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U TA H’S PER FEC T MOUN TA I N T OW N.

With over 400 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, escaping in Park City is recommended. Hitch a ride on a chairlift for breathtaking views at 9,000 feet, or roam through stunning aspen groves and historic relics of our silver mining past on horseback. To get your heart racing, try the Alpine Coaster, take a zip line tour, or experience the bobsled ride at Utah Olympic Park. When you’re done, you’re a stone’s throw away from lakes, rivers and reservoirs filled with fun and fly-fishing. On Historic Main Street you can enjoy dozens of awardwinning restaurants, pubs serving local beers and spirits, shops, galleries, and the Park Silly Sunday Market. And don’t miss the full line-up of outdoor concerts, exciting events and one-of-a-kind festivals. In Park City, you’ll find everything you need for the perfect weekend getaway or a weeklong summer escape. Yes. All That. Only in Park City, Utah. Plan your trip at VisitParkCity.com.

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• 50 rooms and 8 Conestoga sleeping wagons • Free breakfast and on-site steakhouse • Indoor pool and hot tub • Free wi-fi and conference room • On-site laundry, playground and gift shop

The Saddlery - NEW sports bar and menu including beer and wine. Line dancing, karaoke, pool tables, and family friendly. Open Monday - Saturday for dinner 5-9pm www.saddlerycowboybar.com 435-435-2424

Skyridge Inn - Six rooms each themed separately. Private hot tubs in some rooms and outdoor hot tub on back patio. Breakfast provided each morning.

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[ CONTRIBUTORS ] JULIE TREVELYAN is a writer, horsewoman, and outdoor adventurer. She happily leaves her tracks in the high desert sands while exploring the canyons and mesas. Her writing has been published in Salt Lake City Weekly, Elan magazine, National Parks Traveler, Utah Outdoor, Alive! Utah, and more.

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NICK COMO escaped the skyscrapers of NYC for the tall peaks of the Wasatch. Climber, skier, canyoneer, mountain biker, and lover of food. Just don’t think of offering him pizza with pineapple on it.

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ALISHA NISWANDER is a lover of all things adventure and all things nature. She grew up in Ohio and after college traded in the wheat fields for the mountains of the West. When she's not pushing her personal limits up and down the mountain, she can be found creating unique adventures for her clients. She is the owner of Mountain Vista Touring. GREG grew up with the mountains and deserts of Utah as his playground. He is an avid mountain biker, backpacker, and backcountry skier, and there's nothing he loves more than sharing those experiences and wild places with his family and friends.

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Adventure by Day

Culture by Night

26 Trailheads. 290 Miles of Trails. 1 Lifetime of Adventure. 3 historic theaters in 1 block. 237 arts events downtown June-Aug.

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[ LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER ]

My love affair with Utah grows stronger and more intense with each passing year. The diverse landscapes never disappoint; from the vibrant, fiery red rocks of the south to the lush, green, majestic vistas of the north, Utah is overflowing with possibilities for adventuring. One of my biggest dilemmas is cutting The List, or the A-List as we call it, down to just 68 pages…there is just SO MUCH to do and DISCOVER here, it’s hard to keep it short and leave some adventures for the future. The H2O Round-up (pg. 14) highlights the top destinations around the state to cool off during the warmer months, while Greg Scothern’s Endurance Epics article (pg. 38) will keep the heart rate up in some of Utah’s most beautiful vistas. The Insider’s Guide to Kanab (pg. 44) is a personal favorite...if I’m allowed just one this year. The town has a cool, hip vibe and the EPIC surrounding landscapes are just begging to be explored. If urban adventure is more your style, then check out Nick Como’s Urban Adventure itinerary (pg. 28), for the full list of downtown action. Now it’s time to pack the car, the suitcase and the family and head to Utah for a truly unforgettable experience!

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We’ve been offering travelers a perfect blend of adventure and solace for 20 years. The red rock cliffs and canyons of southern Utah serve as a majestic backdrop to a vacation that will be etched into your memory much like the ancient petroglyphs in nearby Zion National Park. Exhilaration awaits at Red Mountain Resort. St. George, Utah 877-246-4453 RedMountainResort.com

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FEATURES

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North to South Utah is Full of Unique Opportunities on the Water.

Just Show up and Let The Professionals Take Care of the Rest.

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A-LIST – NORTHERN UTAH

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Park City – an Eco-Friendly Mountain Town

Utah’s 7 Best Paved Trails

THE GREEN SCENE

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Near Salt Lake City

14 World Class Endurance Events by GREG SCOTHERN

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Photo Highlights of the Must-See Destinations

by BREANA WRIGHT

UTAH ENDURANCE EPICS

by ALISHA NISWANDER

A LIST SOUTHERN UTAH

RIDE ON THROUGH

by JANE GENDRON

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RETREAT YOURSELF

UTAH STATE PARKS

Explore More in Southern Utah State Parks

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MOAB...NOT JUST FOR THE BOYS

Tips from the Women of Moab’s Mountain Biking Scene by MONIQUE BEELEY

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Backroading through Cathedral Valley & Burr Trail

High Elevation Biking Destinations of the South

SCENIC DRIVES

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Spiral Jetty / Great Salt Lake

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MOUNTAIN BIKING THE OTHER SOUTHERN UTAH by GREG SCOTHERN


DEPARTMENTS

12 TOP HIKES

Utopia Perfected by MONIQUE BEELEY

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Urban Adventures in Salt Lake City

by NICK COMO

34 SUMMER ON THE SLOPES Music in the Mountains Venues for Music Lovers

44 URBAN CORE SOUTHERN

Kanab - Insider’s Guide by MONIQUE BEELEY

48 GATEWAY TO THE PARK Adventuring along the Zion Park Scenic Byway by MICHELLE RAYNER

IN EVERY ISSUE 35 State Map 62 Guided Adventures 64 Events 65 Dining

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TOP HIKES

UTOPIA PERFECTED

Utah is a world class hiker’s UTOPIA...offering everything from short and sweet to the long and grueling… so lace up those boots, pack up your favorite trail treats and grab your friends (or not…) and head out to some of these hiking destinations this year. > by MONIQUE BEELEY

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OPPOSITE PAGE > LEFT TO RIGHT > CLOCKWISE: 1> Kanarraville Falls Kanarraville/ 4.8- miles Permit required - kanarrafalls.com 2> Twin Lakes Big Cottonwood Canyon 2.6 miles / elevation 9450 feet 3> House on Fire South Fork of Mule Canyon, Bear Ears National Monument / 2.2 miles 4> Lofty Lake Uinta Mountains / 4 miles 5> Water Canyon Hildale, 11.7 miles elevation gain 2342 feet 6> Wind Caves Logan Canyon / 3.5 miles elevation gain 1000 feet 7> Fisher Towers Moab / 2.6 miles

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H2O Round-Up North to south Utah is full of unique opportunities for recreation on the water. Whether it’s a day trip white water rafting on the Green River, a picturesque sunset SUP on Bear Lake, a family houseboat retreat on Lake Powell or a fully guided mutli-day epic adventure in Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River, Utah is THE place for your next H2O adventure.

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Stand-up Paddleboarding or SUP is no longer just for those living by the ocean. This sport is making big waves in the outdoor recreation world on lakes and rivers. It’s fairly easy for newbies to pick up and is a great way to cool off in the hot summer months.

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE SUP LOCALES

are Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Bear Lake and the Colorado River. For those SUPer’s looking to go the distance, Flaming Gorge has recently created paddling trails, totaling 45 miles, that take you through some of the area’s best high desert landscapes. Trail maps are available at FlamgingGorgeCountry.com. The Caribbean of the Rockies, aka Bear Lake is your destination if gliding through turquoise waters is top on your SUP list. This 20-mile long lake offers crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and no visit to Bear Lake is complete without one of their famous raspberry shakes.

Cataract Canyon

Great Salt Lake

If you are in the mood for something a little faster paced, we suggest taking your SUP to the river. The daily section of the Colorado River, in Moab, is a great place to start. Navigating moving water is a bit trickier than paddling on flat water, and the guides at Paddle Moab are the local experts that can make your experience a breeze.

Kayaking on the Great Salt Lake is a must, when visiting this majestic natural wonder. Remnant of the ancient Lake Bonneville, it’s the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere. Sunset is highly recommended and be sure to plan a bit of extra time to explore Antelope Island before hitting the water. Prior to visiting, it’s best to check in with the state park for the current bug situation; timing is usually late spring and can be a bit crazy. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area aka Lake Powell is Utah’s ultimate H2O hotspot. When full it has nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, about the same as the entire west coast of the United States. This vast watery expanse creates a multitude of places to explore with 96 named canyons.

