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Park City KANAB Westwater Canyon

Capitol Reef INSPIRE. EDUCATE. EXPLORE.

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TAKE A HIKE. Load up the kids and take a road trip to family-friendly Kanab. While lots of people flock to well-known hiking spots like Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Canyon, if you’re looking to get off the beaten path and onto some trails that are just as breathtaking, you need to plan a trip to Kanab and surrounding Kane County. You’ll find an incredible array of trails suitable for the whole family.

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MOqui cave

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best friends animal sanctuary

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ART DIRECTOR Michelle Rayner CONTENT MANAGER Breana Wright COPY EDITOR Audrey Lee EDITORIAL Ryan Kelly, Audrey Lee, Marysia McGill and Erica Tingey PHOTOGRAPHY Arika Bauer and Ryan Kelly

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The Freemason Trail / Park City PHOTO BY Monique Beeley

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14 Tips from Top Influencer

28 Teen Contributer Splash into Summer

18 How To… Catch your First Fish 20 Healthy Kids Hydrate 23 Map 24 Educational - Top 10

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30 RoadTrippin' Capitol Reef National Park 34 Explore your Backyard Kanab 38 Guided Adventure River Retreat

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YEAH for summertime,

where the days are longer, the action is BIGGER, and we all get to spend MORE TIME PLAYING OUTSIDE. As parents, this means we have to hustle just a bit to fit it all in, because the summer really does fly by, just as the years do with our kids. One of my favorite summer adventures is always a river trip. It’s truly a time to unplug and reconnect with my daughter. I feel very grateful that we have been able to make these trips happen annually. Be sure to check out our trip report (page 38) from our last river retreat. If mountain biking with your kids is on your summer agenda, like it is on mine, be sure to read former mountain bike racer Erica Tingey’s article (page 14) highlighting some great tips to keep those tires rolling throughout the summer.

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Park City is a happening place year-round, but in the summertime this mountain town is hopping with deals, making it the perfect plan for a quick family staycation. We have two fun-filled weekend itineraries (page 10) to help simplify the planning process, so you can spend more time doing and less time planning. Keeping the family hydrated during the warmer months is key, especially when you are playing outside in the sun. Our friend and performance coach, Audrey Lee, Ph.D., (page 20) gives us the lowdown on making sure you and your kids are happily hydrated! Because we all want to avoid as many meltdowns as possible… Right? NOW, get out there and enjoy these long action packed days of sunshine with your kids and make some memories that will keep you smiling for years to come!

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1/2 day Class II Rafting Adventures and more for kids 4 and older within an hour of Salt Lake City

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TUACAHN MUSICALS / St. George Cinderella - June 8th-Oct 19th Matilda the Musical – June 9th – Oct 18th The Prince of Egypt – July 20th – Oct 20th Tuacahn.org

EYES TO THE SKY BALLOON FESTIVAL Balloons launch each morning at 6am and the daily festivities include free tethered balloon rides, balloon glow, carnival rides, food and craft vendors and live music. EyesTotheSkyBalloonFestival.com

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PANGUITCH VALLEY BALLOON RALLY Early morning balloon launch each day followed by all day festivities, including live entertainment, vendor booths, inflatable kids rides, 5K race and evening balloon glow. PanguitchMainStreet.org

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BRIAN HEAD RESORT CLASSIC ROCK N’ RIDE Head to Brian Head for this kick-off event to celebrate the renovations to their mountain bike park. The weekend includes live music, BBQ, mountain bike clinics, vendors and demos. BrianHead.com

BEAR LAKE RASPBERRY DAYS Head to Bear Lake for a weekend of fun! Event includes 5k fun race, pancake breakfast, fair and rodeo, concert, fireworks and dancing. BearLakeRaspberryDays.com

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MIDWAY SWISS DAYS Midway’s town square comes alive with over 200 carefully selected craft vendor booths, live entertainment, parade, 10K race, and lots of delicious food. MidwaySwissDays.com Check out DiscoverUtahMagazine.com for our entire summer event roundup!

AUTUMN ALOFT - PARK CITY The event includes 24 balloons launching both Saturday and Sunday mornings and then a Saturday evening Candlestick on Park City’s Historic Main Street. AutumnAloft.com

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PEACH DAYS – BRIGHAM CITY Started in 1904 as a day-off from the harvest and time to celebrate “an abundance of the best peaches in Utah”. Event includes; car and motorcycle show, 10k race, vender booths, parades, kid’s activities and live music. BoxElderChamber.com

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The only thing better this summer than Staycation, is PLAYCATION! Hyatt Centric Park City is the ultimate playcation summer destination. With endless activities to keep kids and teens engaged and the spacious luxury of Hyatt Centric accommodations means fun and relaxation for everyone.

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STAYCATION

Park City BY BREANA WRIGHT

WHEN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER IS AT ITS PEAK, pack your overnight bag and the kids, and head up to Park City for a cool Mountain Staycation! With so much to do from hiking and biking to zip lines and scenic lift rides, concerts and discounted lodging (some offer discounts up to 75% off their winter rates), this cool mountain town has something for everyone. Here are two action-filled, family-friendly weekend (or midweek for the best rates) itineraries; one is an “In-Town” option and the other is an “Out of Town” option based around the Kimball Junction area.

