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Utah officials urge caution for those heading outside after flood of holiday weekend rescues

Carter Williams  |  Posted May 26th - 2:04pm

There were at least 15 search and rescue responses in Utah during the three-day weekend. With an uptick in rescue calls, officials are reminding people to use caution when outside.

Face masks distributed at recreation hot spots in time for Memorial Day

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:01am

The Utah Office of Tourism is urging Memorial Day celebrants to show good stewardship when it comes to public lands, public health and community safety.

The best fly fishing gear for 2020

Spencer Durrant, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 22nd - 12:15pm

With most of the great outdoors opened back up to responsible, safe recreation, there's never been a better time to try fly fishing. This gear guide will help you sort through the bevy of options available when looking for new gear.

Traveling by car this Memorial Day weekend? Here are a few things to know

Sahalie Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:02am

Alisa and Ryan Frost are one of many families loading up bags, packing their vehicles and heading out on vacation this Memorial Day weekend — one of the busiest times of the year for national and state park visitation.

2020 Outdoor Recreation Grant awards nearly $6 million to Utah outdoor projects

Graham Dudley, KSL.com  |  Posted May 21st - 11:46am

The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation announced last week the recipients of the 2020 Outdoor Recreation Grant, which will distribute nearly $6 million to 59 recreational projects throughout the state.

Chokecherry blossoms add to spring hikes

Robert Williamson, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 20th - 12:14pm

Chokecherry blossoms are on right now in many Utah canyons. Get out there and enjoy them before they're gone.

Most of Utah projected to have above-normal fire conditions with hotter, drier summer forecasted

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 19th - 7:01pm

Weather experts project a strong likelihood for above-average temperatures across Utah and drier-than-average summer, which might play into the state's fire season.

Tired of quarantine, residents flock to Utah outdoors

Andrew Adams, KSL TV  |  Posted May 19th - 8:20am

Monday proved to be another busy day in the Utah outdoors as crowds sought a reprieve from pandemic life in the valleys.

Outdoor Industry groups call on Congress to invest in outdoor recreation infrastructure

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 18th - 10:27am

Outdoor industry companies like Patagonia, L.L. Bean and The North Face, as well as local outdoor recreation organizations such as Salt Lake Climbers Alliance, are calling on Congress to invest in recreation infrastructure to help manage outdoor recreation hotspots amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Forest Service warns of high water levels, growing fire danger as northern Utah campsites reopen

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 15th - 2:02pm

In addition to following coronavirus guidelines, officials are reminding anyone spending time in Utah’s national forests to use caution around streams and campfires.

Despite the media buzzing around the murder hornet, experts say we’re focused on the wrong winged insect

Kyle Dunphey, KSL  |  Posted May 15th - 6:09am

Whether it’s escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Australia’s devastating wildfires or the global pandemic, 2020 has been chock-full of bleak headlines.

Central Wasatch Commission approves funding for 6 projects in Cottonwood canyons

Kyle Dunphey, KSL  |  Posted May 13th - 10:18pm

Hikers in the Cottonwood canyons will see some improvements this summer after the Central Wasatch Commission approved roughly $60,000 in funding for six new projects.

Need a new spring hike? Try Stealth Trail to Glenwild Loop

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 13th - 12:17pm

Cool spring temperatures in the mountains and rapidly blooming wildflowers have made the Stealth Trail to Glenwild Loop trail a treasure for hikers and mountain bikers alike.

Video shows how fast deadly flash flooding filled slot canyon

Jed Boal, KSL TV  |  Posted May 13th - 9:15am

Two children hiking in one of Utah’s slot canyons were killed after a sudden storm caused flash flooding. Another hiker shot video of the flash flood.

Woman suffers burns after illegally entering Yellowstone National Park, park officials say

Amanda Jackson, CNN  |  Posted May 13th - 7:45am

A woman suffered burns after falling into a thermal feature at Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, according to the park officials.

Could long-awaited extension between Provo River and Wasatch County trails be coming soon?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 12th - 8:04pm

Construction could begin as early as next year on a nearly 3-mile pathway that would connect the popular Provo River Parkway Trail from Utah Lake to Deer Creek Reservoir and Wasatch County trails systems.

Utah’s 'Mighty 5' to reopen by end of May with guidelines. Here’s what to expect at every park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 12th - 1:44pm

As Utah's national parks slowly reopen, here's a look at the guidelines visitors are expected to follow in each park.

National parks visitors should plan for 'new normal'

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 9th - 12:42pm

After closing amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Park Service is testing public access at several parks across the nation, including two in Utah, with limited offerings and services. Visitor centers and campgrounds remain largely shuttered at Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef, but visitors are welcome at some of the sites.

Looking for a new skill to pass the time? Here are 5 tips to learn fly tying

Spencer Durrant, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 8th - 12:16pm

Even though we're seeing a lot of recreation restrictions lifted, we’re still spending plenty of time at home. So, why not fill that time with learning a new skill like tying flies?

BYU professor seeks to patent newly discovered flower found in central Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 7th - 9:17pm

A BYU professor discovered a new variation of penstemon while driving around central Utah. He's now hoping to get it to reproduce for gardeners everywhere.