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MUST-SEE DESTINATIONS INCLUDE:

Lake Powell

Rainbow Bridge National Monument Hole in the Rock Three Roof Ruins Cathedral in the Desert

House boating is the ultimate way to experience all the wonders of Lake Powell. Everything needed for a fun filled week can be found on these massive boats. Most come fully equipped with water slides for the kids, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and plenty of room for all your water toys, kayaks and SUP’s. Lake Powell is an explorer’s paradise and having a SUP or kayak allows you to get into some of the breathtaking canyons that are too narrow for boats. The Escalante River arm is our favorite and offers plenty of options for paddling into secluded canyons that lead to amazing hikes. RIVER FACTS

Did you know - The mighty Colorado River supplies water for 30 million people and is one of the most contested, recreated-on and controlled rivers on earth, flowing a total of 1,450 miles from its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the Sea of Cortez in northwestern Mexico. The Green River is 730 miles long, flowing through Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. It’s the biggest tributary of the Colorado River. The confluence of these two rivers is a remarkable sight and the combined flow creates remarkable speed and power creating 16

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a world-class stretch of white water known as Cataract Canyon. The Split Mountain section of the Green River is the BEST day trip for white water seekers. This no-nonsense stretch offers spectacular scenery, class II-III rapids and is located in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument, where the giant prehistoric creatures once roamed and many remains of their presence are visibly embedded in the rocks. No H2O round-up would be complete without a little, well

actually a lot of white water action. Cataract Canyon is the crown jewel of river trips in Utah where the water is mighty and the hikes are mightier…we would expect nothing less from Canyonlands National Park, (one of Utah's Mighty Five National Parks). Hike to ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings, primitive pictographs, cascading waterfalls and the surreal Dollhouse to name just a few of the sights to be seen on this adventure. Want to experience a white knuckle rapid? Don’t miss out on this class IV-V river trip, which will put a perm-a-grin on your face and wipe it off just as quickly with a full face shot of chilly water.

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retreat

Just show up and let the professionals take care of the rest, with overnight wellness adventures around Utah.

yourself

When was the last time you took a vacation where you came home feeling really relaxed? As much as we don’t want to admit it, some vacations can be more work than imagined from planning where to stay, to finding meals, to figuring out where to hike, bike and explore. This is why retreats can be a great fit if you are looking for someone else to do the legwork and want to just sit back and let the vacation unfold. To help plan this out we’ve got a handful of upcoming retreats throughout Utah in 2018 for you to check out.

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HOLIDAY RIVER EXPEDITIONS

BACKPACKING IN ESCALANTE

Stand up paddleboard, rafting and yoga Life has a way of slowing down when you head out onto the water for an overnight expedition. Join yoga and wellness instructor Melanie Webb for a 4-day adventure on the Colorado River. Relax and enjoy the calm sway of the water and tune out as you sleep under the stars. This adventure will give participants both the thrill of class IV whitewater rapids and easy mellow stand up paddle board sections. Space is limited though due to permitting so don’t hesitate in signing up. BikeRaft.com August 9-12, 2018

Backpacking, connecting, big adventure Imagine backpacking deep into Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, sleeping under the stars, the Navajo sandstone walls surrounding you. AndShesDopeToo, a world-wide adventure collective of women, has two 5-day guided retreats in the backcountry. No need to have the gear, just sign up and Big Agnes tents, Osprey packs and more gear will be available for use on the trip. They are offering 2 adventure retreats in October for beginner and intermediate level backpackers. The only requirement is that you are fit enough to hike 5-10 miles a day and carry a 40 pound pack. If you have been looking to backpack but it just isn’t happening, this is the retreat for you to get after it. Andshesdopetoo.com October 4-8 & 11-16, 2018

SPARK WOMEN’S RETREAT Personal growth, yoga, hiking, networking Are you looking for inspiration and wanting to be surrounded by a group of motivating women who will help you find your true potential? Grab a girlfriend or two and come enjoy this 4-day retreat happening against the scenic backdrop of Zion National Park. Everyday will involve personal growth workshops touching on topics like meditation and yoga, life organization, increasing productivity and learning how to find and maximize your courage, and more. There are a number of sleeping options at this one from camping under the stars to grabbing a cabin, depending on what you would like your experience to be like. SparkWomensRetreats.com September 28-30, 2018

HIKING MY WAY RETREAT Hiking, yoga, photography, writing, connecting Want to really experience the trails of Southern Utah and get off the beaten track of tourist hikes that are on every Instagram out there? Join Ultrarunner and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Mirna Valerio and Hike it Baby founder Shanti Hodges, as well as local hosts, for a 5-day luxury women’s retreat on the edge of Snow Canyon State Park. Wake up to yoga, meditation and a delicious menu developed by the retreat’s wellness coach, then lounge by the pool in the afternoon or participate in photography and writing workshops in the afternoon. This getaway offers relaxation, mind stimulation and adventure that will wake up all of your senses and help you learn how to get out there and explore more. Every participant goes home with new hiking shoes from Merrell, a Deuter backpack and a few other goodies. HikingMyWay.com September 27-October 1, 2018

GET AWAY TO PARK CITY Yoga, hiking, meditation, nutrition, co-ed Looking to escape to the Wasatch mountains for a weekend of fitness, locally sourced nutrition rich food, beautiful scenery, yoga, and connecting with others? Lumeria is a 4-day wellbeing retreat that will help you tap into your mind, body and spirit with fitness, hiking, yoga, meditation, candlelight dinners and workshops that help you find your happiness and playfulness. This workshop is designed for men and women. PlentyConsulting.com October 16-19, 2018

HEALING RETREAT Hiking, yoga, meditation, personal growth workshop Do you find you’re “stuck” in life? There are many reasons we get there and Andrea Becky Hanson is an expert in helping women move through this. Since 2002 she has led annual retreats at the luxurious Red Mountain Resort. Come spend some time in the desert doing yoga, guided meditations, a fire ceremony and look deeply at old beliefs and move that energy out. After spending 5 days in the middle of energizing red rocks that surround Red Mountain Resort, every participant will go home, feeling re-energized and will have a copy Andrea’s best selling book to continue the work long after the retreat. RedMountainResort.com October 24-28, 2018

DAYCATION IN THE PARK Yoga and hiking While these aren’t exactly overnighters unless you book a campsite or hotel nearby, the Granogi State Park Yoga Series is a handful of “daycations” you can take throughout Utah when you don’t have time for a full on retreat. These day festivals bring people together in parks across Utah for a full day of yoga, hiking, exploring beautiful locations throughout the state. This is a wonderful way to get to know 9 of the 44 parks throughout Utah in a unique way. Check website for upcoming dates throughout 2018 summer Granogi.com


PARK CITY P. 24

SALT LAKE CITY P. 28

PAVED PATHS P. 32

PEAK BAGGING P. 36

ENDURANCE EPICS P. 38

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THE SCENE Park City An Eco-friendly Mountain Town by JANE GENDRON

When world-renowned snow gives way to high country warmth, Park City transforms into a green-hued playground. For starters, 400 miles of hiking and biking trails weave through aspens groves, conifers and alpine meadows, filling grateful lungs with sweet-scented sage and evergreen. Preserving that green scene for both moose and mountain biker has become a local priority, making Park City a place where eco meets action – both in terms of extraordinary recreational opportunities and innovative environmental stewardship. Think e-bikes, open space conservation and net-zero carbon emission goals. As a result, tapping into the local green scene has never been easier or more fun. 24

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DITCH THE CAR: STEP, PEDAL, E-BIKE OR HOP THE BUS Much of Park City is walkable and bike-able thanks to designated lanes, paths, trails and underpasses. Getting around town without leg-burning effort is also possible. Share one of the city’s e-bikes (available for pick up and drop off at locations throughout town, from Kimball Junction to Old Town). Or take the bus. The convenient – and free – transit system has been whisking tourists and locals around town for decades. In addition to biodiesel buses, the city recently stepped up eco-efforts by introducing electric buses to the fleet. The full skinny on walkability and bikeability (including maps), bike share and bus information is available at ParkCity.org. And while you’re wandering or cruising, soak in the public art scene at PCscArts.org or stroll the area’s fine art galleries. GET OUT THERE Connect with nature or discover a heart-pumping workout by hitting the trails. Thrilling – as well as Zen-like – adventure can be found on an award-winning trail system which caters to all levels of hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Beginner/ casual hikers and bikers often opt for the relatively flat paved trails, such as the Rail Trail or McLeod Creek, and work up to the undulating, dusty single track of Round Valley. For a bit more of an adrenaline rush, the mountainous climbs and descents throughout the greater Park City area (particularly on the slopes of the ski resorts) include wicked views, gladed and wildflower