“In-Town”

DAY 1 – Breakfast on Main Street is not to be missed on any Park City vacay…a few of our favorites are: Riverhorse Provisions, The Eating Establishment and Harvest. Next head over to Deer Valley Resort for a morning of hiking and/or biking.

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Hike - Deer Valley has 6 trails that are hiking only trails. From Silver Lake take the Sterling Express chairlift up and then hike down. Alternatively, if you hike up, you can ride the lift down for free. You are rewarded at the top with expansive views of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains. From the top the Silver Lake Trail is 2-miles and the Ontario Canyon Trail is 3-miles. Another option for little hikers is to just do a short out and back on either trail and then ride the lift back down. Chairlift Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 15th - September 3rd. Bike - Deer Valley offers a Kids Downhill/Freeride Program (ages 9-14) on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m., June 19 through August 21, which is a great way to increase skills and confidence on the bike. Or, if you would like to ride as a family, the Holy Roller Trail is the fun and flowy beginner option on the mountain. Lunch – Meet up après’ adventure on the deck at Royal Street Café or pack a picnic for a “trail side” lunch with amazing 360 degree views.


Cool off with a swim, because what kid doesn’t like a pool! There are amazing pools at most Park City hotels and a couple of local swimming options are: Silver Mountain Sports Club (Adults $25, Kids under 6 are free, over 6 $15) and PC MARC (Adults $12, Kids 3-17 $5 and free under 2). Dinner - 3 of our favorites that have outdoor space for kids are Silver Star Café, Blind Dog Restaurant & Sushi and Windy Ridge, or if you are in the mood for Mexican fare, El Chubasco is a locals’ hot spot. DAY 2 – Breakfast – a locals’ fav is the deck of Deer Valley Grocery Café, followed by a morning SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) at Pebble Beach, conveniently located just next door to your breakfast locale. Park City SUP offers rentals ($20/hr.), lessons and even SUP Yoga. Next head over to Park City Mountain where the resort transforms its base into an all-out summertime fun zone! Consider getting the Adventure Pass which allows you to spend an entire day enjoying unlimited rides on your favorite activities for one great price (54” and taller $80, under 54” $50). They have an alpine slide, mini golf, climbing wall and kids’ tubing… to name just a few. The Park City Farmers Market (June 13th-Oct 17th) is a must if you are visiting on Wednesdays. The market runs 12-5pm and is located at the lower parking lot of Park City Mountain. Mountain Town Music keeps the music vibe alive in Park City during the summer, with many options for free outdoor concerts! Top spots are Saturdays at Park City Mountain and Wednesdays at Deer Valley Resort. Check out mountaintownmusic.org for their full line up.

Sundays beginning June 3rd, the bottom of Main Street comes alive with the Park Silly Sunday Market. The market is an eco-friendly open-air market, street festival and community forum. It is a treasure box that features unique and eclectic local and regional arts and crafts, music and performance arts along with many food and drink options.

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“Out of Town”

DAY 1 – Head over to the Swaner Preserve and Eco Center. Ever wonder what bird it is that just flew by? Or have your littles asked you what kind of flower they’re holding, only to not know? Check out their ever changing exhibits, and after, head outside to the Wetlands Discovery Trail. This self-guided nature trail has 8 stops, each containing interesting facts and history about the preserve. One of the best ways to stay cool in the summer is on the river. The Weber River is the perfect location for getting your feet wet and experiencing the thrills of white water rafting. The 8-mile scenic section has both class II rapids and calm flat water. Our friends at All Seasons Adventures offer ½ day guided river trips that are perfect for kids 4 and up.

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Dinner - Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery is the hotspot at Kimball Junction, especially when you have kids. They have a great outdoor patio with plenty of room for the kids to play, while the adults can enjoy a beverage and some delicious food. DAY 2 – Breakfast – Park City Bread & Bagel and Clockwork Café are two great options at Kimball Junction. Then head over to the Utah Olympic Park for a day of adventure, including biking, hiking, zip-lines, and ropes courses. First is some trail time. As you’re driving up the Olympic Parkway pull into the trailhead on the right and strap on your helmets (or lace up the hiking boots) and explore the RTS trail. This is a beginner 2.5-mile single track loop that is


perfect for families. Next, head on up to the Park and enjoy a day filled with fun. We recommend getting the Gold Pass which allows unlimited day use of most of the park’s activities. Save 10% when you purchase online. High flying action hits the Olympic Park every weekend at 1:00pm (June 23rd-Sept. 2nd) with the Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Show. See Olympians and National Team athletes show off their amazing acrobatic talents. The Copper Moose Farm Stand is a great local farm that sells organic produce and beautiful flowers grown on their farm. It is located at 1285 Old Ranch Road and open Saturday 9-3, or Tuesday/Thursday 12-6pm. Not to be missed when visiting Kimball Junction is a stop at the Tanger Outlets. There is always a deal to be found, and be sure to stop into Nuzzles and Co., the local pet rescue, where the kids can get a little kitty/puppy love. This is just a few of the many family options to be found in Park City during the summer. Here are few helpful links for planning your perfect Park City Staycation: PcscArts.org ParkCityRestaurants.com VisitParkCity.com

GOLD MEDAL ADVENTURES Gold Passes include unlimited day use on Extreme Tubing, Airbag Jumps, Mountain Challenge, Alpine Slide, Extreme and Freestyle Ziplines, Adventure Ropes Courses, Drop Tower, Scenic Chairlift Rides and more! Purchase online and save 10%.

