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Some people have a hard time with the term bucket list. For them, the idea of making a list about all the things you want to do before death is macabre. The reality is creating a bucket list is the …

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  • FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2008, file photo, tourists get out of a bus in a newly enlarged parking lot next to a viewing area at Yosemite National Park, Calif. Scientists are putting tracking devices on a new species - people - as they try to learn more about how human movements affect ecosystems in national parks. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file) Park visitors the latest ‘species’ to be tracked
    Cheyenne, Wyo. • Scientists are putting tracking devices on a new species — people — as they try to learn more about how their movements affect ecosys...
    Updated Jun 22 2015 11:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Known as one of the darkest places in the country, Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah is a spectacular place to view the night sky. Tourism is the economic foundation of 13 of Utah's 29 counties, including in Garfield County, home of Bryce Canyon. Photo by Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune)   5/15/2004 Utah Bucket List: Embrace the dark side of Bryce Canyon
    Utah’s ample and amazing opportunities of possible outdoor adventure can be intimidating. Where do you start? The Salt Lake Tribune, in partnership wi...
    Updated Jun 18 2015 02:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Zion National Park ranger Ray O'Neil on the Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion National Park, Tuesday May 5, 2015. Rangers are rescuing average visitors — like you — from the national parks, and it’s expensive
    Editor’s note • This is one in an occasional series of stories about The National Park Service, which will mark 100 years on Aug. 25, 2016 — the anniv...
    Updated Jun 14 2015 08:41 pm   |     |   Share
    5 Top Reasons to Escape to Park City Today
    If you’re longing for a new summer adventure, now is the best time to plan your Park City summer getaway. Whether you’re looking for a family-frien...
    Updated Jun 30 2015 02:36 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Brett Prettyman  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Where in Utah was this photo taken. Email your guess to outdoors@sltrib.com for a chance to win a book. Where in Utah was this photo taken? Here’s your answer
    Last week, Barbara Rose, of Helper, correctly identified the lizard rock art in Dinosaur National Monument. She wins the book “Utah” by Tom and Gayen ...
    Updated Jun 07 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rick Green, right, owner of Excursions of the Escalante checks all the safety equipment on John Lamping of Los Altos California before dropping in to a slot canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Utah Bucket List: Canyoneering Grand Staircase Escalante’s slot canyons
    Utah’s ample and amazing opportunities of possible outdoor adventure can be intimidating. Where do you start? The Salt Lake Tribune, in partnership wi...
    Updated Jun 04 2015 04:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • This August 2013 photo shows Buddy, a border collie mix, playing in a pond in Hartland, Maine. She was sprayed by a skunk a year later during her nightly run around the yard, but an Internet search revealed an effective solution for neutralizing the odor made from hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid soap. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) Did your dog get skunked? There’s an easy household (not tomato juice) remedy
    Buddy is a New York City dog, accustomed to bedtime walks around the block on a leash. But on family vacations in rural Maine, I let her out the back ...
    Updated Jun 02 2015 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • This photo provided by Gloster shows a dining table and chairs. Gloster’s Pepper Marsh collection pairs woven synthetic fiber with teak arms and legs.  Mixing materials and textures is one of 2015’s big trends in outdoor furnishings. (AP Photo/Gloster) Right at Home: What’s hot in outdoor furniture this summer
    Outdoor living spaces have come a long way from the days when “outdoor furnishings” meant a few inexpensive folding chairs around a flimsy plastic tab...
    Updated Jun 02 2015 09:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Chad Nielson, and Julie Franklin, at Liberty Park, before riding to the Bike Prom, Saturday, May 30, 2015. The Salt Lake City Bike Collective hosted the event. Prom-goers met at Liberty Park and pedaled their bikes to the dance venue, at Pierpont Place. SLC Bike Collective’s Bike Prom combines bicycling with dancing
    Utahns who love to bike and dance had to perfect chance to do both Saturday at Bike Prom. Sponsored by the SLC Bike Collective, promgoers met in the ...
    Updated May 31 2015 10:02 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Greater sage grouse during mating season on a lek near Bear Lake March 25, 2015. Threat of listing the sage grouse as endangered may be enough to protect the bird
    Greater sage grouse feathers stick in the craws of Utah politicians. U. S. Rep. Rob Bishop is raising the specter that efforts to protect the lowly,...
    Updated May 11 2015 12:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • TJ Lenahan  |  Courtesy 

Residents of the Pinebrook neighborhood received an alert at 8 a.m. on Monday May 18, 2015, from the Summit County sheriff that there was a bear in the area. Members of the Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources, Utah Highway Patrol and Summit County sheriff found the bear with the help of hounds and then were able to dart and capture the bear. Bear is relocated from Utah community that has been pestered
    A 2-year-old male black bear was tranquilized Monday in the Pinebrook neighborhood near Park City and relocated to a remote location. “He had tipped o...
    Updated May 18 2015 10:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  Tribune file photo)               
Two Canada Geese fly near the East edge of the Great Salt Lake, Monday, May 7, 2012. Parched Great Salt Lake dries up some opportunities for bird watching
    Great Salt Lake • Bird watchers have typically considered the Great Salt Lake center stage for Utah’s airborne wildlife. In past years, they’ve watch...
    Updated May 19 2015 02:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Boaters on Deer Creek Reservoir Tuesday April 28, 2015. Recreation: Boaters, anglers may have limited time to take advantage of water
    Get out now, because we don’t know how it will be later. Those are the words state recreation and wildlife officials are sharing with boaters and angl...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 09:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • Hsin-Hua Huang  |  University of Utah

