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Kids Love Kanab! Load up the kids and take a road trip to pet-friendly, family-friendly Kanab. Surrounded by three national parks and places like Moqui Cave, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Toadstools, Dinosaur Tracks, and Best Friends Animal Santuary, you’ll never run out of places to ST. explore and things to do. And when the day is done, there are plenty GEORGE of places to eat, sleep, and unwind. Start planning trip with the kids today at VisitSouthernUtah.com FULLyour PAGE

DISTANCE from Kanab

OTHER KID FAVORITES

Dinosaur Tracks

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Three bears creamery cottage

Moqui Cave

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the soda fountain

Best Friends Animal SANCTUARY

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peekaboo wood fired kitchen

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

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big al’s burgers

Toadstools

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Devil's Garden, Grand Staircase Esclanate National Monument PHOTO BY Monique Beeley

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8 Roadtripin’ HWY 12

27 Events

12 Camping, Glampin', Cabinin' & Yurtin’

28 How To ...

14 River Trip Roundup

34 Explore your Backyard

16 Educational 17 Map

36 Stewardship + Volunteering

18 Outdoor Tips

37 Healthy Kids

20 Local Athlete 22 #MoreKidsOnBikes

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40 Summer Camps 42 Parting Thought …

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LETTER FROM THE

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YEAH, IT’S SPRING, THE COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER IS ON…and I couldn’t be happier! I am a true lover of summer, because really…what’s not to love? The sunshine, camping, longer days, outdoor concerts, festivals, shorts, flip-flops, mountain biking, hiking, boating, beaches…the list goes on and on…

Recommended Rides from our Teen Influencers

Time with our kids is so precious; they seem to grow before our eyes. Then, in an instant, they are out of the house following their own passions. Now is the time to make those memories that will stick with them throughout life. Recently, I asked my daughter, Kya, “What is the one trip you want to do this summer?” She replied, “Mom, I really want to do another river trip, because it was so fun. I got to swim in the river every day and play in the mud; oh…and the rapids were fun too…especially when they splashed on us!” River trips were never at the top of my adventure to-do list, but now, as a parent, I find this to be the BEST way to fully unplug and reconnect. There are no options for screen time or cell phones, just nature and fun. So far we have done 4 multi-day river trips together, and are planning another one this year! Check out our River Trip Roundup on page 14 to help plan your own summer river excursion! Utah, being the ultimate outdoor playground, has so many options for recreation in landscapes that are unique & unparalleled, and Scenic Byway 12 is one of our jewels (not to mention my personal favorite place). If you have adventured along this route, you already know why. If you haven’t, you need to make it a priority. Last fall we spent 6 days on an unforgettable mother-daughter trip exploring the area. Our “Roadtripin’ report on page 8 just barely scratches the surface of the adventures to be found here. One of my goals with this publication is to promote the value of giving back, doing good and helping others. Our Local Athlete Profile (page 20) is a story of just that. A teen, who, thanks to donations from the local mountain biking community, received a brand-new, custom-built bike. Keep the tires rolling, the boots dusty, and the water bottles full… and add a few – or better yet many – miles to the odometer. Get out there to enjoy the sunshine, the campfires, the kids, and the trails… and be sure to make the most of every last minute this summer.

My favorite ride is Jenny's Trail & CMG at Park City Mountain, it's a great intermediate trail, Jenny's is uphill only in the beginning and the downhill on CMG is such a blast! I highly recommend this ride in the fall because the colors are absolutely AMAZING!! - LAUREN LENGEL, AGE 16

The Circle O trail in Moab is perfect for intermediate riders looking to practice and improve their technical skills. The trail is almost all slickrock, extremely well marked, and has great technical features that are not too intimidating and perfect for helping intermediate riders gain more confidence on technical features. - SAM SCOTHERN, AGE 13

Cheers to SUMMERTIME!

~ Monique Beeley

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I love riding the Turtle Trail in St. George, it's pretty easy to ride, but still fun at the same time! It is a great ride for the advanced beginner and is a mix of slick rock and single track. - MAEGAN LENGEL, AGE 13


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ROAD TRIPS ARE ABOUT THE MOST ALL-AMERICAN VACATION THERE IS.

You, your family, the highway, and some favorite tunes – where time isn’t measured by mile markers, but by moments. Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 is the best road-trip highway on the planet, passing through Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument, Boulder Mountain, and Capitol Reef National Park. Few highways in the world offer as much jaw-dropping scenery and adventure in 120 miles, so we packed up the car, the kids, the bikes, and hit the open road for an adventure. Our first stop was the paved bike path that runs through Red Canyon and Dixie National Forest. This scenic path is 17 miles long, winds through thick alpine forests and majestic red rock hoodoos, and ends in Bryce Canyon National Park. Hiking in Red Canyon is great too – explore the 1-mile Pink Ledges Trail or the 0.7-mile Arches trail, which takes you past 15 arches! After the bike ride, we stopped at Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant for some of Ethyl’s famous homemade pie. We drove past the main entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park and stopped at the Mossy Cave Trail. Having some time before the sun went down, it was the perfect quick stop. The girls were thrilled to have some water to play in and explore; we took our time on the trail and just let the kids be kids. The Mossy Cave Trail is a mile long and ends at a mossy grotto supplied by an underground spring. Back in the car and on the road again, our final destination for the day was the Circle D Motel in Escalante, where we quickly unpacked and headed to bed. We had a big day ahead of us: our very first canyoneering trip! The next morning, we made our way to Excursions of Escalante. Our guide was the owner, Rick Green, who has been guiding slot canyons in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) for the last 18 years. We instantly felt comfortable and excited about the day ahead. I rappelled first so I could comfort my daughter as she made her way down. Watching her rappel was a DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE.COM

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moment I’ll never forget! She was so brave and so proud of herself. With everyone down, we descended into a magical slot canyon. Rick shared past experiences of the many animals he has rescued in these canyons. During our trip, we rescued a baby rattlesnake and a tarantula, which of course thrilled the girls! At one point, I looked up, following the walls until they were so narrow that just a thin crack of the blue sky peeked through. I saw a plane fly by and was humbled by how small I felt in this tiny canyon, that by plane, you would probably miss with the untrained eye. A few hours and three rappels later, we emerged from the canyon and started the hike back to the car. Smiling brighter than the desert sun, I knew this was a trip I would never forget. With just one more day of exploring the diverse and magical landscapes surrounding Escalante, we headed to Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons. These amazing canyons glowed vibrantly in the morning sun. I would suggest getting an early start, as these canyons have become very popular. Following our slot canyon adventure, we stopped for a late picnic lunch at Devil's Garden. Which is an ideal spot nestled in a natural rock playground where the girls could run freely and explore the various sandstone formations. The next day we were back on the road again. Driving Highway 12 through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is something everyone should experience. We took our time, taking pictures of the beauty around us. We stopped for lunch at Burr Trail Grill in Boulder.

