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Have You Seen This? Cyclist passes a large herd of bison

Have You Seen This? Cyclist passes a large herd of bison

Grant Olsen for KSL.com  |  Posted July 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Yikes. What would you do if you found yourself in a situation like this?
What's next for the damaged dinosaur tracks near Moab? Feds pondering new boardwalk

What's next for the damaged dinosaur tracks near Moab? Feds pondering new boardwalk

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted July 2 - 1:12 p.m.

Months after an engineer accidentally destroyed dinosaur tracks outside Moab, the Bureau of Land Management wants to move forward on installing a new walkway at the site.
Fore! No, 3 moose make their way onto North Salt Lake golf course and neighborhood pools

Fore! No, 3 moose make their way onto North Salt Lake golf course and neighborhood pools

Arianne Brown, KSL.com  |  Updated July 1 - 7:15 p.m.

Three moose made their way on to the Eaglewood Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon. By Friday, the animals were still being spotted in the area.
Recreation rebounds at Lake Powell as visitors find new opportunities in shallow waters

Recreation rebounds at Lake Powell as visitors find new opportunities in shallow waters

David Dudley, St. George News  |  Posted July 1 - 1:28 p.m.

Recreation is picking up again in Glen Canyon as water flows from Flaming Gorge to Lake Powell.
Bureau plans new camping, recreation fees at 16 campgrounds across Utah

Bureau plans new camping, recreation fees at 16 campgrounds across Utah

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 1 - 12:07 p.m.

Bureau of Land Management officials say new fees at 16 Utah campgrounds will help improve management of the selected sites across the state.
Utahns experiencing close encounters of the rattlesnake kind

Utahns experiencing close encounters of the rattlesnake kind

Shara Park and Larry D Curtis, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 1 - 8:05 a.m.

As you make plans to head to the great outdoors this holiday weekend, you may want to heed the warning about rattlesnakes.
2nd visitor in 3 days gored by Yellowstone park bison

2nd visitor in 3 days gored by Yellowstone park bison

The Associated Press  |  Updated June 30 - 9:49 p.m.

For the second time in three days, a visitor to Yellowstone National Park has been gored by a bison.
Much of northern Yellowstone park to reopen Saturday

Much of northern Yellowstone park to reopen Saturday

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 30 - 5:02 p.m.

Yellowstone National Park is reopening its flood-damaged north loop at noon on Saturday, in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
July 4 travel: When and where roads will be busy; national parks expect heavy traffic

July 4 travel: When and where roads will be busy; national parks expect heavy traffic

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 30 - 4:28 p.m.

If you plan to travel in Utah during the long Fourth of July weekend, here's what to expect.
Bear Lake tourism pumps millions of dollars into Utah economy

Bear Lake tourism pumps millions of dollars into Utah economy

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 30 - 6:18 a.m.

A new study reveals visitors to Bear Lake last summer pumped $48 million into the northern Utah region during more than a million days and nights of visitation.
Bison gores man near Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, officials say

Bison gores man near Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, officials say

Raja Razek, CNN  |  Posted June 29 - 7:42 a.m.

A Colorado man required medical treatment at a hospital after he was gored by a bull bison at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, officials said.
Why Utah is in a class of its own for this year's dark sky photo contest

Why Utah is in a class of its own for this year's dark sky photo contest

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 28 - 10:34 a.m.

Utah is in a category of its own when it comes to dark skies and now photo contests featuring dark skies.
Spiral Jetty: A barometer for the Great Salt Lake, or a work of art unto itself?

Spiral Jetty: A barometer for the Great Salt Lake, or a work of art unto itself?

Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune  |  Posted June 27 - 11:11 a.m.

Like any work of art, the value of Spiral Jetty — easily the most recognizable artwork in Utah — depends on how you look at it.
Drought: The drying Colorado River needs your voice. Here's how to help

Drought: The drying Colorado River needs your voice. Here's how to help

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 27 - 6:28 a.m.

The drought and diversion-challenged Colorado River serving 40 million people in the West and irrigating 5.5 million acres of farmland will undergo an operational facelift.
America loves its national parks, pouring billions into nearby towns

America loves its national parks, pouring billions into nearby towns

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 25 - 10:11 a.m.

The Department of the Interior Friday announced that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2021 resulted in a $42.5 billion benefit to the nation's economy and supported 322,600 mostly local jobs.  
Campfire ban lifted by Lake Powell as early monsoons arrive

Campfire ban lifted by Lake Powell as early monsoons arrive

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 24 - 8:05 p.m.

