May 02

Searching the Deserts of Utah for Ancient Artifacts

A vacation in Utah doesn’t have to be all about hiking and biking and skiing. Utah is also one the best places in the country to try your hand at treasure hunting. Utah’s canyons, National parks, and deserts are full of treasure from valuable elements to artifacts from Utah’s Wild West history. Searching for ancient artifacts in Utah can be a fun and rewarding vacation for the whole family. Consider visiting one of these Utah desert sites the next time you go treasure hunting.

The Preservation of American Antiquities Act of 1906 forbids the removal of artifacts or ruins of ancient cultures from federal (public) lands. So as you enjoy your treasure hunting vacation, enjoy all the ancient artifacts you discover, but leave them where they are. However, you can find and keep a small number of rocks, crystals, mineral, and invertebrate fossils, so long as they are for your personal use and enjoyment.

Although there are many ways to unearth valuables from the Utah deserts, most treasure hunters use metal detectors as they will pick up valuable elements like Uranium (which can be found in Canyonlands National Park) and gold. As well as detect hard metal artifacts left behind by early civilizations, the Anasazi people, European settlers, or even outlaws. If you are a novice, check out this informative site on metal detectors for more information. Dinosaur National Monument Dinosaur is an ideal place to search for ancient artifacts.

The park has been home to dinosaurs, early civilizations, and outlaws. In the 1800s, European settlers discovered the area and created homesteads near the river. The remains of these homesteads can still be explored, today. The National park is vast so plan to spend several days hunting while you’re here. It offers several campgrounds to choose from. Callao Utah Meteorites can be fun to hunt for as well as being profitable as many universities will pay meteorite hunters for specimens.

If it’s meteorites you’re after and you’re open to a bit of adventure, head over to Callao, Utah and get close to the border of Dugway Proving Grounds (a US Army facility). There is a dry lake bed, called Dugway Proving Grounds dry lake bed, which is supposedly home to meteorite fragments from a 2009 meteorite. If you head up this direction, make sure to stick to the BLM public roads, then take the dirt road to the dry lake bed. Southern Utah The Four Corners part of Utah was home to the Anasazi people and dwellings and artifacts are still being found today. http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2013/05/31/isaacson-southern-parkway-road-construction-unearths-ancient-ruins-what-archaeologists-say/#.U2Nc-aJm6ho

While much of this area is a State park, it is possible to find Anasazi artifacts outside the park, and it is not uncommon for people to come across arrowheads and other remnants of the Anasazi people.

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Gold Hill Utah Gold Hill, Utah is a generally fascinating place. Part mining town, part ghost town and with a few modern residences thrown in just to keep it interesting. There is a still active gold mine in Gold Hill and while you should absolutely not do your treasure seeking there, feel free to take your metal detector around the surrounding areas. The ghost town part of Gold Hill is also a good place to look for remnants left from the first gold miners to settle the area.

May 02

Best Places to Travel in Utah with Your Family

The school year is winding down and you have probably turned your thoughts to summer vacation. Amusement parks? Done (multiple times). Grandma’s house? You were just there. Why not head to one of the country’s most naturally beautiful states? Outdoor enthusiast view Utah as a dream come true, and while it is home to several of the country’s most beautiful national parks, Utah also offers much in the way of art and culture. Utah truly has something for every member of your family.read this post for more information and updates.

There is bustling Salt Lake City for your urban-lover, Dinosaur National Monument if you have a paleontologist in training, and beautiful Lake Powell for those who think vacation means kicking back in a lawn chair and watching the day roll by. There are many amazing places to visit in Utah with your family, and here are just a couple. Dinosaur National Monument Dinosaur gets its name from the fossils still embedded in the canyon rocks but this amazing national park has more to offer than just a glimpse of the Jurassic era.

It is rich in history from Petroglyphs left by the earliest civilizations to the old campsites of outlaws who sought refuge from the law deep in the canyon. If you are the adventurous sort, take a thrilling river rafting ride on the Green and Yampa rivers then camp out under the stars near Dinosaur Quarry. Park City This family-friendly resort town offers more than just skiing. Park City offer sporting and recreation opportunities from fly fishing to hot air ballooning and everything you can imagine in between. It is also well known for its arts and culture.http://travelingepic.com/2012/07/16/united-states-utah-top-10-vacation-destinations/

Enjoy a concert under the stars or find your favorite new artist in one of its many galleries. Arches National Park When people think of Utah, they often think of the amazing red rock arches that can be found throughout this national park. Arches offers well marked hiking trails from beginner trails all the way to advance. Stop at the Visitor Center for a trail map and souvenirs. If you enjoy camping, Arches offers some of the most beautiful camping spots in the country. Salt Lake City No visit to Utah would be complete without a stop in vibrant Salt Lake City.

