NORTH OGDEN — MariJo Croston says her 13-year-old son, Draydon, saved her life after she fell off a float tube and went crashing through a rough, rocky stretch of the Weber River.
With 331 miles behind us, we were ready to tackle the challenges of day four on the trail to Kamas. We had no idea what those might be, but our trailers were waiting for us in Kamas and we had to figure out how to get there.
Our stay at the Rocky Ridge Resort in Marysvale was restful and pleasant. We had traveled 193 miles in two days, the drive belt was replaced on the Polaris and we were ready to go. There was not a single place to eat that was open this early.
HUNTSVILLE — Trying to combat what officials call a growing litter problem on state wildlife land, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is asking for the public’s help.
OGDEN — A new piece of federal legislation aims to advance the popular Bonneville Shoreline Trail — part of a plan that will ultimately connect the route from central Utah to the very northern reaches of the state.
OGDEN — The first phase of construction on a new West Ogden bike park is almost finished and the facility is set to open to riders soon.
With the closures and other changes brought on by COVID-19, with people looking for things to do, the recreational facilities around Pineview Reservoir have seen a big uptick in use this summer.
Hunters who still want a bull elk or deer hunting permit in Utah can still get one, but the way of getting such a permit will be different.
The altitude at the Bryce Canyon Pines Motel is 7,700 feet. The temperature outside our rooms when we walked outside was 33 degrees. One of our riders splashed water on his windshield to clean it and it turned to ice instantly. That was enough reason to go to the motel’s restaurant and let t…
We just can’t beat a week with a truck, especially one of the smaller ones such at the Nissan Frontier. Over the past three years Nissan has won many awards for being the top rated mid-sized pickup from JD Powers. As other mid-sized pickups have tended to grow over the years, Nissan has stayed true to its size, and even offers two different length wheel bases in the Frontier.
Riding an ATV from the northern border to the southern border of Utah has been done before. It takes six days to do it sensibly, if you can make sense of it. We were going from south to the north and we only had five days available so we decided to begin in Kanab and end in Kamas.
Jeep has put an all-new engine into their ever popular Wrangler model giving a completely new meaning to the word torque. This new EcoDiesel puts out a huge 442 ft.-lbs. of torque along with a very strong 260 horsepower. This is almost 200 more than what the regular V6 Pentastar engine will produce.
Last week I reviewed the new 2020 Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000, but I spent so much space on how much I enjoyed the machine that I ran out of room to write about the ride. It was every bit as great as the KRX.
OGDEN — What would have been a celebration of the 20th Ogden Marathon has now, like many things in 2020, been put on the shelf due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kawasaki is famous for its family friendly four-place Teryx UTV. I have seen these on the trails and often all four seats are filled. 2020 marks the introduction of a new Kawasaki sport UTV — the Teryx KRX 1000.
As summer moves in and the weather gets warmer, Utah wildlife officials want hikers, campers, mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts in Utah to be aware of rattlesnakes and know how to stay safe around the venomous reptile.
Of all the trailheads on the Shoshone ATV Trail System, Curtis Creek is closest to home. Being a little lower in elevation than some of the other mountain trails, we hoped it would be clear of snow.
SNOWBASIN — Here comes summer at Snowbasin.
We have ridden the Pony Express Trail before, but on this ride I saw the trail through new eyes. We were riding in my Kawasaki Teryx 4 with my brother-in-law, Mike Timothy, and his wife, Katherine. She had a great-great-grandfather who was a Pony Express rider.
Traveling west from Faust on the Pony Express Trail over Lookout Pass, south of Skull Valley, we found a kiosk with information about the Onaqui Mountain wild horse herd that roams this area. I thought, “Yeah, right,” and remembered the many times I had been told to watch for wild horses on …
We have always enjoyed driving a Dodge Charger, especially when we have been at events and have got to try out a Hellcat. So it was very intriguing for us to have a week with the new all-wheel drive Charger that should prove to be quite a hit here in the Beehive State.
MORGAN — Six people fighting for a referendum vote on the Wasatch Peaks Ranch ski resort now face a $5 million suit filed against them by the developer.
SYRACUSE — Someone recently dumped 260 white bass on a Syracuse roadside, a waste of wildlife that is concerning to local fish and game wardens.
After riding for two days in the Kaibab Forest and along the Vermillion Cliffs to White Pocket, we decided to go home via Kanab. We had heard that the Paria Movie Set was nearby and it piqued our interest.
