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.
After living in Utah for a decade, Gary and Jana Cole fell in love with the mountains, inspiring them to open their namesake store in 1982 as a means of helping others enjoy the region's snowy slopes and rugged trails. At four locations throughout Park City, alpine adventurers can rent or buy name-brand skis and snowboards to replace their trusty but outdated cafeteria trays, gear up with fashionable and practical snow-sport apparel from brands such as Kjus and Bogner, or bring in worn-out equipment for expert repairs.
In the summer, Cole Sport helps athletes return to the outdoors after a fear of yetis kept them cooped up inside all winter. Cyclists test out models from a fleet of Giant road, mountain, and cruise bikes at the Giant Bicycles concept store, and aquatic athletes can find Surftech stand-up paddleboards to help them explore Utah's natural lakes and in-ground pools.
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.
Reyes Adobe Restaurant composes scratch-made Mexican dishes of homemade corn tortillas and fresh ingredients for lunch and dinner. Dining duos can bite into appetizers such as quesadillas, nachos, or chicken taquitos, or opt to feed each other bites while other diners look on in quiet wonder at the teamwork on display. After sharing a starter, each diner mollify piqued taste buds with an entree, which range from the tender steak pieces of the carne asada plate to the tightly wrapped tidings of a bean and cheese burrito or grilled shrimp burrito. Chicken tortilla soup soothes south-of-the-border souls, while the taco fajita salad is the result of a standoffish taco opening up at last to offer diners a lettuce-filled embrace. Conclude the feast with the sweet flavors of flan, a mexican tart, or with the deliciously contrasting flavor notes of deep-fried ice cream.
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.