Utah Off The Beaten Path

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Utah Off The Beaten Path

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    Salt Lake City Off The Beaten Path

    I thought DC had a very unique idea of promoting art with all the colorful giant pandas located all over the city. Well Utah, Salt Lake City used the same concept using Buffalo sculptures painted with all different designs and located them all over the city. I had the pleasure of seeing at least two located on Antelope Island. I've read that in...

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  • Air Force Museum

    Salt Lake City Off The Beaten Path

    Wow, I really enjoyed this musuem. It has some of the most significate historical representation of aviation marvels. They have lots of outside displays as well and many inside displays. Make a point to take extra time to see all it has to offer! 75th ABW/MU 7961 Wardleigh Road, Building 1955 Hill Air Force Base, Utah 84056-5842 DSN: 777-6868 or...

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  • Liberty Park

    Salt Lake City Off The Beaten Path

    Tucked away in a corner of Liberty Park is the fantastic Tracy Aviary. It's fairly small and can be thoroughly explored in a couple leisurely hours. It houses hundreds of fascinating bird species from around the world and is a much more exotic destination choice than the standard Salt Lake City zoo. Be sure to see the incredibly cool African Ground...

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  • Ski / Board

    Salt Lake City Off The Beaten Path

    Take a ride east, cross the mountain range and visit Park City. It´s a great ski area and nice city. Just half an hour away from Salt Lake City. Some Olympic ski races took place in Park City in 2002.

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  • Land of Goblins

    Goblin Valley State Park is an unusual park full of rock formations. The formations look like little goblins scattered throughout, hence the name. A nice game of capture the flag in the park is a must and a once in a lifetime opportunity. There are some hidden gems around the park in the form of caves, climbing walls, natural slides, and just some...

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  • Red Canyon - Bryce Canyon's little...

    Just west of Bryce Canyon on Highway 12 is a lesser known region of similar rock formations called Red Canyon. The rocks are - as you may have guessed - a more distinct reddish color here than in Bryce Canyon. And although it's not as dramatic as Bryce Canyon, it is definitely worth a visit, especially considering close it is to is more famous...

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  • Don't miss Goblin Valley State Park

    Easily overlooked in a state full of world-famous national parks that attract visitors from all over the globe, Goblin Valley State Park is a relatively small and isolated destination that should not be missed. Located about two hours west of Moab on the way to Capitol Reef National Park, it is easy to drive right past this place without even...

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  • Horseshoe canyon unit - Canyonlands N.P.

    Although officially part of Canyonlands N.P., Horseshoe Canyon is a seperate entity, not even attached to "The Maze". A lovely hike down the cliff and into the canyon itself is a bit steep in places but well-marked with cairns and traces of passage. Turning right at the bottom you walk along the streambed. I was here in April and there was very...

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  • Golden Spike Momument at Promontary...

    Located North of the Great Salt Lake, Promontary Point Vistors Center celebrates the connection of the Eastbound and Westbound legs of the first transcontentinal railroad. The active roadway no longer travels this route but even though the drive seems long and desolate the road is good and the trip worth whileFrom Salt Lake City go North on I-15 to...

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  • Calf Creek Recreation Area

    This park is located 15 miles east of Escalante on Scenic Byway 12. There is a campground and picnic area here as well as a six mile round trip hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls.I have seen many photos of the falls and they are quite beautiful. They fall 126 feet into a deep pool surrounded by trees.We had hoped to do the hike but the skies were very...

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  • Topaz Prospecting

    If you like Topaz, try Topaz Mountain, outside of Delta. If you do choose to go, be sure you bring an old pair of sneakers, a sledgehammer, and a film cannister to keep the topaz you find. The rock that the topaz is inside of is called Rhyolite. Rhyolite will destroy a pair of shoes in a single day due to it's coarseness. After you hit the rhyolite...

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  • Fort Deseret

    Fort Deseret is the remains of an old adobe fort built to protect the settlers against Indian aggression. The Black Hawk war of 1865-67 was a difficult time for all involved. Many of the white settlements were abandoned, deaths on both sides were high, many of the forts around the state date from this time (Cove Fort, Fort Pierce are two others...

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  • Hanksville, a one-horse town ??

    Originally settled in 1882 but only incorporated in 1999,lying on the intersection of Hwys 24 and 95, and not far from Capitol Reef N.P. and Goblin Valley, Hanksville is one of the original remote "frontier" towns (pop. 203 at last census 2006). There are a couple of good stores for stocking up, a couple of motels I didn't find and Hollow Mountain...

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  • Fairfield Stage Coach Inn and Camp Floyd

    I guess this is off the beaten path since VT doesn't have a Fairfield page that I can post on.Back in 1857 the Federal government heard falsely that the Mormons in Utah territory were rebelling. Pres Buchanan sent an army west to establish a new territorial governor and "put down the rebellion". Lead by Albert Sidney Johnston, with many other army...

