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Utah’s St. George City and Zion National Park One of the Most Unique Destinations in the West Utah's St. George City and Zion National Park are tucked away in the southwestern corner of the state. Just 90 minutes north of Las Vegas on I-15 and four hours south of Salt Lake City, St. George is one of the most unique destinations in the west. With blue skies, sunshine, red rocks and mild winters, the region provides diverse recreation opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, high-adventure seekers, and those looking for casual recreation.

Snow Canyon State Park ting for several movies. The dramatic red sandstone cliffs, topped by a mantle of black lava rock, are an appealing destination all year long. Whether you're meandering on the sixteen miles of hiking trails, enjoying the camping and picnic areas, climbing the red

Hiking, road and mountain biking, back-

cliffs or exploring the sand dunes, this park is

packing and climbing are popular all year in and around St. George. Trails are continually being developed to connect the city and outlying areas, making it convenient and fun to explore. Home to a dozen golf courses,

Red Mountain Spa

southern Utah is truly a golfer's paradise and has been referred to as Utah's Golf Capitol. Here, you will find some of the best courses in the southwestern United States. A couple courses were ranked in the top ten, nationally, by Golf Digest, and one received the rank of #1 in the state of Utah multiple years! The mild winters make golf a yearround activity and pristine courses offer views of stunning red rock desert country and Zion National Park. Whether you are an advanced golfer or just starting out, the St. George area has a course to fit your skill level. Snow Canyon State Park, just a few miles north of St. George, has been the set-

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host spring and fall concert series and the annual Festival of Lights with a live nativity. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors are thrilled with some of Utah's most stunning productions. Heading east, make sure to visit Quail Lake Reservoir, which offers a variety of activities including fishing, boating, sailing, waterskiing and swimming. Camping is a popular activity and is available throughout the year with tent and RV campsites. The park boasts eight miles of beaches, twenty-three developed campsites, modern restrooms, boat ramps and two large group pavilions.

Tuacahn Amphitheatre

Sand Hollow State Park, just off State Road 9, is one of Utah's newest and most

a perfect way to get acquainted with the high

popular state

desert. Horseback trail rides are even available

parks. Besides a

for a fun and exciting change of pace.

stunning and clear reservoir that is

Adjacent to Snow Canyon, you will find Tuacahn

frequented by

Center for the Arts, a professional non-profit the-

boaters and swim-

ater that boasts a 1920-seat outdoor amphithe-

mers, it offers

ater. Tuacahn rests in the shadow of 1500-foot

access to the

tall red sandstone cliffs and is home to the

Sand Mountain

"Broadway in the Desert" series, featuring some of Broadway's greatest productions. They also

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Dunes. These

Sand Hollow State Park

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dunes, which offer

of genres. With first-class lodging, unique shops,

over 15,000 acres

remarkable galleries, and fabulous dining, you will

of prime ATV riding,

want to make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to

have become a

relax and enjoy this amazing town.

favorite among offroad enthusiasts.

Moving into Zion National Park, you'll find a wonder

With fifty developed

of sandstone mountains rising majestically over

campsites, modern

forested canyon floors. Utah's first and most highly

showers and rest-

visited national park, Zion is a wonderland of cathe-

rooms, covered pic-

dral-like spires that capture the imagination and

nic tables and cour-

refresh the spirit. Whether looking up from the bot-

tesy docks on the

tom of the canyon or looking down from a vantage

boat ramp, this is

point on a trail, you will be amazed at the vibrant

one place that truly

contrast of the cream, pink and red cliffs against the

has something for

brilliant blue sky and the verdant green that outlines

everyone.

the Virgin River as it carves its way through the bottom of the park.

Heading further up State Road 9 brings you to Springdale,

Zion National Park - Angels’ Landing

the doorstep to Zion National Park. This charming town was named one of the 20 'prettiest towns' in the United States by Forbes magazine in 2008 and is a year-round destination resort that provides easy access to all that Zion has to offer. Entertainment is available at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater, boasting 2000 seats with a backdrop of stunning red cliffs. During the summer, the Twilight Concert Series features a variety of musical acts in a wide range

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Access to the park is simplified with a shuttle system that runs every day during the busy season from early morning to late evening and stops regularly within the canyon. Shuttle access is conveniently located throughout Springdale or at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center. Hiking trails are plentiful and range from easy (some are handicap accessible) to rigorous, making it possible for anyone to enjoy a hike in Zion. Hikes such as Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools, the Canyon Overlook and Angels Landing excite visitors with their wide range of terrain and difficulty. Words will fail you, so be sure to take your camera and capture some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth. You can take in, as well, the large variety of plant and animal life that is abundant in the park. For visitors in their own vehicles, a trip through the Zion tunnel is a must. This milelong tunnel, dedicated in 1930, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It grants access to the east side of the park and provides a route to Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon National Parks. The St. George/Zion National Park area offers an unforgettable adventure and recreation experi-

Zion National Park - Subway - Wide Falls

ence. You will savor the grandeur of the area and enjoy the many amenities and activities offered. For more information, visit www.atozion.com on the web, or call 1-800-869-6635.

