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The video below was posted on vimeo.com by Ron Risman, along with the into text below. A love letter to Moab! What more can we say?
“This is a video love letter to Moab, Utah and surrounding area to show my appreciation for how much I love the beauty of her landscapes and the dark skies above”


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rainbow Bridge Trail To Close For Improvements

Rainbow Bridge
Happy Veterans Day. We salute all who are serving and all who have served.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument is one of the most popular destinations at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell). It is often described as a rainbow frozen in stone. Boaters can approach the bridge but have to hike to get up close. The length of the high depends of the lake's level.
The trail that leads from floating docks up to the bridge was damaged by floods during the past couple years and is in need of repair. National Park Service crews will make those repairs during January, when visitation is low. During that time, people will not be able to visit the bridge.
A few hardy backpackers follow a long route through Navajo land to reach the bridge. (A permit from the tribe is required.) Those people also need to be aware the the area around the bridge will be closed.
Winter is actually a great time to boat, sight see and hike in the Lake Powell area. Nighttime temperatures are cold but days are usually mild (except during infrequent storms.) The water temperature is too cold for comfort and so most people choose not to get wet during the dead of winter, but there is still plenty to do at the big lake.

Top Choices For Native American Heritage Month

Hovenweep National Monument - © Dave Webb
November is Native American Heritage Month. It brings opportunities to learn about Native American cultures.
In Utah you can do more than just “learn about” places and cultures. We offer tremendous opportunities to experience modern and ancient cultures – to walk and dine and stay in Indian country. Here are a few of my favorite options.
  1. Explore Monument Valleywith a Native American guide. Travel by jeep, horseback and foot to remarkable places in this sacred valley. Bring your camera.
  1. Participate in ranger led programs at Mesa Verde National Park. View archaeological and cultural sites from the prehistoric Puebloan-era.
  1. Explore Hovenweep and any of a dozen other major ancient Native American sites along the Trail of the Ancients National Byway.
  1. Enjoy a Navajo taco at Gouldings, or any of the cafes in Blanding or Bluff. Stay at Gouldings or at other lodging in Navajo country.
  1. See the exhibit, “Nuchu: Voices of the Ute People,” at the BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures.
  1. Learn about ancient Native cultures at the Natural History Museum of Utah.
  1. Stay alert through the year and participate in Native American Pow Wows and other cultural events.

Snowkiting in Utah


Snowkite Skyline Ridge


All you need is the wind, a snowkite, skis or snowboard, and an attitude for fun! Utah’s Skyline Drive, at an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet (3,040 meters), is a great place to snowkite. It offers plenty of deep snow, steep slopes, and open bowls. Wind Speeds vary between 5-20 mph.

The best access to the Utah Skyline Drive Snowkiting Area is from the Sanpete Valley. To get here from Salt Lake City, head south on I-15 and take Exit 261 at Spanish Fork and continue south on Highway 89 until you reach the town of Fairview. If you’re coming to Sanpete from the south, take I-70 Exit number 56 at Salina and head north on Hwy 89 to Fairview.

Skyline Snowkiting Locations:

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The main Skyline Snowkiting Complex is located up Fairview Canyon on Highway 31 at mile marker 14. This area is known as the “BIGDRIFT”. Parking and restrooms are located at the launch site(N39.61554 W111.30271, Elevation 9680). The map above shows various other locations as well. Snowplows keep Highways 31 and 264 cleared throughout the winter.

Snowkiting Videos:

The first video highlights the 2011 U.S.Open Snowkite Masters.


Snowkites can accelerate up to 50 mph. The lifting power of the wind allows kiters to jump to distances of up to 100 feet, making it the ultimate freestyle sport.

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Skyline Drive Weather Information


The UDOT wind station is located just minutes from “THE BIG DRIFT” snowkiting complex. Windzup reports that the wind speed at the Big Drift is usually higher than at the weather station, due to interference from a large hill.

