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Expert Witness: San Juan and the Trail of the Ancients

Posted on September 9, 2014 9:42AM by Andrew Dash Gillman

At almost 8,000 square miles, San Juan County is Utah's largest, nearly the size of New Jersey. There is so much to see, it is difficult to know where to start, so we contacted San Juan County to get a few tips to help launch a road trip through this fascinating landscape.
Author: Andrew Dash Gillman

Andrew Dash Gillman once had a moustache. He enjoys reading, writing, walking his dog, running, hiking, bicycle-riding, bouldering, camping in Utah, cooking and drinking a good cup of coffee, among other things. Andrew on Google+

Expert Witness: Wasatch Mountain State Park

Posted on September 4, 2014 3:51PM by Julia Lyon

On behalf of the Utah Office of Tourism, writer Julia Lyon checked in with Wasatch Mountain State Park's naturalist Kathy Donnell to get the inside take on this incredible state park.
Author: Julia Lyon

After 11 years as an award-winning newspaper journalist in Oregon and Utah, Julia Lyon now freelances for CNN, the University of Utah and other businesses writing about undiscovered people, trends and places.

Expert Witness: Utah's Castle Country

Posted on September 4, 2014 8:18AM by Julia Lyon

On behalf of the Utah Office of Tourism for her Family Adventure Classic Road Trip through Central Utah, writer Julia Lyon caught up with Shalee Johansen, director of Utah's Castle ...
Author: Julia Lyon

After 11 years as an award-winning newspaper journalist in Oregon and Utah, Julia Lyon now freelances for CNN, the University of Utah and other businesses writing about undiscovered people, trends and places.

Expert Witness: Spotlight on Brigham City

Posted on September 3, 2014 8:00AM by Andrew Dash Gillman

If you're traveling to or through Northern Utah, consider stopping over for a spell in Brigham City, a charming city defined by its deep heritage, proximity to nature and sublime fruit.
Author: Andrew Dash Gillman

Andrew Dash Gillman once had a moustache. He enjoys reading, writing, walking his dog, running, hiking, bicycle-riding, bouldering, camping in Utah, cooking and drinking a good cup of coffee, among other things. Andrew on Google+

Zip Through Provo Canyon (Or hike, bike, ATV, float...)

Posted on September 2, 2014 8:23AM by Andrew Dash Gillman

River Ranch Adventures Steve and Connie Ault, have been husband and wife for 39 years. The 39 years is important because, notes Connie, her husband is an entrepreneur and she's been around ...
Author: Andrew Dash Gillman

Andrew Dash Gillman once had a moustache. He enjoys reading, writing, walking his dog, running, hiking, bicycle-riding, bouldering, camping in Utah, cooking and drinking a good cup of coffee, among other things. Andrew on Google+

The Utah Symphony Mighty 5® Tour at Zion National Park

Posted on August 21, 2014 9:54AM by Red Oelerich

Red Oelerich, of OutdoorUtah.com, attends the Utah Symphony Mighty 5® Tour at Zion National Park and tells all about the music and activities in the beautiful red rock setting. 
Author: Red Oelerich

Red Oelerich of Outdoor Utah, has been involved in the Utah Tourism industry for over 25 years. In the early 1990s, Oelerich took over the publication Bicycle Utah and since that time and transformed it from a 24-page magazine promoting cycling to an 88-page publication promoting all aspects of warm-weather outdoor recreation in Utah. The magazine has since been renamed the Outdoor Utah Adventure Guide to reflect the diversity and opportunity of recreation possibilities and has grown from 30,000 in circulation at its inception to over 250,000 today. OutdoorUtah.com

Monique Beeley has been with the company for twelve years and is the publisher, photographer and photo editor of the Outdoor Utah Adventure Guide. A Logan native, she currently resides in Park City with her five-year-old daughter, Kya. A former ski instructor, Monique participates in all the outdoor activities the company promotes, but lists mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding and canyoneering as her favorites. She sits on the board of directors of the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association, Utah Guides & Outfitters Association, Friends of Utah State Parks and is active in Women in Tourism. Accompanying photos taken by Monique Beeley.

The Utah Symphony Mighty 5® Tour at Bryce Canyon National Park

Posted on August 19, 2014 3:07PM by Red Oelerich

Red Oelerich, of OutdoorUtah.com, reports on the Utah Symphony Mighty 5® Tour stop at Bryce Canyon National Park, with lots of fun, food, and recreation.
Author: Red Oelerich

Red Oelerich of Outdoor Utah, has been involved in the Utah Tourism industry for over 25 years. In the early 1990s, Oelerich took over the publication Bicycle Utah and since that time and transformed it from a 24-page magazine promoting cycling to an 88-page publication promoting all aspects of warm-weather outdoor recreation in Utah. The magazine has since been renamed the Outdoor Utah Adventure Guide to reflect the diversity and opportunity of recreation possibilities and has grown from 30,000 in circulation at its inception to over 250,000 today. OutdoorUtah.com

Monique Beeley has been with the company for twelve years and is the publisher, photographer and photo editor of the Outdoor Utah Adventure Guide. A Logan native, she currently resides in Park City with her five-year-old daughter, Kya. A former ski instructor, Monique participates in all the outdoor activities the company promotes, but lists mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding and canyoneering as her favorites. She sits on the board of directors of the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association, Utah Guides & Outfitters Association, Friends of Utah State Parks and is active in Women in Tourism. Accompanying photos taken by Monique Beeley.

