Outdoors

It was another wet and rainy month in San Juan County with August bringing soaking rains to many areas of the county.  Monticello and Blanding each received more than 2.5 inches of rain for the month.  The precipitation encouraged a splash of green and new growth to a landscape that has struggled...
A filthy, slow-moving wall of soot, mud, and debris washed down the length of Pack Creek through Spanish Valley on July 25 after a monsoon storm hit the Pack Creek burn scar. No one was injured in the slow-motion flash flood, which took several hours to make its way approximately ten miles...
Falling water levels in Lake Powell leaves just one motorized entrance at the northern end of the lake. In response to rapidly declining water levels in Lake Powell, the National Park Service has announced immediate work on two projects to extend a launch ramp in the Bullfrog area and rehabilitate...
In March, we began to see the return of the honeybees. Even though spring had sprung, winter didn’t want to release her hold fully. During the day, the sun warmed the water at the watering stations and the bees were thirsty. However, as the sun began to set, it was becoming usual to find bees...
If you’d like to catch a fish in Utah’s beautiful outdoors but you don’t have a fishing license, Free Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  Free Fishing Day will is this Saturday, June 12, and allows anyone to fish at any public waterbody in Utah without a license. It makes...
Arches and Canyonlands national parks are preparing for a busy Memorial Day weekend, and are advising visitors to expect heavy traffic, crowded trails, and limited parking. Visitors should plan ahead and have a back-up plan if they are not able to enter the parks during the busiest hours of the...
Spring has arrived in the Canyon Country, and its arrival also marks a significant increase in visitation. Because of a host of social distancing restrictions that have been implemented in Grand County due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari is having a larger impact on...
The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) has awarded International Dark Sky Park designations to Goosenecks and Fremont Indian state parks. Both parks have exceptionally dark skies in beautiful and unique settings. These parks bring the total dark sky designations to ten within the Utah...
I love seeing turkeys in ponderosa woods moving slowly uphill like priests absorbed in morning prayers. At twilight they are dark shapes seeking acorns and insects, always leaving their distinctive three-toed tracks. Ancestral Puebloans had a special relationship with turkeys too, because it was...
The 2021 Rally on the Rocks event is re-locating entirely within San Juan County. In December county commissioners put a halt to the event in Grand County. The rally hoped to move across the county line to the old Spanish Valley Airport strip, but in January the San Juan County Commission voted...

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