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This is a fantastic, baby-steps leg of the Brighton Lakes trail system. It’s slightly easier than Lake Mary and, some might say, a prettier destination: Dog Lake is a small, natural pond nestled in a conifer forest that’s studded with …

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    Mesa Verde celebrating parks centennial
    Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park, a surprisingly short drive for Wasatch Front residents, is preparing for the 100th anniversary of the National Pa...
    Updated Jul 27 2016 11:03 am   |     |   Share
    Idaho County opposes land transfer
    Living in Utah, it might seem as though most government entities are all in with the idea of the state taking control over public lands. But that is n...
    Updated Jul 26 2016 11:22 am   |     |   Share
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Desert shrubs put out a spray of spring blooms May 1, 2016, amidst colorful soil layers near Moonshine Tanks in the San Rafael Swell. Gallery: Utah hiking photos from spring and summer 2016
    Depending on when you start counting, hiking season — and the summer — is half finished. So let’s take a look at where Utah Hike of the Week has gone...
    Updated Jul 26 2016 09:40 am   |     |   Share
    Terror attacks influencing travel plans
    To celebrate my retirement from full-time employment, my wife Nancy and I booked a three-week trip to Europe in April with stops in Amsterdam, Brussel...
    Updated Jul 25 2016 12:03 pm   |     |   Share

    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    A mountain goat looks for food near the summit of Mount Timpanogos on Sunday morning, July 24, 2016. A hike up Mount Timpanogos to see the sunrise
    In darkness late Saturday, Salt Lake Tribune photographer Lennie Mahler and some friends arrived at a trailhead and began the hike up to Mount Timpano...
    Updated Jul 29 2016 11:39 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Friday, July 15, 2016 photo, a king stargazer suite is visible at Panacea at the Canyon Resort near Terrebonne, Ore. (Joe Kline/The Bulletin via AP) Property owners rent luxury tents to tourists in Bend, Oregon
    Bend, Ore. • A queen-sized bed. Wi-Fi. A home-cooked breakfast. These amenities aren’t usually found at the average campground, where campers are ofte...
    Updated Jul 23 2016 10:03 am   |     |   Share
    (Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) You could see as many as 100 mountain goats at this year’s Tushar Mountain Goat Watch. Division of Wildlife Resources offers free ‘Goat Watch’ on the Tushars
    Beaver Canyon and the Tushar Mountains east of the town of Beaver are one of those places that few Wasatch Front people have ever explored. Yet, this ...
    Updated Jul 22 2016 03:05 pm   |     |   Share
    Engen Museum unveils Stein Eriksen exhibit
    The Alf Engen Ski Museum located inside the Utah Olympic Park unveiled a new exhibit Wednesday honoring the legendary Stein Eriksen. The new exhibit c...
    Updated Jul 21 2016 11:12 am   |     |   Share
    Utah could learn from Montana anglers’ access signs
    One of the benefits of hitting the road for a long out of state trip is that a person can observe the way things might be done somewhat differently. I...
    Updated Jul 20 2016 01:51 pm   |     |   Share
    (Nate Carlisle  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Creek View Trail, seen here on June 28, 2016, in Draper is part of the Corner Canyon trail system. The trail is 3.46 miles from the Corner Canyon Trailhead to the Coyote Hollow Trailhead. Utah Hike of the Week: Creek View Trail in Draper
    Directions • The trail can be accessed on its north end at Corner Canyon Trailhead, next to the Andy Ballard Equestrian Center at 1266 E. 13400 South...
    Updated Jul 21 2016 03:23 pm   |     |   Share
    Video: Lake Fork Trailhead near Moon Lake is the path for out-of-the-way hiking
    The rangers on the Ashley National Forest, in eastern Utah, have produced a series of videos about the forest and recreation there. The embedded video...
    Updated Jul 18 2016 09:51 am   |     |   Share
    (Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Deer Lake, seen here on July 11, 2016, sits on the south slope of the Uinta Mountains in the Ashley National Forest. Utah Hike of the Week: Deer Lake in Yellowstone Canyon
    Directions • From the town of Duchesne, drive north on State Route 87 and follow it for 23 miles. The road will wind. Turn north again on 2100 West, ...
    Updated Jul 14 2016 05:07 pm   |     |   Share
    A screen shot from Jim and Will Pattiz’s latest video, featuring Grand Teton National Park, in their More Than Just Parks series. Brothers capture beauty of Grand Teton National Park in latest video
    The Pattiz brothers finished another video that showcases the beauty of a national park. Jim and Will Pattiz headed to nearby Grand Teton National Pa...
    Updated Jul 14 2016 11:25 am   |     |   Share
    Outdoor infrastructure grants available
    The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation has announced the addition of youth programs in a list of groups that can apply for the Utah Outdoor Recreation ...
    Updated Jul 13 2016 11:27 am   |     |   Share
    Utah anglers signing up for and completing cutthroat slam
    Interest among anglers wishing to complete Utah’s Cutthroat Slam appears to be high. What, exactly, is the cutthroat slam? It is a program established...
    Updated Jul 12 2016 01:16 pm   |     |   Share
    It’s time to pick fruit at Capitol Reef
    Though Capitol Reef National Park is primarily a scenic area, the National Park Service has preserved some historic structures and orchards to celebra...
    Updated Jul 11 2016 09:48 am   |     |   Share
    (|  Tribune File Photo)    Hikers on the trail to Kings Peak. Video: Yellowstone and Swift Creek Trailhead can be path up Kings Peak in the Uinta Mountains
    The rangers on the Ashley National Forest, in eastern Utah, have produced a series of videos about the forest and recreation there. The embedded vide...
    Updated Jul 11 2016 06:57 am   |     |   Share
  • This July 22, 2014 photo provided by Vince Swagerty, shows Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. (AP Photo/Vince Swagerty) Yellowstone hires Mandarin-speaking rangers
    Yellowstone National Park, Mont. • Yellowstone National Park has hired three Mandarin-speaking rangers to help with communication amid a growing numbe...
    Updated Jul 09 2016 06:51 pm   |     |   Share
    (Franciso Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Glimpses of the scenic famed walls of Zion National Park flash by motorists as they travel through the mile long tunnel along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. Zion National Park receives preservation grant
    Zion National Park is one of the recipients of a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. The grant was determine...
    Updated Jul 08 2016 12:31 pm   |     |   Share
    Courtesy  |  Utah State Historical Society  Crowds at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington. June 17, 1937. Lagoon celebrates 130 years July 15
    Even though I am now in my 60s, I continue to have a love affair with both history and amusement parks. I once researched a story on the Utah connecti...

