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(Tribune file photo) Tribune Choice Awards: Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park.
Tribune Choice Awards: Recreation
First Published Jun 28 2013 10:06 am • Last Updated Jun 29 2013 05:50 pm

You voted, and the results are in.

Allow us to introduce winners of The Salt Lake Tribune Choice Awards — your picks for the best Utah has to offer in recreation. Tribune editors weighed in as well, with their own selections in each category.

At a glance

Utah at its best

You voted, and the results are in.

Allow us to introduce winners of The Salt Lake Tribune Choice Awards — your picks for the best Utah has to offer in dining, nightlife, arts and culture, recreation and destinations. Tribune editors weighed in as well, with their own selections in each category.

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Hikes

People’s Choice

Winner

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park » The 45-foot-tall arch is every bit as magnificent as you’ve heard. Even if it weren’t there, the bowl-shaped amphitheater offers great views of the surrounding redrock and La Sal Mountains. This hike is about the destination; not the journey. But the journey’s not bad. It’s a relatively easy hike on the slickrock.

First runner-up


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Mount Timpanogos » The trail takes you through trees and rocks until you reach spectacular views of Salt Lake and Utah counties.

Second runner-up

Angels Landing, Zion National Park » Yes, it’s steep and a little scary. But keep steady and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind view of southwest Utah and a national park.

Editors’ Choice

Winner

Queens Garden/Navajo Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park » This trail has panoramic views, arches and towering spires of redrock. It’s long enough to feel challenging but not so difficult children can’t do it. Get away from the trailheads and you can find yourself alone.

First runner-up

Delicate Arch » (See People’s Choice.)

Second runner-up

Mount Olympus » It’s not as famous as its Greek counterpart, but it will provide great views of the Salt Lake Valley and the Great Salt Lake.

Ski runs

People’s Choice

Winner

Jupiter Bowl, Park City Mountain Resort » Getting there isn’t easy, but once you’ve worked your way to the back of Park City Mountain Resort, Jupiter Bowl makes it all worthwhile. Whether it’s heading down the Main Bowl, skiing the trees around 6 Bells or Portuguese Gap or traversing to either the West Face or Scott’s Bowl, Jupiter Bowl provides the steepness that exhilarates expert skiers and snowboarders plus light, deep snow more reminiscent of the Cottonwood canyons than most Park City-area skiing. What makes Jupiter Bowl particularly nice is its diversity. You can ski through the trees, sometimes finding powder stashes days after the last storm, or pick whatever route appeals to you in the wide-open bowls to the left and right. And for people who don’t like crowds, the especially adventurous can hike farther, out past West Scott’s Bowl, to access the many double black-diamond runs off Pinecone Ridge.

First runner-up

Silver Fox, Snowbird » With a pitch perfect for the living of deep powder dreams, running on and on down the mountain — and easier to get to than Great Scott.

Second runner-up

Great Scott, Snowbird » (See Editors’ Choice.)

Editors’ Choice

Winner

Alf’s High Rustler, Alta » No single run symbolizes Utah skiing to the rest of the world quite like Alf’s High Rustler. Its imposing pitch, from the top of the ridge down to the Little Cottonwood Canyon resort’s base facility, is clearly visible for all to see. Only the best can ski it well, and only the best of the best have the endurance to go from top to bottom without stopping. Great skiers worldwide dream of making that top-to-bottom descent on a good powder day. And given its orientation, High Rustler gets some of the best powder anywhere. The run may even get better. Alta is talking about widening Corkscrew, making it easier for beginners and intermediates to reach the bottom, potentially eliminating the need for a cat track that cuts across Alf’s High Rustler one-third of the way up the mountain.

First runner-up

Great Scott at Snowbird » What a pitch off the ridge, through snow that falls and blows in deep on classic Little Cottonwood Canyon dumps.

Second runner-up

Devil’s Castle at Alta » The excitement that surges back through the line of skiers when the rope is dropped and the traverse is opened to the wide open powder fields of Devil’s Castle is something in which to partake.

Biking trails

People’s Choice

Winner

Bonneville Shoreline Trail » Great climbs, rolling flat sections and techy areas that challenge aggressive riders give the Bonneville Shoreline trail plenty of variety to make it a winner in any mountain biker’s mind.

That the trail is just minutes from downtown, making it a convenient place to get a lunch or post-work ride, makes it the most popular ride in the area.

While the trail is listed as one, its many entry and exit points allow riders a lot of freedom in the length of rides chosen. You can do a short climb up to the towers above downtown for a quick workout or make it an all-day affair by starting near the zoo, riding over to Bountiful and back.

In addition to sweet singletrack, riders get a bonus of a variety of wildlife and flowers that add to the scenery. Red foxes, deer and a host of colorful birds keep riders company while meadows filled with sunflowers, larkspurs and roses make those long grinding climbs a colorful workout.

First runner-up

Slickrock Trail » This trail made Moab famous with plenty of slickrock to test a rider’s courage.

Second runner-up

Wasatch Crest » Beautiful views, epic climbing and plenty of options make this ride a classic.

Editors’ Choice

Winner

Mid-Mountain Trail » Many people may think of Park City’s Mid-Mountain Trail as a single ride. You get on it at Deer Valley, ride it to the Canyons and take a shuttle back.

That isn’t a bad ride, particularly for out-of-towners. However, to get the full benefit of the Mid-Mountain Trail, locals know it’s best used as an access to all the great trails above and below it. Ride Mid-Mountain, see a trail peeling off to the side, take it, then work your way back to Mid-Mountain for some more rolling-flat fun, then take another trail and explore some more. Repeat until the legs are done.

First runner-up

Armstrong Trail » This trail offers riders another way to reach Mid-Mountain than from Spiro. The bonus? It is an uphill trail only for riders.

Second runner-up

Mag 7 » This trail outside Moab near Gemini Bridges is flowy, rocking and graced by amazing views.



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