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  • Johnson Canyon near Kanab.

    Johnson Canyon can be used as a through road if coming from Page and going up towards the Bryce Canyon area. Easy paved road at the beginning becomes graded dirt after about 25 kms and is treacherous in the wet. Has the added interest of being the home of the "Gunsmoke" film set, plus about 50 other films have some scenes shot here. The movie set...

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  • Giles "ghost" town, near Hanksville.

    Along Hwy 24 heading towards Capitol Reef and Torrey, about 8 kms from Hanksville is this strange scene, showing all that remains of the ghost town of Giles. There is a small parking lot with an information board. Settlers came here in the 1880's to farm the land on the banks of the Fremont River, but after withstanding much flooding and ruined...

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  • Zion West Rim Trail

    This is a section of Zion National Park that few people venture to. It is a shame because it offers outstanding views into the Zion backcountry and is a reasonably accessible trail. It goes 13 miles from Lava Point Trailhead off the Kolob Terrace road to the Grotto trailhead in the main canyon. It connects up with the side trail out to Angel's...

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  • Benson Grist Mill

    Just off interstate I-80 is the town of Stansbury Park. It is built around an artificial lake. This lake was fed by the waters of a small spring. Back in the 19th century this area was known for awhile as Twin Spring City. In 1849 Ezra Benson was asked by Brigham Young to come out here and build a mill. This was only 2 years after the first...

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  • Watch Summer Solstice

    There are a couple places that have significance at Summer Solstice. One is an ancient calendar, another a modern piece of art.The modern art has been placed in the wastelands of the Great Salt Lake desert...giant culverts called Sun Tunnels placed so that the summer sun rises and shines through them. I am still looking to get there.Far to the...

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  • Drive a dirt road

    There are certainly plenty of places to get off the pavement in Utah. From the Northern mountains to the western desert to the southern red rocks. Years ago I picked up at book called Scenic byways and backways of Utah. Slowly I've tried to get to all of them. More recently I picked up the book called Utah Byways, 65 of Utah Best Backcountry drives...

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  • Grafton Ghost Town

    If the building in my photo looks familiar, maybe this will jog your memory:”Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head ...”Yes, this is the location for the famous “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” bicycle scene, as well as several other less well-known films. The building formed the backdrop as Butch took Etta for a ride on the then new-fangled...

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  • Hole N’ The Rock

    Among the delights of touring in the US are the quirky “one of a kind” sights that you can come across from time to time. Often tacky, always somewhat kitsch, these make an occasional change from the wonderful landscapes and capture our imaginations in a very different but nevertheless enjoyable way. One such sight is Utah’s Hole N" The Rock, south...

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  • Newspaper Rock State Park

    While Utah is best known for its wonderful natural attractions, Newspaper Rock State Park gives us an opportunity to pause and think about the people who came this way long before us and no doubt were as awed by this landscape as we are today. Here etched into a 200 square foot chunk of sandstone are the images and symbols carved by different...

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  • Crystal Geyser near Green River.

    Not far from Green River is a cold water geyser going by the name of Crystal. Apparently it goes off once every 10/12/15 hours. There's not a lot of people actually stay there long enough to have a good idea, so even in town we found no-one that could actually pin the time down. So, of course we didn't see it, but did witness quite a bit of...

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  • NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY 128

    After our visit to Arches, it was time to head north and east toward the I-70. I looked at our map and saw that there was a scenic highway designated by dots along the road. It "seemed" like a short cut to the junction of the I-70 near Cisco --- a mere 43 miles.NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY 128 begins 3 miles north of Moab. Sheer walls of red sandstone...

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  • Monument Valley

    Monument Valley may conjure visions of John Wayne and the Wild West but this is Navajo country. It is not a National Park as some would have it but a full fledged Tribal Park. While it is true that many a spaghetti western was filmed here and the scenic bluffs that dot the otherwise bleak horizon are about as American as apple pie, Native Americans...

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  • Hole N' the rock

    This looks like a really touristy stop and I guess it is but if you don't do any shopping it can be a very pleasant place to have lunch. There are your usual trinket shops and a restaurant but there is also a free park with nice rest rooms for the budget traveler. It's just on the outskirts of Moab but it came in handy for us as we'd spent a bit of...

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  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

    Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park would likely have National status if it were not for its misfortune of being located within a day's drive of eight other National wonders in its home state alone; not to mention the North Rim of the Grand Canyon a stone's throw below in Arizona. Framed by scenic red cliffs ala Zion and dense green forest of Juniper...

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  • Kodachrome Basin State Park

    Kodachrome Basin State Park both benefits and suffers by its proximity to neighboring Utah National and State Parks. While true those drawn to parks like Bryce Canyon National Park will likely be intrigued with a stop here if time permits, it is inevitable there will be comparisons between the two. Most would probably rate Bryce as more spectacular...

