Visit Utah’s National Parks

zion-national-park-2111843_640Adventure is just around the corner in Utah. With plenty of attractions to see, activities to do and places to go, Utah offers non-stop fun. That said, summer gets busy with work, family gatherings and outings with friends. Here is a list of the best national parks to visit this summer.   

Visit the Super Six: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Goblin Valley National Parks along with the San Rafael Swell and Swasey’s Beach.

This astonishing excursion allows you to see multiple national parks and two geographical features. San Rafael Swell is a 75 by 40 miles giant dome-shaped anticline. Infrequent, powerful flash floods shaped this area into the sedimentary rocks, valleys, canyons, gorges, mesas and buttes you see today. Swasey’s Beach located just north of Green River provides the perfect place to cool off while touring the rest of the Super Six. A white sandy beach shaded by cottonwood trees and refreshing water make this beach the perfect spot for families to play.

Zion National Park

Utah’s first national park provides an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and a rich geological history. The gorgeous sandstone cliffs exposing the red, pink and cream canyon entices people from all over the country. You can enjoy a large variety of unique plant and animal life while you are backpacking, biking, canyoneering, climbing, horseback riding, boating or bird watching through this natural wonderland.

Bryce Canyon

This national park is known for its hoodoos. Wind and water eroded odd-shaped rock pillars over time. Filled with a variety of hiking trails with easy, moderate and strenuous options, the park allows you to spend as much or as little time in the park as you want. You can even go horseback riding along some of the trails and go camping with your family and friends. Stargaze on one of the guided moonlight hikes.

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

One of the less crowded national parks in Utah, the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument provides a sense of remoteness and tranquility. You can drive for miles down paved and dirt roads without ever seeing another car. However, you will see plenty of beautiful scenery mixed with canyons, arches, hills, waterfalls, forest and scrubland.

Weber River Adventures

 


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Weber River Adventures

Tubing the Weber River presents one of the best ways to beat the heat in Northern Utah. The most popular route among tubers is the Henefer to Taggart route. Tubing the river can be relatively inexpensive if you already have your tube and life jacket, but you can always rent anything you need as well. Ready to cool off and have a splashing good time? Here is a description of the route and a complete list of everything you will need.

You Will Need:

  • Proper swimwear and shoes.
  • Inner tubes.
  • Cars located at both the drop-off and the pick-up locations.
  • Life jackets are required by Utah law to be worn at all times while on the river.
  • Snacks and drinks are optional but highly recommended.
  • And of course, a cooler and/or bag to hold your treats and drinks.

The Route:

The entire Henefer to Taggart route takes a little more than two hours to complete. Make sure to check the weather before you go. You do not want a storm sneaking up on you while you are on the water. Note that some rocky and rapid portions may be daunting for young children. Teens and older are a-okay for this trip.

Drop-off

Just 30 miles east of Ogden, you put your tubes in the water off of exit 112 or the Henefer exit on Interstate 84. After you exit, go to the north side of the highway and follow the road as it curves to the east. Although there is a small put-in spot just off the road, a larger area is located less than a half mile down the road.

Pick-up

Exit 108 to Taggart off of interstate 84 is the standard pick-up spot. Park your vehicle in any spot you can find and look for the rapids upstream to see what you’ve signed up for. This spot is also a great area for a photo opportunity with the clan. 

 

Looking for rentals?

There are two river tubing services for all of your gear needs. They also provide guided tours and tubing adventures down the river.

Based out of Morgan, Weber Tubing offers all-inclusive packages for every tubing adventure. Their packages include a tube rental, life jacket rental and shuttle for the day. Saturdays are open to all, but weekdays are reservation only. They also give group discounts for parties of eight and more.

Family owned and operated, Barefoot Tubing puts their heart and soul into summer tubing and rafting adventures. They charge $25 per person for a guided tubing trip. That price includes tube and jacket rentals along with a guide and complimentary shuttle to and from the river.