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Plan your Winter Escape to Jackson Hole, Wyoming Winter in Jackson Hole offers a wide variety of available activities. Known for its three outstanding local ski areas, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Resort and Snow King Resort, the valley also enables visitors to enjoy many off-slope options such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding, wildlife safaris, and so much more. Winter is a remarkable time of the year to experience Grand Teton National Park, Jackson

Hole, and the surrounding national forests. A diverse offering of tours, lodges, and resorts cater to your desire for fun, adventure, and unforgettable experiences. Yellowstone National Park's beauty and wildlife can be seen in the winter, too! Snowcoach tours offer a warmer, more social and relaxing alternative to snowmobiling for you and your group. Snowcoach tours also offer guided interpretations of the wildlife, history, and geological features of the world's first national park. Travel off of the beaten path and experience the beauty and serenity of nature by snowshoeing. Professional guides and equipment providers are available to serve your

desire to explore the mountains in winter. The Jackson Hole area also provides ample opportunities to ice skate. Facilities and organizations are available to strap on skates for first-time learning to organized competitions. You can even skate on the Town Square! Dog sled tours provide a unique and enjoyable way to explore the backcountry surrounding Jackson Hole. Full and part-day tours are available including some that allow you to learn to mush your own sled! Enjoy the magic of horse-drawn sleigh rides through a winter wonderland! Beautiful, breathtaking scenery and wildlife viewing during half-hour to one-hour rides are offered, as well as combinations with dinner and entertainment. The National Elk Refuge, celebrating its 100th year in 2012, is a popular visitor destination. You will have the opportunity to see thousands of elk that make the Refuge their home for the winter season. Jackson Hole 's scenic beauty, wildlife, history, and photographic opportunities combine to make tours a very popular winter vacation experience. Professionally guided tours are offered that emphasize one or more of these opportunities. For more information on Jackson Hole or assistance planning your winter escape, please contact the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce at 307733-3316 or go online to www.jacksonholechamber.com. Page 8

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Alpine, Wyoming

Northern Utah's Cache Valley A Winter Wonderland for Adventurers and Families of All Ages.

among the West’s top snowmobiling destinations

Take a sleigh Alpine is a beautiful gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Located just 36 miles south-west of Jackson Hole, Alpine features affordable accommodations, recreation and restaurants. Alpine also provides visitors with a small town atmosphere and an abundance of natural resources for every season. Come and experience what Alpine Wyoming has to offer! With our annual snowfall of 500”, winter sports abound; snowshoeing, ice fishing, down-hill and cross-country skiing are just a fraction of what is available to the winter visitor here. In addition, the quality of our more that 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails earned Alpine “Top 5” in the West and “Top 3” in Wyoming from Snow West Magazine’s 2002-2003 Winter Guide. Those who want to watch Wyoming’s majestic wildlife can also visit the Alpine Feed Ground, operated by Wyoming Game & Fish, which draws more than one thousand elk from December to April and is accessible right at the edge of town!

ride through a herd of up to 600 elk that winter at Hardware Ranch Elk Refuge, just 30 minutes southeast

of

Logan

Blacksmith

in

Fork

Canyon. This unforgettable and affordable

experience

brings you up close to view magnificent bulls and cows as they wander across the hillside. Take

a

beautiful drive up

Logan

C a n y o n National Scenic Byway

for

downhill skiing or snowmobiling. Alpine, Wyoming, at an elevation of 5,640’ is nestled against surrounding mountains at the convergence of three pristine rivers. The Grey’s, Salt, and Snake Rivers merge into the Palisades Reservoir, which provides incredible vistas and water activities for all – boating, jet skiing, fishing, water skiing, and much more. The Grey’s River area offers over 471,000 acres of virgin national forest and summer recreation ranging from kayaking and white water rafting to camping, fishing, and countless miles of trails for hiking or horseback riding. For the naturalist, too, a large wetland and waterfowl viewing area is only a few minutes’ drive from Alpine.

Hit

slopes

the at

B e a v e r Mountain Ski Resort,

the

longest familyowned

ski

resort in the nation.

There

are plenty of runs for all skill levels, and the

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Utah Festival Opera company and other nationally touring productions. While you're in town, be sure to sample some of Cache Valley's famous food products: cheese, honey, ice cream, coffee, chocolates and raspberry jam to name a few. A variety of unique restaurants encompass tastes from Indian and Thai food to upscale steak and seafood. Cache Valley Winter Getaway packages include dinner for two, a night in a hotel and breakfast, all starting from $59.99. Log on to visitloganutah.com or call 1-800-882-4433 for more information.

friendly skiers feel like family. Just across the highway is Beaver Creek Lodge, where you can walk straight out of your hotel room and jump on a snowmobile. Sleds and even winter clothes are available for rent. Snowmobilers can take guided tours or venture on their own across more than 300 miles of groomed trails in some of the best snowmobiling in the United States. Cache Valley provides plenty of opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and fantastic bird-watching. Access to the mountains is a quick 5-minute drive from downtown Logan. Cache is pronounced "cash" and is a French word that means "to hide or store one's treasure." You'll find plenty of hidden fortune in this high mountain agricultural valley known for outdoor adventures, hands-on heritage experiences, and performing and fine arts. The city of Logan is the heart of Cache Valley and home to Utah State University, a dozen art galleries and specialty shops, unique restaurants, great examples of early Mormon pioneer architecture and the stunning 1923 Ellen Eccles Theatre, home of the renowned Page 10