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Making our way up and over scenic Boulder Mountain, we arrived at the Broken Spur Inn in Torrey for our final leg of the trip: Capitol Reef National Park. The next morning, we ventured into Capitol Reef to hike the Cohab Canyon Trail. This 1.7-mile trail offers gorgeous views of the valley floor and stunning rock formations. If you keep your eyes peeled you can find a cool slot canyon off the right of the trail as you’re hiking in, which is well worth the search efforts. This trail ends with panoramic views of Capitol Reef and the historic town of Fruita. It was our final day, but we wanted to squeeze in one final hike. We chose the Hickman Bridge Loop which is 1.8 miles. This is a fairly easy trail with views of Capitol Dome. With plenty of spots to stop and explore, we took our time on this trail. The trail loops under Hickman Bridge, and you really get a grasp on how massive it is. We made our way back to the car and took a scenic drive around the park before making our way back home. The best thing about road trippin’ on Highway 12 is that you can truly make it your own. With so many adventures and wonderful sights to see, you can do this trip every year and still have plenty of new and exciting experiences! DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE.COM

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CampinG', Glampin', Cabinin', Yurtin’… Endless Options Outdoors

WEDGE OVERLOOK CAMPGROUND – Located in the San Rafael Swell, The Wedge Overlook provides a striking view of Utah’s “Little Grand Canyon”, the San Rafael River, and the Sid’s Mountain Wilderness Area. Developed sites on the rim of the canyon feature tables, fire pits, and an outhouse nearby. In addition, there are a few undeveloped sites with fire rings just a few miles from the overlook. See map page 17 MIRROR LAKE/HIGHWAY 150 – Stop just about anywhere along this highway in the Uintas and you will find a developed campground. One of the most popular campgrounds is at Mirror Lake; be sure to reserve early for this one! Camping is also allowed in undeveloped areas. One of our favorite trails for backpacking is the Lofty Lake Loop. This 4-mile trail takes you by several alpine lakes and primitive camping options, making it the perfect place to introduce your kids to overnight backpacking. LA SAL MOUNTAINS – These stunning peaks are just 20 miles southeast of Moab and part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Reaching heights of nearly 13,000 feet, these alpine mountains are the second highest mountain range in Utah. You will find numerous hiking trails and picturesque forested campgrounds. One of our favorites is the Warner Lake Campground, which has toilets, picnic tables, and fire grills.

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FLAMING GORGE – Red Canyon Campground is located on a grassy meadow high above Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Your family will enjoy exploring the Red Canyon Rim Trail and canoeing and fishing at nearby Greens Lake. This is a developed campground with vault toilets and drinking water provided. Enjoy a day on the water at Flaming Gorge National Recreation area, where you can kayak, SUP, water ski, jet ski, swim…and perhaps best of all…fish at this beautiful reservoir; Flaming Gorge offers some of the best trophy trout fishing in the western U.S. Red Canyon Lodge offers log cabins, a private lake, fishing, horseback riding and a restaurant. See map page 17

Many of Utah’s 43 State Parks offer a variety of overnight options beyond the typical tent site. Fremont Indian, Red Fleet, and Scofield State Parks offer Teepees, and for those looking for the Yurtin’ experience, Dead Horse Point, Goblin Valley, East Canyon, and Rockport are the destinations for you. In addition to these great options, there are 10 parks that offer cabins.

MT. NEBO SCENIC LOOP – This 38-mile scenic byway meanders along the southern end of the Wasatch Mountains in the shadow of the Wasatch’s tallest peak, Mt. Nebo. Along the byway, numerous campgrounds, trail systems, and popular horseback riding areas are available. Stop for the night or weekend and camp at Ponderosa Campground, which is nestled in scenic Bear Canyon. Your family can enjoy hiking and fishing in this quiet canyon. See map page 17 CURRANT CREEK CAMPGROUND – Located 45-miles southeast of Heber City on Hwy 40. This 100-site campground sits on the hillside of the Currant Creek Reservoir and offers group, equestrian and double-family sites. The area is best known for its great fishing opportunities, both in the reservoir and Currant Creek. Also, there are many OHV & hiking trails nearby. A general store at the campground has firewood, ice and fishing supplies. MONTE CRISTO AREA – Also in the Cache National Forest, this area boasts several great campgrounds near the summit of the Monte Cristo mountain range and along the South Fork of the Ogden River. Numerous improved campgrounds dot the banks of the river along State Road 39. These campgrounds are easy to get to and offer excellent fishing and tubing in the river, as well as SUP and kayaking in nearby Causey Reservoir. One of our favorite campgrounds is Monte Cristo, at the summit of SR 39. Enjoy the forest shade as you are surrounded by thick spruces and aspens. This is a developed campground with toilets, drinking water, fire pits and picnic tables. DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE.COM

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THE GREEN RIVER IS 730 MILES LONG, flowing through Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. It is 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 a world-class stretch of white water known as Cataract Canyon.

There are many wonderful and qualified guides services that will take your family on the trip of a lifetime. The Utah Guides and Outfitters Association is a great resource to find a company that works for you!! Utah-Adventures.com


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WESTWATER CANYON Days:1-3 Recommended age: 8 Rapids: Class III-V Bonus: Known as “The West’s Best Short Whitewater Trip”

GATES OF LODORE Days: 4-5 Recommended age: 8 Rapids: Class II & III Bonus: Spectacular side hikes and Archaeological sites.