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strewn escapes as well as technically challenging terrain. Cool off and get a little exercise at neighboring Jordanelle State Park via kayak, swim or stand-up paddleboard. And for the peace-seeking angler, spectacular fly fishing on the nearby Provo and Weber rivers means plenty of solitude for casting a line – and even encountering the occasional moose or Red-tailed hawk. HIT THE MARKET(S) – SILLY AND OTHERWISE Zero waste and zany (in the best sense of the term), Park Silly Sunday Market is an open air, festival-like gathering that packs lower Main Street every Sunday from early June to late September with an ever-evolving selection of artisans, entertainment and eats – from veggie stands and beer gardens to opera singers and country bands. The goods are hand-crafted and sustainable, everything from cheese boards made from recycled liquor bottles to whacky hats. For another sampling of close-to-homegrown eats, check out the weekly Farmers’ Market (Wednesday at the Silver King parking lot of Park City Resort); and keep an eye out for beside-the-road farm stands, selling everything from sweet peaches to pine nuts. REVEL IN THE OPEN SPACE Open Space preservation has led to the protection of several swaths of wild places – and the habitats, view corridors and watersheds they encompass. One of the newest members of the open space gang is Bonanza Flat, 1,350 acres straddling Guardsman Pass, where gorgeous alpine lakes, meadows and aspen groves are accessible via hiking trails. Closer to Interstate 80, Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter is a unique 1,200-acre, wetland-filled preserve and LEED Platinum-certified building, which houses hands-on exhibits and is itself an example of eco-construction. This base camp for all manner of environmental learning and activity offers everything from guided hikes and talks to summer camps and an indoor, ecosystem-themed climbing wall. Be sure to look for elk and Sandhill cranes, whether biking and hiking north of the interstate or peering out over the grassy wetlands from the eco-center’s observation deck. Of note: The rules on bike access, dog walking and other motorized and non-motorized activities vary at different open space locations. Be sure to take note of signage regarding regulations. CELEBRATE FASTER… HIGHER… STRONGER…GREENER Utah is once again an Olympic hopeful, promising to throw its hat in the ring for another Games – most likely in 2030. This time around, there’s a sustainable angle to the bid, which makes a visit to the 400-acre, action-packed, Utah Olympic Park - site of the 2002 bobsled, luge, skeleton and ski jumping events and current training ground for the elite and novice athletes – the perfect homage to sport and Mother Nature. Warm weather happenings range from free, self-guided hiking and museum exhibits to fee-based attractions, such as the zip line, bobsled or Saturday freestyle show (where aerialists perform jaw-dropping tricks as they launch off jumps into the newly revamped splash pool). 26

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SO LONG, CARBON. HELLO, FUN. As Park City moves toward its net zero carbon goal by 2022, the innovative city- and community-led initiatives for protecting the green scene continue. For more eco-infused fun (and serious, earth-friendly information), check out the happenings at Summit Land Conservancy (wesaveland. org), Recycle Utah (recycleutah.org) and Utah Open Lands (utahopenlands.org) three local non-profits consistently rallying around the green scene. VisitParkCity.com


LIVE IN THE MOMENT #DeerValleyMoment

Deer Valley Resort is nestled in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, just

state-licensed child care facility, and the bounty of 300 annual inches of

36 miles east of Salt Lake City, in the historic mining town of Park City.

powder snow backed by state-of-the-art snowmaking.

The resort revolutionized the ski industry by being the first North American resort to provide the first-class service one would experience at a fine hotel. Now a year-round resort, Deer Valley® offers an incredible variety of activities for all guests during both the winter and summer seasons.

As the snow melts, the slopes transform to provide guests with numerous activities such as lift-served mountain biking and hiking, scenic chairlift rides, Summer Adventure Camp for children and music-filled evenings at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. The resort offers award-winning cuisine

Deer Valley is consistently ranked #1 in guest service, dining, grooming,

served on the outdoor decks of Royal Street Café and Deer Valley

lodging and on-mountain food by the readers of SKI Magazine. The resort

Grocery~Café as well as Deer Valley-inspired brick oven cuisine at their

features luxurious amenities such as uniformed ski valets, complimentary

newest restaurant, The Brass Tag. Enjoy a custom Gourmet Picnic Bag during

Mountain Host tours and overnight ski storage, parking lot shuttles,

one of the many evening concerts and don’t miss the Silver Lake Snack

groomed-to-perfection slopes, limited lift ticket sales along with gourmet

Shack for a quick bite on the hill. Deer Valley proudly brings the same

dining in three elegant day lodges.

commitment to guest service to their summer activities as they do during

Deer Valley Resort provides a complete vacation experience with customized lodging in resort managed properties, an award-winning ski school, convenient access via interstate highways, an on-site,

the winter season, featuring an all-inclusive operation with on-site mountain bike rentals, instruction and guided biking and hiking tours. Be sure to visit Deer Valley Resort and discover your #deervalleymoment.

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SALT LAKe CiTY URBAN ADVENTURES

You’d be hard-pressed to find another city or town that can top Salt Lake City for year-round access to the outdoors, plus urban amenities that include multi-use parks, concerts, restaurants and bars. And the best part? Residents and visitors can tick off most of these activities in a single day. Morning trail run, afternoon cycle or hike, followed by a concert and dinner & drinks downtown? That’s right, you can’t beat the Beehive! CYCLE THE CITY See the sights of Salt Lake City by bicycle! This 13.5-mile loop features downtown Salt Lake City and several historical sites along the way. The ride is a great half-day bike tour made easy with route signs to mark the way. All bike shops in the area carry a free “SLC Bikeways” map to keep you on track. If that distance seems too aggressive, look for one of 30 GREEN bike stations in the downtown area. This bike share system offers a 24-hour pass that includes unlimited 30 minute rides around town - great for museum-hopping, window shopping or sightseeing. 28

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MAPS & MORE: bikeslc.com/WheretoRide/CycletheCity.html Greenbikeslc.org

SUGARHOUSE PARK If there was one park to rule them in all in the City of Salt, it is no doubt Sugarhouse Park. Lake (well, fine, its a pond)? Check. Ball fields? Check. Jogging/cycling path? Check. Hills and lawns with shady trees? Check. 4th of July fireworks? Check. You get the picture, right? Unwind on a lazy summer day with a picnic basket, blanket and your game of choice.


PRO TIP: Pack a cooler, as BYOB is encouraged. Bring your A-game for picnics, along with a few extra layers because once the sun sets the temps can

drop 20 degrees.

RED BUTTE GARDEN Red Butte is one of the few spots that can claim to be a top destination for two radically different reasons. On one hand, the beautiful gardens feature a diverse population of plants and flowers the whole family can enjoy while overlooking the city skyline.Come evening, Red Butte hosts national acts at the adjacent concert venue.

MEMORY GROVE A few blocks north of Temple Square lies one of SLC’s “hidden gems” Memory Grove. It’s an easy jog or long walk from downtown and worth every step, or of course, a short Uber/Lyft ride to the gate. Enjoy the water features, fountains and picnic tables, as well as several historic buildings along City Creek - yes, that’s the creek the shopping center gets its name from. There’s an off leash dog trail in this area too if you want to take your four-legged friend for a walk.

JORDAN RIVER PARKWAY The Jordan River runs northward roughly 40 miles from Utah Lake, and ultimately flows into the Great Salt Lake. As the valley’s population grew, city planners and urban developers realized the opportunity to build a “linear park” along its banks with a shared-use path for cyclists, joggers, skaters and all recreationalists to enjoy. Take the time to stop at any of the numerous parks, off-leash pet areas and wildlife preserves. The options are too long to print here, as the Parkway has several trips worthy of opportunities to discover.

BONNEVILLE SHORELINE TRAIL Known locally as the BST, or “the Shoreline trail,” the Bonneville Shoreline takes its name from ancient Lake Bonneville, dating back to the Ice Age. The Great Salt Lake is the saline remnant of the former lake, but the prehistoric shoreline left a noticeable mark on the foothills above the city. Our favorite section runs from Hogle Zoo to City Creek Canyon.

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Open to hiking, biking, walking, jogging, or two and four-legged travel, the BST is one of the many reasons people love living in Salt Lake. Where else can you start a singletrack trail from a train line and finish at the State Capitol? Like we said earlier - it’s hard to top the Beehive State!

