Category Archives: Events and Activities
May is nearly here and with it comes the onset of the tourist season at Dead Horse Point State Park. Park staff is looking forward to a great season of interpretive programs, school field trips, guided hikes, and the daily assortment of visitors from around the world. The abnormally warm and relatively snowless winter has paved the way for abundant outdoor activities this spring. Despite the fact that March retains a bit of chill in the air, it is an excellent time for both fat and skinny tire cyclists to get rolling.
The Intrepid Trail System at Dead Horse Point State Park offers enjoyable riding for novice mountain bikers and their seasoned counterparts. These trails offer a fun riding experience and astonishing views. Since its’ inception, the Intrepid Trail System has yielded a steady increase in use each season. The varied terrain of all three trails in the Intrepid Trail System are ideal for preparing any rider for the challenge of Moab’s more advanced trails. Many riders have already begun to take advantage of the trails and get a jump start on the riding season. March weather provides good riding conditions, enough daylight and lacks the extreme heat of summer.… Read the rest
The seasons are now teetering between fall and winter and the roar of tourist season has vanished. January brings tranquility to Dead Horse Point that seemed unimaginable just a short time ago. The hiking trails remain open offering hikers the chance to soak in astonishing views. These are the views that have inspired countless artists and left lasting impressions on visitors worldwide. Winter visitors to the park gain the pleasure of hiking trails where the footprints of others have almost entirely faded, leaving an unspoiled landscape. The Intrepid Trail System remains open until the first big snowfall for those mountain bikers that refuse to let the changing seasons keep their tires out of the dirt. For cold weather campers, the campground offers heated running water restrooms all winter long.
I have to say, Wasatch Mountain State Park is a pretty cool park. After all, it has so much to offer on those 23,000 acres.
Actually, pretty much every State Park has some pretty amazing stuff about them. There are hidden gems all over the place in this state. One of the hidden gems at Wasatch Mountain is the Huber Grove. And one of the gems of the Huber Grove is the historic apple orchard.
Back in the late 1800s, Johannes Huber began a family fruit orchard. It started with 350 apple and other fruit trees, and soon expanded into a large, very productive orchard. Huber was the first to ship a load of apples out of the Heber Valley.
Most of the orchard is now gone, however right around the vicinity of the farmhouse there still remains about 80 of these original trees, and many of them are still producing apples.
These trees are pretty special, after all, who out there has ever heard of a Red Astrakan, Yellow Transparent, Wealthy or Ben Davis apple? These are precisely some of the varieties growing in the orchard.
To help preserve these varieties we were able to graft… Read the rest
Though I live in Moab, I’m not a particularly skilled mountain biker, but I’m trying! I have a bike and I’ve done a few easy and moderate trails. One of the few trails in the Moab area that is not too intense or difficult is the Intrepid Trail System at Dead Horse Point State Park. It’s a fun ride over mesa-top terrain with amazing views along the way. It’s great for experienced bikers wanting a less challenging ride with great views and short hikes, or people like me who want to improve their mountain biking skills.
The four-mile Great Pyramid Loop is good for a short ride that lasts about an hour. It is mostly slickrock and hard surfaces, with a few moderately technical areas. The nine-mile Big Chief Loop has a few more challenging areas for riders to test their skills before tackling Moab’s more difficult mountain bike trails.
I’ve been under the weather and haven’t been able to get out fishing. For those of you lucky enough to venture out this week, here’s what you can expect to find:
Want to visit your state parks for free this summer?! Visit one of the 84 participating libraries statewide and check out a Utah State Parks Annual Pass. The annual pass waives the entrance fee for you and up to seven other people in your vehicle.
Discover dinosaurs, have a perfect picnic, spend a day at the
beach, hike a trail, become a Junior Ranger, explore the night sky,
view wildlife and much, much more.
Grab your library card, get the pass, and let the fun begin!
To find a library near you, visit http://stateparks.utah.gov/rockin-utah/checkitout
I love camping at Snow Canyon! You’ve got to try it.
It’s so beautiful here with the red rocks, the lava rocks, the green vegetation, and the blue sky.
Keep your eyes peeled for the desert tortoise … sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?
See you around the campground!