CATARACT CANYON Days: 4-6 Recommended age: 8 Rapids: III-V Bonus: Best for hikes in Canyonlands National Park. See map page 17

SPLIT MOUNTAIN Days: 1-2 Recommended age: 6 Rapids: Class II & III

FISHER TOWERS Days: 1-3 Recommended age: 4 Rapids: Class I & II Bonus: Best for families with young children.

SECTION A-B DIY – Rent a raft and all the gear from Flaming Gorge Resort. They will shuttle you just below the Flaming Gorge Dam, then pick you up 7 miles downriver at a designed time. Did you know this section of Green River is one of the best tailwater flyfishing destinations in the west? DESOLATION CANYON Days: 4-6 Recommended age: 5 Rapids: Class II & III Bonus: Shuttle to boat launch involves an epic scenic flight over the river. See map page 17 LABYRINTH CANYON Days: 4-5 Recommended age: 4 Rapids: I Bonus: May get to see Crystal Geyser erupt.

YAMPA RIVER

Days: 4-5 Recommended age: 8 Rapids: Class III-IV Bonus: Only undammed & free flowing river in Utah.

San Juan River

Days: 1-6 Recommended age: 4 Rapids: Class I & II Bonus: Best for petroglyphs and ancestral sites. See map page 17

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Looking for just an afternoon adventure close to home? Days: 2-hour to half day Recommended age: 3 Rapids: Class I Bonus: Combine this adventure with a train ride on the Heber Valley Railroad.

Weber River

Days: 2 hour to half day Recommended age: 3 Rapids: Class I Bonus: You can also float this river on a tube.

Sevier River

Days: ½ day Recommended age: 5 Rapids: Class II & III Bonus: Make it a weekend with nearby fishing, OHV, hiking and camping!

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E D U C AT I O N A L BY CHRIS MERRITT & ELIZABETH HORA-COOK

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IF YOU’VE HIKED, BIKED, RAFTED, OR TRAVELED ANYWHERE IN UTAH, chances are you’ve found ancient ruins and artifacts, also called “archaeological sites”. An archaeological site is anything left by past humans. Sites can be rock art, pueblos, arrowheads, mines, cabins, trails, and much more! Utah has over 90,000 known archaeological sites sharing the past 13,000 years of human history. Unfortunately, many sites are being vandalized. Ancestors of Native Americans lived in these places that continue to have cultural significance today, so it’s important that we all honor and care for these sites. Three keys that will help you enjoy and protect archaeological sites:

STAY SAFE AROUND ARCHAEOLOGY: • Archaeological sites can be dangerous. Sites such as old mines may have open shafts that may pose danger to falling, and critters love to nest in rocks. Keep alert and stay out of dangerous situations. • Explore buildings and structures; however, if it looks unsafe, assume that is the case. Don’t climb on fragile walls or try to put rocks back in place. Only professionals should try to rebuild walls, but let someone know if you see a problem. Look out for nails and other sharp objects. PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE PAST: • Stay on the trail and camp only in designated spots to protect buried artifacts. • If you find something that might be an artifact, you can measure, draw, and take a picture. Just be sure it’s safe, and remember to put it back where you found it! • Take pictures or drawings of rock art and historic inscriptions! If you want to make rock art “pop” in your photographs, try using different filters. Art is too fragile to touch.

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• If you find graffiti, it’s time to call the professionals, take pictures if you can and report it. • If you see someone else damaging a site, don’t talk to them yourselves, but do make sure to tell a ranger.

LEARN MORE AND GET INVOLVED: • State History maintains a list of archaeological sites that are open to visitation by the public: www.heritage.utah.gov/history/history-maps • Friends of Cedar Mesa: www.friendsofcedarmesa.org • Tread Lightly! Respect & Protect: www.treadlightly.org/programs/respect-and-protect • Utah Statewide Archaeological Society (USAS): www.utaharchaeology.org • Utah Rock Art Research Association (URARA): www.urara.wildapricot.org • Passport in Time (PIT): www.passportintime.com Chris Merritt and Elizabeth Hora-Cook work as archaeologists at the Antiquities Section at the Utah Division of State History. Merritt and Hora-Cook have years of experience in Utah archaeology. You can reach them at cmerritt@utah.gov or ehora@utah.gov.


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Tips Brooke Froelich from Influencer

BROOKE’S TIPS:

AS AN ADVENTURER, STORYTELLER, and bedtime-story-reader, Brooke loves to ski, climb, mountain bike, trail run, and explore Utah--- usually her 2 year old son, Huck, comes along for the adventure. With a

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Aim for attainable and accessible adventure: We are lucky to live in Utah! Outstanding family adventure is always less than a tank of gas away. Instead of holding out for one or two big trips a year, we go on frequent MINI adventures. When the trailhead is close to home, I don’t mind having to turn home early for a fussy baby. Adventuring with children is already epic--- it’s okay to turn down the “epic” level a few notches for a period of time.

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degree in neuroscience, and a background in human genetic research, Brooke loves to share the curiosities of the natural world with her little boy. The great outdoors is Huck’s favorite classroom. Brooke and Huck have backcountry skied in Utah and Alaska, camped in the desert, explored slot canyons in Escalante, bagged peaks in the wasatch, biked through herds of buffalo on Antelope Island, backpacked on the Pacific Crest Trail to a hut through the snow, and spent many lazy afternoons splashing in streams and picking wildflowers.

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Store backpacks ready to go: My hiking pack is hanging in the garage with everything I need along with an empty water reservoir ready to be filled. Instead of having to repack before each trip, I keep our rain jackets, sunscreen, sunglasses, a light layer, socks, diapers/wipes (and an extra ziplock bag), mosquito repellent, and a handful of granola bars in the pack at all times. Remember that we all start somewhere: If you find yourself feeling nervous before your first day out with your little ones, remember that we have ALL had that day. Yeah, that first day out on the trail might not go as planned--- but you got outside! Instead of focusing on mileage goals with Huck, I like to focus on time goals. On our first day out, I just wanted to walk on a trail for 30 minutes. Start small! Soon you’ll be surprised at what your family is accomplishing!