SUMMER SEASON PASSES Summer Season Passes include unlimited use all summer long (May 25 to October 21) of all Gold Pass Activities including: • Discovery Course • Alpine Slide • Extreme Zipline • Mountain Challenge • And many more! *Offer only available at the Guest Services desk located in the Quinney Welcome Center. Excludes Summer Bobsled Experience, Guided Tours and Zip Tour.

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Tips Erica Tingey from Top Influencer

SO, YOU WANT TO GET YOUR KID ON A MOUNTAIN BIKE...

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WE ARE A CYCLING FAMILY. I raced my mountain bike around the world as a professional. My husband is an avid rider and my 9-year-old son cruises singletrack almost better than I do! You'd think that we were born to pedal, but that would be very far from the truth. I'll let you in on a little secret; my son resisted riding bikes with the same force that I resist black licorice - and I really can't stand black licorice. Cycling, and especially mountain biking, can be a wonderful family activity. Park City is home to trails for all ability levels, with vistas and smiles for miles. We moved here with the idea of pedaling all summer and skiing all winter. Getting our son on board with our plans took some extra work, however. While we haven't figured out everything, we think we may have mastered the art of mountain biking with our kid. What follows in this brief article are some simple steps and strategies that we used to get our family out on the trails, with minimal tears and maximum fun.

"... be patient and know that your efforts to get your kids out there are worth it." Tell me if this sounds familiar. You've taken your child to your favorite trail in hopes of sharing your love of free-flow riding and it ended up in tears 10 minutes in, followed by a long, silent drive home. That happened to me more times than I care to admit! While there is no magic wand to make it all better, there are a few things you can do to increase the enjoyment level for all involved. First, and as is true with most things in life, time is a gift that is paid with patience. Children's muscles grow and

their stamina improves each year. As my son is able to pedal stronger, his enjoyment on the bike increases. So, step one, be patient and know that your efforts to get your kids out there are worth it. Second, and perhaps what has made the most difference, is making the ride enjoyable for everybody. For me, I like to pedal and feel my muscles do what I have trained them to do. To that end, there is a genius set-up designed by a friend of mine called the Tow-Whee. The Tow-Whee allows for the stronger DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE.COM

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Snug, comfortable helmet Full finger gloves Get the Trailforks app each pushing each other and awesome teaching from the instructors, I noticed marked improvement in my son's abilities.

rider to literally pull the weaker rider up and over just about any trail. On my first ride with my son and the Tow-Whee, I pulled him up Ghost Falls then across so we could descend Rush Flow! My son was 7 years old at the time and I expected it to be at least another 4-5 years before I could get him up there! A whole new world opened up when I towed him up the mountain so he could ride back down! The Tow-Whee is especially great with kids' bikes, as they tend to weigh about 1/2 of the kids' own body weight, with far too many gears for a child to keep track of. Third, I put my son in a mountain bike class each summer. Park City has several great options for kids, with each class geared (no pun intended) towards the child's ability level. With other kids of similar abilities

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Fourth, the right bike can make a big difference. This year, we turned another corner as a riding duo. For my business I have the Jamis Eden bikes for my clients to demo and I decided to let him try one. It is a 26"+ bike with a 1x11 drive train, dropper post and hydraulic brakes. All of a sudden he is riding off rocks, rolling over roots, and all fear has evaporated. There is a saying that "it's not about the bike." When it comes to kids and their heavy bikes; however, it actually is. This bike has massively improved his riding, undeniably. Let's say you aren't able to upgrade your child's bike to an adults xs frame just yet (due to their height or your family budget). Make sure your child's bike has been checked by a certified bike mechanic to be sure the gears shift smoothly and the brakes work. It's also worth figuring out how low of pressure you can run in their tires. Tires with too much pressure in them make the child bounce around unnecessarily. Finally, prepare for a lot of stops. Bring food your child likes and choose a trail that allows for off-the-bike exploring.


Here are a few extra hints that can make all the difference (these apply to the parents as well!). Make sure they have a snug yet comfortable helmet. If the helmet can be pushed back to see the forehead, the chin strap and circumference are too loose. Helmets have a relatively short life-span. I recommend using them for only 3-4 years since the foam deteriorates making the helmet less effective. Full finger gloves will also save you lots of scrapes and potentially save fingernails! Gloves also have the power to get kids excited about riding. Get the Trailforks app, it is free and has live tracking. Find a green trail in your area, read the description for suitability, and go for it! SKILLS YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILDRemind them to ride with "heavy feet, light hands" (weight over the pedals / bottom bracket, not the handlebars). Ride like a ninja, not a flamingo (this refers to pedal position, while coasting downhill you want level pedals), and encourage them to stand up off their saddle while descending, with knee flexion to allow for changes in the terrain.