Explore the Olympic stadiums, the museums and gardens, and the city’s world class zoo. Take a stroll around L.D.S Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Here you will find amazing shops and restaurants, as well as some of the city’s best art and culture institutions. Temple Square has wonderful interactive exhibits that are fun and engaging for the whole family. Lake Powell Finish your Utah family vacation with a relaxing weekend at stunning Lake Powell.

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Take an educational boat tour with an expert guide or relax on a dinner cruise under the stars. Lake Powell offers everything from fun water sports to tranquil places to relax. Away from the water, your family can enjoy golf, hiking, horseback riding, and tours of the Glen Canyon Dam.

May 02

5 Best Mountain and Road Bike Routes in Utah

Utah is world famous for its mountain and cycling trails, and for good reason. It is full of trails that offer rich natural scenery from pine-tree forest to beautiful meadows and lakes. Not to mention the amazing summits that let you view the vastness of Utah’s amazing red rock formations. Most of Utah’s best trails are within 35 minutes of Salt Lake City International Airport or just an hour from the center of Salt Lake City.

Whether you ride a mountain bike or prefer skinny tires, here are 5 not to be missed Utah trails. Antelope Island Trail Antelope Island offers trails for mountain bikes and road bikes, alike. While many other bike routes take you deep into the Utah canyons and mountains. Antelope Island is surrounded by the beautiful Great Salt Lake. Enjoy the sounds of lapping water as you bike past grazing Bison. The island has almost 20 miles of trails, ranging from family friendly novice trails to trails that will challenge even the most advanced biker. Mountain Bikers will enjoy the Split Rock Bay loop in Antelope Island’s backcountry.http://www.singletracks.com/mountain-bike/best_trails.php?new_state_id=425

The 5-mile trail weaves in and out of massive boulders before descending into hand-made trails that switchback to the lake’s shore. Road cyclist will enjoy peddling the 7-mile causeway that links the island to the mainland. Extend your cycling trip by curving around the northern tip of the island, all the while enjoying views of white sandy beaches. Antelope Island is an excellent, scenic trail for those new to road biking or interested in taking up road biking. For more information on switching to a road bike, take a look at this post, from a mountain biker who took up cycling.

Arches Ride The 41 miles of paved road around Arches National Park is a cyclist dream. With almost no traffic, the trail takes you past colorful sandstone arches and offers breathtaking views of the amazing La Sal Mountains. Leave your bike at the head of short walking trails if you want to get an up close look at some of the famous arches. Muller Park Trail Northern Utah is known as a mecca for mountain bikers. Mueller Park offers a 7 or 13 mile out and back low-altitude alpine ride, or bikers can do the 13 mile loop out to North Canyon. The trail is easy enough, even for novices, until the halfway point at Big Rock. From there, it becomes a definite intermediate level ride as the trail becomes steep and riders have to navigate rocks and tree roots.

For beginners, riding to and back from Big Rock offers a 7-mile ride while intermediate riders can continue on to Rudy’s Flat or take the North Canyon Loop. Slickrock Trail Located in southeaster Utah is the world’s most famous mountain bike trail- Slickrock trail. The loop is just under 11 miles and gives the mountain bikers breathtaking views of the Colorado River. The trail curves over Navajo sandstone and the track alternates between rough and smooth. Slickrock trail is the trail all mountain bikers dream about but the loop is for advanced riders and has a high technical rating.visit this website for more details.

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However it is not unusual for novice riders to hike their bikes over the rough spots. La Sal Mountain Loop Road If you can only do one cycling trip, make it La Sal. The loop is 62 miles of paved roads that will take you through redrock canyons and along amazing alpine vistas. The ride takes you past a beautiful lake and after climbing 8,000 feet into the La Sals, you will descend to a highway road that follows the Colorado River.