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Plastics are a worldwide problem, including in national parks

Plastics are a worldwide problem, including in national parks

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 16 - 7:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

It was nearly 15 years ago that Grand Canyon National Park banned the use of plastic water bottles, which, at the time, made up a a third of the waste generated by visitors.
Safety and flood warnings near rivers; reservoirs hit capacity

Safety and flood warnings near rivers; reservoirs hit capacity

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 14 - 10:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Heavy snow two years in a row left reservoirs filled to the brim. Now, high temperatures are making rivers more active than usual. Here is how you can keep your home and family safe this summer.
Hiker dies after collapsing in Colorado National Monument

Hiker dies after collapsing in Colorado National Monument

Jennifer McRae, CNN  |  Posted June 14 - 9:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

A hiker died after she collapsed and lost consciousness in Colorado National Monument earlier this week.
Dozens of hikers became ill during trips to waterfalls near the Grand Canyon

Dozens of hikers became ill during trips to waterfalls near the Grand Canyon

Scott Sonner and Morgan Lee, Associated Press  |  Updated June 13 - 6:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Dozens of tourists say they became ill after visiting a popular Arizona tourist destination known for its towering blue-green waterfalls. Hikers have reported symptoms that include vomiting and diarrhea during a time of excessive heat.
Extreme heat remains in Utah, but how long will the heat wave last?

Extreme heat remains in Utah, but how long will the heat wave last?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 12 - 11:52 a.m.  |  Save Story

Triple-digit heat is possible along the Wasatch Front on Wednesday and Thursday, but below-normal temperatures are likely next week.
Reported birth of rare white buffalo calf in Yellowstone park fulfills Lakota prophecy

Reported birth of rare white buffalo calf in Yellowstone park fulfills Lakota prophecy

Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted June 12 - 6:54 a.m.  |  Save Story

The reported birth of a rare white buffalo calf in Yellowstone National Park fulfills a Lakota prophecy that portends better times.
2 Moab men save family of 3 from Colorado River in 'miracle' rescue

2 Moab men save family of 3 from Colorado River in 'miracle' rescue

Carter Williams, KSL.com and Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Updated June 10 - 11:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Grand County authorities say two men were "in the right place at the right time" to help rescue a family that had fallen into the Colorado River last week.
Cox calls on Utahns to 'stay vigilant' as prime fire conditions begin to develop

Cox calls on Utahns to 'stay vigilant' as prime fire conditions begin to develop

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 10 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Gov. Spencer Cox said Utahns and those visiting Utah must "stay vigilant" this summer because he believes this fire season will go one of two ways.
4 Provo River trail crossings closed as river remains high

4 Provo River trail crossings closed as river remains high

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 10 - 3:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Four trail crossings along the Provo River are currently closed because of its swift currents, days after a 12-year-old Arizona boy died after falling into the river.
How to access Grand Teton National Park, Jackson after highway 'catastrophically failed'

How to access Grand Teton National Park, Jackson after highway 'catastrophically failed'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 10 - 2:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

Grand Teton National Park officials are advising those planning to visit from the west to use an alternate route following last week's massive landslide along Teton Pass.
The color of your child's swimsuit can play a role in their safety at the pool, experts say

The color of your child's swimsuit can play a role in their safety at the pool, experts say

Jacqueline Howard, CNN  |  Posted June 9 - 9:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

The color of your child's swimsuit could impact their safety at a swimming pool or the beach.
'We're not quitters': Utah woman conquers Grand Canyon trail, sets Guinness World Record

'We're not quitters': Utah woman conquers Grand Canyon trail, sets Guinness World Record

E. George Goold, St. George News  |  Posted June 8 - 3:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

At 61 years and 246 days old, a St. George woman became the oldest hiker to complete the 46-mile trek through the Grand Canyon, etching her name in the famous world record book.
Stunning photos show 'catastrophic failure' of Wyoming's Teton Pass

Stunning photos show 'catastrophic failure' of Wyoming's Teton Pass

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted June 8 - 1:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

A crack in the road at Teton Pass in Wyoming, first seen two days earlier, turned into a disaster scenario Saturday, with almost the entirety of the road washing down the mountain side.
Woman swept away at Utah County waterfall found dead after extensive search

Woman swept away at Utah County waterfall found dead after extensive search

Michael Houck and Andrew Adams, KSL-TV  |  Updated June 8 - 12:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

