Utah Travel Guide

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Soon You May Need Reservations To Visit Arches National Park

June 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

If your summer vacation involves a visit to Utah's Arches National Park, your chances to swing by for an impromptu visit may be dwindling. Apparently the crowds are getting just too darn crowded, and the park's superintendent has proposed a reservation system to help keep the herds in check.

According to the Associated Press, a reservation system has been suggested to reduce swells of crowds on certain days, and allow the park — and its rangers — to better handle the swarms of visitors. The park is already planning to charge higher fees during peak hours to help spread out crowds — which rose 20 percent last year — but dangerous traffic conditions over Memorial Day weekend really drove home the need for more significant steps. (State police even had to close the park entrance because the traffic was too much to handle.)

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How to Get to the Pretty Parks of Southern Utah

April 14, 2015 at 12:28 PM | by | Comment (1)

The scene in Southern Utah, outside of Hanksville.

Salt Lake City and the surrounding ski areas are Utah's biggest tourist draw, providing a remarkable combination of quality skiing and extreme accessibility. Mountain towns like Park City are also a big draw during the summer, with convenience a major contributing factor. Fly into SLC, and the mountains are 45 minutes away.

The southern part of the state doesn't have quite the same luck. The abundance of state and national parks in Southern Utah is arguably a better draw for adventure travelers, but the problem is getting there. There are no major cities, making it a difficult region for out-of-state or cross country travelers to access.

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Travel Snapshot: Goblin Valley in Southern Utah

Where: Golbin Valley State Park [map], Green River, Utah, United States
April 13, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Southern Utah is loaded with state and national parks, a list that includes Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Snow Canyon, and Bryce Canyon. All of these are known for, among other things, their beautiful rock formations. One of the most unique is also one of the area's smallest, Goblin Valley, famous for its lollipop formations that resemble mushrooms, or goblin heads. If you remember, it's where this idiot taught us what not to do when traveling through a state or national park.

At just under five square miles, Goblin Valley is just a blip on the radar when compared to nearby Arches (120 square miles) and Canyonlands (527 square miles). Despite its small size, there are an abundance of naturally formed caverns you can comfortably explore to lose the crowds. There are three established hiking trails, but "unofficial" trails are found all over the park, winding their way through the goblin heads and between the buttes.

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Vail Resorts to Connect Two Park City Ski Resorts to Create One Giant Ski Resort

March 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

This year's ski season is winding down but there are some big plans for the ski scene in Park City next year.

Vail Resorts made waves in the ski industry when it announced that it had purchased Park City Mountain Resort back in the fall. At that time, it was speculated that Vail could combine, or at least create a strong connection, between PCMR and its neighboring resort, Canyons.

This week, that speculation became a reality. Vail received unanimous approval from the Park City Planning Commission to implement a $50 million "Capital Improvement Plan" that will create the largest ski area in North America (7,300 skiable acres) by connecting PCMR and Canyons via a gondola. It will also complete a number of other upgrades, such as upgraded lifts and restaurants.

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Vail Puts End to Legal Battle and Buys Park City Mountain Resort

September 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Park City Mountain Resort ended several weeks worth of drama earlier this week by posting the $17.5 million dollar bond required to keep the ski resort open for the upcoming season. The Greater Salt Lake area celebrated, and all seemed poised to go on as normal this winter. Then, yesterday, just two days later, PCMR announced it had sold all its assets to Vail Resorts. Let the drama once again begin.

If you missed the circus that had been going on, you can get caught up here. PCMR was involved in a legal battle with its tenant, who, not coincidentally, was backed by Vail. Last year, Vail purchased neighboring Canyons Resort, and has since had its eye on acquiring PCMR. It now plans to connect the two resorts for future seasons.

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Ongoing Legal Battle Could Keep Major Ski Resort from Opening This Season

September 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

With ski season only about three months away, Park City might have one hell of a problem on its hands. Its flagship resort, Park City Mountain Resort, is currently involved in a legal battle that could delay - or worse, prevent - its opening this winter.

