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The Southwest is the National Park Service’s search and rescue triangle. In 2014, staff at Grand Canyon National Park had to conduct 324 searches and rescues, the most of any site managed by the park service. Over near Las Vegas, …

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Western Rivers Fly Fisher guide Eli Koles checks for risers while floating the emerald waters of the Green River during a recent multi day trip in April of 2013. Utah Bucket List: Catch fish and scenery on the Green River
    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 Jul 22 2015 06:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A traffic jam on the Provo River during Gallery: Floaters spill into the Provo River for drifting party
    The Provo River filled with people in inner tubes, kayaks and other vessels Sunday for Float Provo River. The event was organized on Facebook and beg...
    Updated Jul 19 2015 04:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Alpenglow shining on the Grand Tetons is reflected in Jenny Lake June 4, 2015, in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.  The park offers amazing scenery and hiking opportunities without the crowds of nearby Yellowstone National Park. (Erin Madison/Great Falls Tribune via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT Grand Teton National Park offers hiking, beauty in Yellowstone’s shadow
    Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. • The last time I visited Grand Teton National Park was in 2002. I had recently graduated from high school in Colorado...
    Updated Jul 18 2015 05:34 pm   |     |   Share
    Top 7 reasons to attend the 46th annual Kimball Arts Fest
    More than 60,000 people from across the country attend the Kimball Arts Festival every year. It is Utah’s original, longest running visual arts fest...
    Updated Jul 23 2015 01:17 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Brian Maffly  |  Tribune file photo)  
Corona Arch near Moab has become what is billed as the world's largest rope swing after climbers figured out how to adapt climbing gear to set up a thrilling 250-foot pendulum ride under the arch. Federal land managers make Corona, Gemini Bridges rope ban official
    Federal land managers this week reinforced a two-year ban on roped activities at Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges. The Bureau of Land Management listed...
    Updated May 14 2015 09:32 pm   |     |   Share
    (Al Hartmann  |  Tribune file photo)   
Hikers carefully pick their way down the Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park. It's one of the premier hikes in the park which takes the hiker up and a steep rock spine that climbs to a magnificent view of the Virgin River and Zion Canyon below.  The hikes is not for those with fear of heights.  An anchor chain is embedded in the rock in steep places along the trail that hikers can grab onto for safety. Once infamous, Angels Landing trail now a safety success story
    Zion National Park • Cheetah Platt works as an acrobat, but he’s hardly fearless. Before he decided to hike Angels Landing, he read materials online ...
    Updated Jun 14 2015 07:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Eden Record, 14, and her dad Justin observe a flock of pelicans at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve, Friday, April 10, 2015 Books: Scott Sampson hosts a new adventure with ‘How to Raise a Wild Child’
    What if children never got to feel mud squish through their toes? See the ripple effect of a rock thrown into a lake? Chase a butterfly through a fiel...
    Updated May 11 2015 09:31 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Skyline Arch is lit up at night as the setting begins to reveal the sea of stars above during a camping trip to Arches National Park. Utah Bucket List: Camping in Devils Garden at Arches National Park
    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 May 28 2015 09:40 am   |     |   Share
  • This June 19, 2015, shows a dispersed campground site on the Helena National Forest, near Helena, Mont. Campers have an option known as dispersed camping when campgrounds are full. This is camping where there are no picnic tables, fire rings, potable water or toilets. (Brett French/The Billings Gazette via AP) ‘Dispersed camping’ offers alternative to full campgrounds
    Billings, Mont. • Few things are more disheartening to the camping summer tourist than pulling into a campground and finding all of the sites full. It...
    Updated Jul 05 2015 10:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Natalie Muth  |  Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Quagga mussels cover the prop of a boat motor at Lake Mead. Idaho stopping boats at borders to inspect for invasive mussels
    Twin Falls, Idaho • State agricultural officials have opened inspection stations along Idaho’s borders for the summer to catch invasive mussels found ...
    Updated Jul 05 2015 10:07 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Mountain bikers pause on  the White Rim trail in Canyonlands in 2013. Utah Bucket List: Biking the White Rim Trail
    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 Jul 01 2015 08:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • 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 Jul 08 2015 06:56 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 Jul 07 2015 01:43 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 Jul 15 2015 08:21 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
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