Perhaps you can get your own workout later, just be there in the moment with them to be sure they enjoy the experience! Lastly, do all that you can to keep the experience positive! We love bikes and want our kids to love bikes!

Erica Tingey is the founder of Women in the Mountains, a mountain bike skills coaching company. She raced mountain bikes professionally from 2010 to 2017. Erica raced World Cups as well National level races where she secured multiple podiums. She and her husband have a 9-year old son and call Park City, Utah home. womeninthemountains.com

Initially, set your expectations low. Underestimate your child's fitness. It is better to go for a short, positive ride than a long slog and end up in tears (both of you!). Perhaps you can avoid having a destination in mind.

2018 Kids’ Downhill/Freeride Program Deer Valley Resort is thrilled to once again offer the Kids’ Downhill/Freeride Program this summer on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m., June 19 through August 21. This special program is for children who are 9 to 14 years of age and possess Intermediate level mountain biking skills and above. With a maximum of five children per mountain bike coach, children will receive personalized instruction and coaching on downhill and freeride skills, as well as a weekly report card to track their progression.

Let’s ride.

For more information, please visit deervalley.com. To make reservations, please call 888-754-8477 or 435-645-6648.

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HOW

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FISHING WITH THE FAMILY IS NOT ONLY A HIGHLY REWARDING ACTIVITY, but it’s also one of the most inexpensive ways to spend quality time doing something fun in nature. Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is the perfect location. The basic starter gear will cost less than $50 and that investment will help you create priceless memories for years to come!


Here are a few tips to get you started. GEAR UP You need a spinning rod with line, needle-nose pliers (for safely releasing all those fish you’ll catch!) and lures or bait gear. Stop in at Flaming Gorge Market, Flaming Gorge Resort or Trout Creek Flies to get set up. Ask questions and get demonstrations (casting/rigging) from helpful staff members. LIVE BAIT OR LURE? Bait gear includes your bait of choice (like worms), hooks, a little weight and a bobber. This is by far the most popular method of fishing, especially if you plan to keep your catch. It can get a little messy since you have to constantly re-bait the hook. Lures are easily attached and much gentler on fish you intend to release. Lures come in a rainbow of colors and sizes. One of our local tackle dealers will clue you in on which lures are best for the waters you are fishing.

ENJOY FREE FISHING Both Utah and Wyoming offer a Free Fishing Day! It’s Saturday, June 4th in Wyoming and Saturday, June 11th in Utah. Check state websites for special family-oriented programs at various state locations on those days. FOLLOW THE RULES Young children in either state fish for free. In Utah, kids under 12 don’t need a fishing license. Adults can get a three-day, seven-day or Utah annual permit online at wildlife.utah.gov. To fish across state lines on the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, you must have a valid fishing license from one state and a reciprocal fishing permit ($10) from the other state. In Wyoming, you can get a one-day or annual fishing license online at wgfd.wyo.gov. Nonresident youth (under 14) do not need a license if accompanied by an adult possessing a valid Wyoming fishing license. FlamingGorgeCountry.com

FAMILY FRIENDLY FISHING SPOTS Choose from Flaming Gorge Fishing Pier, Moose Ponds, Kids Pond at Red Canyon Lodge, Little Hole on the Green River, Spirit Lake and Lucerne Bay.

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HYDRATE

THE WEATHER IS GETTING WARMER AND WE’RE SPENDING MORE TIME OUTSIDE. While enjoying family adventures are you and your kids drinking enough water? Water is essential for health. Drinking too little water or losing too much through sweat can decrease you and your kids’ ability to exercise and recover properly. Water provides more to the body than just hydration. It is also a transporter, supplying muscles with nutrients. It rids the body of waste products from high intensity exercise and it keeps the body cool, evaporating heat through sweat. The body is about 60% water. The brain is about 70% water. As little as a 2% loss of body fluids decreases ability to concentrate. It causes fatigue and poor recovery. Children’s hydration needs depend on different factors like their current hydration status. Some kids sweat more than others. Larger kids tend to sweat more than smaller kids. Children that are endurance athletes sweat earlier in exercise and in larger amounts than non-endurance athletes. Sweat

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BY AUDREY LEE PH.D

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loss is also higher in hot, humid conditions and increase as exercise intensity increases. What should I drink? There are so many different drinks on the market, what is the best for my kids? First and foremost, stick to water. The general recommendation is to drink eight glasses (a glass is 8 ounces) of water each day. If you or your children exercise, then you need more water. Most kids and adults do not drink 8 glasses a day. Turn this into a fun family challenge to find ways to drink more water. Place post-it notes around the house. Cover your favorite water bottle with cool colorful stickers.

Sport drinks hydrate with water, replace electrolytes lost from sweating and provide calories for more energy. Juices are not recommended for sports because they are too high in sugar and can cause gastric distress. Consider juice as a snack like a liquid fruity treat. When possible choose freshly squeezed juice or juice with few ingredients on the nutrition label and low in sugar. There is no nutritional value in soda. Drink water instead.

Another yummy way to help your children drink more water is to add flavor with natural ingredients like fruits, vegetables, or herbs. Add their favorites like oranges, strawberries, cucumbers, or mint. This is a fun way to get your kids involved making their own vitamin water, creating tasty concoctions. You can wean your children off of the sugary, processed juices, drinks and soda so their taste buds are sensitive to the subtle, natural flavors of fruit slices in their water. What about sport nutrition drinks, juice, or soda? Sport nutrition drinks are recommended for moderate to high intensity exercise for more than 80 minutes.

