Outdoors

Manti-La Sal National Forest fire officials are currently engaged in wildfire activity near Steamboat Point on the Monticello Ranger District, located west of Blanding, UT in San Juan County. The Babylon Fire, reported Friday, July 5, 2024, is approximately 50 acres, as of July 9, 2024. Due to...
The Charles Hall Ferry returned to service between Halls Crossing and Bullfrog Marina on July 4 after a three year absense.  The service operates several times a day. Courtesy photo
The Charles Hall Ferry returned to service on July 4th after a three-year pause, providing passage over Lake Powell between Bullfrog and Halls Crossing.  The ferry is scheduled to make four round-trips daily during the summer, departing Halls Crossing every two hours beginning at 10 a.m.  Initially...
Flash flooding in Lime Canyon washed out fence lines, flooded Highway 163 for several hours, and contributed to significant damage in recent days. David Kartchner photo
Several days of storms, driven in part by moisture from a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, brought a deluge of rain to San Juan County, resulting in floods, disruptions and damage during a normally dry June. The storms were widespread, but had particular impact on several key areas. Highways were...
NPS Photo Comparison: View from Wahweap Overlook towards Castle Rock and Wahweap Marina. First photo was taken May 15, 2023, when Lake Powell elevation was at 3539.15 feet Above Sea Level (ASL). Second photo was taken May 30, 2023 at 3560.22 feet ASL.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is pleased to announce that snowpack in the headwaters of the Colorado River and its tributaries is resulting in a spring runoff that is positively affecting Lake Powell water levels for the 2024 summer boating season. Rapidly rising water levels in Lake Powell...
Utah Free Fishing Day is this Saturday, June 8. It allows anyone to fish at any public waterbody in Utah without a license. Though you don’t need a license to fish on Utah Free Fishing Day, all other fishing rules are still in effect. Every other day of the year you’ll need a license to fish...
The USDA Manti-La Sal National Forest is issuing fuelwood permits and other forest products for the Monticello and Moab districts starting May 20, 2024, and continuing through November 30, 2024.  Fuelwood permits on the forest cost $5 per cord with a four-cord minimum purchase, and a ten-cord max...
National Park Service officials seek help from the public on archeological theft incident at Canyonlands National Park Law enforcement park rangers at Canyonlands National Park are seeking information from the public to help identify suspects involved in an archeological theft incident at Cave...
by David Boyle News Director Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service attended a two-hour question and answer session hosted by the city of Blanding on May 9. The meeting offered a unique back-and-forth between agencies and local residents to discuss concerns...
by Bill Boyle San Juan Record Editor Approximately 200 people participated in an open house in Blanding on April 23 regarding the draft management plan for Bears Ears National Monument.  Public comment will be accepted on the draft plan through June 11.  In attendance at the open house were a wide...
Photo of the Bears Ears by Bob Wick courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management
by David Boyle News Director Federal land agencies and members of the Bears Ears Commission provided information and answered some questions related to the Bears Ears National Monument draft plan in an online forum on April 16. The groups spoke about recreation, grazing, target shooting, Tribal co-...

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