APRES EATS AND DRINKS There are so many directions to go after a day of adventure. It all depends on the question: “What’s your flavor?” Beers? Beer Bar and Beerhive have two of the best bottle lists in the city, as does the Bayou. Remember tap beer is 4% ABV, so opt for bottles if you are after the high-octane stuff. Wine? BTG opens the doors to its new space in the former Bay building this summer, along with great Italian food. Spirits? Whiskey Street and White Horse offer a library of options, and both kitchens turn out award-winning dishes. Cocktails? We’ll give away our favorite local secret - Water Witch. The mixologists simply ask you what you’re in the mood for and concoct Salt Lake’s strongest cocktails - no menu required. Hungry? Downtown SLC has everything from taco carts (Tacos de Brazi is our favorite) to steaks at Ruth's Chris. Takashi is one of the top sushi restaurants in Utah, and definitely one of the best overall eateries in Salt Lake City. VisitSaltLake.com

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COTTONWOOD CANYON HIKING Albion Basin

Just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of downtown are the epic Cottonwood Canyons, both canyons boast endless recreation, each offering a unique vibe. Little Cottonwood Canyon, or LCC as the locals call it, is home to the world class mountain resorts; Snowbird and Alta, both offer amazing winter recreational opportunities, drawing tourists from around the globe. The summers in LCC are cool (elevation peaks at 11,000 feet) and full of adventure. If you have time for just one destination, hiking Albion Basin to Cecret Lake is a must. The meadows come alive with a kaleidoscope of colors as the fields of wildflowers peak in mid-summer. This 1.6-mile hike meanders through lush forests and flower covered meadows and ends at one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Utah. Just next door, is Big Cottonwood Canyon, or BCC, home to Brighton and Solitude Mountain Resorts. The summer recreation here is abundant, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, our must see destination in BCC is the Brighton Lakes Trail. This 3.5-mile hike leads to three majestic mountain lakes; Mary, Martha and Catherine.

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PROVO RIVER PARKWAY A jaw-droppingly beautiful trail with over 15 miles of paved path, you can make this ride your own and choose your ideal distance. You can go through state, city and county parks as you bike along the Provo River, and be sure to stop at Bridal Veil Falls in striking Provo Canyon to splash around and enjoy the views. The city portion is a little bumpy due to roots having grown under the trail, so if you skip any section, make it that part and focus on the waterfall and Vivian Park.

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HISTORIC UNION PACIFIC RAIL TRAIL Located in Park City, beat the summer heat and head up to the mountains for this beautiful ride. The entire trail is nearly 30 miles long, but you can choose your own distance thanks to several access points. You can bike through lush wetland meadows, ride along the Weber River to Echo Reservoir, or venture into the towns of Wanship and Coalville. With connections to Park City’s Town Trails, a ride into Park City’s Historic Main Street is a snap.

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LEGACY PARKWAY TRAIL Utah is serious about supporting pedal power and the 14-mile Legacy Parkway Trail is a perfect example of a paved bike path with no street crossings. The trail runs adjacent to the Legacy Parkway in southern Davis County with a connection to the Legacy Nature Preserve’s scenic surroundings. There are a number of trailheads along the way providing access to the Legacy Parkway Trail. At its southern end it meets the Jordan River Parkway Trail. 32 32

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DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN RAIL TRAIL Aptly named, this trail rests on the decommissioned D&RG railroad through Davis County, and passes through 10 cities with dozens of access points for easily customizable ride lengths. This trail gets a lot of sun exposure, so plan accordingly if you have kids. When combined with the Legacy Parkway Trail, this trail connects to the Jordan River Parkway on the south and the Weber River Parkway on the north for up to 50 miles of riding.


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PA'RUS TRAIL IN ZION NATIONAL PARK With as much scenery as you could possibly pack into 1.7 miles, this stunning trail meanders along the lazily moving Virgin River in the shadows of Zion’s massive sandstone cliffs. Biking in Zion is the perfect way to see the park and a fun alternative to the popular hiking trails. If you have a bike trailer or seat, this will allow you to cover some ground with toddlers. Be sure to look out for deer and bighorn sheep, which are common on this area. Definitely make a stop at the Zion Human History Museum while riding through the area.

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This trail meanders along the banks of the Ogden River for 5 miles from the mouth of Ogden Canyon to the confluence with the Weber River. You can extend your ride and link it to the Weber River Parkway for an additional seven miles. Make a day out of it and stop at the Eccles Dinosaur Park or Ogden Botanical Gardens.

This newly constructed 12.7-mile trail is sure to create some “WOW!” moments for your family. This rolling trail runs along the southern border of Arches National Park, as well as the Colorado River, where you can stop to cool off in the river. To add a bit more adventure, take a lap on the family-friendly Bar M Trail at the north end of the pathway for outstanding views of Arches National Park and the La Sal Mountains (mountain bike required). DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE .COM

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hile Utah has a global reputation for offering some of The Greatest Snow on Earth™ thanks to an unparalleled mixture of epic terrain and unmatched snow quality, that snow eventually melts and gives way to summer. Although famous for skiing, Utah’s resorts are quickly garnering a world class reputation as one-of-a-kind outdoor summer concert venues. New to the music in the mountains scene is the TROUBELIEVER FEST, August 3rd-4th, at Snowbasin Resort. This multi-day song writer’s festival is positioned to be a one-of-a-kind music event, bringing world famous singer-songwriter style performances and opportunities for artists to share their “stories behind the songs.” Headlining this inaugural event are Grammy award-winning artists Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. TrouBeliever Fest will bring the intimacy fans expect in a songwriter-in-the-round performance to the festival stage. With roots steeped in Nashville’s songwriting tradition, hit makers and TrouBeliever Fest founders Monty Powell and Anna Wilson had a deep desire to create a festival where the songs themselves would be the stars. With a love for the mountains (where they enjoy spending downtime), the pair chose picturesque Snowbasin Resort as the backdrop for the first annual festival. Troubelieverfest.com

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The inaugural DEER VALLEY CONCERT SERIES will begin on August 2 with a performance by The Decemberists and conclude on Labor Day, September 3 with Jason Mraz. The series will feature five shows this summer at the resort’s renowned Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. No need to worry about preparing and packing a picnic basket; Deer Valley features numerous food and beverage offerings to complement any evening concert, in true Deer Valley style, Gourmet Picnic Bags filled with delicious epicurean items can be added. Deervalley.com SUNDANCE delivers some of the most majestic alpine scenery in the world. Nestled below the stunning grandeur of Mount Timpanogos, every experience at Sundance is breathtaking. Debuting in 2018 is the Sundance Mountain Music concert series, Scottish band, Belle and Sebastian take the stage opening night June 20th. SundanceResort.com BEAVER MOUNTAIN hosts the multi-day Beaver Mountain Music Festival August 17-18, featuring 21 artists, including 13 nationally touring acts. The event includes a children’s village with hands-on music, art, and face painting. Camping is easy with several tent and RV sites, and lodge or yurt rentals are also available. skithebeav.com


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PEAK BAGGING NEAR SALT LAKE When returning home, there’s nothing like getting a window seat on the plane and looking out over all the amazing mountains as we descend into Salt Lake City. The area is truly littered with peaks offering options for every ability, whether a seasoned climber or just getting your hike on for the first time. Want to figure out what’s best for you? Here’s my guide to my favorite hikes in the area. by ALISHA NISWANDER

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GRANDEUR PEAK West Ridge “Best Shady Summer Trail”
 Vertical Gain: 3200 feet Distance: 2.5 miles one way

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Church Fork Trailhead “Best Buns Burner” Vertical Gain: 1700 feet Distance: 3.25 miles one way The West Ridge is my spring “training” trail. It’s definitely not for the weak or timid. It rises sharply off of Wasatch Blvd. There are no switchbacks, you just head upward as if on a constant stair climb. It’s a burner and that’s why I love it. The heart pounding feeling you get the entire way is unbeatable. You can come down the same side to your car, or make a loop out of it and go down the traditional route which puts you at the Church Fork trailhead in Millcreek Canyon. This option involves a shuttle. The Church Fork side is a great option in the summer as it is shaded and along the creek for a good portion of the start. After that, it gently winds up the hillside and eventually takes you to the top of Grandeur Peak. This route is longer, more mellow than the West Ridge, and somewhat shaded.

