Cedar City Bound

Cedar City Bound

To experience national parks like a local, get yourself a hub. By Megan Wagstaff I imagine if I lived in Anaheim or Orlando, the novelty of Disney parks would wear off quickly. Yes, the attraction is in my backyard, but is it worth fighting the crowds to visit each...
Zion Traverse Trail

Zion Traverse Trail

This is the place for ‘social distancing’ By Jared Blackley I’s not until the trail turns and the famous narrow rock fin of Angel’s Landing comes into view—approximately 35 miles into our hike—that we realize just how few people we’ve seen over the past three days....
East Zion Resort

East Zion Resort

Lodging options near Zion National Park just got a lot more interesting By Jared Blackley Lodging near the east entrance of Zion National Park is quieter and sleepier than at the park’s western gateway in Springdale. Most lodging on the east side has tended to be...
My Own Private Reef

My Own Private Reef

A winter’s day traveling in Capitol Reef ignited new love for the national park By Chris Vanocur Imagine having one of Utah’s national parks all to yourself. Admittedly, it’s a crazy thought. Yet, this is pretty much what happened to me. As I drove around the...
Vanishing solitude

Vanishing solitude

Imagine Edward Abbey’s response to today’s conjested national parks By John Rasmuson Edward Abbey was hired as a seasonal park ranger at Arches National Monument in 1956. He was 29. Part of his job was to man the entry station. It stood alongside a dirt road 20...
A Better Breed of Seed

A Better Breed of Seed

Community supported seed culture helps bring better vegetables to the garden By Ari LeVaux When planting seeds, it pays to think about recipes you will make with the produce. Plans for pesto call for Genovese basil. A mojito enthusiast needs a big ole’ mint patch. One...
Unique Yucca

Unique Yucca

Joshua Tree National Park is a gem even during peak season By Rebecca Chavez-Houck A few months ago, I purchased one of those wall maps of all the parks in the National Park Service (NPS). You know, one of those where you scratch off a decal when you’ve been to a...
Nature Date

Nature Date

Spending time outdoors with the family shouldn’t be a chore By Rebecca Chavez-Houck As my husband, Martin, and I travel the state in our RV, we’re happy to see families exploring the outdoors. Like them, we took advantage of junior ranger programs with our children as...
The Great Empty

The Great Empty

A lonely highway reminds us what wild country looks like By John Rasmuson We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. —John Steinbeck To take a trip on an airplane nowadays is to run a gauntlet, suffering for hours before emerging at...
Earth Candy

Earth Candy

With the right dressing, bitter winter greens can be ‘charmed and disarmed’ By Ari LeVaux The farmers markets of summer get all the glory, but pound for pound, the winter markets have more guts. These off-season centers of homegrown commerce run from about Halloween...
Frozen Serenity

Frozen Serenity

Iceberg passageways reveal penguins, whales and awe-inspiring sunsets By Chris Vanocur It doesn’t get much better than being able to vamoose around Utah. The past few years have seen me vamoose from the Scenic Byway 12 in the south to the Golden Spike up north as well...
River Whisperer

River Whisperer

Herm Hoops took the river less paddled and found his purpose By Jared Blackley If you ever met Herm Hoops on the river, you’d remember. He was the river guide wearing a baseball cap with an oversize toucan beak on it. His expansive smile, irreverent wit and crass...
Abajo Haven Cabins

Abajo Haven Cabins

Rustic abodes offer true peace and quiet By Jared Blackley There are myriad reasons to visit Moab in the spring. The hordes of spring breakers aren’t one of them. This spring, maybe skip the crowds and point your headlights south as you pass through Moab and keep...