 36-...
    Updated Sep 19 2015 07:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Late fall colors shine along the Lake Blanche Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Recreation: Get outdoors to enjoy fall colors
    While scientists might not know all the details about exactly why leaves change colors in the fall, one thing is certain: Cooling weather and shorter ...
    Updated Sep 25 2015 04:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Tim Kemple 

Professional endurance runner and Rory Bosio will participate in The North Face Endurance Challenge at Park City Mountain Resort in September. The event has a range of distances, the longest a 50 mile race. Recreation: Endurance Challenge goes beyond mere marathons
    Rory Bosio estimates she runs about 15 hours per week. Yes, that’s quantified in hours, not miles. Noah Brautigam is a little more “relaxed” with his...
    Updated Sep 16 2015 07:43 pm   |     |   Share
    Ogden hosts national race this weekend
    More than 1,000 amateur triathletes from 40 states will descend on Ogden and the Snowbasin Resort Saturday and Sunday for the XTERRA National Champion...
    Updated Sep 16 2015 10:39 am   |     |   Share
    Youth waterfowl hunt set Saturday
    Utah will host its annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt this Saturday and, for the second year in a row, youth who haven’t completed a hunter education course ...
    Updated Sep 15 2015 09:28 am   |     |   Share
    Blog: Outdoors are getting crowded
    Older outdoor enthusiasts who have spent most of their lives enjoying Utah’s scenery, fishing its streams and lakes or hiking national park trails can...
    Updated Sep 14 2015 10:24 am   |     |   Share
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