A 19-year-old woman's body was recovered Saturday after her phone was found by hikers, prompting a search near Horsetail Falls.
St. George's residents battle extreme heat

St. George's residents battle extreme heat

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 8 - 9:39 a.m.  |  Save Story

People head to the city splash pad to cool off as St. George reaches triple digit temperatures. Doctors encourage water, sunscreen and avoiding being outside during the hottest part of the day.
'Close calls' prompt new closure signage as City Creek Canyon construction ramps up

'Close calls' prompt new closure signage as City Creek Canyon construction ramps up

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 4:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Salt Lake City public utilities is trying to make it more obvious that City Creek Canyon is closed during the weekdays.
High heat, water levels could bring busy mosquito season

High heat, water levels could bring busy mosquito season

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 7 - 10:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

The near-record heat and high water levels from the snowpack could mean tons more mosquitoes will bug Utahns across the state this summer. 
Utah's reservoirs at highest levels in 13 years as last of snowpack melts

Utah's reservoirs at highest levels in 13 years as last of snowpack melts

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 6 - 7:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's reservoir system has officially reached its highest point in 13 years after falling to 42% less than two years ago.
Provo River running high and fast as hotter temperatures fuel spring runoff

Provo River running high and fast as hotter temperatures fuel spring runoff

Daniel Woodruff, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 6 - 6:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

As temperatures get hotter, cities in Utah are bracing for spring runoff from the mountains.
Cache Valley town and landowner clash over access to trails

Cache Valley town and landowner clash over access to trails

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 6 - 4:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

People in a Cache Valley community are worried about one landowner's plans, as they're seeing access cut off to several popular trails.
Most of Utah isn't in drought. What does that mean for this summer's fire season?

Most of Utah isn't in drought. What does that mean for this summer's fire season?

Carter Williams, KSL.com and Andrew Adams, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 6 - 4:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Firefighters and forecasters warn Utah and the surrounding region could be in for a "busier fire season" because of a few trends in play.
Zion National Park issues warning about record-breaking heat

Zion National Park issues warning about record-breaking heat

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 6 - 10:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

Officials at Zion National Park are warning visitors and hikers about potentially record-breaking heat starting Thursday.
Utah seeks to 'maintain' Great Salt Lake levels after it peaks below some projections

Utah seeks to 'maintain' Great Salt Lake levels after it peaks below some projections

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 5 - 5:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Great Salt Lake's southern arm remains the highest it has been in five years, but it appears this year's peak will end up lower than some projections and expectations.
Wildlife crews, police remove bear from tree in SLC neighborhood

Wildlife crews, police remove bear from tree in SLC neighborhood

Eliza Pace and Josh Ellis, KSL-TV  |  Updated June 5 - 2:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

Police asked some Salt Lake City residents to remain inside their homes while officers and crews from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources removed a bear from a tree.
Minor flooding expected in areas along Weber River in Summit County this week

Minor flooding expected in areas along Weber River in Summit County this week

Andrew Adams, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 5 - 10:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

Some areas were flooded Tuesday as the Weber River swelled with runoff waters. More minor flooding may come through the week with hot temperatures finally arriving.
Woman-owned climbing, canyoneering company redefines outdoor thrills in southern Utah

Woman-owned climbing, canyoneering company redefines outdoor thrills in southern Utah

Jessi Bang, St. George News  |  Posted June 5 - 8:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

This woman-owned climbing business is proving that the sky's the limit when it comes to adventure and empowerment, guiding climbers to conquer heights while breaking stereotypes and blazing trails in the great outdoors.
Excessive heat warnings issued as Utah quickly jumps into 'full-blown summer'

Excessive heat warnings issued as Utah quickly jumps into 'full-blown summer'

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 5 - 7:59 a.m.  |  Save Story

Meteorological summer began over the weekend, but it's about to feel more like mid-summer across Utah.
'The Danny DeVito of lakes': Utah Lake's eco-makeover underway thanks to volunteer planting

'The Danny DeVito of lakes': Utah Lake's eco-makeover underway thanks to volunteer planting

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted June 4 - 9:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Lake Authority decided to involve the community in its latest project: planting 10,000 native plants along the lakeshore.
Utah begins work to rebuild fish hatchery destroyed by invasive species

Utah begins work to rebuild fish hatchery destroyed by invasive species

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 4 - 4:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Loa Fish Hatchery was a vital fish hatchery for nearly 80 years before an invasive species ruined operations. Work on a bigger and better fishery is now underway.
83-year-old woman gored by bison at Yellowstone National Park

