SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah tourism official said visitation numbers and overall customers have recovered in some destinations after a steep decline induced by the coronavirus pandemic.
Finding new trails is one of the things I like most about riding in the backcountry. Finding them on my own is risky fun, but following someone who knows where they are going is best.
The Arapeen Trails are some of my favorite. Always looking for new ones, Kevin Christiansen of the Sanpete County Travel Council put me in touch with Brad Bradley, a retired DWR conservation officer. Brad told me that the title was just a fancy name for “fish cop.”
It is hard to resist an ATV adventure on the Arapeen ATV Trail System. I had bragged about fishing on the quiet little ponds and beautiful lakes on Manti Mountain to my friend Taylor Durrant from Arizona. Being an avid fisherman, Taylor wanted to see for himself, so we set a date for an ATV …
OGDEN — A new community bike park in the swiftly changing West Ogden area is set to open next week.
The original purpose that created this adventure was to find a cabin that was supposed to be up Wildcat Canyon. It belonged to my friend Terry Maxfield’s grandfather. As near as we could determine, the trail began just south of Emery and climbed up a canyon to Wildcat Knoll.
OGDEN — After closing early last season to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Weber County’s biggest ski resorts are set to open on schedule this winter, which local officials say will only serve to boost the economy.
Utah ATV trail systems have trail numbers that correspond to map coordinates to enhance your riding experience (read — so you don’t get lost). Some trail systems have named trails within their systems in addition to numbers. Some trail names are given by people who ride them and some are mar…
People planning to hike the popular Adams Canyon trail on Layton’s east bench should expect delays and a lot of trail work starting today, Sept. 14, and lasting until Sept. 23.
The irony was as thick as the smoke filling the Northern Utah air on Monday morning as Gary Duran left his house to drive to Harrisville Park.
One of Davis County’s top tourist destinations is getting a few tweaks meant to make it easier to visit and to broaden its appeal to rugged outdoors types.
The ride is called an Iron Man because when the trail is smooth it is fun to go fast. You can ride so that you can see a lot of a little scenery, but you don’t go very far. On the Iron Man, we see a little of a lot of scenery and we go far. Threatening to ride fast reduced the number of ride…
Having been invited to ATV Adventure Days in Beaver, we were gathering to venture into the Mineral Mountains for a day of discovery. Guides were provided by members of the Tusher Mountain ATV Club.
Being a sucker for adventure, I thought, “Who wouldn’t want to ride the Mad Dog ATV trail?” It was the second day of the Beaver ATV Adventure Days sponsored by the city of Beaver, Utah, and the Tushar Mountain ATV Club and I had signed up for the Mad Dog ride.
OGDEN — Officials with the GOAL Foundation say the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to reinvent their operation, but when it comes to next year’s Ogden Marathon, they’re keeping their fingers crossed for a return to form.
EDEN — Big change is afoot at the Nordic Valley ski resort.
The first time I saw a Polaris RZR RS1, I wanted to take one out on the trail. That didn’t happen until July of this year, but it was well worth the wait. Greg Belnap of Moto United in Salt Lake City called me and said, “You have got to drive the RS1.” Well, I already knew that, so arrangeme…
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) announced Monday that it would temporarily restrict recreational firearm shooting at wildlife management areas throughout central and northern Utah after a wildfire ignited by target shooters burned wildlife habitat in Cache County.
This big ride from Kanab to Kamas had all come down to this final day. The weather had been great and nothing indicated that was going to change. The machines were all working well and everyone was in high spirits.
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.