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“Andrew has been an unquestionably positive addition to our team. We have about 25 kids on our team and Andrew is probably the only one who knows the name of every one of his teammates. He always greets you with a smile, a high-five, a hug or, if you’re lucky, all three. [His riding] has improved so much he’s almost unrecognizable from a year ago. But more importantly, he has gained a new level of self-confidence and accomplishment that will certainly carry over into other aspects of his life.” Dave Yngsdal, Head Coach, Fremont Mountain Bike Team

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VELDHUIZEN Discover Utah Kids is proud to feature Andrew Veldhuizen, age 17, for our Local Athlete Profile. Andrew is a special-needs student athlete who races for the Fremont High School Mountain Bike Team as part of the Utah High School Mountain Bike League’s inspiring Elevate Program, which allows kids like Andrew to experience mountain biking in an inclusive, non-competitive environment. We caught up with Andrew’s dad Ryan, who had this to say about Andrew’s experience: “My biggest fear while Andrew was growing up was how he would be treated by others. I have been thoroughly impressed with the kids here in his school. They have been GREAT! Andrew and I rode the Brim during a practice. The other kids on the team were riding as hard as they could, but when they passed us they still cheered Andrew on with words of encouragement. What other sport would do that?” RYAN ASKED ANDREW ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE ON THE TEAM: What do you like most about mountain biking? Racing because it’s my favorite. Other than racing what do you like about biking? I love riding with my friends. How do you feel about being on the Fremont Mountain Bike Team? Awesome, it’s so much fun, I love being on this team. Where is your favorite place to ride? The Ogden Bike Park. Do you like riding on the dirt or pavement better? I like riding on the dirt.

Teens, we want to hear from you! Nominate a friend to be featured in the next issue. Greg@DiscoverUtahMagazine.com

Cycling is a community in Utah, and our local manufacturers continue to do their part to give back. When word got out that Andrew was in need of a new bike, the cycling community responded. Thanks to the generosity of Utah locals Wesley Baker of Spry Cycles, Dusty Ott of Hubsessed, Scott Townes of Level Nine Sports, and the great folks at Mountain Bike Enthusiasts of Utah, Andrew will be rocking a sweet new custom-built Spry Scorpius, complete with a custom Hubsessed wheelset and Industry Nine hubs for the 2017 race season!

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Varsity Boys State Champs finish 2013 in Moab Photo Credit:of Steve House FireWilson Ruin Photography


MORE KIDS N BIKES NICA and the Utah High School Cycling League BY GREG SCOTHERN

#morekidsonbikes. I just love that phrase. It’s

the perfect hashtag. It’s just so catchy…and rightly so. I think we can all agree that getting more kids on bikes is a very, very good thing. Fortunately for kids in Utah, getting involved in cycling – especially mountain biking – has never been easier or more rewarding. The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and the Utah High School Cycling League are taking their moniker of “More Kids on Bikes” to an unprecedented level. The vision of the Utah League is to “Enable every Utah teen to strengthen body, mind, and character through the life-long sport of cycling.” They are well on their way to doing just that. NICA is the non-profit governing body for interscholastic cycling. Founded in California in 2009, it has quickly grown to include 19 state leagues with over 12,000 student athletes nationwide. The Utah League was founded by League Director Lori Harward in 2011, and it was an immediate success and model for other burgeoning leagues across the country. The Utah League continues to hold the record as the largest first-year league in NICA at DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE.COM

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321 athletes, and it has been the fastest-growing league each year thereafter. By 2014, the Utah League had nearly quadrupled in size making it the largest league in the country. Today, the league remains the largest in the country, with nearly 1,600 high school athletes, over 800 Junior Devo (junior high-aged) athletes, more than 850 coaches, and 80 teams across the state. The growth and management of the Utah League has been so impressive, NICA selected Utah to pilot the Junior Devo program for 7th & 8th-graders in 2014. Another outstanding first for NICA is the Elevate program, developed and launched by the Utah League in 2015. The Elevate program gives athletes with special needs the opportunity to experience mountain biking in a safe, inclusive, and non-competitive way. In 2016, six inspiring Elevate athletes participated in races across the state. Utah has always been a strong cycling state, but the explosive, unprecedented growth of the Utah League exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. Why? Ask anyone involved with the league and you’ll get the same answer: Lori Harward. Lori’s unshakable enthusiasm and tenacious attention to detail have been the cornerstone for the Utah League’s success. Her joyful dedication to each student athlete having the best possible experience is so prevalent in all she does, it is impossible not to instantly like her. In a recent interview with NICA (www.nationalmtb.org), Lori commented on the Utah League’s success: “There were very few teenage cyclists in Utah before we started the league, in spite of others trying to start different programs. Why NICA is such an awesome and successful program in Utah is because it functions as an interscholastic program. Teens want to be with their peers, representing their schools. Our student athletes love the camaraderie and friendships of their teams and league. I also believe something resonates within

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Sophomore Caden Kirks - Moab Red Devil Mountain Bike Team

LARGEST LEAGUE IN THE COUNTRY: 1600 HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES 800 JUNIOR DEVO ATHLETES 850 COACHES 80 TEAMS students and they like belonging to a program based on the principles of strong body, strong mind, strong character, inclusivity and equality, and having coaches that value them as individuals and who place their individual well-being above winning.” NICA races are the largest participant-based cycling events in Utah (by far… perhaps even the entire West), and somehow the league pulls off multiple races per season with logistical mastery like nothing I’ve experienced in over 15 years of racing bikes all over the western U.S. Racers compete against others in their grade and gender, and all students race on the same course throughout the day with varying start times for different waves. Most courses are around 5-miles per lap with 300-600 feet of climbing, and racers complete between two and four laps depending on their grade and gender. Junior Devo racers typically race a condensed version of the course, and compete against those in their grade, gender, and riding ability.


GET INVOLVED: Are you interested in racing? Perhaps the best part about NICA is the inclusivity; everyone participates and races. There is no bench. Incoming 7th and 8th-graders are eligible to join a Junior Devo team, while incoming 9th through 12th-graders are eligible to join their high school team. Be sure to visit the Utah League website for information about teams in your area. Even if your home high school or junior high does not have a team, there are options for joining a team nearby. Don’t have a bike? No worries… the league has great discounts for league members and great bike loan programs for qualifying riders.