The first wave of monsoonal moisture is helping ease some fire risks in the Lake Powell area.
5 planets take center stage as they align in the night sky

5 planets take center stage as they align in the night sky

Megan Marples and Ashley Strickland, CNN  |  Posted June 24 - 4:15 p.m.

A rare, five-planet alignment will peak on June 24, allowing a spectacular viewing of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as they line up in planetary order.
'Utah is a tinderbox': Cox says it's OK to light fireworks, but only in the right places

'Utah is a tinderbox': Cox says it's OK to light fireworks, but only in the right places

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 23 - 2:57 p.m.

The governor says Utah's fire risk is why Utahns need to be careful launching fireworks this July, and why it also might be a good idea to skip launching personal fireworks.
Leaders, advocacy groups blast gondola 'gimmick' as UDOT ponders popular canyon's future

Leaders, advocacy groups blast gondola 'gimmick' as UDOT ponders popular canyon's future

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 22 - 8:56 p.m.

Nearly two dozen government representatives and environmental advocates are unhappy with options for Little Cottonwood Canyon.
'One of a kind' deal means 5 tribes will help manage Bears Ears area

'One of a kind' deal means 5 tribes will help manage Bears Ears area

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 22 - 12:31 p.m.

A unique management approach was solidified this last weekend among five Native American tribes, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service with formalization of the Bears Ears Commission.
Visitors flock to Yellowstone as southern loop reopens; 80% of park to be open in weeks

Visitors flock to Yellowstone as southern loop reopens; 80% of park to be open in weeks

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 22 - 11:10 a.m.

The nation's oldest national park is officially open to visitors again. More portions are expected to open in the coming weeks, well ahead of the initial outlook.
Did Yellowstone flooding cancel your summer plans? Here are some alternatives

Did Yellowstone flooding cancel your summer plans? Here are some alternatives

Carlene Coombs, Deseret News  |  Posted June 22 - 8:27 a.m.

As historic flooding caused extensive damage throughout Yellowstone National Park, some visitors have had to cancel their summer plans to visit one of the most popular national parks in the country.
EF-2 tornado touched down in eastern Utah over weekend, weather service confirms

EF-2 tornado touched down in eastern Utah over weekend, weather service confirms

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 8:32 p.m.

The brief twister packed quite a punch, causing "significant" vegetation damage in a remote part of Duchesne County.
'Larger than life' impact: Salt Lake City names important bridge after prominent couple

'Larger than life' impact: Salt Lake City names important bridge after prominent couple

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 8:07 p.m.

A 1,200-foot long bridge along the Jordan River Parkway had been nameless since it opened in 2017.
Yellowstone reopening south loop Wednesday — but with limitations

Yellowstone reopening south loop Wednesday — but with limitations

Carlene Coombs, Deseret News  |  Posted June 21 - 4:12 p.m.

Yellowstone National Park will be reopening its south loop on Wednesday after heavy flooding devastated the park.
The bee buzz about the Beehive State looks bad in this study

The bee buzz about the Beehive State looks bad in this study

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 1:33 p.m.

It might be surprising to find that one company finds the Beehive State to be one of the worst for beekeeping in its inaugural study on the subject.
Video: Is historic flood a threat to Yellowstone's iconic wildlife?

Video: Is historic flood a threat to Yellowstone's iconic wildlife?

Mike Godfrey for KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 10:36 a.m.

Some people worry about wildlife at Yellowstone National Park and whether the recent flood that closed the park has harmed the park's iconic animals.
Why is there a lifeguard shortage? Staffing to blame for pool closures

Why is there a lifeguard shortage? Staffing to blame for pool closures

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, Deseret News  |  Posted June 20 - 10:45 p.m.

As labor shortages continue to plague virtually every sector of the American economy, your local swimming pool might be the latest to feel the pain.
Can you swim in Utah's Great Salt Lake? These people do it every year

Can you swim in Utah's Great Salt Lake? These people do it every year

Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News  |  Posted June 20 - 8:50 p.m.

Forget about the bugs at the Great Salt Lake. They are only with you for a little bit on this swimming journey.
Tribal leaders and feds reestablish Bears Ears Commission

Tribal leaders and feds reestablish Bears Ears Commission

Sam Metz, Associated Press  |  Posted June 20 - 8:14 p.m.

Federal officials and tribal nations have formally reestablished a commission to jointly govern the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.
Mass cancellations prompted by Yellowstone flooding cause worry in Island Park

Mass cancellations prompted by Yellowstone flooding cause worry in Island Park

Kaitlyn Hart, EastIdahoNews  |  Posted June 19 - 11:11 a.m.