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The Caribbean of the Rockies B ear Lake is

to plan your next rendezvous at Bear Lake to enjoy

often called

a rural setting with clean air and a safe environ-

t

ment.

h

Caribbean

the

The Bear Lake area is comprised of a spa-

Rockies for its intense

cious rural, historical and recreational setting

turquoise blue water.

shared by Bear Lake County in the southeast corner

The lake is 20 miles long

of Idaho and Rich County in the northeast corner of

and 8 miles wide, provid-

Utah. For more information visit www.bearlake.org

ing

space

of

e

and

calm

or

call

800-448-

water for all types of

2327(BEAR)

watercraft. Water-Skiing, wakeboarding, sailing and

A unique character-

swimming are popular sports. Camping, picnicking, fish-

istic to Bear Lake is

ing, golf, horseback riding, hiking and biking, bird

that it offers a num-

watching, wildlife viewing, cave exploring and the

ber of recreational

famous Raspberry Days are also favorite summer activi-

and cultural activi-

ties.

ties on or near the A

s

lake during all four

spring makes

seasons.

its way into the valley,

early

leaves and wild flowers

wel-

come you as you hike or ride the hundreds of miles of trails connecting Idaho and Utah, providing all levels of riding. The

surrounding

canyons make for a challenging ride with plenty of fresh air in an unreal setting. The fall months of September and October are some of the prettiest and most scenic with brightly colored autumn leaves. The Bear Lake area has over 350 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails and wide open play areas with no crowds and no fences! There are miles of groomed trails connecting Utah and Idaho that take you by spectacular wonders. Downhill skiing is only 13 miles west of Garden City, Beaver Mountain Ski Resort offers downhill skiing, snowboarding and excellent cross-country skiing. Bear Lake is ice covered four out of five years and jigging for trout and whitefish is always productive in January and February. Don't forget dip netting for the famous Bonneville cisco off Cisco Beach in late January. Bear Lake is a unique and special retreat to hold company meetings, conventions and family reunions. We invite you www.recreateinutah.com

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WINTER, Summer, Spring, or Fall DINOSAURLAND has it all! What's your winter time passion? Snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, snow tubing, hiking, cross country skiing, ice skating, or just snuggling up with a good book and hot cocoa in a nice hotel room‌Dinosaurland, Vernal, Utah has all this and so much more. We are located just a short drive from the Wasatch front and offer miles and miles of unclaimed snow! The adventure just begins when the snow starts to fall. A blanket of quiet descends upon the land as the snow covers the hard

edges of the rustic landscape. The nights are so clear and dark that the stars seem to be within an arm's reach. Wildlife wonder down from the high country and tracks can be spotted in the fresh, unmarked snow. There are miles of snow packed trails waiting to be discovered by YOU! If Snowmobiling is your passion-Enjoy a ride through lodgepole pine and aspen forests that lead to quiet alpine meadows and unclaimed vistas. There are over 200 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails offering a challenge for all skill levels. The combination of backcountry and modern facilities make for an adventurous winter wonderland in dinosaurland. If ice fishing is what you're looking for-Come and enjoy two state parks located less than 15 minutes out of town. Red Fleet and Steinaker State Parks offer acres and acres of frozen water perfect for a day of fishing. Also, enjoy over 80 lakes of local hidden treasures for ice fishing. If Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing in the unmarked Page 12

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snow is your passion-Leave your track while watching wildlife and traveling through lodge pole pine and aspen. Enjoy a breathtaking view in alpine meadows and dramatic canyon overlooks. Contact Ashley National Forest for maps and trail information. Want to stay inside for a day? Check out the Utah Field House of Natural History Museum and relive the age of dinosaurs while walking through the life-size replicas in the dinosaur gardens. A must see is the Dinosaur National Monument quarry that just reopened in October 2011, with over 1500 dinosaur bones under one roof in bedded in the mountain side exactly where the dinosaurs died. This is the largest collection of its kind in the world and winter is a perfect time to experience it when the activities are plentiful, but the crowds are not! Whatever your passion is, Dinosaurland, Vernal, Utah is the place to experience it this winter season. Come make your track where the Dinosaurs once did!

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The Winter Wonderland of Flaming Gorge Did you know you can experience truly wild country just a few hours from a major metropolitan area? Unspoiled and lacking the crowd of most areas, Flaming Gorge Country in Northeastern Utah is an outdoor wonderland. Year-round recreational opportunities are centered on 91-mile Lake Flaming Gorge, the rugged Uinta Mountains, the Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway and the famed Green River. Adventure in Flaming Gorge Country doesn't end when the snow begins to fly. Our scenic byways are open year-round and a fresh blanket of snow only enhances the enchanting vistas. The unplowed scenic backways turn into wonderful snowmobile and cross-country ski trails. The spectacular High Uinta Mountains, awe-inspiring vistas, and cozy lodges make Flaming Gorge a snowmobiling wonderland. Over 250 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails range from 7, 300 to 10,000 feet in elevation.