NICA’s five core principles are Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Character, Inclusivity, and Equality. Attending the races makes it perfectly clear that these principles guide everything the Utah League does. These races are truly inspiring to witness, and watching hundreds upon hundreds of kids race mountain bikes is one of the best spectator experiences in all of cycling. The racing is incredibly competitive and exciting to watch. Some of these kids are fast… really fast. But what inspires people the most are the overwhelming displays of sportsmanship and camaraderie between the racers throughout the day. I have not seen such an ideal balance of competition and sportsmanship quite like it in any other sport. Lori says it best: “People often ask why we race when our focus is on camaraderie and not competition. And one of the reasons why is because mountain bike training and racing teaches our students that they can do hard things; they can face and overcome challenges and fears. Life is challenging and when we provide a safe and supportive place to face challenges, our students gain a positive foundation from which they can face other challenges in life with greater confidence. Thus, as leaders in our

Are you interested in starting a team and/or coaching? It’s easier than you might think. NICA and the Utah League are incredibly helpful and have a wealth of good resources to help teams get up and running, as well as superb training and certification programs that ensure coaches are well-trained and capable. You won’t regret it! NICA: www.nationalmtb.org Utah High School Cycling League: www.utahmtb.org Photos: Steve Wilson Photography

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league, our coaches and staff decided to hold true to our core principle of inclusivity and not limit teams’ sizes. We knew our decision would present all kinds of challenges, but we also knew that if we worked together, we could face the challenges of our growing numbers, learn and grow from it and ultimately make a positive difference in the lives of Utah’s teens (which for us = success). We love these kids.” When asked about her most memorable moment with the League, Lori had this to say:

"Although we have many years and many races and so many inspiring or funny stories, our very first race is still my favorite memory. Just thinking about that day brings tears to my eyes. The last racer to come across the line that day was Haydn Bills, surrounded by his cheering teammates. Haydn had been battling depression, and the medicines he had been using caused him to gain weight. He found out about his high school mountain bike team and joined. Haydn found friends on the team and he worked hard at practices and loved biking. His goal was to finish the race. It was a hot day and he wasn’t sure he could finish, and we weren’t sure he could finish. But, the sweep stayed with him, encouraging him. As the time passed, his team became worried and

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ran ¼ mile up from the finish to watch for Haydn. As he approached them, they started cheering. And then they started running. They ran alongside him, cheering, the rest of the way to the finish line. What a day." It just doesn’t get much better than that.

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OGDEN ARTS FESTIVAL 14th Annual - local vendors, art, live music, delicious food & Kids’ ARTivities. www.ogdenartsfestival.com

TUACAHN MUSICALS / Tuacahn.org Shrek the Musical – May 26 – Oct 30 Disney’s Newsies June 2 – Oct 18 Mamma Mia July 14 – Oct 21

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MAY 14 - 20

AMAZING EARTHFEST Experience, appreciate and connect with Earth’s natural systems. Performing arts, outdoor learning, discovery and adventure for all ages! www.AmazingEarthFest.com

may 25 - aug 18

FISH-A-LONG - WASATCH MTN STATE PARK 60 tagged fish dispersed throughout the summer in the fishing pond, prizes awarded for each tagged fish. Utah State Parks is celebrating is 60th year. 435-654-1791

StART OF SUMMER COLOR RUN Powdered paint stations, a 1-mile run, and a 100-yard dash for kids Willow Creek Park in Park City. www.basinrecreation.org

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UTAH LAKE FESTIVAL This FREE festival includes fishing clinics, children's activities, educational booths, food, and sailing demonstrations. www.utahvalley.com/event/utah-lake-festival

SUMMIT COUNTY FAIR A traditional small town county fair with cowboys and bucking broncos, a carnival, beauty queens, home canned goods, flowers, vegetables, and more. www.summitcountyfair.org

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My favorite part of the race was the water slide because it was at the end of the race and I was really hot and it was a good way to cool down. And to clean us off since we were super dirty. - KATE My favorite part about the adventure games was the biking. I liked that there was a bunch of different terrain for the biking and we had to climb hills and go over bumps and other stuff. - OLIVIA


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JUNE 16-18 IN A BUSY, TECHNOLOGY-INFLUENCED WORLD, it’s hard to find opportunities that allow kids to just be kids, while encouraging them to get outside, learn, and grow. One of the most anticipated events of the summer – the Kids Adventure Games presented by Toyota – is the answer. Taking place at Park City Mountain Resort June 16-18, the Games will once again provide kids ages six to 14 with an opportunity to remove themselves from technology and gain an understanding of the great outdoors, while becoming environmental stewards, learning teamwork, building confidence, and having plain old-fashioned fun. The Games feature teams of two navigating an adventure course, which includes biking, trekking, rope swings, mud pits, cargo nets, a giant Slip ‘N Slide, zip lines, and other exciting obstacles. The event invites you and your kids to unplug from technology for a fun-filled weekend that strengthens physical and emotional bonds through a series of challenges centered on building grit and resilience. Whether you’re new to the sport of adventure racing or your kids are seasoned racers, here are some tips to prepare for this one-of-a-kind race: TIPS FOR ADVENTURE RACERS • Training for the race ahead of time with your partner will put you steps ahead of other teams. It’s important to work together and help each other climb up ropes, carry backpacks, and learn each other’s weaknesses and strengths. • Ride your mountain bike and make sure it’s working properly. Pump those tires up, grease bike chains, and check to make sure gears are shifting correctly. • Practice rock climbing. Not only is it fun, but you’ll climb faster than other teams if you’re used to being up high on the climbing wall. • Plunge yourself into cold water so your body will be ready for water obstacles, including the ginormous Slip N’ Slide. • The course and map are top secret and won’t be available until race day. Practice navigating – It’s not only the fastest teams that win, it’s the smartest. • Sign up for pre-race skills and watch video tips, available at kidsadventuregames.com.