The Utah Symphony Mighty 5® Tour Near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Posted on August 16, 2014 12:40PM by Red Oelerich

Red Oelerich, of OutdoorUtah.com, shares his experiences at the Utah Symphony Mighty 5 ®Tour concert near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Moab, including some great hikes at Devil's Garden.  
Author: Red Oelerich

Red Oelerich of Outdoor Utah, has been involved in the Utah Tourism industry for over 25 years. In the early 1990s, Oelerich took over the publication Bicycle Utah and since that time and transformed it from a 24-page magazine promoting cycling to an 88-page publication promoting all aspects of warm-weather outdoor recreation in Utah. The magazine has since been renamed the Outdoor Utah Adventure Guide to reflect the diversity and opportunity of recreation possibilities and has grown from 30,000 in circulation at its inception to over 250,000 today. OutdoorUtah.com

Monique Beeley has been with the company for twelve years and is the publisher, photographer and photo editor of the Outdoor Utah Adventure Guide. A Logan native, she currently resides in Park City with her five-year-old daughter, Kya. A former ski instructor, Monique participates in all the outdoor activities the company promotes, but lists mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding and canyoneering as her favorites. She sits on the board of directors of the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association, Utah Guides & Outfitters Association, Friends of Utah State Parks and is active in Women in Tourism. Accompanying photos taken by Monique Beeley.

The Utah Symphony's Mighty 5® Tour at Capitol Reef National Park

Posted on August 15, 2014 10:11AM by Red Oelerich

Red Oelerich, of OutdoorUtah.com, tells us all about the Utah Symphony's Mighty 5® Tour first night performance, taking place in the gorgeous red rock setting of Capitol Reef National Park. Then read and see Red and friends hiking experiences in the park to Cassidy Bridge and beyond.

Author: Red Oelerich

Red Oelerich of Outdoor Utah, has been involved in the Utah Tourism industry for over 25 years. In the early 1990s, Oelerich took over the publication Bicycle Utah and since that time and transformed it from a 24-page magazine promoting cycling to an 88-page publication promoting all aspects of warm-weather outdoor recreation in Utah. The magazine has since been renamed the Outdoor Utah Adventure Guide to reflect the diversity and opportunity of recreation possibilities and has grown from 30,000 in circulation at its inception to over 250,000 today. OutdoorUtah.com

Monique Beeley has been with the company for twelve years and is the publisher, photographer and photo editor of the Outdoor Utah Adventure Guide. A Logan native, she currently resides in Park City with her five-year-old daughter, Kya. A former ski instructor, Monique participates in all the outdoor activities the company promotes, but lists mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding and canyoneering as her favorites. She sits on the board of directors of the Utah Hotel & Lodging Association, Utah Guides & Outfitters Association, Friends of Utah State Parks and is active in Women in Tourism. Accompanying photos taken by Monique Beeley.

Summer at Utah's Mountain Resorts

Posted on July 29, 2014 10:06AM by Ray Grass

The question was: What to do when the snow melts and the slopes turn green? It used to be Utah ski resorts closed and waited patiently for snow.

These days people go to a ski resort in the summer to fly, jump, roll, ride, slide and putt, among many other activities on Utah's lofty mountains, where the cooler temperatures are perfect for your summer outdoor adventure.

Author: Ray Grass

For 47 years, Grass was on the staff at the Deseret News, 37 of those years as outdoor editor. Key responsibilities involved writing about all outdoor activities, such as skiing, fishing, camping, wildlife, hiking, rafting, biking and in-state travel stories, which included visiting and writing about all of Utah's outdoor wonders. In 1976 introduced the weekly Deseret News Outdoor Page. In 2005, Outdoor Writers Association of American voted the Deseret News Outdoor Page No. 1 in the country. Grass wrote a number of sports stories, including covering two Olympics and writing along with two co-workers a 2002 Olympic book, but ultimately prefers getting outdoors.

Mr. Grass was a founding officer in the Utah Outdoor Resources Foundation, which raised money for outdoor programs such as bighorn sheep transplant, building a disabled hiking trail at Snowbird and sponsoring a dozen children's fishing program at Fairmont Park, Murray Park and Mark Eaton's Standing Tall fishing program.

Grass retired from Deseret News in 2009 and is currently writing outdoor stories for Deseret News and KSL online.