Mountain passes, alpine meadows, and backcountry trails beg for your attention. Download a free Flaming Gorge Snowmobile Trail Map at www.flaminggorgecountry.com. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are excellent ways to get intimate views of our abundant winter wildlife. From the herds of wintering elk to solitary Bull Moose, large mammals are common companions along the snowy trail. Get a copy of our Winter Recreation Guide. It's filled with a variety of marked trails, all easily accessible off the Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway. Many of these trails are groomed as winter snow conditions permit. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing to a remote yurt or cabin can be an unforgettable winter overnight adventure. Call (877) 444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov for rates & reservations for one of these popular yurts. Fishing is a year-round pastime in this area. Lake Flaming Gorge is a favorite spot for ice fishing. Many other easily accessible lakes offer ice fishing along the National Scenic Byway as well. Enter in one of the many ice fishing tournaments while you're here. The annual Burbot Bash in January is packed with presentations, contests and serious prize money. The blue-ribbon waters of the Green River are fishable every day of the year. Most fishing guide services are available daily. The local Page 14

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secret is that dry-fly fishing can be pretty hot during the middle of many winter days! Don't forget to look above for the Bald Eagles that migrate to the river for the winter season. And dinosaurs are still on the loose, even in the winter! Check out these ancient giants at the Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal or the WWCC Natural History Museum in Rock Springs, Wyoming. And don't forget Dinosaur National Monument - it showcases the most

of our gateway towns hold festivals, tree lighting ceremonies and parades during the holiday season. So don't wait for the summer months to visit Flaming Gorge. Download a free copy of our Winter Recreation Guide at www.flaminggorgecountry.com - it is packed with suggestions for any level of adventure. During the winter, the activities and wildlife are plentiful, but the crowds are not!

abundant collection of Jurassic Period dinosaur bones in the world. The Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center is open daily, yearround. It is the best place to begin your orientation to the landscapes and history that make us so special. Other museums and visitor centers in Flaming Gorge Country are open in winter as well. Please call for seasonal hours. Several events are notable winter traditions around here. The Winter Family Fest at John Jarvie Historical Site in Browns Park is a local favorite, packed with activities for all ages. All www.recreateinutah.com

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By Rob Jeffs

The two inches of fresh powder muffle the rhythmic

Winter Picnic

lunch. I know it's just his insatiable pre-adolescent appetite talking. My sights are set on a

"clack,clack,clack" made by my snowshoes as I steadily climb the

meadow another mile further up the trail. From there I have a

narrow trail snaking through hoar frost covered aspens. The ice

breathtaking view of Timpanogos. Since lunch is neatly packed in

crystals on the leafless branches appear as tiny feathers sprout-

the small daypack I carry, I win the argument.

ing on a young gosling. As the trees thin, our line of snowshoe

A short time later we spread our tarp on the makeshift picnic site

clad hikers are deposited into a wide meadow. The morning sun

we have packed down with our snowshoes. Fried chicken, potato

dances and sparkles off a myriad of miniature scales laid out on

wedges, and coleslaw sate the appetite produced by 1400 feet of

the meadow by the wind, dazzling my eyes.

elevation gain. His hunger satisfied, Tony starts bragging that he

While many sing the praises of summer in our picturesque Utah

is going to beat me down the trail to the parking lot. I quickly stow

mountains, my heart quickens as the chill autumn nights signal

the remains of lunch in my daypack and get ready for my favorite

the approaching winter. There never seems to be enough winter

part of snowshoeing- the run down trail. Tony's snowshoe run-

days to satisfy my addictions: alpine skiing, snowmobiling, ice

ning, which at times looks like a newborn calf trying to keep its

fishing, tubing, cross country skiing, ATV's, and of course snow-

feet under it, keeps me chuckling all the way to the car. Twice he

shoeing all compete for equal time. This morning, it is the skiff of

catches the tip of his snowshoe rolling head over heels in the soft

new snow and the brilliant blue sky that has drawn me and a

snow. I'm convinced the second tumble was less a result of a

group of friends to snowshoe into the back county for a winter

misstep and more because the first powdery roll in the snow was

picnic.

so fun.

In the parking lot as we strapped on our snowshoes the tempera-

At the car, we gaze back at the snow covered peaks that sur-

ture read 15 degrees. But the warm sun and the exertion of two

round us trying to decide which trail we should explore nest week-

miles of steady climb has caused me to shed my jacket and

end, Pine Hollow, Salamander Flat, Box Elder Peak, or Big

gloves. My son, Tony makes his case, that the meadow with the

Spring. Too many choices. We finally conclude maybe we

frozen fish scales is the perfect spot to spread the plastic tarp for

should spend next weekend skiing one of our favorite resorts.