• Participants can expect to ride their bikes, hike, climb, and get wet and dirty. • Participants can expect to ride their bikes, hike, climb and get wet and dirty TIPS FOR PARENTS/SPECTATORS Parents can also prepare to keep up with competitors by being ready to move quickly: • On race day, wear sturdy shoes and bring your bikes. • Spectators can accompany racers along the way but should refrain from interfering. • This is a kid’s race. It isn’t the Super Bowl or Olympics always keep encouragement positive!

Registration is underway at www.kidsadventuregames. com. Last year’s race sold out and early registration is encouraged. Cost is $150 per team of two until May 15.

Can’t make Park City? Join us this summer at one of our other locations, including Stowe, VT; Squaw Valley, CA; Big Bear, CA; Copper Mountain, CO; Vail, CO; Big Sky, MT; Chicago, IL; and Stevens Pass, WA. You’ll be astounded at what these young adventure racers can accomplish!

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SNOW CANYON STATE PARK: At just 3.1 miles, this paved trail is perfect for young riders and provides scenic views of desert fauna from the trail. For more seasoned riders, there are several options to connect with the vast network of paved trails in the St. George area to make for a variety of longer rides. › Fuel up: Bear Paw Cafe › Après: George’s Corner Restaurant › Bike Shop: Red Rock Bicycle RED CANYON TRAIL: This gorgeous trail is located along Scenic Byway 12, totaling 17 miles and connects to Bryce Canyon National Park. With several access points, you can customize your distance as needed. This trail winds through the classic and beautiful red rock hoodoos and alpine forests Bryce is famous for. › Fuel up: Bryce Canyon Pines for some of Ethyl’s amazing homemade pies…Yes pie for breakfast!! › Après: Stone Hearth Grille › Bike Shop: Ruby’s Inn 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 Virgin River in the shadows of Zion’s massive sandstone cliffs. Biking in Zion is the perfect way to see the park, and it’s a fun alternative to the popular hiking trails. Be sure to stop along the way at the Zion Human History Museum. › Fuel up: Oscar’s Cafe › Après: Bit ‘n Spur › Bike Shop: Zion Cycles CANDY MOUNTAIN EXPRESS TRAIL: Don’t be intimidated by the miles on this trail; you can set your own distance with more than 16 miles of trail to choose from. The trail follows portions of the former Marysvale Line of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, which was decommissioned in 1976. Located in Sevier County along Hwy 89, this scenic trail has great views of Big Rock Candy Mountain and the Sevier River. MOAB CANYON PATHWAY: This 12.7-mile trail is sure to create some “WOW!” moments for your family. This rolling trail runs along the southern border of Arches DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE.COM

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PROVO RIVER PARKWAY: With over 15 miles of paved trail, 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. › Fuel up: Joe’s Cafe › Après: Foundry Grill -Sundance Mountain Resort › Bike Shop: Mad Dog Cycles

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). › Fuel up: The Love Muffin › Après: The Peace Tree › Bike Shop: Chile Pepper

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JORDAN RIVER PARKWAY TRAIL: The Jordan River Parkway is a system of trails that parallel the Jordan River, which runs from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake. This will soon be a 45-mile continuous paved trail, once two small sections are completed this summer. The trail connects 15 cities and 3 counties, and is the hub of the greater network connecting the Provo River Parkway on the south end to the Ogden River Parkway on the north end, which make this over 100-mile network one of the most expansive in the country. 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. › Fuel up: Squatters Roadhouse Grill › Après: Maxwell's East Coast Eatery › Bike Shop: Storm Cycle OGDEN RIVER PARKWAY TRAIL: 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 7 miles. Make a day out of it and stop at the Eccles Dinosaur Park or Ogden Botanical Gardens. › Fuel up: Karen’s Out West Cafe › Après: Roosters › Bike Shop: The Bike Shoppe 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. 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 30 miles of riding.

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BEAUTIFUL LOGAN CANYON is an excellent family-friendly destination for adventure and fun, with several great hiking opportunities perfect for young hikers. Many popular hiking trails are located near Stokes Nature Center, in the heart of the Logan Canyon Children’s Forest.

The Logan Canyon Children’s Forest is dedicated to educating children and adults of all ages by connecting them to their national forests. Public awareness is enhanced through education and resources offered by Stokes Nature Center. Located one mile up beautiful Logan Canyon on the Logan River, this 3,000 square-foot lodge was constructed in 1924, and has been in continuous operation since 1997 as a non-profit environmental education and public interpretive center. Stokes Nature Center provides programs to help visitors of all ages discover the wonders of nature. As the only nature center in Cache Valley, Stokes Nature Center offers a variety of high-quality, hands-on programs for school children, community groups, families, and the general public. These programs provide information, discovery, and exploration of the natural world. Logan Canyon offers a wide variety of trails all located within the canyon walls, from short hour-long hikes to all-day experiences. One of the best trails for young families is the 5.4-mile River Trail which follows the Logan River and provides access to Stokes Nature Center. It’s a gentle grade, stroller friendly, and has several access points so families

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can tailor their hike to the distance they’d like. Limber Pine, an easy 1.3-mile loop trail near the Bear Lake Summit, is a great kid adventure. The Temple Fork Sawmill trail is relatively easy, and is 2.5 miles (one-way) to the site of the sawmill built in 1877. For families with older children looking for more adventure, the 3.5-mile (oneway) hike to Wind Cave offers a little more challenge, but is rewarded with spectacular views. Tony Grove is an adventure enthusiast’s summer paradise. This high elevation lake sits at 8,050 feet. The area offers many hiking options, including Naomi Peak and White Pine Lake. Naomi Peak is a 3.3-mile (one-way) hike and is the highest peak in the Bear River Range with an elevation of 9979 feet. The views from the peak are well worth the trek. The 3.8-mile (one-way) White Pine Lake Trail leads to a beautiful lake nestled in a cirque between Mt. Magog and Mt. Gog. There are several lakeside backcountry campsites perfect for a quick overnight backpack adventure. The Jardine Juniper is approximately 1,500 years old, which makes it the oldest tree in the entire Rocky Mountain range. The hike to this juniper is just under six miles one way, but the journey to this grandmother tree is extravagant and full of majestic beauty. Meadows full of color lie between trees that are obvious descendants of Jardine. The Jardine Juniper didn’t make this hike easy by any means. It rises 1,800 feet, but is spread over six miles, the climbing is dispersed well and the reward at the end is experiencing the mighty tree.