The issue stems from the fact that the mountain is actually owned by two parties - the top, including the trails, by one and the bottom, including the parking lots, by another. In a nutshell, the company that owns the bottom, PCMR, for years has paid rent, $155,000 per year, to the company that owns the top. Last year, when the lease lapsed, Vail Resorts came into the picture, offering to pay $25 million a year for the same lease.

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Think There's No Booze in Utah? Then You Haven't Had High West

Where: 703 Park Ave [map], Park City, Utah, United States
June 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

People complain all the time about the liquor laws in Utah, but while they may make life tough at times on a local looking to start a booze business, the fact of the matter is that the laws don't prevent any tourist from having a good time. If you need proof, simply take a walk down Main Street in Park City on any given night. Does it look like anyone is lacking?

And it's not just about serving booze, it's about proving you can produce it. Beer brewing has had its problems (although it's slowly getting better), which is why the Park City 7-11 supposedly sells the most PBR in the States. But if you fancy a whiskey on a cold winter night, look no further than High West Distillery on Park Ave, the first (legal) distillery in Utah since the end of Prohibition.

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It's Not Sochi, But You Can Bobsled Down the Olympic Track in Park City, Utah

Where: 3419 Olympic Parkway [map], Park City, Utah, United States, 84098
February 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve all been there – that sometimes egotistical, sometimes genuine conversation amongst travelers about the most unique things they’ve experienced. It’s typically pretty straightforward. There’s always someone who brings up eating something in Asia, someone who name drops a bunch of sexy destinations, and someone who had a good time sleeping on a dirt floor somewhere at some point. You know the types!

Well, since we're speaking of unique experiences as the games in Sochi kick off, we think we've got the trump card: What about bobsledding in Utah at Olympic Park, where the 2002 Winter Games were held in Park City?

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Take a Movie Tour Way Off the Beaten Path in Moab, Utah

January 3, 2014 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are plenty of movie-themed tours in New York, Los Angeles, and London, but if you prefer a little more adventure with your cinematic escapes, head to Moab.

The Greatest Story Ever Told, Thelma & Louise, Con-Air, Austin Powers 3, and 127 Hours are just a few of the famous movies filmed in the Moab area.

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Absolutely Do Not Do This at a National Park

October 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's a lesson for all of us exploring the world's natural wonders: If you're going to destroy something in a protected park that's millions of years old, don't capture it on film and upload the video to Facebook.

Three Boy Scout leaders could face felony charges after destroying a formation in Utah's Goblin State Park, known for its "rock mushroom" field that dates back about 200 million years to the Jurassic Period.

Now, the men have since claimed to news outlets that the rock "was loose" and in danger of falling on someone, and that they were merely performing an act of vigilance. But when you watch the video, you'll see that they more closely resemble a bunch of overgrown frat boys than Boy Scout leaders protecting the youth. There's laughing, giggling, and a whole lot of sarcasm that they are now trying to play off as genuine.

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There is a Way to Ski at Six Park City Resorts in One Day

October 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Most people never ski more than one mountain in a day, so imagine the reaction of your friends when you tell them you've skied six without so much as removing a ski!

How is this possible? The Salt Lake City/Park City ski region boasts 11 resorts within an hour drive of the airport, some literally side-by-side and others backing up to each other in connecting canyons. The Interconnect Tour looks to accomplish two things: 1) Show off the close proximity of the resorts, and 2) Provide a safe, guided opportunity for skiers to rip through the backcountry.

And what a journey it was. According to our iPhone app, we skied 15 miles and 11,302 vertical feet over the course of the six and a half hour tour last February, including about 45 minutes of hiking throughout the day to access more advanced terrain (which is dependent upon your group).

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How To Get Tickets To The 2013 Sundance Film Festival

November 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Sundance Film Festival is still more than 2 months away but it is already too late to register for Festival Passes or Ticket Packages. There is still time to purchase Advance Individual Tickets, but you'll have to act fast.

Before you can buy individual tickets, you first have to register by December 17. Then, on December 20, you will receive a time slot to purchase your tickets online from January 8 to January 10.

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