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Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4X4 I'm sure that somewhere you could find someone who would argue that there is a better off-road vehicle that comes right off the showroom floor than the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, although I have not

found one. I have several friends and relatives who take every opportunity to challenge their off-road driving skills and they all say the Rubicon is, hands down, the best stock off-road vehicle you can buy. Long before I knew I was going to have a week-long test drive, my 16 year-old son had been watching videos online, wishing/dreaming of the day he could own a Rubicon. So, needless to say, his excitement level far exceeded mine. When I first saw the Rubicon sitting in front of my home, I knew that this test drive would have to be done on a dirt road in the mountains near my home. Lucky for me I have a neighbor who is a pro rock crawler driver. So I set a time to take my son and my neighbor to do a little 4X4ing. Bart suggested we head to Mineral Basin above Tibble Fork Reservoir up American Fork Canyon to a place called the Rock Garden. This proved to be very educational for me because before this outing I had basically no experience in off-road driving. Bart was amazing as he guided us up and over the rock obstacles. Bart was very knowledgeable about all of the equipment that Jeep has put on the Rubicon to make it creep up the rock garden. He was helpful in knowing when to disconnect the electronic sway bar or explain other features such as hill start assist, electronic stability control or the Tru Lok electronic locking front and rear differentials. This 2 ½ hours on the dirt was easily the most fun I've had over the last ten years of test driving autos. In addition to the latest off-road technology, Jeep packed the cabin with some high-tech extras. Seven speaker sound system, U connect voice command with Bluetooth, heated seats and mirrors; keyless entry & GPS navigation system are the features that jumped out to me. After driving it for a week, it's plain to see why Jeep enthusiasts have loved the Wrangler for 71 years. When you take a test drive, make sure it includes some off-road Jeep trails. www.recreateinutah.com

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The "Right" College at the "Right" Time! What is the right college and when is the right time to go to college? More and more students are looking for colleges that offer flexibility, online courses and programs, and a year-round system to finish school in a shorter period of time. Also, the best time to start college is right now! A college degree opens doors, and is really necessary for success in today's world. Hopefully, the college you choose offers career assistance so that you have the opportunity not only to get a better job, but also to make more money. In Utah, Stevens-Henager College is an example of a school that provides all of these types of benefits:

1. Fast-Track Programs: You can earn an Associate's degree in as little as 15 months, or a Bachelor's degree in as little as 30 months. Earn degrees in business, graphic design, medical specialties, or computer technology. While students in other colleges are still in class, you could have your degree, be working, and making money.

2. Flexibility and Convenience:

You don't have to wait for the beginning of a year or semester to enroll. Flexible course

options enable you to get started this month in day, evening, or online classes so you can continue working while going to college.

3. Certifications/Licenses and a Degree:

Certifications can mean more money, and a degree commands respect,

lasts a lifetime, and is important for promotions. You can get a degree and prepare for certifications at Stevens-Henager College. Why settle for less?

4. High-Value Programs:

The programs at Stevens-

Henager College are packed with career-specific knowledge and skills. Multiple skills are taught in each program, which gives students many more career opportunities.

5. Employment Services:

One of the best reasons

for choosing Stevens-Henager College is that employment assistance is provided to graduates. The Career Services staff assists you in rĂŠsumĂŠ writing, finding exciting jobs, setting up interviews, and practicing for the interviews, including what to say and even how to dress. More and more students are recognizing that Stevens-Henager College may be the right college and the right time. StevensHenager College is a small college that has been around since 1891. For more information about this college call

1-800-

392-4903. It's the right thing to do.

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Agents of Change St u d e n t s w h o a t t e n d U S U E a s t e r n c a n e x p e c t t o change. That's because USU Eastern specializes in helping students transition from underprepared to pre pared, from lower-division to upper-division readiness. T h e y c a l l i t s t u d e n t t r a n s f o r m a t i o n . F e r n a n d o A l c a n t a r, US U Ea s t er n' s d i r ec t o r o f St ud e nt Li f e , c al l s i t al ch e m y, a m e d i e v a l c h e m i c a l s c i e n c e b a s e d o n c h a n g i n g plain metals into gold. When a spar k is lit in a student 's eyes, he sai d, it is no l ess magical. It gives special meaning to th e te rm , " Go ld en E ag le ," wh ic h al l U S U Ea st er n s tu de n ts b ec o me . Wh en s tu de n ts ta lk to F er na nd o, th e y h e ar ab o ut ex p eri en ce s ga in ed f ro m liv in g in 14 c ou n tri es around the world. He li kes to ask them, "Who do you think I am?" When they descri be his many accomplishments, he points out t hat he was not the same person when he f irst entered college. It was not until he pursued his educati onal goals, " one dream at a ti me," that he was a b l e t o g r o w a n d c h a n g e i n t o t h e p e r s o n h e i s t o d a y. US U Ea s ter n, w ith c am p us es i n P r ice a nd B la nd in g, o ff er s tud e nts th e spa ce t he y ne ed t o g ro w i n t o t h e b e s t p e o p l e t h e y c a n b e c o m e . T h e c o l l e g e g i v e s i t s f i n e s t , l i k e F e r n a n d o A l c a n t a r, t o help its students discover their very best - because the side that matters the most at USU Eastern, is what happens on the inside.

