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Fall Road Trippin’ in Southeastern Utah

Summer Road Trippin’ in Southeastern Utah By Monique Beeley Leaving the Wasatch Front in the rearview and heading south feels like taking a step away from the fast-paced action of the epicenter of our state and stepping into the soothing sights, the quieter sounds, and the surreal landscapes of the central and southern part of our state. One of the many things I love about Utah is the diversity of our landscapes and the recreational opportunities that each provide throughout the seasons. Fall is the time to heed the call to the red rock country that is primed and ready for adventure.

Road Trippin I-15

  • Posted On: Sep 10, 2020 at 03:12 PM
  • Category: Central Utah , Family Friendly , Hiking, Mountain Biking , National Parks , Road Trips , Southern Utah, State Parks
  • Tags: Road Trips
Leaving the Wasatch Front in the rearview and heading south on 1-15 feels like taking a step away from the fast-paced action of the epicenter of our state and stepping into the soothing sights, the quieter sounds, and the surreal landscapes of the central and southern part of our state. One of the many things I love about Utah is the diversity of our landscapes and the recreational opportunities that each provide throughout the seasons. Summer is the time to heed the call to the red rock country that is primed and ready for adventure.

Glamping in Utah State Parks

  • Posted On: Aug 10, 2020 at 02:20 PM
  • Category: Central Utah , Family Friendly , Hiking, Southern Utah, State Parks
  • Tags: State & Nat'l Parks
Have you been wanting to introduce your family to camping, but not sure where to start? And every time you start the “shopping list” for camping gear, and then do a research on the cost and options, you get quickly overwhelmed with everything that might be needed to personally enjoy those cozy campfire marshmallow roasting and epic starry night images that are plaguing your social media feed. And, to that add the thoughts of the time/money investment in something new that may not even be a fit for your family (chances of this are pretty slim). Yes, all of these thoughts are probably running rampant in your head.

Southern Utah Mountain Biking Round-up

  • Posted On: Jul 10, 2020 at 02:05 PM
  • Category: Family Friendly , Mountain Biking , Southern Utah, State Parks
If you are heading south for some two-wheeled adventuring, be sure to check out these family-friendly beginner/intermediate trails. Many of these locations offer a “staked-loop” system, which is great for families who may not all ride at the same level. These new and popular trail systems offer multiple shorter loops, each at a different level, so everyone can ride at their own ability and then meet up back at the trailhead.

Arches...out of the Park

  • Posted On: Apr 15, 2020 at 01:13 PM
  • Category: Family Friendly , Hiking, Southern Utah
  • Tags: moab
Arches… out of the PARK (Arches National Park that is…) Utah is blessed with some of the best and most iconic landscapes in the United States, if not the whole world. Every year, millions of people travel from around the globe to capture a glimpse and just a few insta worthy images of these iconic natural wonders. Last year the visitation to Arches National Park hit an all-time high with 1.7 million visitors flocking to experience first-hand, the extraordinary and massive natural arches that are abundant within the boundaries of this bucket list destination. This park has the largest concentration of natural arches in the world at over 2,000.

Guided Adventure in Bluff

“Bluff…huh…where is Bluff?” was the reaction I got from my sister when I called to invite them on an adventure with us. My reply: “It’s two hours south of Moab, north of Monument Valley, and Bears Ears National Monument.” She replied, “Oh…Bears Ears…yes, I have heard of that area.” The small town of Bluff is located 330 miles south of Salt Lake City, 50 miles north-east of Monument Valley and has a population of about 300. If you haven’t been to this outdoor adventure-hub then you need to put it on your list ASAP. This small town really packs a punch for the outdoor enthusiast.

Backcountry Basics

  • Posted On: Apr 1, 2020 at 02:06 PM
  • Category: Educational , Family Friendly , Southern Utah
  • Tags: safety
Backcountry Basics What does backcountry mean to you? Is it the areas that are only accessible by hiking or backpacking for several miles? Or, must you venture out on remote, super gnarly, high-clearance-only dirt roads? By definition, a backcountry area is a geographical region that is isolated, remote, undeveloped, and difficult to access. So the answers to the above questions are yes… but… there are plenty of backcountry areas in Utah that are fairly easy to access. And, thanks to the influence of social media, they are heavily visited by people who may not necessarily have the knowledge, skills, understanding, gear, etc. to be safe.

A Red Rock New Years Eve

  • Posted On: Dec 12, 2019 at 01:44 PM
  • Category: Family Friendly , Southern Utah, State Parks , Winter
  • Tags: Moab
A Red Rock New Year’s Eve Celebration Moab in the winter is nothing short of spectacular. The blanket of white snow covering the red rock landscapes is an epic sight that every Utahan needs to witness at least a few times. The weather in red rock country this time of year can be temperamental, like your two-year-old, so be sure to pack your sense of adventure along with a few extra layers of clothing for the family. Depending on the year, the winter temps in Moab can range from below zero at night to the 40-50s during the day and can change at the drop of a hat, so be sure to plan and pack accordingly.

Mountain Biking the Other Southern Utah

  • Posted On: Oct 10, 2019 at 07:46 PM
  • Category: Mountain Biking , Road Trips , Southern Utah
  • Tags: St. GeorgeCedar City
When most people hear the phrase “mountain biking Southern Utah,” their mind’s eye probably envisions the incredible slickrock and desert mesa riding of Moab or the St. George/Hurricane area (or both). And rightly so; both areas are true mountain biking Meccas and have certainly earned that reputation. What many of those same folks probably don’t realize, however, is that world class singletrack in Southern Utah isn’t just limited to Moab & St. George – there’s a whole other Southern Utah that they’ve been driving right on by for years – and it has some of the most beautiful and diverse riding experiences in the state.