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  • Goblin Valley State Park

    Though only under state protection since 1964, Goblin Valley State Park was already an attraction as dubbed “Mushroom Valley” by Arthur Chaffin during his photographic shoot in 1949. His attraction to the area dates back to the 1920s but cowboys ran cattle through here long before that. Despite the remoteness of the valley, it would seem very...

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  • Cathedral Valley

    This is a wonderfully hidden gem of a place. Most people speed through Capitol Reef quickly anyway and most never hear about or have the vehicle to allow them to reach this northern section. Thus it has remained remote, and a quiet desert place seldom visited. It is only recently that I was finally able to reach this place myself and it was so...

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  • Paria River Valley Road

    In the south of Utah, more or less at the border between Utah and Arizona, Paria Canyon stretches out for miles.(however, this would be another off-the-beaten-track tip).For now, Paria River Valley Road leads through a stunning scenery of the typical rock formation of Utah - all different red-orange-yellow-pink colors, depending on the iron oxide...

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  • Horseshoe canyon unit II - Canyonlands...

    The spectacular Great Gallery is awesome to behold with ghostlike images, most without arms, just long flowing robes. Some of the images are over 2 metres high. On other parts of the gallery can be seen hunting scenes, the bighorn sheep are quite clear. But, what does it all mean ? Nobody has worked it out yet, although there are plenty of...

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  • Hell's Backbone road near Boulder.

    This is an experience for those that have a sense of adventure and a head for heights. This road takes from near Boulder to Escalante as an alternative to Hwy 12. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930's it is an unpaved spectacular drive up through the Dixie Forest. I stopped at the Hell's backbone bridge for a walkabout...

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  • Raindrops keep falling on my head.....

    A short side trip before getting into Zion Canyon is a visit to Grafton. Grafton is a small ghost town made famous by the scenes from 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" where Paul Newman rides his bicycle around with Katherine Ross on the front bars and the song "Raindrops keep falling on my head" is playing behind. Not much left now, a couple of...

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  • Paria Canyon

    For a truly amazing photographic experience, try Paria Canyon! The entrance to this place is in Utah, however soon you will cross over to the Arizona side. It's 3 miles in to a spot called 'The Wave', a geographical wonder! The walk is fair to moderate, however there are no signpoints and no path so you have to use your orienteering skills to...

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  • Snow Canyon, a Beautiful State Park

    If you love the outdoors, and are visiting Zion National Park, you may enjoy a side trip to Snow Canyon State Park. This 5,739 acre park is a great place for photography, hiking, biking, and camping. This is a colorful canyon with red Navajo sandstone formations, some capped by an overlay of black lava rock, making them even more striking. You will...

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  • Ranger tours

    In Zion , there's a free early morning tour given by the Park Service that's very informative and interesting. You usually have to sign up the day before ,and it's only a couple of hours, but you can see a lot in a short time and check out what you would like to revisit later. They give a lot of information about the geology of the area and the way...

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  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National...

    Located east of Bryce Canyon NP, south of Capital Reef NP, and west of Glen Canyon NRA, Grand Staircase is a vast expanse of desert and high plateaus. Nearly inaccessible, today, dirt roads provide more access to the vast reaches of the monument. But don't be fooled, the best is still nearly inaccessible, except by foot. Take water, plan to spend a...

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  • Pipe Springs National Monument

    Tucked out of the way in the Arizona Strip, it's only accessible from Utah. It's been a protected settlement, a telegraph station, and now a historic site on the Paiute Reservation.

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  • Great Roadtrippin'

    Okay, this doesn't exactly cover Utah, but one of my favorite stretches of Hiway is on the I-15 south from St. George through the northern corner of Arizona through to Nevada. Its only about 8 or 10 miles, but it goes through this amazing gorge and its so beautful!! I can never remember the name of it, but its worth the drive!!

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  • CLIMBING AND HIKING

    Be prepared to climb every hill, mountain while in here. Because there are sceneries you can really appreciated when you are way up there. Just wear slacks and rubber shoes for comfort and easy access.

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  • CLIMBING AND HIKING

    Be prepared to climb every hill, mountain while in here. Because there are sceneries you can really appreciated when you are way up there. Just wear slacks and rubber shoes for comfort and easy access.

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  • Puebloan Indian Village

    Edge of the Cedars State Park is located off of US 191 in Blanding at 660 W 400 North St.. We stopped on our drive from Moab to Page, AZ. The Puebloan Indian village was inhabited between AD 750-1200 and you can walk through the ruins. The ruins are located behind a museum that has a very nice collection of artificats and is well worth walking...

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  • Soldier Summit

    Soldier Summit is the name given to the mountain pass where US Highway 6 reaches its highest elevation. Soldier Summit, which is located about midway between Provo and Price, was named in honor of Utah's war veterans. There is a very nice highway rest stop located near the summit. The rest stop is a popular picnic area. This photo which was shot...

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