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MOONSHADOWS IN MOAB: An Unforgettable Sunset into Moonlight Experience By Beth Logan

You know Moab as a one of a kind geographical wonderland. While most tourists enjoy the wonders of the national parks, few venture further to Dead Horse Point State Park. This region has not only been compared to the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, it has actually been used to imitate the Grand Canyon in multiple movies, most notably the end scene in Thelma and Louise.

Another seldom enjoyed aspect to the Moab region is the beauty of this landscape under a summer evening's full moon. The amazing rock formations take on a ghost-like quality, dancing in the dark to their own mystical music. Shadows cast upon the desert create another visual paradise and open the imagination to an unfamiliar, yet inviting world. Those adventurous enough to venture out into the light of the full moon are never dis-

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appointed, leaving them with magical, reflective moments that last a lifetime.

A special treat for road cyclists has been the establishment of the Moab Skinny Tire Events. A multiple day festival in the spring (Moab Skinny Tire Festival) and a 100 mile ride with an extremely challenging climb in the fall (Moab Century Tour) feature ideal weather conditions and incredible routes through what has become the 'new landscape in road cycling'. The most special treat quite possibly for any road cyclists is the May event; Moonshadows in Moab.

Unlike other full moon bike rides, this event offers participants with a true ride, not just a lap around town at midnight. Starting early evening, cyclists choose the 44 or 60 mile option and as sunset begins, the route begins to climb 2700 feet as it wanders through the canyon country. As the sky turns from the beautiful red glow of sunset into the blue twilight, riders are greeted

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with echoes of coyote howls and the inspiring scent of sage. The silvery moonlight grows larger and bright as participants make their

Cyclists are encouraged to arrive at the top, take a short stroll to the

way to the edge of the earth at the overlook at Dead Horse Point

Overlook, enjoying the view of the full moon above. After riders are

State Park. Here the views deep into the canyon below dance in the

done eating and relaxing, the beautiful descent awaits them. The ride

silvery moonlight as riders peer down at the mighty Colorado River

back is just fast enough to add an additional thrill without working

over 2,000 feet below. Participants catch their breath from the ride,

the brakes too hard. By the time participants make it back to their

and then lose it again from the breathtaking views. A light dinner is

vehicles roughly around ten, they are inspired, excited and while they

served at the AID station aptly called "The Moonshadows CafĂŠ", pos-

may be ready to get off their bikes, they surely are not ready to call it

sibly the most unique AID station you'll ever visit, located at the very

a night.

edge of the canyon. Cyclists enjoy post-event revelry at a local saloon with music and socializing. The next morning has a recovery ride ideally starting at ten to provide sleep in and breakfast time.

While all events in Moab are truly special in their own right, Moonshadows in Moab is a must-do for all road cyclists. Registrations are encouraged early. For more information please see SkinnyTireEvents.com or at Facebook.com/MoabSkinnyTireEvents, or call 435-259-3193.

Moab has gained national credibility in the road cycling industry as well as made fans out of cycling icons like Bob Roll, Chris Carmichael, Ron Kiefel and Marty Jemison. There's no better way to see for yourself why road riding here is so spectacular than to participate in a fully supported Moab Skinny Tire Event. We hope to see you soon!

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World Famous Moab - Have YOU Been Here? ARCHES NATIONAL PARK is the largest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world. Erosion and gravity continue to change the landscape of the park. The Wall Arch was the 12th largest arch in the park before it collapsed in August of 2008. Before that it had been 17 years since a major arch had fallen. Three hikes we would recommend while visiting the park. 1) Delicate Arch - a three mile round trip hike to one of Utah's most recognizable landmarks. 2) Fiery Furnace - you have to register for this hike at the park's visitors' center. It is a guided tour by one of the park rangers and will prove to be a highlight of your trip to the park.

GOLFING IN MOAB? Yes! Moab's golf course has lush green fairways that wind through the red rock bluffs of the Spanish valley. This is an activity that is often overlooked when planning a vacation to the area, which is totally understandable because Moab is an outdoor enthusiasts perfect playground, with an almost infinite number of things to do. Just a few of the things we've enjoyed are whitewater rafting, jeeping, canyoneering, hiking and biking. On our next trip, we plan to do some ATV'ing and possibly even parachuting. For more info: www.discovermoab.com

3) Sandune Arch - this is a short walk to an arch that is in the shade most of the day and has more than a foot of soft sand below it for kids of all ages to play in. This is a great spot to get out of the heat of the hot summer sun.

BIKING. The Moab slickrock area is world famous among mountain bikers, however, road bikers are learning that the area offers some spectacular views as well as some leg-burning climbs. The Big Nasty comes to mind. Page 24

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GOULDINGS LODGE In the Heart of the Wild West

T

he word "lodge" can relate any number of things, from a bare

bones cabin to what Gouldings Lodge would call standard, excellence. Planted in the center of Hollywood's picturesque American Wild West, Gouldings Lodge is located in Monument Valley, Utah. From John Wayne to Nicolas Cage, Hollywood knows only one place when it comes to the backdrop of a classic western film. More than 50 movies have been filmed in Monument Valley.