Mountain Biking in Moab

  • Posted On: Jul 12, 2019 at 06:13 PM
  • Category: Family Friendly , Hiking, Southern Utah, State Parks
  • Tags: Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking in Moab with your kids. Story and Photos by Bret Edge The Whole Enchilada. Captain Ahab. Portal. Say “Moab” in the company of mountain bikers and they’ll drift off into thoughts of gnarly trails with massive exposure and technical moves that require precision, strength and a dose of finesse. But what if you’re a parent, and your budding young mountain biker isn’t quite ready to shred the gnar? Here’s a little secret – Moab’s got plenty of great trails with outstanding scenery for even the smallest riders!

St. George Mountain Biking

  • Posted On: Jul 10, 2019 at 05:43 PM
  • Category: Family Friendly , Mountain Biking , Road Trips , Southern Utah
  • Tags: St. George
By Alyssa Erikson The smell of moist soil soaked in snowmelt and the white landscape slowly disappears as we drive south on I-15 towards St. George, Utah. I watch the outside temperature, broadcasting on my dashboard, slowly rise, and once the rock turns from grey to orange, I finally risk rolling down my window. My hand oscillates up and down, riding the vehicular thermals like a raptor riding the warmer air from down south.

7 EPIC Spring Destinations

  • Posted On: Apr 8, 2019 at 03:15 PM
  • Category: Family Friendly , Guided Adventures , Hiking, Mountain Biking , Northern Utah, Southern Utah, State Parks
  • Tags: EscalanteCedar CityTorreyKanabBluff
7 EPIC Spring Destinations Spring has sprung…and with that comes the desire to migrate south to warmer destinations. If you are looking for some new places to explore this spring here is our to-do list

Winter Adventuring in Moab

  • Posted On: Feb 2, 2019 at 06:01 PM
  • Category: Family Friendly , National Parks , Southern Utah, State Parks , Winter
Moab is the ultimate outdoor playground, offering something for everyone. From high-adventure mountain biking on the infamous Portal Trail to an afternoon stroll in the Park, Moab is the epicenter for “all things adventure.” Some of the best mountain bike trails, national parks, hikes, climbs, OHV trails, photography, landscapes…and the list just keeps going…are all found here.

A Southern Utah Family Escape

A Southern Utah Family Escape Influencer Tips from - Arika Bauer aka ZionAdventurePhotog Growing up in Hurricane Utah, just 20 minutes from Saint George, I have fond memories of jumping out of bed, running barefoot to the window and peeking out in wonder at the blanket of snow covering my backyard; but that was a very rare occurrence. The majority of my winter days were spent running around outside rarely ever needing a coat.

The Winter Bucket List

  • Posted On: Jan 19, 2019 at 01:31 PM
  • Category: Destinations, Educational , Northern Utah, Road Trips , Southern Utah, State Parks , Winter
  • Tags: bucket list
Winter in Utah is filled with many, many awesome and cool adventure options. North to south, there are endless places to explore. Here is our list to inspire some new family adventures this winter- 

Utah Rock Art and Where to Find It!

  • Posted On: Apr 16, 2018 at 08:23 PM
  • Category: Destinations, Northern Utah, Southern Utah

Fly Fishing 411 Quick Picks

  • Posted On: Apr 16, 2018 at 06:48 AM
  • Category: Destinations, Northern Utah, Southern Utah
Utah is the second driest state in the US, but in spite of that the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has done a terrific job of providing both still water and moving water public fisheries. Many fishing opportunities revolve around reservoirs and the tailwaters that flow from them.

5 Best Star Gazing Places in Utah

  • Posted On: Apr 11, 2018 at 09:05 PM
  • Category: Educational , Northern Utah, Southern Utah, State Parks
Dark skies are as rare as a happy political discussion for most of us urban- and suburban-dwelling citizens, but, lucky for you, Utah’s star gazing access is as quick as an hour away or as a much-needed 4-hour road trip away. Utah is kind that way–she likes to hand out cosmic extravaganzas night after night after night.

Insider's Guide to Cedar City

  • Posted On: Apr 11, 2018 at 08:11 PM
  • Category: Destinations, Hiking, Southern Utah
  • Tags: Cedar City
Cedar City is no longer just a pit stop along I-15 on your way to St. George or Zion National Park, and hasn’t been for years. Cedar City is a robust and diverse destination with its Shakespeare Festival, bomber mountain biking trails for endless miles, access to jaw-dropping hiking trails, and a food scene that has everything from Peruvian to Thai to Mexican cuisine that no small town should be expected to contain. But Cedar City consistently goes above and beyond expectations. Be prepared to fall in love with your new favorite southern Utah town.

Routes for the Roadies

  • Posted On: Apr 10, 2018 at 07:51 PM
  • Category: Destinations, Northern Utah, Southern Utah
Utah’s incredible scenery is about as diverse as it gets. From the lush, high-alpine scenery of Northern Utah to the stunning red-rock formations and desert vistas of Southern Utah, there’s no shortage of unique scenery to immerse yourself in – and there’s no better way to do it than on a bicycle.