HYDRATION REVIEW

• Aim to drink 8 glasses of water each day and add more when you exercise • Add sliced fruit, vegetables, or herbs to your water for natural flavoring • Use sport nutrition drinks for moderate to high intensity exercise > 80 minutes • Choose freshly squeezed juices as a treat, they’re low in sugar with few ingredients • Ditch sodas. They contain artificial ingredients and have no nutritional value

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ANASAZI STATE PARK MUSEUM - Boulder Explore an Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) village that was likely occupied from 1050 to 1200 A.D. and one of the largest communities west of the Colorado River. Tour a life-sized, six-room replica of an ancient dwelling and view a portion of the original site. View artifacts excavated from this site and learn the lifeways of these people. StateParks.Utah.gov

CANYON COUNTRY DISCOVERY CENTER - Monticello Their mission is to create lifelong learning experiences about the Colorado Plateau through adventure, education and stewardship. Stop in to check out their cool exhibits, book a day or multi-day trip, or sign your kids up for one of their awesome summer camps. ccdiscovery.org

THE PREHISTORIC MUSEUM - Price This museum creates an understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural processes that formed the geologic, fossil and prehistoric human records found in eastern Utah. It offers educational and interpretive programs based upon academic research, preservation programs and authentic exhibits. usueastern.edu/museum

GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE - Brigham City Home to the steam locomotives Jupiter and No. 119, replicas of the originals that met at Promontory Summit on May 10th, 1869. Open daily from May 1st through mid-October. This is a must-see if your little ones love trains! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 150th anniversary celebration, May 10th 2019, which will be an epic reenactment of the “Driving of the Last Spike” of the first Transcontinental Railroad. NPS.gov/gosp

MUSEUM OF MOAB - Moab For 60 years the Museum of Moab has worked to preserve and display artifacts and information, and to promote research and education that accurately reflect the natural and cultural history of southeast Utah. Their exhibits feature materials from geology, archaeology and regional history. MoabMuseum.org JOHN WESLEY POWELL RIVER HISTORY MUSEUM - Green River This is a must see for all the those who have an affinity for John Wesley Powell, Glen Canyon and Utah river history. Currently, the featured exhibit is Glen Canyon: A River Guide Remembers, highlighting the river corridor before the Glen Canyon Dam was constructed in 1966, which flooded the area rich in history. JohnWesleyPowell.com THE DINOSAUR QUARRY EXHIBIT HALL AND QUARRY VISITOR CENTER - Dinosaur National Monument The west side of the monument located in Utah features the world-famous dinosaur quarry where visitors can see over 1,500 fossils still embedded in the cliff face. Exhibits at the visitor center introduce the variety of resources and places to explore within the monument. Nps.gov/dino

BEAR RIVER MIGRATORY BIRD REFUGE - Brigham City Featuring a 12-mile auto tour, 1.5 miles of paved paths and a wildlife education center. The 80,000-acre refuge and wetlands that surround the Great Salt Lake provide critical habitat for over 270 species of birds. Some are just passing through the area annually, while others stay and nest here. Kids’ activities include junior ranger programs and scavenger hunts. FWS.gov THIS IS THE PLACE HERITAGE PARK - Salt Lake City This is the Place for FUN all year round! Step back in time and see the west as an early settlement of Utah. Ride on one of the three trains, check out the petting zoo, dig for gemstones and explore a teepee along with over 50 historic homes and structures. ThisisThePlace.org U-DIG FOSSILS - Delta Experience the thrill of finding your own fossil trilobites. U-DIG wants you to have an unique and rewarding experience in their quarry. They operate a private quarry located one hour west of Delta, that contains one of the world's richest deposits of trilobites. U-DigFossils.com

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Get out and live!

Ogden's GOAL Foundation

OGDEN’S GOAL FOUNDATION is a non-profit events production organization dedicated to producing and supporting world class athletic events in the Greater Ogden area. GOAL was founded on the heels of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, accepting the challenge of keeping the unprecedented spirit of volunteerism experienced during the Games alive in the community. In its 17th year, the GOAL Foundation is widely known for its marquee event, the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon. The Ogden Marathon is one of the most scenic Boston Marathon qualifiers in the country. Listed in two categories among Runners World top ten marathons for both scenery and first-time marathoners, the Ogden Marathon attracts runners from all 50 states and 17 countries. Marathon weekend alone attracts over 16,000 people to Ogden, including athletes, spectators, vendors, and an army of volunteers. Other GOAL Foundation produced events include:

• El Doce at Pow Mow • Striders Winter Race Circuit • Mountain 2 Metro Trail Run • Youth Summer Camps