Lake Blanche Trailhead “Best Alpine Lake” Vertical Gain: 2646 ft. Distance: 3.5 miles one way

MT. TIMPANOGOS Timpooneke Trailhead “Best Alpine Wildflowers”
 Vertical Gain: 4389 feet Distance: 7.5 miles one way
 There is a reason Mt. Timpanogos, referred to by locals as “Timp,” is one of the most popular hikes in Utah. There are two access trails to the top. Timpooneke is a little further hike, but worth it. Beginning in the thick pine, this very quickly opens into a large meadow where you start to see some amazing views. From there you gradually hike switchbacks until you reach another high alpine meadow. This is where, if you pay attention to seasons and local reports, the wildflowers will be going off mid to end of July. Don’t be surprised if you see mountain goats in this area. The last push from the upper saddle requires some navigation over rocks to the actual summit, but it’s worth it. You won’t be disappointed in the view or the accomplishment of reaching the top.

Lake Blanche is a challenging, but beautiful, hike that ends with a breathtaking vista. Beginning with a brief walk along Big Cottonwood Creek, the trail cuts off and starts climbing up through the trees. The trail is steep, but the switchbacks help as do the stunning views and peaks of Salt Lake City from the trail. Winding up through the aspen is always a treat and makes for a nice shady hike in the summer. Don’t give up on this hike and you will be rewarded for your efforts. Bring a picnic lunch and don’t forget the bug spray. Spend the afternoon sitting on the shores of Lake Blanche, and take in the reflection of Sundial Peak on the water. Consider bringing a headlamp if the journey out takes longer than expected because this is one you wouldn’t want to be caught on without light in the dark!

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Or maybe you love one of these nut jobs and put up with their countless hours of training and expensive gear, just to be dragged along on a “ vacation” while you support them during their event. Sound familiar? In either case, I feel you. As a veteran of these ridiculous, admittedly narcissistic pursuits, I’ve packed my family all over the west to support my not-so-normal athletic adventures. As any endurance athlete with a family knows, balancing training with family and vacation budgets can get tricky. But there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years: if you’re going to do all that training and spend precious family vacation dollars for an event, you might as well do it someplace amazing with fun opportunities for everyone. Thankfully we live in Utah, where stunning landscapes and challenging terrain come together to create dozens of outstanding, worldclass endurance events all across the state in locations with something the whole family will love.

NORTHERN UTAH If you’re looking for gorgeous mountain scenery, or a perhaps a more urban experience, Northern Utah has you covered. Here are some of the best: Salt Lake City Marathon – Mid April Salt Lake is a beautiful city, and this marathon showcases all the big city has to offer. This exclusively urban course takes you through the heart of downtown SLC, as well as the many eclectic and unique neighborhood districts and historical sites. Boston Qualifier saltlakecitymarathon.com Ogden Marathon – Mid May Dubbed “Utah’s Spring Runoff,” this gorgeous, gentle downhill course takes you through lush, green Ogden Valley, through striking Ogden Canyon, and finishes on Downtown Ogden’s Historic 25th Street. Listed in two categories in Runner’s World Top Ten Marathons Nationally, Ogden is one you don’t want to miss. Boston Qualifier. ogdenmarathon.com

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Ultimate Challenge – Mid August In partnership with the professional Tour of Utah, The Ultimate Challenge provides the everyday recreational cyclist the chance to ride the exact same Queen Stage the pros do, starting in Heber City and Finishing at Snowbird Resort. The course covers 64 miles of stunning Wasatch Mountain scenery with 7,600 feet of climbing. rideultimatechallenge.com Park City Point 2 Point – Early August One of America’s premier endurance XC mountain bike races, the Point 2 Point is also one of the most (perhaps THE most) challenging. The course weaves throughout the 400-plus miles of Park City’s outstanding IMBA Gold-certified trail system, and with 75 miles of technical singletrack combined with over 12,000 feet of climbing, this race is in a league of its own. thepcpp.com Tour of Park City – Mid July At 155 miles with over 10,000 feet of climbing, this challenging USA Cycling-sanctioned race ascends through the stunning high-altitude scenery of the Uinta Mountains and even makes a stop in Evanston Wyoming before returning to Park City. tourofparkcity.com

RUNNER’S WORLD TOP TEN MARATHONS NATIONALLY ... El Doce at PowMow – Mid August Who doesn’t love hot laps on 15 miles of buttery, alpine singletrack? Powder Mountain boasts some of the most gorgeous IMBA-designed-and-built trail in Northern Utah. Challenge yourself as a solo rider in either the 12-hour or 6-hour division, or grab your buddies and form a team. Camping, tacos, beer, and mountain bikes…what more do you need? eldoceatpowmow.com LOTOJA – Mid September LOTOJA is an acronym for Logan to Jackson, and this 206-mile road race represents the pinnacle of the cycling season and has been a measuring stick for cyclists for over 35 years. Spanning three states, LOTOJA is the longest single-day race in the U.S. and covers the beautiful country between Logan, Utah and Jackson, Wyoming. lotojaclassic.com Continued on page 66 DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE .COM

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Once a small quiet pass-through kind of town for weary travelers heading to Lake Powell, The Grand Canyon or one of Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks, Kanab is NOW all grown up and luring in people as a “not to be missed” destination in Southern Utah. With a rich history of being a wild west movie set for old time films and TV shows, this rock lovers paradise offers a full outdoor playground in the form of hiking, adventuring and even Anasazi ruins and petroglyphs, just minutes from a bustling downtown with excellent food and lodging options.

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Traveling with your pup? Thanks to Best Friends Animal Society, a nationally renowned 3,700 acre animal rescue sanctuary located on the outskirts of town that houses over 1,600 animals, Kanab can also easily claim being one of the most pet friendly towns in Utah. Just drive down main street and you’re likely to see several dogs out walking their owners and most hotels are welcoming to furry travel buddies. Pet lovers from around the globe flock to the area for the volunteering and adoption opportunities at their sanctuary, and the property welcomes visitors year round with open arms and daily tours, and even has maps to trails on the property.

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The Wave located halfway between Kanab and Page, AZ, is a spectacular spot that has people coming from around the world to experience this fascinating natural wonder thanks to never ending posts on Instagram. If you’ve been there, you understand all the hype. If you haven’t, raise your hand and head to the back of the line. All the ballyhoo about the Wave has created quite the

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The overnight options in this town will not disappoint, offering everything from the retro chic atmosphere of the Quail Park to the classic elegance of the Canyons Boutique Hotel. Both properties are fully stocked with colorful classic cruiser bikes for guests to leisurely pedal to dinner. For the movie buffs, the historic Perry Lodge is your destination. Built in 1931, the lodge was the epicenter for the cast and crew for many of the 100-plus movies filmed in Kanab.

conundrum for officials…on any given day there is a line of 50-100+ people waiting patiently (wink, wink) with hopes that their lottery number will be called granting them access to visit this extraordinarily unique landscape. Last year 160,000 people applied for the 7,300 spots, which translates to roughly 20 people per day. The reasoning is due to the delicate nature of the area. But, fear not, if your number is not lucky, there are plenty of other amazing landscapes to explore in this adventure rich area. White Pockets is the destination where photographers create magical masterpieces. Similar to the Wave, this area is a geologic phenomenon of vibrantly colorful lines and fantastic swirls brushing the sandstone wind sculpted buttes and hoodoos. The road to this location can be pretty rough, with deep sand and sharp rocks, so we highly recommend hiring a guide who has the proper vehicle to navigate the road and the local knowledge to get you to the best spots. Buckskin Gulch is the longest and deepest slot canyon in the Southwest, the canyon is narrow and deep for 12 miles…making it a bucket list adventure. Many come fully loaded with backpacks, freeze dried food and water filters, while others come just for the day to explore a few miles of the unique and mysterious canyon. For the day hikers, Wire Pass offers the best access into the heart of DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE .COM

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this awe-inspiring canyon. Other must see hiking destinations include Mansard Alcove, Peekaboo Canyon, The Toadstools, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and Snake Gulch. Want to stick around town? Kanab has an abundance of town trails and our favorite is the Squaw Trail, located just a few blocks from main street. It’s three miles round trip and provides outstanding views of the city and the fascinating surrounding landscapes. K-Hill, Tom’s Canyon and the Bunting Trail are others located close to town. Kanabtrails.com Ever wanted to give blacksmithing a try? Well, Blacksmith Adventures is the newest offering in Kanab’s adventure quiver. It’s a hands on introduction to the age-old craft of blacksmithing: they provide the gear, the tools and the fire, and after a two-hour class, you’ll have created your own mini metal masterpiece. Last, but definitely not least, is for the foodie in all of us. After a long, exhilarating day of exploring the wonders of this desert oasis, dust off your hiking boots and rest assured you will find the dining options here just as satisfying. Topping the list are Sego, The Rocking V, Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen and Kanab Creek Bakery.