    Updated Jul 08 2016 12:03 pm   |     |   Share
    (Erin Alberty  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Ice columns begin to thaw in Mossy Cave on March 31, 2016 in Bryce Canyon National Park. Utah Hike of the Week: Mossy Cave — Bryce Canyon National Park
    Amidst soaring midsummer temperatures, the hike to Mossy Cave offers a refreshing splash in the water and a breath of cool air for hikers of all ages ...
    Updated Jul 07 2016 01:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2015 file photo, a grizzly bear looks up from foraging in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. There’s a basic rule on what to do if you encounter a bear in the wilderness. That says, ’If it’s brown, you lie down. If it’s black, you fight back.’ A biologist at Denali National Park says the idea is to play dead only after a brown bear has struck or is about to, not before. The advice comes after a woman hiking in Denali immediately played dead when she saw a grizzly but was attacked anyway. The woman survived. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File) Outdoor survival tips for Bear Country
    Anchorage, Alaska • A basic rule on what to do when encountering a bear in the wilderness is so common, it’s long been a mantra: “If it’s brown, you l...
    Updated Jul 06 2016 11:45 am   |     |   Share
    Visiting the historic Wildcat Guard Station on the Boulder Mountain
    As we approached the Singletree Campground on the Boulder Mountain last week, the rain was coming down so hard that there was no way we would even thi...
    Updated Jul 06 2016 10:39 am   |     |   Share
    Hit high country for best holiday fishing
    Expect most small waters to be heavily stocked with rainbow trout for what promises to be a busy July 4th weekend at fishing spots throughout Utah. Th...
    Updated Jun 30 2016 09:00 am   |     |   Share
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