A new University of Utah study in the journal Science provides the first complete view of the plumbing system that supplies hot and partly molten rock from the Yellowstone hotspot to the Yellowstone supervolcano. The study revealed a gigantic magma reservoir beneath the previously known magma chamber. This cross-section illustration cutting southwest-northeast under Yelowstone depicts the view revealed by seismic imaging. Seismologists say new techniques have provided a better view of Yellowstone’s plumbing system, and that the supervolcano hasn’t grown larger or closer to erupting. They estimate the annual chance of a Yellowstone supervolcano eruption is 1 in 700,000. U. researchers: Yellowstone ‘supervolcano’ has another, bigger magma reservoir
    Yellowstone’s underground plumbing is becoming more clear. Guided by more and better technologies, researchers are developing an ever-increasing under...
    Updated Apr 24 2015 11:02 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

A crane lifts a sailboat from its slip at the Great Salt Lake State Marina in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 23, 2015. This time of year sailboats usually are put in, but this time about 80 boats are scheduled to be pulled out in the face of dropping lake levels that threaten to render the marina unusable for sailing. Boats lifted from Utah’s famous Great Salt Lake; water levels too low to support sailing
    Great Salt Lake • The saltiest sailors on the planet watched their sailboats get hoisted out of the Great Salt Lake Marina on Thursday and wondered wh...
    Updated Apr 25 2015 05:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Where is it?  Utah State Road 261 heading north across Cedar Mesa towards the Utah’s Indian tribes restaking a claim to their homeland with proposed Bears Ears conservation area
    Bluff • Even some Native Americans don’t know about the archaeological riches their ancestors left in Cedar Mesa. A week ago, on a tour of the area, a...
    Updated Apr 20 2015 12:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Jacob W. Frank, NPS

The Milky Way arches over Capitol Reef National Parkís iconic Chimney Rock. Cloudless conditions, clear air boost Capitol Reef to International Dark Sky Park
    Anyone who has been in Capitol Reef National Park after dark knows the wonders of the night sky. A recent designation by the International Dark Skies ...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 08:43 am   |     |   Share
  • (Courtesy photo)  
Bradley Gray of North Ogden won Best of Show at the 2015 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Contest with this work depicting a pair of green-winged teal created with mixed media and titled Utah teen places in national duck stamp contest
    A Utah teen won third place in the national competition to get ducks on a postage stamp. Brad Gray, 16, of North Ogden received $200 for his depictio...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Volunteer Amanda Cangelosi scrubs a graffito with Elephant Snot solvent during the ROCK Project cleanup effort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Sunday, April 12, 2015. ROCK Project visits Utah to train new generation of climbers in ethics and environment
    Sandy • There comes a moment in many climbs when reconsideration of the planned route leads to a change of course. The world’s best climbers, advocate...
    Updated Apr 13 2015 09:38 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Art teacher Daren Wilding with Brad Gray at Weber High School. Gray was recently named as the winner of  the 2015 Utah Junior Duck Stamp contest. North Ogden family siblings continue their dynasty in Junior Duck Stamp contest
    Call it the Utah Junior Duck Stamp Dynasty — just make sure to leave out the beards. The Gray family of North Ogden continued its domination of the st...
    Updated Apr 11 2015 10:39 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Boaters on Deer Creek Reservoir Tuesday April 28, 2015. Recreation: Boaters, anglers may have limited time to take advantage of water
    Get out now, because we don’t know how it will be later. Those are the words state recreation and wildlife officials are sharing with boaters and angl...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 09:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Apa Sherpa poses for a portrait at his home in Draper Tuesday April 29, 2014. Apa Sherpa, world record holder with 21 summits of Mount Everest, is back from Nepal. He wasn't climbing, but delivering money and computers to villages in the Himlayan Highlands. While in Nepal 16 Sherpas died in an avalanche on Everest. Utah’s Apa Sherpa in Nepal, safe following earthquake
    Apa Sherpa, the world record holder for summits on Mount Everest and who resides in Utah, was in Nepal when Saturday’s earthquake struck. His son, Pe...
    Updated Apr 25 2015 08:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Bureau of Land Management

This 25-year-old stallion captured by the Bureau of Land Management this past winter in Utah is getting a lot of attention from wild horse lovers. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign collected 24,000 signatures in an effort to get the horse, Grulla stallion 3907, released back into Utah's west desert where he was captured. BLM officials say that is not likely to happen. Group calls for release of handsome Utah wild horse that became online sensation
    People with online dating profiles must be jealous. A photo of a 25-year-old wild horse from Utah known as Grulla Stallion 3907 has gone viral. The ph...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 10:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Fisherman access for the Weber River from the Brown Canyon bridge on SR 196 is nearly impossible. There are no pulloffs near the bridge for parking a vehicle. Private property near the bridge is marked no trespassing and no parking. A judge ruled Friday that a mile-long stretch is owned by the state and the public should be allowed access, and no trespassing signs must be taken down. Judge says Utah public has right to access contested stretch of Weber River
    A Utah judge has ruled in favor of anglers, kayakers and anyone wanting to recreate in the Weber River by saying the public has the right to access th...
    Updated Apr 11 2015 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A fly fisherman casts his line in the middle Provo river near Midway, Sunday, March 8, 2015. 
To fish or not to fish — that is the Sunday question for Mormons
    Wilford Woodruff is widely recognized by historians as one of if not the first fisherman to cast a fly west of the Continental Divide. It happened, ...
    Updated Apr 01 2015 09:04 am   |     |   Share
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