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Campground use increases in pandemic, sparking bad behavior

Jackson Wilde, Associated Press  |  Posted May 31st - 10:15pm

With outdoor recreation being one of the few activities available during the COVID-19 pandemic, campsites are undergoing a large uptick in positive and negative use.

3 reasons Flaming Gorge should be on your summer vacation list

Spencer Durrant, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted May 29th - 12:16pm

With many families looking to stay local with vacations this summer, there's never been a better time to explore what the Beehive State has to offer. Flaming Gorge is perhaps one of Utah's most under-utilized recreation resources, so read more to see why you should consider visiting this summer.

Antelope Island State Park hikes entrance fee, preps for park improvements

Graham Dudley, KSL.com  |  Posted May 28th - 8:50pm

Antelope Island State Park has upped its entrance fee from $10 to $15. The fee increase comes as the park prepares for upgrades, including a widening of the park entrance road.

‘I’ve never seen this many fish wasted’: DWR seeks public help in case of 260 illegally dumped bass

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 28th - 12:44pm

Utah wildlife officials are trying to figure out who illegally dumped 260 white bass in a remote area near Syracuse earlier this month.

Hikers uncover graffiti in Little Cottonwood Canyon, videotape vandals

Andrew Adams, KSL TV  |  Posted May 28th - 8:37am

Unified Police officers are investigating graffiti left around and on top of a large boulder near the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

54 boaters cited in Utah for quagga mussel violations over Memorial Day weekend

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 27th - 12:19pm

The 54 citations come as state officials have ramped up efforts to eliminate "the STD of the sea."

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.