If you're near a traversable waterway in Utah on a sunny summer day, chances are good that you'll run someone gliding along on a stand-up paddleboard. Many of these watery wayfarers travel courtesy of board's rented out by Paddleboard in Utah's extensive network of local affiliates. The outposts unlock access to some of the best boarding sites in and around Salt Lake City; The Lodge at Stillwater welcomes guests eager to explore the Jordanelle Reservoir, while Lindon Marina serves as a jumping-off point for Utah Lake's extensive wetlands. Some, such as Gonzo Boat Rentals and Tours, pull double duty, operating shops at both Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake State Marina. Others, such as On The Pond Fitness and Rentals, pair their rentals with fitness routines performed atop the waters of Willard Bay State Park. While most of the shops remain close to greater SLC, at least one encourages more far-ranging expeditions; situated near Cedar City along the state's southern border, DIG Paddlesports helps travelers access the inviting waters of Sand Hollow and Quail Creek State Parks.
Park City was founded as a mining town, filled with miners that purportedly drank, gambled, frequented brothels, and committed crimes. Park City Ghost Tours? guides delve into this illicit history during 70-minute walking tours. They investigate the sites most known for hauntings and chills while relaying the harrowing history of each. Tours begin nightly at 7 p.m., when the sun is thoroughly below the horizon and it gets harder to tell the difference between a zombie and a parking meter.
In the river's crystalline ripples, one can glimpse momentary reflections of the wild grasses, evergreens, and mountain peaks looming above the water. Not far off, a bull elk bugles, projecting his call down into the river valley. This landscape attracts outdoorsmen from all over, and guide Brandon Bertagnole, a certified casting instructor with the Federation of Fly Fishers, helps them get the most out of every adventure. He takes fly fishermen out on trips to the Green and Provo Rivers, where trout hold in the cool, rock-strewn currents to await their next meal. For hunters, Brandon has access to an 8,900-acre private ranch. Trophy mule deer, elk, and moose roam habitats from wetlands to mountain shrub, which also give cover to pheasant for upland bird hunting. To facilitate each guided outing, Park City Outfitters' two-bedroom condo in Snow Country Condominiums accommodates up to six human guests or two elk in people clothing.
116 different runs weave their way down the 2,200 acres of skiable slopes at Alta Ski Area. With its deep powder, varying terrain, and majestic panoramas, the resort offers an idyllic escape intended solely for skiers?right down to the groomed three-kilometer track for cross-country and Nordic skiing. And Alta intends to keep things this pristine; the resort invests in energy-efficient technologies and keeps its carbon emissions low by not lining its slopes with open refrigerators.
Alta Ski Area's activities span all skill levels. Beginners can take an intro class at the Albion Base before playing with the size and shape of their turns on the nearby green runs. Intermediates can accompany a ranger and learn about the area's mining history as they speed down a groomed run.
The Bridge Cafe and Grill mingles the flavors and recipes of America and Brazil on a menu that spans from traditional stews to inventive hamburgers. The mixto quente sandwich envelops swiss cheese, ham, pickles, and mustard between toasted sourdough, and the brazuca burger and brazuca steak sandwich add fried egg and ham to hearty cuts of beef. The Bridge also tosses salads in housemade passionfruit dressing and simmers moqueca biana, a mix of seafood and vegetables in rich coconut milk that's ladled over saffron rice.
Water is a powerful compound. It can carve deep canyons, power hydroelectric plants, or even give people superhuman abilities. The latter feat is accomplished aboard Rocky Mountain Flyboard's water-propulsion flying machines, which lift pilots in the air, let them dive into the water, or allow them to perform advanced tricks such as back flips.