What the GOAL Foundation does is inspire the greater Ogden community and its visitors to “Get Out And Live!” by participating, volunteering and spectating at recreational events, programs and activities. The activities change and evolve year to year, but the why never changes. The why for GOAL is to create a greater Ogden community that thrives economically and is healthier in mind, body and spirit. To achieve this why, GOAL focuses on youth programs. Thanks to race registrations, sponsorships, and individual donations, the GOAL Foundation can put their why into action. 2017 highlights include: • Partnered with 15 local YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs to provide the Young Runners Program, an after-school program where low-income children are inspired to “Get Out and Live!” • 745 children participated in the Young Runners Program and earned a free entry for the Ogden Marathon KidsK or 5K • 400 pairs of new running shoes given to kids in need through the GOAL’s Soles Shoe Gifting Program

In addition to producing their own world class events, GOAL partners with other organizations to provide volunteer support for key destination events. In 2017 these events included:

• 130 kids attended “Get Out and Live” summer camps

• Over 12,000 athlete participants across all events

• Tour of Utah • Yeti Bash • Sweaty Yeti Fat Bike Race • XTERRA Pan Am Championships

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• $10,000 in grants were provided to local community youth groups

• 2,400 community volunteers contributing over 17,000 hours • $2.7 million in economic impact to the greater Ogden area

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Discover Utah Kids has teamed up with the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation to recognize kids that have gone above and beyond and are giving back to their passion through volunteering. This youth stewardship award is called “Lighting the Way”, because we feel these kids are truly “lighting the way” for others to follow… and we want to say thanks and keep up the good work!!

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When we reached out to the GOAL Foundation asking for a nomination of a teen who volunteers with their organization, they had a hard time narrowing it down to just one. We decided to mix things up a bit and highlight an entire group of exchange students, who enthusiastically gave of their time and went above and beyond to help their host community at the Ogden Marathon. Over the past 15 years, PAX (Program of Academic Exchange), has placed students with host families in Utah. Many families have told us that it is an amazing experience, full of heartfelt

moments and new discoveries and is like gaining a son or daughter. These high school exchange students are asked by their coordinator to do at least 20 hours of community service, with a goal to complete 100 hours. There were 8 of the 17 students that achieved 100 hours. It is great for them to get out in their communities to help and to be ambassadors of

their countries. The students that volunteered this past year are from Nigeria, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Germany, Thailand, South Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Georgia and Palestine. They said it was a great activity to help others at the end of the marathon and were surprised by how many runners were thanking them and how rewarding that felt.

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Splash into Summer

BY MARYSIA MCGILL – TEEN CONTRIBUTOR

IF YOU'RE A CHILD, YOU PROBABLY DON'T WANT TO SPEND ALL SUMMER AT HOME. In my opinion, playing in your neighborhood is not outside your home. Last summer I went to many amazing places, but my two favorite places were Bear Lake and Red Fleet State Parks. Both were awesome, outdoors and perfect for all ages.

riding at Beaver Creek Lodge in Logan Canyon. Afterwards, we went to La Beau's for shakes that were delicious and huge. On our second to last day, I went knee boarding on a really fast motorboat- totally awesome. When we got off the boat at the marina, we saw many fish. Bear Lake is amazing, but always wear sunscreen!

Bear Lake was my latest adventure. I went "glam-ping" or glamorous camping at Conestoga Ranch. We made s'mores and banana boats* almost every night! Rendezvous Beach is a perfect area for kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing. We also jumped on their water tramps. The next day my family and I went horseback

If you like to have a lot of fun, then Red Fleet State Park is the place for you! The camping area is beautiful and the lake is perfect for all boats, kayaks, paddle boards, motorboats and sailboats. In a small bay area there is a miniature floating dock you can swim to and dive off of. My favorite part was the shore across the lake from

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the boat dock. You will find dinosaur footprints and you can jump off of a cliff into the water! Under the alcove, in the cave, there is an underwater tunnel-like area that is fun. Vernal, the city you drive through to get to Red Fleet, has a bunch of dinosaur themed places. Again, it's awesome, but remember to put on sunscreen. Don't sit at home all summer. Visit Bear Lake, Red Fleet, or any of the other many State or National Parks in Utah because they are all awesome! Have a great vacation to all kids!!! *Banana Boats: peel off 1/5 of peel, put in 4 chocolate pieces (sailors) with 4 marshmallow pieces in between (life vests), wrap in tent like shape piece of tin foil, and throw in the fire. BearLake.org Dinoland.com

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TEEN CONTRIBUTOR: Marysia McGill AGE: 12 SCHOOL: J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School

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TOPPING THE SUMMER BUCKET LIST for many is a visit to one, two or maybe all 5 of Utah’s iconic Mighty 5 National Parks. In case you need a reminder …there’s… Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, Zion (not Zions… that’s the local bank) and Capitol Reef. People are flocking from around the world to visit these majestic and unique national parks, and we, as Utahan’s, are pretty darn lucky to have these amazing locales just a quick road trip away. I will let you in on a little secret, the least visited of the Mighty Five and the closet to the Wasatch Front… is…drum roll please…Capitol Reef. Clocking in at under 4 hours and just 230 miles, it is the ideal addition to your family summer bucket list. We love this park for many reasons, but first and foremost, it’s the hikes that keep us coming back year after year! Topping the list is a personal favorite, COHAB CANYON. This hike offers numerous options for the kids to run free in the perfect outdoor playground, and it even has a cool slot canyon to explore along the way. Starting across from the campground, the first .75-mile is a bit strenuous, but when you get into the canyon it’s easy going from there. If you want more mileage and some spectacular views, take the turn off for the South Fruita Overlook Trail, which is about .2-miles to the overlook. Mileage – 3 miles / out and back Rating – Moderate HICKMAN BRIDGE is an awesome hike with many cool things to see along the route; including a Fremont granary, remnants of a Fremont pithouse and a smaller natural bridge. Be sure to stop into the visitor center for a trail map that gives details of the numbered signs along the trail. Hickman Bridge is 133 feet tall and 125 feet wide and makes for the perfect family photo spot sitting on the rocks under the bridge. Mileage – 1.8 mile loop Rating – Moderate

