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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Fall Colors Approach Peak Radiance

Fall colors are superb right now in northern Utah, and at higher elevations through central and southern Utah. The light and color show will peak in northern Utah during the next few days.

Conditions will be perfect this weekend for a drive or hike to enjoy fall’s splendor. The weather will be delightfully warm and dry; roads and trails are in excellent shape. A storm is expected to hit northern Utah early next week. It is expected to drop snow above the 8,000 foot level, and produce rain at lower elevations. That precipitation will knock leaves from trees at high elevations.

See this page for detailed info about scenic drives to see fall colors.

This newspaper article also has info about scenic drives.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Utah’s Undiscovered West Desert

Utah is famous for mountains and red rock canyons – skiing and national parks. Few realize our state includes a vast area we call the West Desert – remote, rugged and virtually uninhabited. Hundreds of square miles of land with only a handful of residents. Opportunity for outdoor recreation, solitude, and a lifestyle reminiscent of frontier days.

This article explores the West Desert.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Heber Valley, St George see rapid growth

The St George/Washington County area in southwestern Utah and Heber Valley in northern Utah are ranked No. 2 in the nation for growth for communities of their sizes.

Both are located in the heart of major recreational areas. Heber is a beautiful mountain valley adjacent to ski resorts, golf courses and prime fishing waters. St George is Utah’s winter playground, located close to two popular national parks, with a mild climate, exceptional golfing and stunning red rock scenery.

More details

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Strawberry Wildlife Festival & Raptor Watch Day

Strawberry Wildlife Festival

Fluorescent red kokanee salmon are a primary draw at this festival - they are highly visible as they move into the Strawberry River to spawn. Displays and workshops on trout fishing and wildlife viewing are also important, along with food, entertainment and other activities. The Festival runs Sept. 23 and 24 at the Strawberry Visitor Center.

More details.

Raptor Watch Day

Experts will be on hand to help people view and learn about migrating birds of prey at this annual event hosted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. It will be held Sept. 24 at the Orem Overlook along Squaw Peak Road, east of Orem.

More details.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Lake Powell’s delightful right now

The boss took our entire office to Lake Powell last week. We stayed on a houseboat and had a great time. The weather was perfect – warm (but not hot) days, cool nights, water warm enough for skiing and other water sports.

There was even a beautiful almost-full moon. Slower fishing was the only down side – the full moon allowed stripers and bass to feed all night and so they weren’t hungry when we went after them.

The weather should be warm enough for water play for a couple more weeks. As the lake cools fishing will improve and boating conditions will continue to be good. Fall is a great time to boat, explore, hike and sight see at the big lake.

There's still plent of time for a great adventure there.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Alta gets first snowfall of season

“It is currently snowing in Town of Alta!! That is right, the Greatest Snow on Earth has begun to fly in Alta in the month of September. Looking out the window towards the High Rustler run, the snow is coming down sideways: sticking to the trees and covering the rocks. Accumulations appear to be about one inch, possibly more up high. As the clouds open and allow glimpses up to the top of Mt. Baldy and Point Supreme the snowfall is more defined and widespread at the higher elevations. It is never too early to get the skis waxed up for another year of powder in Alta. After 697” of snow last year, this upcoming season has already gotten off on the right note.”

-- Nick Como sent the above to Ski Utah on Sept 12.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Deer Valley named best ski resort; Park City ranks 5th

Ski Magazine readers have named Deer Valley the number one ski resort in North America. Last year Deer Valley ranked number 2, behind Vail, Colo.

Park City moved up to #5 and The Canyons #14. Last year Park City was #8 and The Canyons #22. Other Utah resorts making the Top 30 were Snowbird at #20; Alta, #29; and Solitude, #30. Last year Snowbird was 23rd, Solitude 26th, and Alta was unranked.

This article has details.

Museum hosts tour of active dinosaur dig

The public can watch paleontologists at work on Oct 1, as park of a Utah Museum of Natural History tour to a new dig site in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.

The hadrosaur (duck-billed dinosaur) site contains fossils that are about 75 million years old, dating to the late Cretaceous era. Participants will be able to view bones, learn about the history of the area and find out about techniques of paleontology field work,

This article has details.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Fall Colors Start in Northern Utah

Vivid reds and yellows are starting to appear on trees at higher elevations in northern Utah. I first noticed them yesterday as I drove Hwy 40 between Park City and Heber City. We’re right on the front end of an extravaganza of color.

Utah’s canyons and mountains will be ablaze with color during the next few weeks. Logan Canyon, the Alpine Loop, Red Canyon – these spots are always scenic, and they become incredibly beautiful during the fall.

Colors will probably peak in northern Utah during late September. Southern Utah mountain locations will follow a couple weeks later. Trees and shrubs in our lower desert canyons will display colors into November.

This page has details about some of our best drives to see the colors.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Utah State Fair begins Thursday

The Utah State Fair runs Sept 8-18 at the Fair Park in Salt Lake City. This is the fair's Sesquicentennial and organizers promise the biggest, best fair ever.

"We are offering new entertainment options for 2005, including more FREE Grandstand Entertainment. It's our 150th "birthday" and to celebrate, we are inviting you to join us for FIREWORKS each night, September 8-17th," the fair's website says.

Napoleon Dynamite was requited to promote the fair. The website includes video from his "sweet" TV ads and audio from his radio commercials.

Here’s a synopsis of the grandstand entertainment:

Don Mclean
Friday, September 9
7:30 pm in the Pepsi Grandstand
Free with gate admission - seating ticket required

Audio Adrenaline
Saturday, September 10
7:30 pm in the Pepsi Grandstand
Free with gate admission - seating ticket required

with Special Guest Dark New Day
Sunday, September 11
7:30 pm in the Pepsi Grandstand
$24.00 in advance $29.00 day of show

Western Underground
Monday, September 12
7:30 pm in the Pepsi Grandstand
Free with gate admission - seating ticket required

Carrot Top
Tuesday, September 13
7:30 pm in the Pepsi Grandstand
Free with gate admission - seating ticket required

Wednesday, September 14
7:30 pm in the Pepsi Grandstand
$32.00 in advance $37.00 day of show

STYX & REO Speedwagon
Thursday, September 15
7:30 pm in the Pepsi Grandstand
$34.00 in advance $39.00 day of show

Dierks Bentley
Friday, September 16
7:30 pm in the Pepsi Grandstand
Free with gate admission - seating ticket required

Utah Farm Bureau Talent Find
Saturday, September 17
All day in the Pepsi Grandstand
Free with gate admission

Ultimate Combat Experience
Sunday, September 18
3:00 pm in the Pepsi Grandstand
$10.00 General / $15.00 Reserved in advance
$15.00 General / $20.00 Reserve day of show

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Activities Galore in Utah’s “Little Switzerland”

“Swiss Days,” the largest community celebration in Utah, runs Friday and Saturday in Heber Valley.

The annual Soldier Hollow Classic International Sheepdog Championships start Friday and run through Monday, bringing in dogs and trainers from around the world.

Fishing, camping, hiking, boating and many other recreational activities are available in this area, which serves at a gateway to the High Uinta Mountains and to Strawberry Reservoir.

The annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Buckaroo Fair will be held here Nov 1-6.

This article offers more details.
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