Movies

such as: Back to the Future III, Forest Gump, Wild Wild West, Thelma and Louise, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Con Air and Mission Impossible II - just to name a few. Many of the Actors and Actresses stayed in Goulding’s Lodge while they were in the area filming. John Wayne was in so many movies filmed in the area, he had his own cabin at the Goulding’s Lodge. It’s located behind the museum. You’ll have to stop by the museum for the rest of the story. Each room at Gouldings looks out at this Scan here with your smart phone to go to the Gouldings Lodge website

timeless setting and takes you back to another world. To better absorb the mystical heritage of Monument Valley, take one of the

tours the Lodge offers or take advantage of one of their famous cook-outs. When visiting Gouldings, you won't have to think twice if you left something at home. Gouldings is well-equipped with a car wash, laundromat, gas, groceries, restaurants, and an air strip (in case you need a place to land your private jet!). Museums, multi-media presentations, and crafts will keep the whole family busy and begging for more. If you want a chance to just relax, enjoy the breeze of your room's private balcony or take a dip in one of the Lodge's indoor pools. For more information about Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley, Utah

call

435-727-3231

or

check-out

their

website

at

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Welcome to San Juan County, Utah's Canyon Country! Where the true west of myth and legend is still alive today. Free from the distractions of metropolitan and urban life, the relaxing lifestyle in our charming towns and villages offers the perfect vacation, residential or business environment. We are located in the Four Corners region of the southwest United States. This is the heart of the

of a lifetime! With 9,000 feet of elevation change - almost 2 miles between 3,700 feet and 12,600 feet - from red rock canyons to alpine splendor, San Juan has it all! Whether seeking the perfect, relaxing and informative vacation, an ideal place to retire, or excellent market location for your new or existing business, we truly offer a varied selection of venues! Affordable housing, property, and real estate coupled with good schools, college, and university make San Juan County in Utah’s Canyon Country your dream environment!

A Superlative Outdoor Playground! Winter or Summer, Spring or Fall, Outdoor Activities Abound.

Colorado Plateau with the textbook geology that created the breathtaking canyons and majestic mountains of

Hike:

Canyon Country. San Juan County provides a perfect,

grove, among fir forest, or along a ridge line. Fields strewn with

Mountain trails beckon as they wind into an aspen

centralized base of travel to the world renowned features that surround us. National Parks and Monuments, including the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Canyonlands, Arches, Lake Powell, Natural Bridges, Hovenweep, and Mesa Verde are all within Canyon Country or easy driving distance. State parks include Edge of the Cedars Museum and the great Goosenecks of the San Juan River. All of this and more is easily visited from our excel-

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

lent selection of motels, lodges, RV parks, campgrounds, and resorts. Fine dining as well as family restaurants complement the visitor experience. Cultural and natural history experiences abound in Canyon Country. Edge of the Cedars State Park & Museum highlights the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture with the largest display of artifacts in the Four Corners. Newspaper Rock Recreation Site offers a large petroglyph panel. Cowboy and Mormon history add color to the county’s foundation as do Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and Ute artisans whose work is available at local trading posts and galleries. Our annual crafts fairs, rodeos, ATV Safari and the International Balloon Festival add to San Juan County’s sense of excitement and adventure. Enjoy river rafting with an excellent guide, jeep into hidden canyons and across mountain ridges, hike, bike, 4-wheel, and ATV into and through Utah’s Canyon Country for the vacation

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Winter Changes Central Utah’s World Class 4-Wheeling into World Class Snowmobiling!

summer flowers offer enticing picnic spots. Spring and fall trips into the northern desert offer reasonable temperatures and fewer crowds.

Golf:

Interesting and challenging, the Hideout Golf

Club offers fabulous scenery which only adds to the excitement of play. 435-587-2200

Bike:

Ride mountain trails set aside for bicycles or

Central Utah is well known for offroad trail systems that

tackle the over 7,000 miles of unpaved roads leading up mountain sides and into fir-sided canyons. Peddle into the

can't be beat for summer fun. The Paiute, Gooseberry and Great

true desert in Canyonlands National Park, or among the

Western trail systems offer access to some of the most beautiful

pronghorn antelope at Canyon Rims Recreation Area.

4-Wheel:

country in the nation. What is less well known is that

Follow county roads or veer off onto

those same trails are open

mountain trails. Drive the famous Elephant Hill in

during the winter months

Canyonlands National Park or drop into Peavine Canyon

for those who enjoy a day

for a truly remote wilderness experience.

ATV:

in the snow. In most years, the

Explore little-known areas of Canyon Country,

travel to some of the most inspiring overlooks and moun-

central Utah mountains will

tain vistas, or explore ruins and rock art sites.

receive over 6 feet of snow, providing a winter

Raft:

wonderland

The San Juan River provides excitement and

that

is

unmatched. Winter sports

fun while exploring enchanting canyons, ruins and rock art sites.

