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Photos: Watch the Natural History Museum of Utah take shape

Photos: Watch the Natural History Museum of Utah take shape Nov 8th, 2011 at 1:00PM: The doors to the brand new Natural History Museum of Utah are officially set to open in a little over a week. On November 18, the state-of-the-art facility will welcome visitors to take sight of part of the museum's collection of 1.2 million objects of natural history and science--think dinosaur bones, rare insects and pre-historic tools--in ten brand new, interactive galleries. The new...

Accidental bear spray discharge clears Utah hotel

Accidental bear spray discharge clears Utah hotel Oct 13th, 2011 at 2:00PM: A housekeeper working in a hotel in Utah cleared the entire building this past weekend, when she accidentally discharged a can of bear spray. The woman was pushing her cart down a hall in the Marriott Hotel in Salt Lake City and didn't notice that someone and dropped the can on the floor. When she rolled the cart over bear spray, it began discharging its contents, which is not unlike pepper spray,...

Injured hiker crawls 4 days before being rescued

Injured hiker crawls 4 days before being rescued Sep 17th, 2011 at 1:00PM: A solo hiker at the Canyonlands National Park in Utah was injured in a fall last week and was forced to crawl for four days before eventually being rescued. Ironically, the incident took place not far from where hiker Aron Ralston famously cut off his own arm after becoming trapped under a large boulder. 64-year old Amos Richards was visiting the national park while on vacation from his home in...

Outdoor Retailer gear expo begins today

Outdoor Retailer gear expo begins today Aug 4th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Today is the start of the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held bi-annually in Salt Lake City, Utah. The OR show is a gathering of outdoor and travel gear manufacturers who come together to show off their latest tents, backpacks, clothing, and other products to industry buyers, as well as the media. Over the next four days, companies like The North Face and Patagonia will unveil new products that...

VIDEO: Astronaut's view of the world

May 31st, 2011 at 5:00PM: Need a few moments of Zen? This video from NASA's Johnson Space Center has seven of them, traveling over the Earth from the coast of Namibia to the Amazon Basin to capture an astronaut's view of the world. The incredible images are narrated by Dr. Justin Wilkinson, a soothing astronaut who points out the many rivers, mountains, deserts, and other features shown on NASA's camera from far above....

Kids travel free on Utah summer rafting trip

Kids travel free on Utah summer rafting trip May 29th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Yesterday we told you that 2011 is shaping up to be an epic year for whitewater rafting and kayaking in the U.S., thanks in large part to the record amounts of snow that hit the western states this past winter. Now that the warm spring weather has started melting all of that snow, rafting companies are gearing up for what should be a very busy season, and some are offering great deals in an effort...

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Las Vegas

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Las Vegas May 6th, 2011 at 5:30PM: An American Airlines Boeing 757 was forced to make an emergency landing at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport earlier today after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit. AA Flight 431 was traveling from Miami to San Francisco, and was over Utah, when the crew diverted from their course to make the landing. They touched down at 11:10 AM Pacific time and were met by emergency crews who...

Raft for the Cure in Moab this June

Raft for the Cure in Moab this June Apr 19th, 2011 at 8:00AM: This June, the Moab Adventure Center, located in Moab, Utah will play host to the fifth annual Raft for the Cure. This fun and unique event that will offer visitors a unique blend of outdoor adventure, live music, and great food, while also raising funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. The Raft for the Cure event begins with a full day of rafting along the famous Colorado River,...

Photo of the Day - Canyon hiking

Photo of the Day - Canyon hiking Apr 17th, 2011 at 10:15PM: Nature is all around us, but we don't often stop to admire it. A sudden rainstorm is more of an inconvenience than a wondrous thing when you're on your way to work and your clothes get soaked. That said, a hiking trip is a great way for travelers to rediscover that sense of wonder about the natural world. Today's photo, courtesy of Flickr user AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker, reminds me of that...

Turn your Utah-bound boarding pass into a ski lift ticket

Turn your Utah-bound boarding pass into a ski lift ticket Mar 24th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Spring may have officially arrived, but that doesn't mean you can't sneak in a few more days on the slopes before the ski season ends for another year. To help facilitate that, three Utah ski resorts are offering a deal that will let you exchange your boarding pass for a lift ticket instead. Beginning this Sunday, March 27th and running through the end of the season, any out-of-state visitor...

