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SALT LAKE CITY — The red rock vistas at Zion National Park were closed to the public Friday as the Utah site became the latest national park to lock its gates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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One of the very first articles I wrote for the Standard-Examiner was about riding the trails at Five Mile Pass back in 2004. Located about 25 miles west of Lehi on highway 73, this trail system makes a nice day ride.

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In my last article, I reviewed some lessons learned the hard way in my years of riding. I neglected to say that the pictures in that article were of a ride in the rain on the Skyline Trail seven years ago. The mud-packed machines pictured prompted a reader to call me on that decision to ride…

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — Three of America’s best-known national parks — Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Great Smoky Mountains — closed their gates Tuesday as parks struggle to keep popular recreation areas open while heeding warnings from officials urging them to prevent spreading the coronavirus at…

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OGDEN — In what figures to be a year of rescheduling or even canceling major community events, a pretty big domino fell Wednesday — the Ogden Marathon has been postponed until September.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of…

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When riding an ATV in the backcountry, you are at the mercy of the elements. You can do your best to plan a ride in good weather, but sometimes your preparation is tested by rapid changes that can happen.

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This year, BMW has introduced an all new version of what they call a Sport Activity Coupe in the X6, which slots itself between the X5 and X7 SUVs in the lineup. We had to ask, what is the difference between a Sport Utility Vehicle and a Sport Activity Coupe?

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SALT LAKE CITY — As ski resorts across the United States grappled with how to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus without having to close, industry giants Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company decided Saturday they would shutter 49 of North America’s most well-known resorts.

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Update: DWR has canceled the public viewing events at the Eccles center and Salt Creek in response to Gov. Herbert's recommendation to limit public gatherings. Herbert announced the recommendation Thursday in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

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Over the past three years, Mazda has made a great vehicle even better by redesigning the CX-5, and coming up with what could possibly be the perfect combination of a small utility vehicle and a sports car in an SUV package — the 2020 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD.

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The fifth annual Salt Lake Off-Road Expo at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy last weekend is now in the history books. It was the place to be for people who love Jeeps, trucks, ATVs, UTVs, motorcycles and dune buggies. Over a period of two days, a wide variety of recreational …

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We found ourselves at the Grand Gulch Mine. It was 4 o’clock in the afternoon and we still had to find our way back. I had complained about the miles to the mine being 90 miles and not the 75 miles Willis had indicated. He called me on it and I checked my GPS again. I had exaggerated the num…

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This was not my first ride to the Grand Gulch Mine. I wrote an article about a trail from St. George to this place two years ago. (In Search of the Grand Gulch Mine, Standard-Examiner Jan. 18, 2018). We trailered 65 miles on dirt roads to a staging area near Poverty Mountain. We then rode to…

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As we approach the 2020 ATV/UTV riding season, I think it is important to review some basic rules of safety. Many riders don’t venture out in the winter months so riding skills lie dormant for the winter and tend to become dull.

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ANTELOPE ISLAND — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources released 25 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep on Antelope Island Wednesday afternoon, hoping to establish a new herd.

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Two articles on a woman’s point of view on riding ATVs appeared in this space in the Standard Examiner on April 19 and August 9, 2018. Since then, I have heard from more women who wanted to weigh in on the subject. I have also observed much, the thought of which, makes me smile. Not all of t…

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With the number of ATV jamborees increasing in Utah, I could only include those scheduled for the first half of the year in last week’s article. I maintain that jamborees are a great way to learn about places to ride and to explore the unique features that each of the counties in Utah have t…

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2007 is the year I wrote my first article reviewing ATV jamborees to be held during the year. That year Utah hosted six events. Last year that number had grown to thirteen and the number keeps going up.

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After writing an article titled, “New law affects the Utah ATV community” last month, I got a call from my friend, Gary, asking why I didn’t say anything about how the laws in the surrounding states impact Utah riders. I didn’t have a good enough answer for him so I patiently listened while …

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The first day of December marked 15 years since I wrote my first ATV Adventures column for the Standard-Examiner. The fact that my email address is always included at the end of each article has not been lost on those who read the column. I thought it might be of some interest to report some…

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Reciprocity is a big word used when referring to reciprocal agreements. Utah has had agreements with 13 other states for some 20 years to honor the ATV registration in those states, allowing their residents riding privileges on Utah trails. In return, Utah riders were free to ride trails in …