Weber State University’s Outdoor Equipment Rental Center also provides inner tube, life jacket and other gear rentals for students, faculty/staff and the public. They are open Monday through Saturday. Call 801-626-6373 or go online to reserve your equipment today!

Tips and tricks for keeping mosquitoes away

We all love the summer. Hanging outside—hiking, camping, fishing, and just spending time outdoors.

However, witcanstockphoto26101491h the hot months, this is  also a time when the mosquitoes come out. This summer, combat mosquitoes and protect yourself from the West Nile Virus with these simple, natural  tips.

  1. Incorporate mosquito repellent plants. There are a bunch of plants out there that repel mosquitoes. Some of the best ones to include in your backyard are: Lemongrass, Marigolds, Rosemary, and Catnip.
  1. Bug zappers or mosquito repellent lamps. OFF! and other brands provide mosquito repellent lamps and candles to help keep these pesky insects away.  Take some time to do your research and decide which option and product works best for you.
  1. Add a bat house your backyard. Bats can eat up to about 1,000 insects an hour. Install a bat house to your backyard to attract bats your home and say goodbye to your mosquito problem.  

You can also help keep mosquitoes from reproducing by taking these precautions:

  1. Throw out old tires, buckets, or unused plastic swimming pools (any containers that hold water) which can be a nesting ground for mosquitoes. Look around your home and eliminate any standing water that might be around your property, this can also include water troughs, ditches, and any seepage from cesspools and septic tanks.
  1. Change out stagnant water from birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week. For the first 10 days, mosquitoes spend their time in water. Mosquitoes eggs require water to hatch and, once they hatch, feed off the organic matter in the water.
  1. Irrigate lawns and gardens to ensure there is no standing water. Verify ditches flow smoothly and don’t contain stagnant water which can produce a huge number of mosquitoes. If you notice ditches don’t flow, report this to a Mosquito Control or Public Health Office. You won’t want to try to fix this yourself as some ditches and such may be protected by wetland regulations.

Have something to add to the list? Tell us about your best tips and tricks for keeping mosquitoes away.

Looking for Great Food? Check Out These 4 Places

One of the best things about living in Utah, all the great food! There are so many awesome restaurants and local places worth checking out you’re going to have a hard time deciding which place to eat at first. cafe-691956_640

If you’re looking for something sweet, Waffle Love is heaven. With a variety of waffle concoctions to try and delicious toppings, this place is sure to be a top place to visit.

Craving a burger? The place you should check out is Black’s Sliders. This place not only has the best burgers, but has many other options (even some for vegetarians) that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Some other places worth checking out? Chow Truck is the place to go if you’re looking for Asian food or Fiore Wood Fired Pizza if you want that perfect pizza.  

Want some more suggestions on the best food places around Salt Lake? Check out this article by Move.org for all the best place and food trucks to explore.

Reconnect With Summer With These Films

Now that the snow is on the ground, officially declaring it winter, now is the time to burrow in and dream of those warm summer nights. Grab some popcorn, a blanket, and enjoy these magical movies to reconnect with your childhood. popcorn-707364_640

  1. Now and Then. This is a fun throwback movie to 4 preteen friends and the summer where childhood innocence fades and true friendships are strengthened.
  1. The Sandlot. A classic and favorite of many, enjoy a fun night of baseball, scary stories, sleepovers, and doing whatever it takes to get your crush to finally notice you.
  1. The Parent Trap. Lindsay Lohan is perfect in the remake of the classic 1960s film as twins discovered each other for the first time in years and plot to reconnect their parents. There are so many laughs and mischief in this film, the whole family is sure to enjoy it.
  1. Ernest Goes to Camp. Enjoy a night of zaniness with this far-fetched movie about juvenile criminals going to Summer camp. With crazy adventures, this is a great movie to watch to remind you of summer.
  1. Little Giants. Remember your first crush? This is for all the tomboys out there who’ve fallen in love and try to catch their crush’s attention.

What is your favorite summer, childhood movie? Tell us below or on Facebook.