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is to park at Chimney Rock and hike down the wash. This requires a bit of easy down climbing, walking through water and leads to three waterfalls; one even makes the perfect water slide. B) From the visitor center hike up the creek a couple miles and then turn back. It’s less than a mile to the first small waterfall. Mileage – 6 miles / point to point (shuttle vehicle required) Rating – Easy

The hike to CASSIDY ARCH is a bit strenuous and has some high exposure along the route. The trail starts in Grand Wash and then switchbacks take you up the rock wall. The views on this hike are amazing and the arch is very unique. At the halfway point you can see the arch in the distance, from there the trail winds along the colorful sandstone and takes you to the top of the arch. For those looking for a little more adventure, hire a guide to do the canyoneering route through the arch and into the canyon below, where rumor has it was one of Butch Cassidy’s hideouts. Mileage – 3 miles / out and back Rating – Moderate/Strenuous Elevation Gain – 670 feet SULPHUR CREEK is the water hike for keeping cool in the warmer months. This hike can be done a couple different ways: A) The best way to see the entire canyon

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GRAND WASH is an easy hike that takes you through a beautiful canyon with 500 feet tall sandstone walls narrowing to about 20 feet in a few sections. This is the most accessible slot canyon in Capitol Reef. The trail can be started from the end of Scenic Drive or off of highway 24. Mileage – 4.4 miles / out and back Rating – Easy No visit to Capitol Reef is complete without homemade pie from the Gifford Homestead. Made fresh daily, the pies are the perfect après’ hike treat, or better yet pie for breakfast, because… you will be working it off on the trail and they often sell out by early afternoon. If you are looking for the less traditional overnight options, try the Conestoga Wagons at the Broken Spur Inn. This is a great family friendly option offering a swimming pool, playground, free breakfast and an onsite restaurant. If your family has always wanted to try sleeping in a Teepee, check out the options at the Capitol Reef Resort.


MORE OPTIONS - Looking to cool off? Try kayaking on the Lower Bowns Reservoir. This alpine locale sits at 7,000 feet in elevation and offers amazing red rock views. Stop by Capitol Reef Outfitters for rentals. If horseback riding is more your style, check in with Pat Kearney at Hondoo River’s and Trails. They are the local horse whisperers. Looking to try something new, adventurous and family friendly? Try guided canyoneering. Our friends at Red Rock Adventure

Guides are the experts and can introduce your family to this new and exciting adventure. CapitolReef.org CapitolReefOutfitters.com Hondoo.com RedRockAdventureGuides.com BrokenSpurInn.com

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UTAH IS A MECCA FOR THE OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST. We have so many truly amazing destinations in our backyard. One of the southern Utah destinations that is quickly gaining popularity in the outdoor recreation world is Kanab. Many of you may have traveled through this area over the years on your way to Lake Powell or the Grand Canyon, but this locale is abundant with endless adventure possibilities. Here is our list for 3 days of fun, sun and even a bit of volunteering, in this vibrantly-colorful southern Utah town.

> DAY 1 – Start the day with a morning visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They offer weekday kids’ camps for ages 6-9. Kids get a hands-on experience with the cats, dogs, bunnies, horses, pigs and birds. The camp is free and offered to parents who are volunteering or just want to explore the sanctuary. Families can also volunteer together, but there are some age restrictions depending on type of animal and tours of the facility are offered daily. After leaving the sanctuary, head back to Kanab and stop for a quick visit to the Sand Caves, located just off highway 89 at mile marker 69. These man-made caves

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are the remnants of a glass manufacturer and are super cool for exploring. Please be respectful of this area, as it is private property and as always...”Leave No Trace’’... practice it, teach it, live it. Then head out to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park to capture the evening light. This is an awesome place for the kids to run and play in the sand. The guided adventure option here is a Sunset Tour with our friends at Coral Pink ATV Tours. Offering both ATV for the older kids (16+ with valid driver’s license) and UTV (4-person) options and the minimum age is 3. Our recent tour with them included a quick stop to give sand-boarding and sand-sledding a try, which was super fun and a bit sandy.

> DAY 2 – Grab breakfast at the Kanab Creek Bakery. Their croissants are AMAZING. I highly recommend the pistachio and the kids love the Nutella & Banana Crepes. Then head to the Mansard Trail for a morning hike and rock art. The trail is 6-miles round-trip and the average hiking time is 3-4 hours. The petroglyph panel is on a large slab of sandstone that sits in a beautiful alcove. Many of the drawings here are unique and have not been found in other areas.