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Camping is brilliant in Logan Canyon and is ideal for multi-day adventures. Spring Hollow Campground offers family-friendly fishing access, a beautiful spring to visit, and access to several trails right from the campground. Sunrise Campground offers excellent views of Bear Lake, close proximity to the Limber Pine Nature Trail, and it’s just a short drive to Bear Lake for an afternoon swim or a raspberry shake. Bear Lake is a must-do destination on your summer adventure list! Often referred to as “The Caribbean of the Rockies” due to its aqua-blue color, this natural freshwater lake gets it color from limestone minerals suspended in the waters. Bear Lake is often a week-long destination for families as a multitude of water activities abound including boating, water skiing, standup paddle boarding, fishing and more. Cisco Beach is known for its steep, rocky scuba diving adventures in summer and midwinter Bonneville Cisco fishing. The sandy beaches on the northern side are family favorites. Access depends on water level, and with the recent big snow year, many of the beaches may be limited. Rendezvous Beach State Park on the south end offers day use, water recreation rentals and camping. Whether you’re renting a cabin or covered wagon (Conestoga Ranch), pitching a tent, or driving an RV, there are plenty of places to hike, bike, OHV and golf right out your front door!

Near Bear Lake on the Utah/Idaho border, the Minnetonka Caves are the largest limestone rock caves in the area. In the heat of the summer, this cool, cavernous is the perfect hour-long respite from summer heat. Tours involve a fully guided walk and are suitable for most families. Just down the road, Bloomington Lake, is a great spot for an afternoon of swimming, fishing and hiking. This high-elevation (8,200 ft), crystal-clear, glacier-fed lake is the perfect spot to cool off mid-summer. The hike is under a mile, and winds through meadows of wildflowers and a smaller lake before reaching the final destination. LoganCanyonHiking.com ExploreLogan.com BearLake.org Logan Canyon’s trails are located on National Forest System lands, and maintenance of the trails plays an essential part in guaranteeing everyone receives the most out of their visit. If your family is looking to give back and mix some service into your adventure, volunteer opportunities are endless within the canyon during the summer season. From trail clearing to building a fence, opportunities are available through the Logan Ranger District. 435-755-3620 - Lisa Thompson is the Volunteer and Partnership Coordinator for the Logan and Ogden Ranger Districts DISCOVERUTAHMAGAZINE.COM

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NO LIMITS: Outdoor Freedom with the National Ability Center

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ABILITY CENTER Recreation and sports activities are a proven catalyst to promote freedom, increase relatedness with others and enhance overall wellbeing. Adaptive recreation programs are shown to be an effective means of developing self-confidence and life skills in people of all abilities. Programs at the National Ability Center establish a link between participation in recreational experiences with loved ones that, not only deepen and enrich lives, but also offer the necessary human connections between peers and family members – creating lasting change within communities. The National Ability Center (NAC) was founded in 1985 as a community-based program serving a handful of veterans with disabilities. For more than three decades, the organization’s continuing mission has been to provide programming that empowers people of all abilities – including athletes, veterans, adults and children – to achieve more than they feel capable of doing. In January 2017, the National Ability Center merged with Splore to become one of the most extensive providers of adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures within the country. With a combined 70 years of expertise in the adaptive outdoor recreation industry, Splore and

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the National Ability Center share a collective vision of inclusion and empowerment that reaches a national and international audience. With the addition of Splore and its outdoor adventure programs including river rafting, camping and climbing, NAC & Splore now engage more than 5,500 people of all abilities through 35,000 experiences annually, and impact thousands of family members and caregivers. This represents program growth of 125% within just five years. This equates to even more children, veterans and families served, and these numbers only continue to rise. Individuals of all ages and abilities can take part in the National Ability Center’s programs, including those with orthopedic, spinal cord, neuromuscular, visual and hearing impairments as well as cognitive and developmental disabilities. In an attempt to eliminate isolation of individuals with disabilities, friends and family members are encouraged to participate alongside their loved ones. Participants range in age from young children to aging adults and come from all socio-economic backgrounds, from all 50 US states and eight countries around the globe. As communities change, so do attitudes. The current world focus is shifting from simply caring for the sick or coping with disability to one of creating new opportunities, greater empowerment and an improved quality of life for all. Programs at the National Ability Center are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals and families of all abilities.


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JOSH LANSKY My name is Joshua Lansky and I am 17years old. I’m originally from Scottsdale, AZ, and moved to Park City in 2013. My family and I started vacationing here in 2005 where we experienced the National Ability Center for the first time, as my older brother has autism. Over the next few years, I became more and more involved with the NAC as I wanted to “give back” to the organization that was helping my brother “break barriers”. I have volunteered with summer camps, but my passion is snowboarding. Thus, I have been a peer volunteer for the past 5 winters. I have boarded with visually impaired individuals, amputees, and kids with autism, to name a few. To see the participants smile, accomplish goals, and feel “normal” is so rewarding to me. I can only imagine how the participants feel. I am very thankful for all that the NAC has to offer, and how they as an organization have helped both my brother and myself grow.

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In Utah, a hiking trail is always close at hand. Hiking is a great way to help kids stay in shape and burn off extra energy during summer break. “Kids love to hike because there’s a certain amount of freedom and risk that they don’t get at home,” says Cindy Gellner, MD, a pediatrician with University of Utah Health. Of course, while hiking, kids need to be careful, stay on the trail, and bring water to stay hydrated. “By following these rules, hiking can be a great way to share the outdoors with your child,” says Gellner.

