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Wild Weekends in Utah

Wild Weekends in Utah is an outdoor adventure guide that provides the reader with EVERYTHING they needs to know to tackle Utah’s top 20 outdoor, human-powered weekend adventures.

This multi-sport guide takes your backpacking into the backcountry of the Uintahs as you climb Utah’s highest peak—King’s Peak. You’ll head through what many consider to be the longest slot canyon in the wet—Buckskin Gulch. You’ll even float down the premier flat water stretch of the Green River—Stillwater Canyon. These are just three of the rousing adventures you’ll find within these pages. The only collection like it!

Click here to see a sample chapter. (maps and photos not included in sample)

Published in the spring of 2005 by Countryman Press. This book is currently found in Barnes and Noble, REI,, and a host of small outdoors shops.

"Adrenaline junkies will love this fast-paced guide to getting the most from Utah's grand untamed areas." —Skywest Magazine

"I have lived in Utah for over 20 years. During that time I have backpacked, paddled, skied, swam and crawled through much of the incredible backcountry this state has to offer... I have never seen a book that covers a wider variety of trips, and it happens to be one of my favorites." —Scott Baxter, Owner, Great Lake Adventures.

Best Hikes Near Salt Lake City

Take a Hike!

Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike?

Here are forty-two of the best hikes, nearly all of them within an hour’s drive of Salt Lake City, Utah—from Deseret Peak to Waterfall Canyon. The hikes offer unbeatable views, waterfalls, mountain lakes, and fields of wildflowers. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk or a day-long hike, this guide offers plenty to choose from:

Deseret Peak – Highest peak in the Stansbury Range

Frary Peak – Highest peak on Antelope Island

Brighton Lakes Tour – World-class wildflower displays

Ferguson Canyon – The lesser known canyon

Mount Timpanogos – The beloved trail of the Wasatch

Diamond Fork Hot Springs – Natural hot springs

Each hike features full-color photos; a brief route description; thorough directions to the trailhead (GPS coordinates included); a detailed, full-color trail map; and at-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and permits. Inside you’ll also find a Trail Finder that categorizes each hike (e.g., for attractions such as best hikes for peak baggers, best view hikes, best easy access hikes, best hikes for dogs, best hikes for children, and best hikes for waterfalls); Green Tips; and information about local lore, points of interest, and the area’s array of wildlife.

Read the Deseret News' review of Best Hikes Near Salt Lake City

Published in the summer of 2012 by FalconGuides. This book is currently found in Barnes and Noble, REI,, and a host of small outdoors shops.



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An online snowshoe guide to help you break free of the urge to hibernate. Where to go for an unbeatable view, a crashing downhill powder run, a quick jog after work with Fido, and even starter trails for kids and family outings.

Ogden Canyon, Farmington Canyon, Mueller Park, Mill Creek Canyon, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, Park City, Parley's Canyon, American Fork and Provo Canyons.

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Yurts of Utah

Yurts of Utah is the first comprehensive collection of all the Yurts of Utah—all 21—ready for your backcountry exploration.