To get the best view of the desert, you don't walk through it; you glide over it. The 2,500 feet of combined ziplines at Kanab Zipline let customers do just that. The three-zipline course sends riders zooming across scenic canyons, gullys, and the Pink Cliffs as they descend 1,000 feet from the tops of cliff to ground level. The entire course area sits on an undisturbed stretch of desert, and staff do their best to minimize their impact by creating paths that avoid displacing the area's natural wildlife and postcard photo-shoots.
The Thunder Over Utah Air Show celebrates its inaugural weekend by scorching the sky with supersonic maneuvers and stockpiling funds for local community organizations. Throughout the two-day event, St. George's towering red mountains carve out a breathtaking backdrop as aircraft launch into lower orbit to boom over the heads of spectators and melt clouds into manageable marshmallows. From general-admission seats, awestruck attendees can trace the Hornet planes of the world-renowned Blue Angels, study the sturdy WWII assembly of a P-51 Mustang, and marvel at the multi-mission MV-22 Osprey, whose vertical flight mimics that of a helicopter or magician stuck on levitate.
One of Utah's first off-course golf retailers, Uinta Golf has been equipping putt enthusiasts with specialized apparel for more than 40 years. Tops from Nike (starting at $39.98) cloak swinging torsos, and TaylorMade hats (starting at $19.99) let players don their favorite brands or combat distracting perspiration with a moisture-wicking sweatband. As the Nike Women's Dri-Fit visor ($18) eliminates sweat and adjusts to cranium circumferences with a velcro fastener, Nike Tech skorts ($60) sheath lower halves with shorts' length and a skirt's aesthetic.
Sculpted against a backdrop of desert scrubland and sandstone mountain crags, the verdant fairways of Conestoga Golf Club can seem, at first glance, like alien guests. But course designer Gary Panks merged these disparate features into a seamless landscape, where rocky outcrops circle greens like seats at an amphitheater, fairways rise and fall along with the canyon depths, and a solitary water hazard protects the green on the par-three tenth and gives thirsty carts a chance to rehydrate in the middle of the round. The course?which measures a titanic 7,232 yards from the tips?has earned a host of glowing reviews and awards from outlets including Golf Magazine, Golf Week,, and Links Magazine.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 7,232 yards from the tips * Course rating of 74.9 from the tips * Slope rating of 147 from the tips * Seven tee options * Scorecard