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6 Steps to a Family MTB Trip on Canyonlands' White Rim

Our crew of eight mountain bikers were headed out on Canyonlands’ 100-mile White Rim Trail for three days and two nights. The only provisions available in the Island in the Sky backcountry are what you pack yourself. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your own trip.

Meet the Fremonts

When road crews built I-70 through Central Utah, they uncovered one of the largest-known Fremont culture villages to date. Today, a well-curated museum showcases the incredible discover and hiking trails explore the petroglyphs and pictographs on the rock walls of this scenic canyon. Meanwhile, a tucked-away campground offers tranquil nights beneath pristine dark skies.

A Closer Look at North Fork Park

Welcome to North Fork Park, one of Utah’s multiple International Dark Sky Parks, just minutes from downtown Ogden. While it is best known for its stunning scenery where hikers and Nordic skiers can meander the trails swirling through the mountainous Ogden Valley, its biggest attraction lies in the voluminous sky directly above.

Ogden's Star is Rising

Ogden has always felt like a city apart from the rest of Utah. "Still Untamed” is its new motto reinforcing the independence and diversity established by railroad lines intersecting downtown during the 19th century. Follow author Paula Colman as she gets to know Ogden’s accessible and affordable urban-to-adventure lifestyle, easily combining the metropolitan cityscape with renowned dark skies.

A Family Mountain Bike Expedition on the White Rim Trail

Three days, three generations. Follow along as a mom, a preschooler and a grandfather mountain bike Canyonlands’ 100-mile White Rim Trail. Far from civilization, the Island in the Sky backcountry provides expansive views, starry night skies, and plenty of adventure.

6 Utah Music Festivals Adding a Soundtrack to Your Road Trip

Music is deeply entrenched in Utah's cultural lifestyle. For example, read about Utah's capital, Salt Lake City, and you'll soon discover it's one of a handful of cities its size that is home to a professional ballet, symphony and opera, alongside multiple theater companies, dance companies, America's choir and so much more. Music is as much a part of Utah's landscape as our iconic mountains and arches. Discover some of Utah's music festivals here.

Utah Spirits Tours

With more than a dozen licensed distilleries now operating in Utah, there’s something for every palate, from artisan botanical liqueurs to aged American malt whisky. Here are a handful of award-winning spots on the rise.

Reclaiming the Stars

The state of Utah is currently guiding 12 state parks through an application and accreditation process to become certified International Dark Sky Parks — that’s more than a fourth of Utah’s 43 state parks. It’s a testament that Utah’s state parks are reclaiming the stars for its residents and visitors.

See the World, Change the World

Dean Cardinale’s catalytic idea for the Human Outreach Project was simple, yet impactful: Trekkers could — and should — give back to the communities in which they travel.

Adapt, Access, Success

“When people think of a ‘disability,’ a lot of the time, they think about what a person can’t do,” says Gail Barille, CEO of National Ability Center, “But at NAC, we think of it as a differing ability.” The emphasis being on what the person can do.

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