Horseback:

Ride into the sunset along quiet

mountain trails, explore the high desert, and tour into remote canyons the way the cowboys did it.

lovers have the opportu-

Unless otherwise noted, photos are courtesy of San Juan County

nity

to

reach heights of more t h a n 11 , 0 0 0 feet above sea level, making the scenic panorama absolutely breathtaking. The rocky crags of Mt. Terrill, the vast and open expanses of the Fishlake area and the beauty of Monroe Mountain all offer excellent back country snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing opportunities. For those who are less experienced or just want to keep to the beaten path, groomed trails around Fish Lake and through the Gooseberry area offer great options. And be sure to keep an eye out for the deer and elk herds that live year round on the Forest. Eestimates from the Utah Division of Wildlife put the Fishlake elk herd in the thousands of animals. For those who would like to try their luck catching one of www.recreateinutah.com

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From the goliath of trout - the Machinaw - to the more modest brown, rainbow and splake, Fish Lake has them all. We hope you will be able to join us this winter for some fun. For

more

information about activities and services in central Utah, please contact the Sevier County Tourism and Events office at 435-893-0457 or the Fishlake National Forest at 435-896-9233.

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Exploring the Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument Mike College Utah is known for its incredible scenery and wide variety of ways to enjoy the outdoors. From snowcapped peaks in the North to red rock canyons in the South, we are blessed with a diversity of options that should satisfy anyone regardless of interests or skill level. Some of the

very best places to recreate in the entire world can be found in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) located in South Central Utah. It's not unusual to find people from all over the world xploring this region. On a recent trip to the area in late fall, we used Kanab as our basecamp. Besides the GSENM, other family-friendly activities in the area include the Kaibab National Forest, Jacob Lake, Lake Powell, North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.

The Wave One of the most popular destinations in the area is known as The Wave. This is a series of U-shaped sandstone formations near the Utah-Arizona border in the Coyote Buttes area. In an effort to preserve the area, the number of people permitted to enter this area is limited to 20 per day. Ten permits are given via a lottery system four months in advance.

The

remaining 10 permits are chosen by lottery at 9:00 am the morning before the permit is valid. This drawing is done at the

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GSENM Kanab Visitor's Center. On the day we entered, there were 72 people vying for the 10 slots. Regardless of the method you choose, you generally have less than a 25% chance of winning. We weren't successful but the good news is that there are many other options in the area.

Buckskin Gulch One area we've wanted to visit for many years is Buckskin Gulch. This area is accessed by driving 44 miles east of Kanab on Highway 89 and turning off at the House Rock Valley Road. Buckskin Gulch is one of the most beautiful and accessible slot canyons anywhere. There are actually two trailheads that could be used. The first is Buckskin and the other is called Wire Pass. If you have the ability to do a shuttle, you can start at the Buckskin trailhead and end at the Wire Pass trailhead. Total distance between the two is about 5 miles. If you choose to start at Wire Pass, you will walk through a dry river bed for about a mile before encountering the narrow slot canyon. Once in the slot, there are several obstacles to negotiate but nothing very technical. On the day we were there, we saw families with small kids enjoying the hike. At the confluence of the trail from the Buckskin trailhead, watch for petroglyphs at the base of the alcove. The turnaround for those who don't want to get completely wet happens about 2 miles down the slot as Page 30

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This is a non-technical slot canyon that should be fun for most including small children. It is moderately tricky to access but very easy once in the canyon proper.

• Grosvenor Arch This is an easy ¼ mile hike to a spectacular sandstone double arch named in honor of Gilbert Grosvenor, a former president of the National Geographic Society. Other interesting stops along this loop include slot canyons (Round Valley Draw, Bull Valley Gorge and Lick Wash) and Kodachrome Basin State Park. These slots are more technical and not appropriate for small kids. you encounter a waist-deep pool of stagnant water. Be sure to check with the GSENM visitor's center for weather and current conditions. Do not enter this area if rain is in the forecast as flash floods are common. Due to the narrowness of the slot and lack of exits, even a small rainstorm could be dangerous. Plan on getting muddy. A permit is required and can be purchased at the trailhead.

The Toadstools

Plan your trip carefully if exploring this area. Take plenty of water and make sure your vehicle is in good working order. Be sure to stop at one of the visitor centers to learn current road conditions and weather forecasts. The GSENM Visitor Center in Kanab is located at 318 North 100 East. Visitors’ Centers are also located in Cannonville, Escalante and Big Water. This is a good place to get current information on the area.

Just a few miles east of the House Valley Rock Road on Highway 89 is an interesting area known as The Toadstools. This moderate 3 mile roundtrip hike features colorful hoodoos and weird balanced rocks resembling toadstools. There is a nice pit toilet at the parking lot.

Cottonwood Road /Skutumpah Road/Johnson Canyon Loop We spent the entire day exploring this 140 mile loop but could have easily spent a week. This dirt road was well maintained but could prove to be impassable in wet conditions. This drive included multiple slot canyons, two rivers (Paria and Hackberry Creek), cottonwood trees (rare in the desert) and colorful rock formations. Our favorite stops along this route included:

• Lower Hackberry Canyon Not a slot canyon but a narrow canyon carved out by Hackberry Creek. Plan on getting muddy on this easy out-and-back hike. Look for wildly colorful rocks along the creek bed. When we were there in late fall, the cottonwood trees were ablaze with colorful leaves. Water levels will vary based on current and recent weather.

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