83-year-old woman gored by bison at Yellowstone National Park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 4 - 12:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

An 83-year-old woman was seriously injured at Yellowstone National Park over the weekend after park rangers say she was gored by a bison that was "defending its space."
Smaller beaches impact turnout at some Utah lakes

Smaller beaches impact turnout at some Utah lakes

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 4 - 11:24 a.m.  |  Save Story

More water is great news for Utah, but it's leading to some challenges for those in the tourism industry such as more beach space underwater.
Woman injured by falling slab of rock at Bridal Veil Falls

Woman injured by falling slab of rock at Bridal Veil Falls

Eliza Pace and Shara Park, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 4 - 7:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

A woman was injured at Bridal Veil Falls when a rock rolled down and hit her.
Feds designate 4 new national trails, including 1 in Utah

Feds designate 4 new national trails, including 1 in Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 3 - 7:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

A popular trail for off-highway vehicle riding located northeast of Moab now has national recognition.
Why this explorer's carving on a Great Salt Lake island rock is now on a historic register

Why this explorer's carving on a Great Salt Lake island rock is now on a historic register

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 2 - 7:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

A carving left by an explorer on a Fremont Island rock nearly 181 years ago is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Salt Lake County begins program that ends entry costs for children at recreation centers

Salt Lake County begins program that ends entry costs for children at recreation centers

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 31 - 7:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new pass offers Salt Lake County children access to all 21 of the county's aquatic and ice centers and nine outdoor pools at no additional cost.
Lehi officials celebrate 'victory for open space' through conservation easement

Lehi officials celebrate 'victory for open space' through conservation easement

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted May 31 - 1:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lehi is delebrating a conservation easement the city made with Draper in preserving 900 acres of open space in Traverse Mountain.
Alpine Loop officially reopens for summer season

Alpine Loop officially reopens for summer season

Andrew Adams, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 31 - 12:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

The weather may not have cooperated in time for a Memorial Day opening, but the Alpine Loop is finally open for the summer season.
Zion to implement big traffic changes on scenic highway beginning in 2026

Zion to implement big traffic changes on scenic highway beginning in 2026

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 31 - 10:07 a.m.  |  Save Story

Certain types of recreational vehicles, motorcoach buses and other large vehicles will soon be rerouted away from one of Utah's more scenic routes.
Utah expands aerial firefighting options ahead of potentially hot, dry summer

Utah expands aerial firefighting options ahead of potentially hot, dry summer

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 29 - 5:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

State firefighters anticipate fire conditions will start to pick up soon, but they're also expanding options to fight new fires.
How social media affects the national park experience

How social media affects the national park experience

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted May 29 - 8:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

From feeding wild animals to perilous selfies, tourists risk their lives and the preservation of America's national parks for fleeting social media fame.
Man who survived fatal avalanche tumbled 300 feet before finding other skiers, calling for help

Man who survived fatal avalanche tumbled 300 feet before finding other skiers, calling for help

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 28 - 3:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new report offers harrowing details of an avalanche that killed two skiers and partially buried another in Utah's mountains earlier this month.
73-year-old survives five days in the wilderness after raft flips on Idaho river

73-year-old survives five days in the wilderness after raft flips on Idaho river

Kaitlyn Hart, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Posted May 27 - 7:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

A 73-year-old man endured five days in the wilderness after his raft fell apart on the Salmon River in Idaho.
Drought projections for the West

Drought projections for the West

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted May 27 - 7:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah has been flirting with hope because a couple of good winters may mean conditions are looking up in terms of water availability, but it does not mean the state has escaped.
High water levels at Bear Lake mean less beach space this summer

High water levels at Bear Lake mean less beach space this summer

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 26 - 7:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

Water officials said by the time the water peaks, Bear Lake will be about 2 feet short of full. This means less room for people who want to enjoy the beach Memorial Day weekend.
Ogden's Hidden Valley Trail: A strenuous but rewarding hike

Ogden's Hidden Valley Trail: A strenuous but rewarding hike

Robert Williamson for KSL.com  |  Posted May 25 - 9:39 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Hidden Valley Trail provides hikers with great views of Ogden and the surrounding valley, including views of Allen Peak and Mount Ogden. It is a view well worth the hike to get there.
Elite sheepdogs compete happily in pouring rain at Midway herding championship