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After the hike, head over to Jackson Flat Reservoir to cool off with an afternoon SUP (stand-up paddleboard) or kayak, where Adventure Tour Company offers onsite rentals. In addition to being your gear outfitter for the afternoon, Adventure Tour Company also offers an amazing S’mores & Stars tour. After the kids are done playing in the water, head back to town, grab a quick dinner and then head out for an evening of campfire treats and stargazing.

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BELLY OF THE DRAGON

> DAY 3 – is specifically for the dragon and dinosaur lovers in the family. First is a quick hike to the Dinosaur Tracks. Head north on Hwy 89, for 3 miles. The trail head is on the south side of the Port of Entry station. This is 1-mile round-trip hike. It is a bit steep and rocky, but short and the Dinosaur Tracks are pretty awesome. Next explore the Belly of the Dragon. This unique adventure begins 16-miles north of Kanab, just before you get to Carmel Junction. There is a left turn known as the Barracks Road, which on another trip, is a great place


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to explore. Drive ¼ mile to a small parking area on the left. The Belly of the Dragon is actually a drainage tunnel under highway 89, but for the kids it’s a super fun place to explore. Once you are all ready to leave the tunnel and hit the trail, head up the canyon. This is the bottom of Huntress Canyon. From here you can hike up the wash about 5-miles before getting ledged out. There is a cool slot canyon about 3.5 miles up, if you are up for that big of a hike.

Drive home knowing that you have just scratched the surface of the awesome adventures in this epic location. Once you have had a little taste of Kanab… you will want to come back for more…Guaranteed. Be sure to stop into the Visitor Center in Kanab, they have super cool single sheet adventure maps for everything highlighted above and many, many others as well. Cell service in this area can be spotty so be sure to plan accordingly. visitsouthernutah.com DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE.COM

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GUIDED ADVENTURE

A river Retreat to Reconnect BY MONIQUE BEELEY

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AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SUMMER I asked my 8-year old daughter, Kya, what was the one trip she wanted to do this summer. Not quite sure if I was going to get the “Disneyland” response or not…she thought for a minute, then said… “A RIVER TRIP” … I quickly responded, “me too.” River trips are one of my favorite experiences with my daughter. It’s a place to reconnect, unplug and just have fun. This year we had our sights set on a 3-day Westwater trip. The minimum age for this section of the Colorado River is 8, so it seemed like the ideal plan for this summer. Westwater Canyon is best known for its class III & IV rapids and the fantastic rock formations that are so unique to this area. Prior to booking our trip with Holiday River Expeditions, I was sure to ask if there were other kids on the trip we


were looking at. I was excited to hear that there were several kids already booked. Perfect, I quickly booked the trip and invited Kya’s bestie, Adriana, and her parents to join.

Day 1 The trip began with a flatwater section,

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to me. I was not familiar with this magnificent location or the epic black cliffs. We unpacked the boats, set up camp, and had just enough time to wander a bit before the sounds of thunder filled the canyon, creating a sound so tremendous that we all quickly retreated to the shelter of our tents. The intense downpour lasted about 45 minutes. July is monsoon season in the desert and it was a nice reprieve from the 100+ degree heat of the day. I love the post rain smells and sights …puddles atop the black rocks, the red rock canyon walls vibrant and a crisp freshness in the air, all made for a wonderful and relaxing evening. Morning on the river always begins with the “coffee call” from the crew before 7A.M., followed by the “breakfast call” at 7:30. In addition to being great boatman, the guides also prepare amazing gourmet meals. This morning’s specialty was fresh blueberry pancakes, bacon, roasted potatoes and eggs… yum! The desert morning light is a photographers dream with the sun just peaking over the high cliff walls, the reflectiveness of the river and the vibrant spectrum of colors.

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was a bit more relaxing while enjoying the flat water, a hike to a beautiful alcove and petroglyphs. I spent my time solo in the duckie just leisurely floating down river, while the girls played in the water, giggling and singing throughout the morning. We stopped for lunch at a fantastic beach filled with the most amazing smooth river rocks, where the girls just sat, feet in the water, and looked at the river cobbles. Each one was unique in color and size, and fantastically smooth from many years of the flowing river water. Following lunch there was a rapid section that was perfect for swimming. The girls totally loved it, screaming with laughter as the water bobbed them up and down through the waves. Kya probably would have swum the entire river, if she could; she totally loves just being in the water. We arrived early to camp that afternoon, allowing time to either play in the sand and water or just relax in a comfy camp chair with a book and drink in hand. These are the moments on the river that I cherish, sitting with the calming sounds of the river flowing by, knowing that we are making memories together that will stay with us for a lifetime. Life gets so busy and there are always distractions. Having opportunities to just be and not worry about all the “adulting” stuff… like making dinner or paying bills or feeding the dog or mowing the lawn, and just purely enjoy this time together is precious.

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Discover Utah Kids - Summer 2018  

Highlights from the summer issue include; Staycation in Park City, a Kanab adventure itinerary, exploring Capitol Reef National Park, mounta...

Discover Utah Kids - Summer 2018  

Highlights from the summer issue include; Staycation in Park City, a Kanab adventure itinerary, exploring Capitol Reef National Park, mounta...