Business owners in Island Park are beginning to worry as many reservations at hotels, restaurants and activity centers are being cancelled over concerns about the damage to Yellowstone National Park after major flooding.
Goose terrorizes Utah neighborhood, caring for ducklings

Goose terrorizes Utah neighborhood, caring for ducklings

Matt Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 18 - 9:31 p.m.

A goose that spent five weeks terrorizing a South Jordan neighborhood has become something of a celebrity after neighbors learned what the bird was guarding.
Yellowstone south loop set to open on Wednesday

Yellowstone south loop set to open on Wednesday

Matt Brooks, KSL.com  |  Posted June 18 - 6:04 p.m.

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park will again be able to enter the park via the south loop beginning on June 22.
Montana governor under fire for keeping public in the dark about vacation during flood

Montana governor under fire for keeping public in the dark about vacation during flood

Matthew Brown and Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press  |  Posted June 18 - 11:41 a.m.

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte is back in Montana and under fire for not hurrying home from a vacation more quickly and for keeping the public in the dark as to his whereabouts.
Yellowstone National Park visitors not letting historic flooding dampen their vacation plans

Yellowstone National Park visitors not letting historic flooding dampen their vacation plans

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 17 - 10:29 p.m.

This week, even though no one could get into Yellowstone, any national park fan will tell you — if you take a picture by an entrance sign, it still counts that you were there.
Video: What it was like during Yellowstone's historic, park-closing flood

Video: What it was like during Yellowstone's historic, park-closing flood

Mike Godfrey for KSL.com  |  Posted June 17 - 6:22 a.m.

Exclusive footage and a firsthand account of the record flood that closed Yellowstone, from someone who witnessed it there.
Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society to head Utah's new $40M Great Salt Lake program

Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society to head Utah's new $40M Great Salt Lake program

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 16 - 7:03 p.m.

The new program aims to protect and enhance water levels in the Great Salt Lake in an effort to avoid environmental disaster.
Gateway towns to Yellowstone become dead ends after flood

Gateway towns to Yellowstone become dead ends after flood

Matthew Brown and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Updated June 16 - 4:06 p.m.

Gateway towns to Yellowstone National Park have become a dead end, a casualty of the severe flooding that tore through one of America's most beloved natural attractions and swept away roads, bridges and homes.
Utah to receive early monsoon dose this weekend. What does that mean for the summer?

Utah to receive early monsoon dose this weekend. What does that mean for the summer?

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 16 - 2:20 p.m.

Some monsoonal moisture is expected this weekend along with wind and heat. While it may not be much, it does appear to be a start to the monsoon season.
Travelers reroute from Yellowstone to Utah, as state office watches tourism impact

Travelers reroute from Yellowstone to Utah, as state office watches tourism impact

Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 16 - 12:14 p.m.

As Yellowstone tourists regroup and change plans following historic floods that heavily damaged the park and led to closures at all entrances, many are rerouting to Utah.
Utah families make new plans after flooding closes Yellowstone National Park

Utah families make new plans after flooding closes Yellowstone National Park

Alex Cabrero, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 15 - 10:39 p.m.

Campers and visitors waited in lines trying to get inside Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday even though rangers closed the park due to destructive flooding.
'Extensive' damage likely to keep parts of Yellowstone closed for months

'Extensive' damage likely to keep parts of Yellowstone closed for months

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 14 - 6:40 p.m.

The exact damage from flooding at Yellowstone National Park has yet to be determined but park officials believe it will keep the northern portion closed through "the rest of the season."
Biologists try to save ancient fish as Colorado River fades

Biologists try to save ancient fish as Colorado River fades

Brittany Peterson and John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 2:36 p.m.

A key fish that has dwelt in the Colorado River since ancient times, and whose presence indicates a healthy river, is now up against a threat from a giant dam above.
Video shows road destroyed in Yellowstone as tourists remain trapped in area

Video shows road destroyed in Yellowstone as tourists remain trapped in area

Nate Eaton, EastIdahoNews.com  |  Updated June 13 - 5:49 p.m.

All entrances to Yellowstone National Park will be closed at least until Thursday due to heavy rain, flooding, rockslides and extremely hazardous conditions.
Yellowstone mountain renamed to honor Native Americans killed in massacre

Yellowstone mountain renamed to honor Native Americans killed in massacre

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, Deseret News  |  Posted June 13 - 1:26 p.m.

Yellowstone National Park is renaming one of its largest mountains to honor Native Americans after research showed the peak's original namesake led a massacre that killed at least 173 members of a local tribe.
A Utah mom is climbing the world's highest mountains

A Utah mom is climbing the world's highest mountains

Lilit Marcus, CNN  |  Posted June 12 - 10:28 p.m.