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For the fine dining experience, Sego is your location, featuring regional new American cuisine, craft cocktails and yummy desserts, all expertly crafted by the legendary Chef Shon Foster. The Rocking V is a long

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standing Kanab favorite, featuring eclectic slow food with a southwestern flare where the walls are filled with inspiring local art. Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen is a comfortable vegetarian/vegan hot spot, specializing in artisanal pizza, salads and veggie burgers and is the perfect spot to chill on the patio while enjoying live music. No visit to Kanab would be complete without a visit to Kanab Creek Bakery, a European style café where everything is made from scratch…flakey croissants, artisan sandwiches and pastries. VisitSouthernUtah.com AZ. Beef Filet - Sego. photo by ARIKA BAUER


Take a hike. 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 redrock trails, slot canyons, and high mountain forests. And you’re sure to find just the hike you’ve been looking for. VisitSouthernUtah.com/Trail-Maps

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Elevation 8,107 feet, rainbow and cutthroat trout, primitive camping

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Southern Utah State Parks Utah is home to 44 fantastic and unique State Parks, each offering a variety of recreational options. Want to avoid the crowds? Two of our favorites in southern Utah are Snow Canyon and Goblin Valley State Parks. Here is a closer look into the highlights of these amazing places.

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SNOW CANYON STATE PARK offers 7,400 acres of scenic splendor tucked amid lava flows and soaring sandstone cliffs in a strikingly colorful, yet fragile environment. Majestic views and the subtle interplay of light, shadow and color create a kaleidoscopic visual across canyon walls. The Park offers outdoor opportunities for adventure enthusiasts of all ages: Hiking, nature studies, wildlife viewing, photography, camping, ranger talks and junior ranger programs. There are more than 38 miles of hiking trails, a threemile paved walking/cycling trail and over 15 miles of equestrian trails. The area's moderate winter climate makes early spring and fall visitation very appealing. Geology buffs will especially enjoy the volcanic cones of "recent" origin (1,000 to 2,000 years old). Among all this delightful geologic chaos you'll discover sand dunes, creek bottoms, caves, cacti and wildflowers.


Rock climbing here rules the roost. Lacking the notoriety of the big walls of Zion and the popularity of routes near Las Vegas, Snow Canyon is one of the best kept climbing secrets in the southwest. The canyon offers about 100 trad and sport routes. Some of the only multi-pitch sustained sandstone face climbing in the nation is located here. Most of the climbs are west-facing; better to climb in the morning hours during the summer and the afternoon hours during the winter months, but truly a year-round playground. Petrified Dunes Trail crosses massive sandstone outcrops where you may explore sand dunes frozen in time. This is one of our favorite for early morning or late afternoon photo-ops (don’t be surprised if you see a bride and groom in full outfit getting their picture taken here), when the light is soft and the vibrant colors of these amazing dunes come alive. Johnson Canyon, with the only riparian area in the park, winds through lava flows and red rock to an arch spanning 200 feet. Sand Dunes – Short and easy. Deep sand with some slopes. The off-the-side-of-theroad trail leads to a large expanse of red sand that is an excellent play area where the kids can run free and if you bring the digging toys, little ones will be entertained for hours.

Hidden Pinion Trail is more technical with rocky slopes and drop-offs. This self-guided nature trail introduces geological features and native plants of the park. Look for the trailhead just across the road and to the south of the campground. GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK in southeastern Utah is located 24 miles south of I-70 off Utah Hwy 24 adjacent to the San Rafael Swell. This remote 3,654-acre Park is rich in geologic wonders that created the park’s signature “goblins.” Through time, weather and the uneven hardness of sandstone, some rock resisted erosion better than others. The softer pieces were removed by wind and water, leaving thousands of unique geologic formations. The main attraction, Valley of the Goblins, is the place where kids can run free through the Mars like landscape, filled with hoodoos of every size and endless opportunities for exploring. Opposite page and above: Snow Canyon State Park.

The Goblin’s Lair, located on the eastern side of the Park is three miles roundtrip and takes you into a colorful slot canyon. The entrance to the canyon is sealed off by rocks and depending on the time of day sunlight streams through the ceiling of rocks 100 feet above. For those seeking more high-adventure, our friends at Get in the Wild Adventures take you on a guided rappelling trip into the lair. Getinthewild.com The Wild Horse Mesa mountain bike trail is a relatively new addition to the Park, offering a stacked loop system with seven miles of beginner/intermediate riding. The riding is fast, flowy and offers amazing views of the San Rafael Reef and the Henry Mountains in the distance. Goblin Valley offers two yurts that are located in the campground and marvelously situated in the middle of this geologic wonderland. Be sure to book these early, because they sell out quickly. StateParks.utah.gov

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Last year I was out for a late afternoon hike on the Portal Trail, which is the ending of one of Moab’s expert rides, the Magnificent 7. When I arrived back to my car there was a 30-something-year-old guy who had just finished the ride.

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e appeared a bit anxious as he was trying to make a call. I asked him if he was okay, since there was not another car near and no cell service from this specific spot. He was waiting for his girlfriend to finish the ride so they could get back to their car, and then hopefully make it to the bike rental shop before they closed.

This is not an uncommon story for women to share. While their well-meaning partners get excited at the idea of their gal on a bike, I’ve learned that pushing too hard too fast can spoil enthusiasm faster than milk left out on a picnic bench on a warm summer day.

I had a bit of time and I’m usually up for helping people, so I offered to give them a ride to their car. To make a long story short, I waited for the girlfriend and then gave her a ride to pick up her car, while the guy rode his bike back to town, since I only had room for one more bike on my rack. As we were driving away from the parking lot, the woman just started to cry. She proceeded to tell me that she had never be on a mountain bike before, and over the last three days they had done a handful of the area’s top rides, which are definitely far from beginner trails.

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been everything from the weakest rider to the encouraging coach. I’ve had my fair share of bloody knees and elbows, and will admit to having had a few trail temper tantrums. Some of these may have involved kicking my bike or tossing it down the hill. But in spite of this, I have kept at it and love mountain biking more than ever.

With years of cycling under my belt, I’ve heard this discouraging story from women numerous times. Here’s where the rub comes as an avid female mountain biker: women are the fastest growing segment in the mountain bike world. Kill a woman’s excitement about getting on a bike and you may not just create a rift in a relationship, but you are also squelching a statistic we all would love to see grow even more. Since Moab has often been called the “King” of the mountain biking scene with epic rides like the Porcupine Rim, Mag 7, Slickrock and Klondike Bluffs, we thought we would remind everyone that there is more to Moab than the epic big rides. These days there are also numerous beginner options, like Moab Brands, that can give newcomers confidence and a thrill to help them truly pick up the sport that so many of us love.

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To help encourage all women to give mountain biking in Moab another look, I reached out to some of the top women of Moab’s adventure scene who have helped create this amazing mountain biking mecca and are making their living around this awesome sport. They are business owners, coaches and guides. These ladies shared a bit about their businesses and tips to help the ladies who may not quite feel bike steady, get stoked to hit the trails in Moab.

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KRISTEN PETERSON HER JOB: Co-owner of Rim Mountain Bike Tours since 1990, and over that time they have grown with the mountain bike scene in Moab and have been a part of all aspects of trail development and supporting their growing industry. They have introduced many women to the sport and offer tips, instruction and moral support to individuals, families and groups of women.

She Says: “Moab is an awesome place for beginners because we have such a wealth of talented instructors, great trails to start on and more challenging trails to step up to as one's skills improve. Plus, the scenery takes your breath away as much as the effort of riding up our slickrock hills!” HER TIP: “Believe in yourself and have fun and don't be intimidated by others that are more skilled than you. You will improve and surprise yourself with what you can achieve and how much fun this sport is.”

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HER JOB: CEO of of Western Spirit, a tour company that takes people on backcountry adventures in amazing places. The guides do all the cooking and the truck carries all the gear. Ashley is also the Managing Director of Public Land Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to helping open public lands for recreational tourism companies and the Co-founder of Outerbike.

She Says: “Moab does have great beginner trails now and is best known for boosting confidence. Once you get the hang of it, if you can ride Moab obstacles, you can ride anywhere!” HER TIP: “Drop your wrists! It forces you to push on the bars—not lean on them. It makes you bend your elbows and lower your chest which pushes your hips back and puts you in charge.”

