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  1. Backpacking in the Uinta Mountains: A Must-Do Adventure in Utah

    From high alpine lakes to hundreds of miles of trails, backpacking in the Uinta Mountains is an outdoor lover's dream.

  2. Fishing Along the Cobalt Waters of the Kolob Reservoir

    Escape the summer heat at the Kolob Reservoir, a perfect spot for epic fishing, camping along grassy shores, and paddling on calm waters.

  3. A Nocturnal Nirvana: Dark Sky Park

    More than 100,000 people visit Natural Bridges each year, but only a few of them stay to see the area’s most amazing feature: Dark Sky Park.

  4. A Land of Monolithic Stone Spires: Kodachrome Basin

    If ever a state park was made to be photographed, it is Kodachrome Basin State Park. In fact, in 1948, members of the National Geographic Society visited the park to photograph a feature for the magazine, and gave it the nickname “Kodachrome” after the popular Kodak film of the day.

  5. Remote, Secluded, and Mellow: Willis Creek Narrows

    Unlike many slot canyons that require tricky approaches, sleuthy navigation, and technical descents, Willis Creek Narrows is mellow and accessible. Here, you’ll find great visual rewards with minimal effort.

  6. Flaming Gorge Reservoir: Paddling in Paradise

    Paddling options abound in Flaming Gorge Reservoir, which has multiple put-ins, various routes, and a pristine environment.

  7. Fly Fishing the Peaceful Lakes and Streams in Utah’s Uinta Mountains

    Fly fishing the quiet and peaceful lakes, rivers, and streams in Utah's Uinta Mountains has become a favorite summer activity for anglers.

  8. Travel Back in Time in Dinosaur National Monument

    A must-do for both dinosaur geeks and outdoor lovers, the trails in Dinosaur National Monument beckon with a stroll through time.

  9. The Dowd Mountain Bike Trail: One of Utah's Best-Kept Secrets

    A fantastically fun 10-mile loop, the Dowd Mountain bike trail is full of single- and doubletrack ideal for novices and experienced riders.

  10. Best Spots to Mountain Bike in Logan Canyon

    Mountain biking in Logan Canyon offers trails for the beginner rider to the seasoned vet.

  11. The Colorado River’s Twisting Natural Wonder: Horseshoe Bend

    When viewed from 1,000 feet above the Colorado River, Horseshoe Bend is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the United States.

  12. Golden Spike: Discover the Ties to Our Nation's Past

    Visit Golden Spike and witness the exact spot where the first transcontinental railroad was completed.

  13. A Panoramic Boat Tour of Lake Powell is Enjoyable in Any Language

    See all that Lake Powell has to offer by taking one of the panoramic boat tours offered from Wahweap Marina.

  14. From Town to Bridge: The Escalante River Hiking Trail

    The Escalante River is one of the mightiest and most important waterways in Southern Utah. A popular hike along its waters starts at the trailhead in Escalante and goes for 15 miles one way to the Highway 12 bridge.

  15. High-Elevation Hiking in Southern Utah: Where To Beat the Heat

    Escape the sizzling summer temps with some alpine exploration. Here, our picks for great high-elevation hiking in Southern Utah.

  16. Utah Swimming Holes and Watery Trails Perfect for Hot Summer Days

    Having a hard time rallying for a hike on a hot summer day? These hikes feature Utah swimming holes and water-centric trails.

  17. A Hike Back in Time: Finding Fossils in Southern Utah

    Southern Utah is home to more than redrock splendor: Dinosaur tracks, rock art, fossils, and petrified trees are among its ancient treasures.

  18. A Quick Trail Run Up Ensign Peak

    Ensign Peak rises above downtown Salt Lake City, making for a great quickie trail run during the chaos of the Outdoor Retailer Show.

  19. An Epic 13-Mile Mountain Run at Desolation Lake

    Escape the heat and hit the Desolation Loop for an epic 13-mile trail run through mountain meadows to lakes at the top of the Wasatch.

  20. Choose Your Own Trail Run Adventure on Pipeline

    Mill Creek Canyon features Pipeline, one most popular running trails in the Wasatch and only a 22-minute drive from the Salt Palace.

  21. Uinta Day Hikes to Check Off Your List This Summer

    Beat the Salt Lake heat by escaping to the Uinta mountains, just 90 minutes to the east. Here, four of our favorite Uinta day hikes.

  22. Porcupine Pub & Grille Offers Drinks and Dining at Big Cottonwood Canyon

    The Porcupine Pub & Grille features an outdoor deck at the base of the Big Cottonwood Canyon, famous fish tacos, and local craft beers.

  23. Shade-Covered Mountain Bike Glory at Mill Creek

    Mill Creek Canyon is one of the most beautiful areas for mountain biking in Utah. It’s also only a 15-minute drive from the Salt Palace.

  24. Celebrate with 140 Beers & Gourmet Food at Beer Bar

    Salt Lake City's Beer Bar, a German-style beer garden with more than 140 beers (30 on tap), is just a 12-minute walk from the Salt Palace.

  25. Lake Blanche: A Bucket List Salt Lake City Hike

    Lake Blanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City provides a leg-burning hike and a gorgeous setting for a sunset.

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