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Learning to identify flowers is one of the most gratifying parts of hiking for me. But yellow flowers are a struggle. A lot of them look generally like sunflowers or dandelions in various sizes, and I don’t always remember to …

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      Nevada Northern Railway in Ely begins excursion runs for its 30th season on April 8. Courtesy  |  Nevada Northern Railroad Nevada Northern Railway gears up for 30th season and solar eclipse
    Wasatch Front residents who take their families to Great Basin National Park — one of the closest national parks to the majority of Utahns — might als...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 02:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Sundial Peak overlooks Lake Blanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Utah Hike of the Week: Lake Blanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon
    The hike begins in the Mill B Trailhead parking lot as you follow a paved road east along the creek. The Lake Blanche trail branches off to the right ...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 07:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The ’Crystal Ball’ of Crystal Ball Cave towers over calcite formations known as ’cowboy crystals’ while stalactites dangle above. The cave is about 2 miles from the Nevada border, in Gandy, Utah. Improbable collaboration shines light on Utah’s glittering Crystal Ball Cave
    Gandy • The walls of Crystal Ball Cave sparkle with an ancient fragility that belies the Wild West outside its bullet-riddled door. In a glittering r...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 11:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • A mountain biker checks out a new bike on Dave’s trail near Moab during a past Outerbike event. Courtesy Whit Richardson No place like Moab for Outerbike demo event this weekend
    The desert flora isn’t the only thing blooming outside Moab this weekend. Springing up in all its glory is the tent city that mountain bikers from all...
    Updated Mar 28 2017 11:55 pm   |     |   Share


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    (Lynn R. Johnson  |  Special to The Salt Lake Tribune)    Kanab Film Commissioner Kelly Stowell at the site of the military fort used in numerous Western movies, including ’The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again,’ with Don Knotts and Tim Conway.  The wooden structure was made over as a hotel, painted red, and partially burned for the 1979 Disney film. Filmmakers get fired up for Kanab’s Little Hollywood Shootout
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    Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. Festivities include special food offerings, pirate-themed entertainment and appearances by Captain Jack Sparrow. Opened in 1967, the iconic attraction has inspired versions at five Disney Parks worldwide and five film adaptations from the ’Pirates of the Caribbean’ film franchise. (Courtesy | Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland) Pirates of the Caribbean celebrates its 50th anniversary at Disneyland
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