TRACY REED HER JOB: Owner of the shop Chile Pepper Bike Shop. The shop has a great vibe and welcomes each and every customer into the shop. They don't give the 'cool guy' attitude to customers which goes a long way in winning new customers over; customer service is their top priority for sure. They have a big selection of gear and accessories and also have a top-notch service department to keep their customers’ bikes running so they don't miss out on great riding while in Moab.

She Says: “Moab has some great trails now for beginners. The new trail development which has taken place over the past 8 years has really changed the riding landscape for all abilities of riders. The terrain is varying, and the views are spectacular.” HER TIPS: “Don't ride with clipless pedals when you start riding. I see guys who want to get their ladies into riding and they put them on the bike with clipless pedals - not a good way to start out. Platform pedals allow the beginner rider to get used to the bike and the terrain and to also help them develop their skills before they decide if they want to clip in. Also, take some riding camps or skills camps. This can help a new rider excel that much faster.”


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JULIE CORNELIUS HER JOB: Mountain biking is a part of every aspect of Julie’s life. She works as a mountain bike guide doing day tours for Rim Tours. When not in Moab, she is traveling somewhere in the world mountain biking. She also runs World Ride Nepal, a non-profit that organizes mountain bike tours in which all proceeds support getting more Nepali women mountain biking for recreation, career and racing. She is also the mountain bike director for AndShesDopeToo.

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BACKROADING THROUGH CATHEDRAL VALLEY & BURR TRAIL by JULIE K. TREVELYAN

Fantastically-shaped sandstone features. Geologic wonders that make your imagination soar. For scenic backcountry drives, it's hard to beat two matchless beauties in and around Capitol Reef National Park: Cathedral Valley and the Burr Trail. Allowing a day for each one allows you to explore at leisure, including venturing off on some small side hikes to spectacular overlooks. Check the weather and road conditions, pack those lunches and snacks into your back-roadworthy vehicle, pick up one of the helpful road guide publications at the park's visitor center, and hit these backcountry drives. Prepare to be wowed by their epic scenery and awe inspiring splendor.

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CATHEDRAL VALLEY The entire driving loop is 96 miles, 58 of which weave in and out of Capitol Reef's boundaries on dirt roads. The first fun challenge comes when you turn off Highway 24 onto the dirt Hartnet Road and almost immediately drive through the Fremont River. Only consider this crossing out of flood season. After several more miles through dramatic badlands, prepare yourself for astounding views at the surreal, colorful Bentonite Hills. Just before you turn north onto Cathedral Road at the Hartnet Junction, head to a picnic table down a spur road that makes for a great lunch spot. Stroll the short trail that leads you out to a jaw-dropping vista of Upper Cathedral Valley.

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Now you get to descend the tight Hartnet switchbacks right into the valley of coral-shaded Entrada Sandstone monoliths. Ooh and ahh as you pass 160 million years of geologic history in a beautiful strata of textures and colors. Then turn into Lower Cathedral Valley where the striking monolith rocks Temple of the Moon and Temple of the Sun, as well as the small Temples of the Stars are scattered along the southern wall. Be sure to examine Glass Mountain, a significant deposit of gypsum crystals that sparkles in the sun. When you finally roll back out onto Highway 24, it's a swift 18.5 mile return to the visitor center, with fascinating views into the Park's west side as you drive.

BURR TRAIL This 125-mile loop enthralls with its majestic views and terrain. Start again from the visitor center and head nine miles east along Highway 24 to turn right onto the paved Notom-Bullfrog Road. You'll meander south, bordered on your right by the incredible sandstone swells and castles of Capitol Reef's rocky heart. To your left you have a view of the remote, rugged Henry Mountains, which were the last range to be documented and named in the contiguous 48 States. In 10 miles the road turns to graded dirt. You'll drive right by bentonite clay hills and through ravine-pocked sagebrush landscape that can be blanketed in desert flowers during the warmer months. Along the way are many opportunities for hikes if you want to stretch your legs, including pretty Surprise Canyon, mysterious Headquarters Canyon, and the aptly-named Red Canyon. Thirty-one beguiling miles later you reach the turn for the Burr Trail. Admire the sheer dedication it took to create the switchbacks on this impressive canyon section as you travel back and forth upward. When you reach the very top, turn left into a small picnic area to enjoy breathtaking views right down the narrow canyon and out to the Henry Mountains. If you have a more adventurous spirit and a 4x4 vehicle, just up the road you can drive three miles down a rocky wash to the trailhead for Upper Muley Twist. From there it's a short walk to the utterly sensational Strike Valley Overlook. Back on the Burr Trail, you reach the park boundary in just a few miles, at which point the road once again becomes paved. But the scenic wonders continue as you wind through pinyon and juniper forests and pass right through dramatic Long Canyon. Once you reach the tiny hamlet of Boulder, you can take Highway 12 over Boulder Mountain, which gives you some of the arguably best panoramas in the world, back into Torrey to complete the loop. If you prefer a tour guide, there are several local tour operators who can guide you on these unforgettable driving adventures.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING the OTHER SOUTHERN UTAH by GREG SCOTHERN

When most people hear the phrase “mountain biking Southern Utah,” their mind’s eye probably envisions the incredible slickrock and desert mesa riding of Moab or the St. George/Hurricane area (or both). And rightly so; both areas are true mountain biking Meccas and have certainly earned that reputation. What many of those same folks probably don’t realize, however, is that world class singletrack in Southern Utah isn’t just limited to Moab & St. George – there’s a whole other Southern Utah that they’ve been driving right on by for years – and it has some of the most beautiful and diverse riding experiences in the state. 58

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The high country surrounding Cedar City, Cedar Breaks, Brian Head, Panguitch, Duck Creek, and Bryce Canyon is roughly four hours south of Salt Lake City, and this region’s best rides can all be accessed within an hour’s drive of each other. The region’s two massive, high-altitude plateaus create a uniquely-Southern Utah scenic wonder: the stunning juxtaposition of red rock cliffs and hoodoos with high alpine scenery. The Markagunt Plateau includes Cedar Breaks National Monument on its western rim, spanning from Brian Head Peak to the headwaters of the Virgin River overlooking majestic Zion National Park. The Paunsaugunt Plateau features Bryce Canyon National Park on its eastern rim and overlooks the vast splendor of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This is not the Southern Utah that fits the stereotypical, barren red rock desert imagery. This is the Southern Utah that is refreshingly cool in the summer, spotted with crystal-clear high alpine lakes and lush, thick forests of pine and aspen. In other words, it’s the perfect mountain biking destination to escape the heat in the summer months, and it offers some of the most incredible views on the planet.

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CEDAR CITY: Easy to get to and loaded with dozens of great hotels & restaurants, Cedar City is an excellent basecamp option for accessing the area’s many trails. The majority of the great rides in the region are within an hour’s drive from Cedar City, and the riding immediately accessible from town is outstanding. Notable trails in Cedar City include the Three Peaks Recreation Complex and the Iron Hills trail system. Located about 10 minutes west of town, Three Peaks features 19-plus miles of flowy singletrack that dips and bobs through Utah Juniper interspersed with exciting wood ladder bridges and large playful expanses of granite rock features. A true playground for the whole family, the park has excellent options for beginner and expert riders alike, and also offers great improved campsites, bouldering, hiking, and even includes a full disc golf course. The Iron Hills Trail System meanders through the foothills east of town and includes the popular “C” Trail, Highland Trail, Green Hollow, Lichen It, and Lava Flow. With roughly 15 miles of trail and multiple access points for loop, out-and-back, and shuttle options, you can string together quick 30-minute loops or 20-plus mile slogs. These are some of the funnest, flowiest, well-built trails anywhere and are worth stopping to ride even if you’re just passing through. For a longer complete tour, start at the Southview Trailhead and do a quick lap on Lichen It and Lava Flow to get warmed up, then climb up to the flowy Green Hollow and Highlands Trails that connect you to the “C” Trail, which rewards you with a nice long downhill romp into town. Take the short East Bench paved pathway at the bottom

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of “C” trail to get back to Southview. If climbing isn’t your thing, simply shuttle up to the “C” Overlook trailhead and enjoy nearly 5 miles of delicious descending back to town.