OUR FAVORITE HIKES LOFTY LAKE LOOP could easily go down as one of my favorite day hikes in the Uintas. At 3.8 miles roundtrip, it’s not too short or too long. On this hike you will pass by crystal clear lakes and lush meadows carpeted with wildflowers. With plenty of spots to stop for a picnic along the way, we like to stop at Kamas Lake for a relaxing lunch. Plan to bring bug spray in the summer as some places can be a bit buggy. Bonus: if you have a fur baby, dogs are welcome in the Uintas. I stumbled upon a picture of SILVER GLANCE LAKE on Instagram and knew instantly we needed to go. Tucked away in American Fork Canyon is the Silver Creek Trail. This trail is 4.5 miles out-and-back to Silver Lake, with the option to add on a mile to see Silver Glance. I would rate this trail as moderate and definitely recommend going to Silver Glance. You are rewarded with spectacular views of Mt. Timpanogos, Red Baldy, and White Baldy Peaks. ~Breana

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THE CANYON RIM TRAIL located in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation area runs between the Red Canyon Overlook and Greendale Overlook and offers amazing views of Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The trail is 4.5 miles one-way, be sure to keep your eyes open for local resident herd of big horn sheep! CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT sits at 10,000 feet in elevation making it the perfect summer high-elevation family destination. Spectra Point and Alpine Pond Nature Trails are two of my favorite hikes. Spectra Point is a picturesque 2-mile trail along the rim of the Cedar Breaks amphitheater. Be sure to stop for a photo op at the majestic 1,600-year-old bristlecone pine along the trail. The 2-mile Alpine Pond trail is the perfect combination of native wildflower meadows and stunning red rock vistas. THE DINOSAUR TRACKWAY TRAIL in Red Fleet State Park, just outside of Vernal, is a 1.5mile trail that leads to a fantastic 200-million-year-old dinosaur trackway overlooking the Red Fleet Reservoir. Around 40 footprints ranging in size from 3 to 17 inches are visible on the slabs of red rock along the shoreline. ~Monique


MOM APPROVED TREATS For the trail Gluten Free Oatmeal COOkies 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oats 1 1/2 cups almond flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 tablespoons milled golden flaxseed 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 1 egg 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 3/4 cups dark chocolate chip, nuts or dried fruit 1. Preheat oven 350 degrees. 2. Add all dry ingredients to mixing bowl, then mix in all wet ingredients until blended. 3. Drop spoonfuls of batter on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake 10-12 minutes, or until edges start browning. 4. Let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes before moving to cooling rack, as they may be a bit fragile until cooled.

NO-Bake Energy Balls 2 cups quick oats 2 ripe bananas 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1/2 cup peanut butter 2 tablespoon flaxseed 1 tablespoon chia seed 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon Truvia Nectar or honey 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

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GOAL FOUNDATION CAMPS Ogden Beginner Mountain Bike Camp June 5-8, 3rd-8th graders Intermediate Mountain Bike Camp June 12-15, 5th-9th graders The Front Climbing Center June 26-28, Ages 5-10 The Front Climbing Center July 10-12, Ages 11-15, 1-4pm Goalfoundation.com SUMMIT LAND CONSERVANCY Explorers Camp - Ages 7-12 week-long summer camps that will be jam-packed with outdoor adventure! Including mountain biking, rafting, hiking and sailing. wesaveland.org SNOWBIRD MOUNTAIN RESORT Camp Snowbird: Ages 5-12 Mountain Sports Camp: Ages 10-15 biking, trail running and climbing with professional coaches. Snowbird.com

THE ULTIMATE CAMP EXPERIENCE Ages 5-10: Week long camps where students spend one day at; This is The Place, Red Butte Garden, Natural History Mueseum, Camp Kostopulos and Hogle Zoo. HoogleZoo.org DEER VALLEY RESORT SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP June 12 – August 23, Ages 5-12 Field trips weekly, hiking, basic biking skills, swimming, rollerblading, scavenger hunts, water games, volunteer projects and creative arts, and crafts. Deervalley.com SUNDANCE MOUNTAIN RESORT Kids Camp: Ages 5-12 Teen Camp: Ages 13-17 Weekdays- June 5th – August 4th Weekly themes filled with opportunities for active play, arts and music, environmental awareness and exploration. SundanceResort.com

UTAH OLYMPIC PARK FUNdamentals Sport Camp: Ages 7-10 Fun dynamic environment includes a physical education class each morning focusing on agility, balance, coordination and general movement skills. UtahOlympicLegacy.com empowHERment Camp June 21-23 3-day overnight leadership camp in southern Utah for girls ages 14-17, focusing on building confidence through outdoor experiences and learning. ParkCityHiking.com EARTH, WATER, SKY SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP June 27-30, Ages 12-18 3 days of hands on learning about astronomy, the night sky, geology and desert rivers. FourCornersSchool.org

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Best Friends Animal Society Welcomes families to a One-of-a-Kind Experience ANIMAL-LOVING CHILDREN and their families are invited to the nation’s largest companion animal sanctuary where they can take a variety of free tours. For children ages six to nine, Best Friends Animal Society also offers Kids Camp from June 1 to August 11. Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary is located in Kanab, in the stunning red-rock canyon country of southern Utah. Some 1,600 rescued animals come to Best Friends from across the country for loving care that will help them get adopted into forever homes. All the tours are offered seven days a week, year-around except Christmas Day. If you have children under the age of eight, please bring boosters or car seats as they are required. The Best Friends Kids Camp is a free summer day camp, full of fun activities and learning opportunities. The camp offers a unique chance for your kids to get to know the special dogs and cats, horses and pigs, and birds and bunnies at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Each day

of the week, this camp for kids features a different enjoyable and educational activity, so sign your child up for as many or as few days as you like. And while your child is cultivating a love for animals and having a fabulous time, it’s your chance to volunteer in one of the animal care areas — or simply relax and enjoy the Sanctuary’s beautiful surroundings. Families can sign up to volunteer together, another free activity at Best Friends. For safety considerations, each animal area has its own minimum age requirements: Cat World children age 6+; Bunny House 8+; Parrot Garden 8+; Dogtown Heights age 10+; Horse Haven and Piggy Paradise 12+. More information on all the experiences Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary has to offer and how you can be part of their lifesaving work is on the web at bestfriends.org. And you really will want to consider staying in Kanab for a few days, or longer. It is a great base camp for a myriad of outdoor adventures including the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks, and Lake Powell. Check out VisitSouthernUtah.com for information on all the possibilities for family fun.

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