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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

'Rig To Flip' – Great New Video On Yampa's Warms Springs Rapid

Below we've embedded a wonderful video that captures the fun and adventure of river running. It was made by “Friends of the Yampa” and focuses on a particular rapid on the Yampa River in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument, on the Utah/Colorado border. (This is the “trailer” version. The full video can be seen here. Learn more about the project.)

The Yampa is a tributary to the Green River and it is an excellent choice for whitewater adventure. If you are interested in river trips, now's the time to make reservations to get prime dates next spring and summer.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Canyonlands Turns 50, Offers 'Walks With Thoreau'

Canyonlands Island in the Sky - by Dave Webb
Canyonlands National Park is turning 50, and offering special hikes and activities to celebrate.

The park provided the overview below. See the park website for more details.
This is a special year at Canyonlands.

In 1964, Congress set aside a hardscrabble piece of desert in southeast Utah "in order to preserve an area...possessing superlative scenic, scientific, and archaeological features for the inspiration, benefit, and use of the public."

In 2014, we are celebrating 50 years of welcoming visitors from all over the world. Special events will take place throughout the year. Come celebrate with us!

"Walking with Thoreau"
Over the next few weeks, a National Park Service volunteer and philosopher will be leading a series of special hikes at the Island in the Sky. In commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of the Wilderness Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the establishment of Canyonlands National Park, we will reflect on these acts through the writings of one of America's greatest nature writers, Henry David Thoreau, and discuss their relevance today, 50 years after they were written.

If you choose to participate in one of these hikes, we will record your reactions to your time in Canyonlands in an ebook that will be archived as part of the history of this anniversary. Participating in this project as citizen historians is one way to pay tribute to these landmark legislations, so that they might continue to thrive and flourish for the benefit of future generations.

Since our discussion will be centered around the writings of Henry David Thoreau and the Wilderness and Civil Rights Acts, we ask that you take a moment to read the texts before joining us on one of these hikes. After you register, we will send you an electronic pamphlet containing the readings we will be discussing along with additional information.

These hikes will take place every Saturday morning through November 15 and last approximately half the day. Please email or call us for more information or to reserve your spot. We hope you'll join us!

Email: walkingwiththoreau@gmail.com
Phone: 435-259-4712 extension 16

Monday, October 27, 2014

Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering Oct 29-Nov 2

What started as a little cowboy poetry show in the Heber Valley keeps getting bigger and better. This is its 20th year and it's official name is now:


This year's event runs from Oct 29 through Nov 2 and, true to its roots, it is one of the biggest showcases for cowboy poetry in the U.S. It has also become a prime Western Music event featuring stars including:
  • The Bar J Wranglers,
  • Michael Martin Murphey
  • Dave Stamey
Country music and bluegrass sounds have more recently been included, with performances this year from Suzy Bogguss and Billy Dean. New to the Gathering is the winner of the NBC hit TV show, The Sing-Off, vocal band Home Free.

This is a celebration of all things cowboy offering, and offers a sample of cowboy poetry.
  • Grub from local restaurants
  • Cowboy mounted shooters competition
  • Mountain Man Traders Camp
  • Wasatch Cattle Dog Trails
  • Vendors and artists
  • Workshops, demonstrations and other events
The video above gives a good overview of the event.

Friday, October 24, 2014

10 Life-Changing Utah Hiking Trails


The Subway - By Dave Webb
The title above comes from this article, and it is a pretty bold way to begin a narrative. I felt compelled to click and I show author Chad Buleen's list below. It's interesting that most, but not all, are found in our Mighty 5 National Parks.

All hikes mentioned are great – every one is excellent. Some are long and difficult and some are easy, family friendly. Chad gives only one-sentence descriptions, but his words are chosen well. He offers beautiful photos of each area. (The photo at right is one of mine – I don't pull photos from articles without permission.)

The comments below the article are also worth reading.

Here's his list:


Five must-see attractions for families in Utah:

The title above comes from this article, and the resulting list is also pretty good. These places are mentioned:

  • Natural History Museum of Utah
  • The Treehouse Children's museum in Ogden
  • Temple Square Christmas Lights
  • Goblin Valley State Park
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Thursday, October 23, 2014

'creepytings' Vandalizes National Parks Across the Western US

A graffiti artist calling herself “creepytings” has defaced rocks in national parks across the Western U.S., including Zion and Canyonlands in Utah. She may also have painted on rocks at Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

The graffiti is being considered a federal offense and officials are investigating. If anyone notices any suspicious behavior in any of the parks, they are encouraged to contact authorities. Apparently she has painted scenes on rocks at recognizable spots in prominent national parks. She signs all of the work with the tag, creepytings. She then photographed some of the graffiti and posted the images online.

The Deseret News has this report about the investigation. Below are excerpts.

Several Instagram and Tumblr posts made by artist Casey Nocket appear to indicate that she has painted on rocks in national parks and national monuments — including Bryce Canyon, Zion, Canyonlands national parks and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument — across the West, according to the Modern Hiker article. The Instagram account Creepytings has since been set to private, and officials did not immediately confirm that the artist was connected.

The National Park Service says this is now a federal investigation, and although it appears rangers know who the woman is, there's no word whether she has been caught yet, or even whether rangers know where she is.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We Need Your Vote For Salt Lake As Best NBA Destination City

USAToday.com has a fun feature where its readers vote to determine the 10 Best in various categories. The latest will name the best NBA destination city. You can see the write-up here.

Salt Lake City, home to the Utah Jazz, is in the running. Actually, we think it has a great chance of winning. And it will win, if we motivate the vote. So, what are you waiting for? Go vote!

Here's the summary: “Basketball fans have until MONDAY, NOV 17 at NOON to vote for their favorite NBA destination. Our expert, USA TODAY sports writer Sam Amick, used the following criteria to make the nominations: fun things to do in city, quality and location of venue, level of fandom, iconic status of city and/or team, special events or games which are played there, likelihood of seeing a great game, star players and ease of getting to and around the city, You can vote once a day until the contest ends. Good luck to all the nominees!“

Utah fans are loud and proud - EnergySolutions Arena is one of the loudest in the NBA.

The Jazz have been “rebuilding” the past few years, but have tremendous young talent going into this season. They have played strong during the preseason, earning a 5-2 record. Final preseason action will be against Phoenix on Friday, Oct. 24, at EnergySolutions Arena. The regular season begins Wednesday, Oct. 29, as the Jazz host the Houston Rockets.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Latest And Luxest At Utah's Top Ski Resorts

ModernLuxury.com has this interesting article listing the best and most luxurious at the best resorts in the U.S. It's comments about Utah ski resorts are interesting. Here are a few tidbits. It is worth reading the entire article.

Utah’s 14 ski resorts beckon with 500 annual inches of the lightest and driest powder to be found on the planet—hey, it isn’t billed as the “greatest snow on Earth” for nothing. From the Alps-like setting of Alta Ski Area and Snowbird to the luxurious vibe of Deer Valley Resort and the rusticly chic Sundance Mountain Resort, world-class skiing is all within reach.

...thanks to the new relationship between The St. Regis Deer Valley and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, guests of the hotel can arrange for exclusive training with an Olympian at the USSA Center of Excellence—a national training and education center.

Once the lifts close, head over to the Umbrella Bar to share a pitcher of beer and enjoy a free concert at Canyons’ main stage across from the bar!

RUN OF YOUR LIFE At Canyons, take Lookout Ridge to the base of the Orange Bubble Express. This run offers perfectly groomed pitches ideal for carving S-turns at a comfortable speed, plus incredible views of the resort and the Uinta Mountains in the distance.
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