Jenn Drummond, a Utah mother of seven, has her eyes on a challenging mountain climbing feat: the Seven Second Summits.
Finders keepers: Utah family finds $20K treasure. Here's where it was

Finders keepers: Utah family finds $20K treasure. Here's where it was

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 11 - 4:00 p.m.

The search for the $20,000 treasure chest ended in just over a week.
Woman banned from Grand Teton in missing man false report

Woman banned from Grand Teton in missing man false report

Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 8:01 a.m.

A woman accused of intentionally providing wrong information in the search for a missing man in Grand Teton National Park has been banned from the park for five years and must pay $17,600 in restitution.
Crews rescue 15 Utah youth, adults from 'treacherous' slot canyon

Crews rescue 15 Utah youth, adults from 'treacherous' slot canyon

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated June 10 - 5:45 p.m.

Crews on Friday rescued a group of young men and two of their adult leaders who became stuck in a slot canyon in Garfield County.
Video: Yosemite Valley and the failures that sparked the national park idea

Video: Yosemite Valley and the failures that sparked the national park idea

Mike Godfrey for KSL.com  |  Posted June 10 - 1:27 p.m.

Before Yellowstone National Park there was the Yosemite Valley land grant and had it not been for the missteps of a California state commission the national park idea might not have been born. Enjoy a stunning 4K HDR tour of Yosemite Valley and learn how this landscape influenced the conservation of public lands.
Mountain lion euthanized after killing chickens in Pleasant Grove neighborhoods

Mountain lion euthanized after killing chickens in Pleasant Grove neighborhoods

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated June 10 - 12:47 p.m.

Animal control officers on Friday found and euthanized a mountain lion in Pleasant Grove after it had killed chickens in neighborhoods.
Avian flu detected in Utah foxes, marking 1st mammal cases in state

Avian flu detected in Utah foxes, marking 1st mammal cases in state

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 9 - 12:32 p.m.

A pair of red foxes found dead last month in Salt Lake County tested positive for the avian flu, marking the first mammal cases of the virus in the state, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
Interior phasing out plastic water bottles at national parks

Interior phasing out plastic water bottles at national parks

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Updated June 9 - 8:42 a.m.

The Interior Department says it will phase out sales of plastic water bottles and other single-use products at national parks and on other public lands over the next decade, targeting a major source of U.S. pollution.
How this 'little trail that could' aims to change Salt Lake recreation, transit

How this 'little trail that could' aims to change Salt Lake recreation, transit

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 7:59 p.m.

The Folsom Trail may be tiny compared other trails in the Wasatch Front, but Salt Lake leaders believe its role for the future of the city is huge.
'An incredible resource': How a new website may influence Wasatch Mountain planning

'An incredible resource': How a new website may influence Wasatch Mountain planning

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 6:21 a.m.

A new online dashboard offers all sorts of practical environmental information needed in planning out the region.
'It's just idyllic': Great Salt Lake Rowing Club plows ahead, despite low water levels

'It's just idyllic': Great Salt Lake Rowing Club plows ahead, despite low water levels

Ray Boone, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 6 - 9:38 p.m.

Driving down to the Great Salt Lake Marina, one thing is evident: It's empty. Due to low water levels, a line of sailboats sits idle in the parking lot — but the Great Salt Lake Rowing Club is far from giving up their favorite spot.
Fishing lifers, tall tales, dinner at the Governor's Mansion and talk about needing more of nothing

Fishing lifers, tall tales, dinner at the Governor's Mansion and talk about needing more of nothing

Lee Benson, Deseret News  |  Posted June 6 - 8:27 a.m.

In an effort to include everybody and anybody, Gov. Spencer Cox is reaching out to groups who otherwise might never see the silver service in the main dining room.
Cougar videos, sightings in Utah, the West increase with growth, drought

Cougar videos, sightings in Utah, the West increase with growth, drought

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted June 5 - 7:18 a.m.

Seeing a mountain lion — also called cougars, pumas, catamounts — is rare. But throughout the last decade, encounters with the big cats are happening with increased frequency.
Hazardous metals aren't only in Great Salt Lake's dust, they're in the ecosystem too

Hazardous metals aren't only in Great Salt Lake's dust, they're in the ecosystem too

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted June 3 - 6:18 a.m.

A new Utah State University study suggests hazardous metals aren't only a concern when the lakebed becomes exposed, it is ending up in the Great Salt Lake's vital ecosystem.