With the 2019 model year, there is an all-new RAV4 in Toyota's workshop, with a new look, new interior and even more safety features than ever from Toyota. So it just makes sense that new to the 2020 line up would be a TRD enhanced off-road version of this best-selling Ute.
When my wife saw the pictures of a geologic feature known as White Pocket that I had visited a couple of years ago, it went on her bucket list. It was the second day of a three-day trip on the Arizona side of the Utah border. The first day, we traveled through the Kaibab Forest visiting view…
Early last year, Mercedes made an unprecedented move by announcing that it would introduce a new A-Class sedan to the U.S. market. This was great news as the A-Class is a very affordable entry level luxury sedan and would start at just $32,500 for the two-wheel drive, and only $34,800 for the 4Matic, or all-wheel drive version that should prove to be very popular in Utah.
The size and grandeur of the Grand Canyon never fails to amaze me. While I have been on this trail before and had stopped at the same viewpoints, my wife had not.
With snow in the higher elevations still preventing access to mountain ATV trails and travel restrictions being relaxed, people who have been cooped up are busting out all over. I learned that the crowds at Five Mile Pass the weekend of April 25-26 numbered about 2,000. Two serious ATV accid…
OGDEN — As demand remains high for big-game antlers, illegal gathering is booming in Utah, according to wildlife officers.
PROMONTORY SUMMIT — COVID-19 concerns have led officials to cancel this year’s May 10 annual commemoration of the joining of the transcontinental railroad.
OGDEN — With the soft closure of schools continuing through the end of the academic year, parents are looking for ways to keep their kids engaged in learning.
As the weather starts to heat up, lawns get thirstier. But they might not need as much water as you’d think, especially during the spring.
With a history that goes back over 60 years — which includes 4 wheel drive vehicles of every sort from convertibles to trucks — the Toyota Land Cruiser has become an icon and a true 4X4 to be reckoned with. It is also the longest running name in the Toyota line and was at one time their best-selling model. Only the Chevrolet Suburban has a longer running history than that of the Land Cruiser.
We arrived at Five Mile Pass on Friday and it was empty. That was not the case at the end of our ride. With the snow in the mountains covering trails in the higher altitudes, the spring weather has brought people out of their homes to open riding areas in a big way.
The latest products to fly off the shelves because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Gardening supplies.
PROMONTORY SUMMIT — After “bouncing” all over the country in the service of our national parks, the new superintendent of the Golden Spike National Historical Park is returning home.
The all new Mercedes GLB250 comes to the market at just the right time, as Mercedes jumps in with a midsized SUV at a cost that makes owning one a reality for many.
LOGAN — In the beginning, Jim Fain used photography just to get a closer look at his favorite sport.
NORTH OGDEN — At the same time trail use is surging due the COVID-19 pandemic and the arrival of spring, small boulders are popping up at dangerous points on multi-use trails near North Ogden.
Two must-have items when I ride ATV trails are my GPS and a camera. I don’t always know where I am, but by the time I get home, I can figure out where I have been. I have written about using a GPS, but finding the right camera for the trail has been a learning process.
The Wasatch Front Junior High Rodeo Association has a pretty big geographical reach, even beyond the mountain range for which the association is named.
LAYTON — The ever-popular Adams Canyon trail on Layton’s east bench is slated for some major improvements over the next two years.
Our ride this week ended up being one of the best 4 wheel drive SUV’s that we have had the opportunity to experience since we started this automotive journey over 10 years ago. We had our first week ever with a Land Rover in Utah in early spring. On top of that it turned out to be the perfect week for a more than capable luxury 4X4.
LAYTON — For years, the most popular hiking trail in Davis County has had a largely unkempt dirt- and rock-filled lot for hikers to park in.
Before travel restrictions became so tight back in March, I took a chance to ride some trails on the Utah side of the Nevada border near Wendover. The plan was to meet at exit 4 off I-80 with members of the NUATV Club at 9 a.m.
Utahns looking to register for the big game hunts happening in the fall can now do so completely online as the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources shifts away from in-person services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
OGDEN — Social distancing even requires some thought on Northern Utah’s popular outdoor trails, where many people have been rushing for a break from restrictive COVID-19 life.
For whatever reason we have come to really enjoy any time that we have with the Fiat brand, be it the unique look or just the small size it always seems to draw us in and provide us with a great week of driving.
OGDEN — Ogden City’s legal department says the planning commission overstepped its bounds last month when it made a motion to change the status of some repair work scheduled for the Marshall White Center.