|Fence held together with deer hide|
|Utah has a rich pioneer heritage|
|Pop Goes the Weasel|
|Fall Colors on Alpine Loop in AF Canyon|
You can spend an entire day exploring the history of Utah at Salt Lake City Temple Square Vistor's Center, Pioneer Memorial Museum, Brigham Young's Beehive House and lunch at the historic Lion House. Or a day at the Hogle Zoo and This Is The Place Heritage Park. Travel down south to historic Cove Fort for a picnic lunch (check out the "weasel" there's a theory that the weasel refers to a weaver's shuttle, which makes a popping sound when the loom is in use) and head over to Freemont Indian State Park.
|Cascade Springs Alpine Loop|
Zions is one of my all time favorite places to visit in Utah. But be careful on Angels Landing trail. Too many people have died falling from that trail...a side note...can take quite a while to hike...go early in the morning. Take lots of water! I have yet to do this hike for fear of heights. Weeping Wall, Emerald Pools and the River Walk are some of the shorter easier trails. But for something truly spectacular, take some time to hike to Hidden Cayon, this may be more difficult, there is rather deep crevice but there are chains for you to hold onto. Don't forget to grab a famous garlic burger from Oscars www.cafeoscars.com in Springdale. Or, try out one of Zion's Lodge Red Rock Grill http://www.zionlodge.com/red-rock-grill-880.html.
If you want to explore Eastern Utah, Logan Canyon is beautiful or head out to Dinosaur land near Vernal, UT. Or how about Moab and Arches in Utah's southern corner. Not far is Colorado's Mesa Verde and Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.
- Sundance http://www.sundanceresort.com/create/index.html
- Snowbird http://www.snowbird.com/index.html
- Park City http://www.parkcitymountain.com
- This is the Place http://thisistheplace.org/
- Hogle Zoo http://www.hoglezoo.org/
- Beehive House http://www.lds.org/church/places-to-visit/historic-beehive-house
- Cove Fort http://covefort.com/
- Timp Cave http://www.nps.gov/tica/index.htm
- Freemont Indian State Park http://www.utah.com/stateparks/fremont.htm
- Zions National Park http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
- Dinosaur National Monument http://www.nps.gov/dino/index.htm
- Arches National Park http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm
- Mesa Verde, CO http://www.nps.gov/meve/index.htm
There is Lehi's Thanksgiving Point, http://www.thanksgivingpoint.org Gardens, Museum of Ancient Life, Golfing, Restaurants, and a newly remodeled movie theater. Take the little ones to the Farm for some petting zoo fun and a pony ride.
|Miranda and Mama Haley feed the goats at Thanksgiving Point|
Or during the holidays, there are the Witches at Halloween or Christmas Elves at Gardner's Village http://www.gardnervillage.com/. They have a couple of restaurants and some fun shops!
|Christmas Elves at Gardner's Village|
|A witch poses with Alexis|
Utah can get pretty hot during the summer months...so head on out to one of the many water parks. Like 7 Peaks... http://www.sevenpeaks.com or play at Boondocks in Draper. http://www.boondocks.com/
There is also the drive up Provo Canyon or walk or bike ride up Provo Canyon trail...Bridal Veil Falls is also a great place to stop and view the falls and cool off in the pool. If you decide to tube down Provo River, be careful and wear a vest...there is a train bridge that crosses the river that 90% of people get flipped over and thrown into the river. Start that river trip after that bridge. And get out at Vivien Park. Otherwise you will be headed down some very rocky and rough water. http://www.go-utah.com/Bridal-Veil-Falls/
|Bridal Veil Falls Provo Canyon|