Video of the Day - Desert Timelapses

Mar 22nd, 2011 at 7:30PM: I think it's safe to say that the arrival of high quality, inexpensive digital SLR's is enabling more of us to see the world in a way we never thought possible. Today's Video of the Day from photographer Dustin Farrell is a breathtaking compilation of both day & night landscape timelapses from the great states of Utah and Arizona. Using a Canon 5D Mark II with servo motors to take...

$30 million ranch for sale near Zion National Park

$30 million ranch for sale near Zion National Park Mar 19th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Are you in the market for some real estate with a scenic view? Are you looking for a place that will let you get away from it all? If so, then I've got just the deal for you. The beautiful Trees Ranch, located right next to Zion National Park in Utah is on the market, and can be yours for just $30 million. The ranch, which consists of nearly 2200 acres of land, is bordered on two sides by Zion,...

A travel guide to the 2011 Oscar movies

A travel guide to the 2011 Oscar movies Feb 2nd, 2011 at 4:00PM: The 83rd annual Academy Awards are coming up in a few weeks and the Oscars race is on. This year's nominations contained few surprises, with many nods for Brit period piece The King's Speech, Facebook biopic The Social Network, and headtrip Inception. While 2010's ultimate travel blockbuster Eat, Pray, Love failed to made the cut, there's still plenty to inspire wanderlust among the Best Picture...

Why your state sucks: the depressing but true map of America

Why your state sucks: the depressing but true map of America Jan 27th, 2011 at 9:00AM: The folks over at Pleated Jeans have come up with a funny yet painful new map of America. It doesn't show our cities or rivers or mountains, it shows our flaws. As you can see, each state is singled out for what they're worst at. Maps reveal a lot about the territory they cover, and this one shows more than some people may want to see. I've lived in three different states and I have to say...

Winners of the "Ultimate Mountain Gig" contest announced

Winners of the Jan 21st, 2011 at 8:00AM: The Canyons ski resort announced the winners of their Ultimate Mountain Gig contest earlier this week, selecting not one, but two, applicants to fill the role as their official ambassadors for the remainder of the 2011 ski season. The contest, which was announced last September, gave skiers and snowboarders an opportunity to compete for a job that offered $40k in salary, a full season ski pass,...

Wear a bathing suit, get a free lift ticket at the Canyons ski resort

Wear a bathing suit, get a free lift ticket at the Canyons ski resort Jan 20th, 2011 at 8:30AM: The Canyons ski resort, located not far from Park City, Utah, opens another portion of their multi-million dollar renovation project today when they unveil their new Ski Beach gathering area, complete with deck chairs and lifeguard stands. To commemorate the opening, they're also offering free lift tickets to anyone who shows up to the event wearing their bathing suit. Over the past few months,...

Lagoon Park to add new family coaster - Bombora in 2011

Lagoon Park to add new family coaster - Bombora in 2011 Dec 14th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Utah's Lagoon Park is building a new roller coaster that's set to debut in 2011. Little is known about the ride, but the park has revealed that its name will be Bombora. A Lagoon Park spokesman also confirmed rumors that it will be a family roller coaster. This means that it shouldn't be taller than three or four stories and its top speed should be rather tame. Lagoon Park's website shares little...

First heated ski lift in the U.S. opens in Utah

First heated ski lift in the U.S. opens in Utah Dec 11th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Skiers and snowboarders headed to the Canyons Ski Resort, located in Park City, Utah, will find a very pleasant surprise when they hit the slopes this weekend. The resort, which is the largest in the state, opened the first heated ski lift in all of North America yesterday, providing a more comfortable experience for visitors. The new lift features heated seats and an enclosing bubble to help...

Arches National Park hosts one millionth vistor

Arches National Park hosts one millionth vistor Nov 27th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Arches National Park reached a milestone last Saturday when Victoria Carlson of Santa Fe, New Mexico arrived at the entrance. Ms. Carlson found herself greeted with unusual fanfare by the park rangers at the gate, who were eager to welcome their one millionth visitor. Located in eastern Utah, Arches National Park is home to more than 2000 natural sandstone archways, including the most famous of...

Five reasons why you'll be miserable during Thanksgiving travel

Five reasons why you'll be miserable during Thanksgiving travel Nov 23rd, 2010 at 2:00PM: We've all heard that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest of the year for air travel. And, the roads tend to get clogged up with people going to visit friends and family – not to mention stuff their faces with turkey, potatoes and other traditional holiday fare. Travel isn't going to be fun tomorrow, but you already know that. But, do you know why? Personally, of course, I have...

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