Elite sheepdogs compete happily in pouring rain at Midway herding championship

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25 - 9:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

"Perhaps the largest attended sheepdog trial in the world," is underway at Soldier Hollow, and bordie collies from around the world competed Saturday.
Mountain biker recounts aggressive badger standoff in Draper

Mountain biker recounts aggressive badger standoff in Draper

Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 25 - 5:22 p.m.  |  Save Story

A mountain biker is recounting a tense standoff with a family of badgers, who got so aggressive they nearly forced him off the trail.
How this Salt Lake City park became a Memorial Day symbol 100 years ago

How this Salt Lake City park became a Memorial Day symbol 100 years ago

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25 - 10:08 a.m.  |  Save Story

Memory Grove was slated to be a park in 1902, but it officially opened in 1924 to honor fallen Utah soldiers. It's remained a quiet and reflective place since then even as it's grown.
Boats and floats beware! Invasive species patrols to increase during Memorial Day weekend

Boats and floats beware! Invasive species patrols to increase during Memorial Day weekend

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Posted May 24 - 7:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

Boats, kayaks, paddleboards and anything else that floats will be subject to increased patrols to prevent the spread of invasive quagga mussels over Memorial Day weekend.
Some campgrounds set to reopen for Memorial Day weekend, others still recovering from record runoff

Some campgrounds set to reopen for Memorial Day weekend, others still recovering from record runoff

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 24 - 7:43 a.m.  |  Save Story

Many campground operators are making the finishing touches before opening for the Memorial Day weekend.
Pesticide sprayed via drone in Millcreek, Parley's canyons to kill invasive weed

Pesticide sprayed via drone in Millcreek, Parley's canyons to kill invasive weed

Lindsay Aerts, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 23 - 10:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Division of Wildlife Resources recently sprayed pesticides in the foothills of Millcreek and Parley's canyons to try to kill myrtle spurge, a nonnative invasive species of weed, worrying residents and one environmental advocacy group.
Duck Creek Campground receives $2.1M for renovations. Some areas will be closed

Duck Creek Campground receives $2.1M for renovations. Some areas will be closed

Alysha Lundgren, St. George News  |  Posted May 23 - 9:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

Some campers and hikers may need to make alternative plans as Duck Creek Campground will be partially closed this season after receiving a monetary boost.
Primary Children's donates life jackets for loaner stations around Utah

Primary Children's donates life jackets for loaner stations around Utah

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted May 22 - 7:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Primary Children's Hospital has donated 900 life jackets to loaner stations located a reservoirs and lakes throughout Utah. Life jackets and supervision help keep children safe in the water.
After almost 100 years as Boy Scout camp, Camp Steiner to become high adventure base camp

After almost 100 years as Boy Scout camp, Camp Steiner to become high adventure base camp

Eliza Pace, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 22 - 10:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

Historic Camp Steiner will be getting new life, thanks to a Utah family and the efforts of many others. Here's what to expect.
Toxic algal blooms persist in Virgin River. Experts urge checking the water before swimming

Toxic algal blooms persist in Virgin River. Experts urge checking the water before swimming

Mori Kessler, St. George News  |  Posted May 21 - 9:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

With the temperatures on the rise, those familiar with the cyanobacteria previously found in the Virgin River and other water bodies across the state may be asking: Is it safe to go back in the water?
What to do if you spot a cougar this summer

What to do if you spot a cougar this summer

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted May 21 - 12:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

For many Utahns, summer means more time in the mountains — and as a result, more potential encounters with mountain lions.
Moose kills Alaska man attempting to take photos of her newborn calves

Moose kills Alaska man attempting to take photos of her newborn calves

Mark Thiessen, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21 - 8:41 a.m.  |  Save Story

Authorities in Alaska say a moose has killed a 70-year-old man in the community of Homer. Two men were walking through the brush trying to take photos of two newborn calves when authorities say the mother moose attacked one of the men.
Kayakers concerned over height of new Croydon Bridge on Weber River

Kayakers concerned over height of new Croydon Bridge on Weber River

Shelby Lofton, KSL-TV  |  Posted May 21 - 6:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

Kayakers said they're concerned a new bridge in Morgan County is too low.
Floating on the Weber River may soon cost you depending on the day

Floating on the Weber River may soon cost you depending on the day

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted May 20 - 7:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

A private concessionaire will begin charging people who come to tube on the Weber River on weekends and holidays at one Utah wildlife management area.