BRIAN HEAD: Brian Head Resort has been synonymous with great mountain biking for over 20 years, with fantastic lodging, lift-accessed trails, and an expansive network of adjacent Forest Service trails. A wildfire in the summer of 2017 raged through some of the best trails at Brian Head, temporarily closing classics like Scout Camp (scheduled to reopen in 2019) and affecting many others. Don’t let that deter you though…there is plenty of great riding still to be had. Start off by taking a spin up through the resort on the newly improved Color Country trail to Brian Head Peak for stunning views of Cedar Breaks National Monument and the surrounding Markagunt Pleateau. Don’t miss the opportunity to charge both of Brian Head’s premier downhill trails:

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Both trails were impacted by the fire, but with that came the opportunity to improve the flow and alignment, making these already stellar trails even better. Scheduled to reopen July 4th, these trails start at the top of Brian Head Peak and offer incredible views and long, grin-inducing descents. Dark Hollow descends to the town of Parowan to the northwest, and Bunker Creek descends to scenic Panguitch Lake to the east. Both trails are 12 miles long and can be shuttled using your own vehicles, or you can take advantage of the shuttle services offered by the bike shops in Brian Head.

NAVAJO LAKE & VIRGIN RIVER RIM: Navajo Lake is a gorgeous high-altitude lake, and it features an excellent 11.5-mile trail that circumnavigates the lake. Staying at a relatively constant elevation, this flowy singletrack rolls through pine and aspen forests, lush, wildflower-filled meadows, and striking lava fields. This is a perfect ride for families with intermediate riders, but is still every bit as enjoyable for expert riders. The Virgin River Rim is a stunning gem of a trail that offers unbelievable views of the Virgin River headwaters and the breathtaking geology of Zion National Park below. With point-to-point options up to 34 miles in length, the entire trail can be ridden in a day with a shuttle. But with several access points along the trail (including the aforementioned Navajo Lake), many riders opt to ride portions of the trail over a couple of days. Regardless of how you


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decide to ride it, don’t miss this one. The riding is outstanding, and the views just might be the best you’ve seen on two wheels.

THUNDER MOUNTAIN: Just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the most unique and beautiful mountain bike trails in existence. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to ride among the striking hoodoos and long-leaf pines of Bryce Canyon, wonder no more.

mile loop option. Regardless of how you choose to ride it, Thunder Mountain is certain to become one of your all-time favorites.

THUNDER MOUNTAIN WILL HAVE YOU WONDERING IF YOU'VE BEEN TRANSPLANTED TO AN ALIEN PLANET; THERE'S SIMPLY NO OTHER TRAIL QUITE LIKE IT IN THE WORLD. Incredible scenery notwithstanding, this is a well-built trail that is very flowy, not overly technical, and laugh-out-loud fun to ride. With 1200 feet of elevation over 7 miles of flowy singletrack, this trail can be shuttled for downhill only, or it can be combined with the Red Canyon Paved Trail and Coyote Hollow Road for a nice 14

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There is no better way to try something new, different or even out of your comfort zone, than on a guided trip. Whether it’s a ½ day mountain biking, climbing, hiking, canyoneering excursion, or a multi-day family river or backpacking trip, going with a guide is the way to go. Let the professionals take care of the logistics, gear, packing, food prep and maps, so you can just enjoy the experience.


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Events

SUNDAYS JUNE 3 - SEPTEMBER 23

PARK SILLY SUNDAY MARKET An ecofriendly open air market, street festival & community forum. It is a treasure box that features unique and eclectic-local and regional arts and crafts, music and performance art, antiques, imports and one-of-a-kind finds. ParkSillySundayMarket.com

SEPTEMBER 15-16, 2018

Up, up, and away! AUTUMN ALOFT, Park City’s Hot Air Balloon Festival presented by Wells Fargo, takes flight September 15-16, 2018. Events include main launches Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 with 24 balloons and a Saturday evening Candlestick on Historic Main Street. Event activities are free to spectators. Autumnaloft.com

JUNE 13-18 2018

THE BRYCE CANYON ASTRONOMY FESTIVAL, is an annual event held in Bryce Canyon National Park each year. Hosting some of the darkest night skies get ready for telescopes, workshops and star parties. NPS.gov

NOVEMBER 2-4, 2018 Welcome to Kanab’s first annual one-of-a-kind TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE! Teams of 3-5 people will use a phone app to complete challenges and gain points for the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes! For all the details to get registered go to kanabtreasurequest.com and follow us on Facebook – Kanab Treasure Quest. **OVER $10,000 in Cash and Prizes**

AUGUST 24-25, 2018

Sevier County in the heart of South Central Utah is known as Utah’s Trail Country and is home world famous Paiute Trail with over 2,000 AUGUST 24 - 25 miles of off-road adventures. Race your bike at the Rooster Valley Ride, run with your relay team at the Fish Lake Relay, ride your horse at the Fish Lake Tasha Campground, ride your motorcycle across the beautiful Scenic Byways or ride your ATV/UTV on the many trails that are part of the Paiute Trail system. Richfieldareachamber.com

NOVEMBER 18, 2018 The Dead Horse 50 mile, 50k and 30k . Dead Horse was created to feature the Magnificent Seven Trails off of Gemini Bridges. The course will challenge you with technical slickrock and sandy washes and has great views of Arches National Park, the La Sal Mountains and the Moab Valley. MadMooseevents.com

AUGUST 31- SEPTEMBER 3, 2018 THE SOLDIER HOLLOW CLASSIC SHEEP DOG TRIALS provide a totally unique experience, including world-class sheepdogs at work, high flying splash dogs, acrobatic dog shows, and more. Learn more about these and other events at gohebervalley.com

MARCH 9, 2019

TRUE GRIT is a long, tough and technical mountain bike race. The event is the season opener for the National Ultra Endurance Series. Athletes can choose from the 50 mile marathon race or the 100 mile epic race. The event attracts over 100 of the top mountain bike pro athletes from around the country to compete for the $5000 cash purse. The event hosts a total of 600 racers, both pro and armature between the two races. Truegritepic.com


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Moab Rocks – Mid April Three days of cross-country mountain bike stage racing with timed descents. Race 24 to 28-mile courses on some of the finest world-class trails Moab has to offer, including Porcupine Rim, Klondike Bluffs, and the brilliant Magnificent 7 complex. transrockies.com/moab-rocks

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SOUTHERN UTAH The incredibly diverse and unique desert scenery of Southern Utah makes it a natural for destination endurance events, especially during the spring and fall. Here are a few to put on your bucket list:

St. George Marathon – Early October This popular marathon runs through the incredible red-rock scenery surrounding St. George, and the October date is ideal for training time leading up to the event. Boston Qualifier. stgeorgemarathon.com 25 Hours in Frog Hollow – Early November Rally your riding buddies for one of Utah’s most beloved and social mountain bike events. Why ride 24 hours when you can ride 25? Located in Hurricane near majestic Zion National Park, this event utilizes the outstanding 66

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Grand Circle Trailfest – Early October Based out of beautiful Kanab, this fully-supported, three-day trail running festival features stunning 12 to 13 mile courses in Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Parks. Race in the morning and explore the incredible landscapes in the afternoon. A truly all-inclusive experience, the festival includes great food, yoga, massages, films, live music, and much more! vacationraces.com/trailfest/ grand-circle-trailfest Vision Relay – Early June You and three of your friends will ride 525 miles along one of the most beautiful stretches of highway on the planet, including world-famous Highway 12. Starting in Moab and finishing in St. George, this road relay runs around the clock with each member of a four-person team completing three of the twelve segments over a 24 to 36-hour period. Guaranteed to be some of the most beautiful rides of your life! www.visionrelay.com

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St. George Ironman 70.3 – Early May One of the most scenic courses among the official Ironman races, this challenging early-season race is perfect for those looking to stay motivated with their training throughout the winter. ironmanstgeorge.com

JEM Trail network and always turns into a party. Solo or team categories offer something for every type of rider. 25hoursinfroghollow.com

Crusher in the Tushar – Mid July The Crusher starts in Historic Beaver and spans the lesser-known but breathtakingly beautiful Tushar range, finishing at Eagle Point Ski Area. Attracting the most hardened riders, the Crusher features 70 miles of high-alpine dirt and paved riding, including Utah’s highest paved road at 11,500 feet, with over 10,400 vertical feet of climbing. Unique to this event is the choice of bike: cyclocross or mountain, and portions of the course favor each type. Both types of bike have produced wins. tusharcrusher.com

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Discover Utah Magazine -2018  

The 2018 Discover Utah Magazine features the must-see destinations throughout Utah; everything from hiking and biking to wellness retreats a...

Discover Utah Magazine -2018  

The 2018 Discover Utah Magazine features the must-see destinations throughout Utah; everything from hiking and biking to wellness retreats a...