Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:22

Utah's gorge-ous area for recreation

Terrific geological contrasts make Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area a must visit for those seeking dramatic scenery. The main feature of the area is a 146-kilometre reservoir at the bottom of a spectacular river gorge that runs 475 metres deep in some places.

Visitors also get great views of the Uinta Mountains and enjoy the refreshing atmosphere of the Ashley National Forest.

However most people head to the area for more than passive viewing – Flaming Gorge is known for its boating, water-skiing, windsurfing and more than 160 kilometres of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as being renowned for some of the best fishing in the west.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:20

What a picture, what a photograph

Clients wanting to take a deeper dive into the attractions of Utah are sure to be drawn towards one or more of its 43 state parks.

Wildlife viewing areas, wetlands, and historic ruins – those and more are covered by these parks and recreation areas.

An example of a state park with scenery dramatic enough to be named after a famous photographic colour film brand name is Kodachrome Basin State Park.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:19

Cycling – the way to explore Utah

Clients who are keen to get on their bike will find plenty of options in Utah. Adventure cyclists, including those seeking bikepacking experiences and multi-day trips, will find endless routes to explore.

More casual cyclists can easily access great starter routes and scenic roadways.

The historic city of Ogden, for example, is ideal to explore by bike. The Ogden River Parkway is an urban oasis that includes an extensive trail system. When the ride is over, there’s time to dine out, go shopping or explore the city’s museums.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:18

Exploring craft breweries in Utah

The craft brewing sector is thriving in Utah, so the state is an ideal place to visit if you enjoy a fine beer. Starting in Salt Lake City, and a fun way to explore the continually expanding and evolving scene, is to purchase a Salt Lake Brewery pass.

The pass functions as an easy to use mobile wallet, containing 12 $5 vouchers. Each of these vouchers can be used at one of 14 different Salt Lake Breweries.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:15

Exploring Utah's Greater Zion

The name St. George may not crop up in too many discussions about travelling in Utah, but this city (one of the fastest growing in the state) is an ideal base camp for many of the attractions in and around Greater Zion.

There’s Zion National Park of course (one of the Mighty 5® National Parks) but also much more.

Visitors will find dozens of golf courses, including the top-rated Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club. Those seeking a relaxing or wellness retreat will not be disappointed either – clients should check out Green Valley Spa & Resort and Red Mountain Resort.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:15

Cedar Breaks – quite a hike

Clients keen to get their hiking boots on will appreciate a recommendation to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument – a natural and majestic amphitheatre easily reached from Cedar City.

Visitors can stretch their legs with a hike to the Alpine Pond, while a walk along the Spectra and Rampant Points will take them along amphitheatre’s rim and give them a close up look at Cedar Break’s amazing geology.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:11

Rockies to the Red Rocks, next stop Moab

The city of Moab will be the centre of attention when luxury train journey company, Rocky Mountaineer, launches its USA itinerary in August 2021.

The Rockies to the Red Rocks route will be a two-day rail trip between Denver, Colorado and Moab, Utah, operating for 10 weeks this year through to 23 October.

The company has been working with local tourism organisations, hotels and operators to curate holiday packages at both ends of the journey.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:10

Where the bison roam...

Utah is renowned for the spectacular landscapes of its national and state parks, plus its reputation as having the Greatest Snow on Earth®.

Lesser-known is that Utah has amazing wildlife viewing opportunities - especially at Antelope island State Park, just 25 miles (40 kilometres) north of Salt Lake City.

An annual highlight here is the Bison Roundup, traditionally held in October, when modern day cowboys and girls roundup their herd of about 700 wild bison.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:08

Land of stone and fantasy

While Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks justifiably generate huge interest, agents would do well to remind clients that Utah also has a wealth of scenic and natural wonders in the form of its State Parks.

A prime example is Goblin Valley State Park, where soft sandstone has been eroded into fascinating shapes, some of them resembling (as the name suggests) goblins. Others resemble castles and mushrooms.

This fantasy like appearance, plus the natural maze the erosion has created, makes Goblin Valley ideal for families.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 03:06

Salt Lake City: Crossroads to the West

Clients may be tempted to regard Salt Lake City simply as a place to land (or pass through) to get to Utah’s renowned outdoor attractions and ski resorts.

Indeed it is a fantastic starting point from which to explore the rest of the state. However, it is a mistake not to include at least a day or two in the city as part of a Utah itinerary.

The most obvious attraction is the lake itself, where swimmers float with little or no effort because the water is so dense with salt.

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