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(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.

Gondola would be corporate welfare for Little Cottonwood resorts, Robert Gehrke writes

By Robert Gehrke | November 30, 2021, 8:18 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Though many think water wise gardens means mostly cactus varieties, that certainly doesn’t need to be the case. However the Snow Leopard Cholla from the cactus family at Red Butte Gardens is a striking option for not needing any watering at all. In the upper tiers of the garden people can get a visual representation of “hydrozoning” which arranges plants according to their water needs.

Think you know Red Butte Garden? Here are 5 new ways to look at it

By Kaitlyn Bancroft | August 3, 2021, 3:29 p.m.

(John Burcham|The New York Times) Cars line up at the South Rim entrance of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona on July 2, 2021. Americans are flocking to national parks in record numbers, in many cases leading to long lines and overcrowded facilities. Here's what four parks looked like over the holiday weekend.

How crowded are America’s national parks? See for yourself.

By The New York Times | July 9, 2021, 2:36 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A red blood supermoon lunar eclipse sets over the Oquirrh Mountains early Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Missed the Super Flower Blood Moon and eclipse? Check out our photos here

By Kaitlyn Bancroft | May 26, 2021, 8:18 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Anthony L. Solis) | Bright yellow balsamroot flowers speckle the foothills around which winds the Wild Rose Loop Trail in North Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Wild Rose Trail the sweetest hike in North Salt Lake

By Julie Jag | May 24, 2021, 4:31 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)  Monica Montano and her daugher Maiah, 5, smile for a quick selfie at sunset at the Baby Animal Festival and Tulip Field Festival at Cross E Ranch, April 23, 2021. The festival runs until May 8.

Photos: Baby animals mark spring’s new arrivals in Salt Lake County

By Leah Hogsten | May 2, 2021, 1:15 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources) Utah DWR fisheries technician Emily Wright displays a massive lake trout caught and released in Bear Lake during a gillnetting survey in 2019.

Bear Lake’s sterile lake trout are headed to other Idaho lakes

By Brian Maffly | April 27, 2021, 8:12 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  | The Salt Lake Tribune) State Sen. Jani Iwamoto, center, and Utah Paleontologist Jim Kirkland tour the site of the new Utahraptor State Park. Iwamoto was the co-sponsor of the legislation creating the park, which contains the largest array of dinosaur species on the planet. It is also the site of a World War II Japanese isolation camp that will be memorialized within the park.

Robert Gehrke: Utah is home to the richest deposits of dinosaurs on the planet, and now they will be protected

By Robert Gehrke | April 18, 2021, 2:32 p.m.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)  The Zipper Glyph, March 20, 2021 during the spring equinox, or one of the two times during the year the sun illuminates the northern and southern hemispheres equally. The Zipper Glyph is the largest petroglyph at the Parowan Gap and has been interpreted in different ways. The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah believes the glyph depicts the story of  a migration where many people experienced famine, drought, water crossings, cold, ice and hot sun and of a great Leader. The petroglyph also has been researched by an astronomer and archaeologist who believe the glyph is based on astronomical events, depicting the movement of the sun, moon and stars as a means to track and chart seasonal changes including the summer and winter solstices and the equinoxes among native people. Those theories are still under review by scientific and American Indian communities.

Photos: The Parowan Gap shows a gap in time

By Leah Hogsten | March 27, 2021, 1:17 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  Tribune file photo)  Alta Ski Area closed uphill traffic for avalanche control on March 25 but kept the Summer Road and Grizzly Gulch open to backcountry skiers.

Alta parking is a mess, but are bigger lots the answer?

By Brian Maffly | March 15, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune) A sign at Alta Ski Resort encourages people to social distance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  A group of MIT students analyzed several lodges in town and parts of the ski area to determine where guests are most at risk for catching the virus and how decrease their odds.

Alta mayor calls for quiet after study at resort shows how loud talking can spread coronavirus droplets around

By Julie Jag | December 16, 2020, 11:55 p.m.

(Al Hartmann  |  Salt Lake Tribune file photo) A view of the Bearclaw run at Sundance Mountain Resort, when a group called Follow the Flag had a 150-foot long American flag taken down the slope  by skiers in 2018. Actor, filmmaker and activist Robert Redford announced Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, that he is selling the resort he opened in 1969 to two investment companies, Broadreach Capital Partners and Cedar Capital Partners, for an undisclosed sum.

Exclusive: Robert Redford sells Sundance Mountain Resort to pair of high-end resort firms

By Sean P. Means | December 12, 2020, 3:38 a.m.

(Zak Podmore | The Salt Lake Tribune) A nearly 10-foot tall steel sculpture that discovered in a remote canyon in San Juan County in mid-November drew attention from around the world.

Robert Gehrke: Utah’s obelisk was a beautiful mystery and it’s a good thing it’s gone

By Robert Gehrke | December 2, 2020, 5:52 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) 
Skiers are required to wear face coverings they ski at Park City on opening day, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

Most Utah ski areas expect to be open by the weekend

By Julie Jag | November 30, 2020, 1:16 a.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Zac Beveridge skis with 3-year-old Finley on opening day at Park City, on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

Utah ski areas expect surge in popularity due to COVID-19 this winter

By Julie Jag | November 28, 2020, 10:33 p.m.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) The entrance to Solitude Mountain Resort is pictured Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Solitude has postponed its opening day, originally scheduled for Nov. 20, citing lack of snow.

Solitude postpones ski opener, cites lack of snow

By Julie Jag | November 9, 2020, 9:59 p.m.

(Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Pep Fujas, vice president of marketing and product development at WNDR Alpine, talks about the construction of WNDR Alpine skis, which are made with a microalgae oil instead of petroleum, at the company's production office in Salt Lake City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. It is the first company to use algae to make skis.

Algae in skis? Salt Lake company believes its technology could change the snow-sports industry

By Julie Jag | October 8, 2020, 5:11 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Nick Alegre)
Tim Durtschi catches air in Jackson Hole while filming for the upcoming Teton Gravity Research film "Make Believe," which will be shown at the Redwood Drive-In on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

Utah’s powderhounds find hucks, hope in drive-in ski films

By Julie Jag | September 23, 2020, 7:29 p.m.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Skiers at Solitude Mountain Resort, Thursday December 21, 2017.

Solitude, Deer Valley ski areas end walk-up ticket sales, won’t require reservations

By Julie Jag | September 15, 2020, 12:51 a.m.

Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune file

Solo chairlift rides will be more common at Park City Mountain Resort this winter. PCMR's parent company, Vail Resorts, announced its protocols for protecting guests from COVID-19 during the 2020-21 season. They include, among others, mostly allowing only people skiing together to share a chair lift and no more walk-up ticket sales.

Park City ski area sets COVID-19 guidelines, including no walk-up tickets

By Julie Jag | August 29, 2020, 10:12 p.m.