SR 31 Mile Marker 10- Fairview Canyon
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SR 31 Mile Marker 13- Fairview Canyon
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The above Weather Camera photos will appear black after sunset.

Manti Mountain ATV-UTV Run

Starts in 11 months: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Ends: Saturday, August 18, 2018


Come and enjoy on your ATV one of the most scenic areas in Utah not seen from the highway. ATV riders will see pristine vistas in Central Utah courtesy of local guides on intermediate and advanced trails. ATV trails run from an altitude of 5,600ft. to over 10,000 feet. More ATV Run Info…


Location: Depart from City Park 300 W. 200 N. in Manti

Contact: Manti City Office
Phone: 435-835-2401

The Central Utah region is a goldmine of Utah heritage and outdoor recreation. Visitors here will find historic Bed & Breakfast inns located in picturesque small communities. US Highway 89, dubbed the Heritage Highway, and the popular Paiute and Arapeen off-highway trail systems are located here.

Sportsmen will find a variety of streams, lakes and reservoirs, along with state parks and public lands for family recreation. Adventurers will find world renowned rock climbing, Mt. Biking, ATV and Snowmobile Riding and trails, Kite boarding, and much more. Families will find a great place to escape, and enjoy the outdoors and each other.

Central Utah, a transitional stretch of land between the alpine forests of the north and the red rock canyons of the south, is a vast expanse of mountain, plateau and high desert, and ideal for the traveler in search of true solitude.  It is an area rich in natural resources; from vast coalfields, to hunting and fishing meccas, rich farmlands, and mystical deserts.  One of Central Utah's best historic and cultural attractions in is Heritage Highway 89. Cruising through Americana small towns like Fairview, Mt. Pleasant, and Spring City, as well as those named from Mormon scripture, such as Ephraim and Manti, you'll discover Utah's quaint "Mormon Country."  This part of the state also offers great recreational opportunities. Savvy sportsmen and OHV riders know Fishlake and our other National Forests offer outstanding fishing, camping, the Piute ATV Trail, and the big elk in the fall.  View wildfowl and a unique desert oasis at Fish Springs Wildlife Refuge northwest of Delta. Near Price, on US-6, Nine Mile Canyon is a treasure trove of pre-historic rock art. South of Price, the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry has the densest concentration of Jurassic-era dinosaur bones on the planet.  From there, it's an easy jaunt to the San Rafael Swell. While "The Swell" may not be a national park, it boasts remote canyons and awesome views that rival those found anywhere in the state.  Feel like cowboyin'? There's probably a dude ranch here that's just your style.


San Rafel

Many prehistoric cultural sites have been found in Sevier County. Sudden Shelter, an archaic site on Ivie Creek, contains one of the oldest records in Utah dating from 5080 B.C. to A.D. 1900. Sevier County is also home of Fremont Indian State Park, where a prehistoric village was unearthed in 1985. Along Hwy. 24, south of Koosharem Reservoir, you'll find a Peace Treaty Monument, dedicated in 1883, commemorating the end of the Black Hawk War between Native Americans and Anglo settlers.

Mining was once a booming industry in Piute County. Gold, silver, and other metals brought prospectors and miners from the 1860s through the early 1900s. Mining camps like Bullion, Kimberly, Webster, and Alunite became large communities in their heyday. Utah's "Canyon of Gold" stretches west of Marysvale. 

Few Western outlaws have been more often memorialized in folklore than Butch Cassidy, the alias of Robert LeRoy Parker. Parker was raised by Mormon pioneer parents on a ranch near Circleville, Utah. While a teenager, he fell under the influence of an old cattle rustler named Mike Cassidy, and he soon left home to ride the Outlaw Trail.


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Central Utah is one of the greatest places to live and be a part of when it comes to the communities, and people in the area. Our objective here is to share that with everyone else. Come and see Central Utah with its awe inspiring landscape, exciting things to do and events that are fun and family friendly. 

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