There is a wide range of activities open for summer fun. Here are just a few:
MUSIC - See Utah's magnificent mountain ski resorts in summer . . . when the hills are alive with the sound of music, the alluring aroma of an outdoor cookout, the hum of a ski lift carrying bikers and hikers to the mountain top, the clop-clop of horses on a trailride through the pines.
Look to resorts like Alta, Snowbird, Park City, Deer Valley, Wolf Mountain, Solitude, Brighton, Sundance, Nordic Valley, Snow Basin, Powder Mountain, Brian Head, Beaver Mountain and Elk Meadows.
BIKE - From first-time beginners to experienced racers, see why mountain biking has become so big in Utah redrock country, high forests and back roads.
There's lots more to Utah than Moab slickrock. Take your bike and yourself up a chairlift at a Utah resort and into a national forest, cruise all day, then hit the hottubs; and wrap it up with dinner under the stars.
For more information check out a copy of the Bicycle Utah Vacation Guide.
FESTIVALS - This year, as always, Utah is alive with festivals and folklife.
Arts, crafts, food, music, cowboys . . . it's all here.
Sign up for the Centennial Wagon Train Ride and the opening of "Old Deseret Village" at This is the Place State Park in June '96.
Hop on the historic steam train out of Heber City, sample the luscious Bear Lake raspberries, go back in time to a 19th century "living farm," or the ethnic diversity of Salt Lake City's Living Traditions Festival.
See the Utah events calendar in this section for dates.
HISTORY - Consider the Park City Silver Mine Adventure, a dynamic new attraction highlighting Park City, Utah's past as a rough-and-tumble silver mining town.
United Park City Mines renovated the old Ontario Mine and installed intriguing interactive exhibits. Visitros drop 1,500 feet through an authentic mine shaft and take the mine train ride back a hundred years.
DINOSAURS - Millions of years ago, most Utah natives were dinosaurs. At Dinosaur National Monument in northeastern Utah near Vernal, skeletons pop right out of the ground.
The Utah Museum of Natural History (Salt Lake City), College of Eastern Utah (Price) and Field House of Natural History (Vernal) feature impressive exhibits. There's a new boneyard in southeastern Utah at the Blanding Dinosaur Museum
WATER - Visit the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in northeastern corner of the state for some very fine flyfishing, float trips on the Green River and family camping.
It's close to Vernal and Butch Cassidy Country (Butch and the Wild Bunch are remembered at the Outlaw Trail Festival In June).
The area is also close to the High Uinta Mountains, homebase for Western ranches and horsepacking trips.
WHITE WATER - Float down the Green River or San Juan River, and get rapids transit down the Colorado River. Either way, there's a memorable rafting adventure ahead on Utah's waterways from late Spring until late Autumn.
Paddle on your own or let the river guide handle the whitewater.
FISHING - Pictures a fisherman throwing a line into a stream or river, hopefully near a hungry trout.
Utah offers some of the finest fishing on the Green, Provo, Ogden and Weber rivers, as well at such notable places at Strawberry, Flaming Gorge, Lake Powell, and many, many more.
FILMS - Know where they make those Western films? In Utah, of course. See the old Gunsmoke movie set in Johnson Canyon near Kanab. Canyonlands and Monument Valley star in old and new flicks. Valley of the Gods. Trail of the Ancients. Pictographs and petroglyphs. Guided hiking and horsepacking tours.
Books and trail maps can guide people to old and new spots.
ISLAND - Do they really have antelope on Antelope Island? How salty is the Great Salt Lake? Find out with a visit to Antelope Island State Park. Now featuring hiking, biking, picnics, grand vistas, blazing sun and the annual Bison Roundup in October.
MOUNTAIN MEN - Imagine it's the early 19th century in Ogden, Utah: trappers and mountain men, pioneers and rail-roaders. Today, Ogden is a gateway to the Golden Spike National Historic Site, unbelievable dinosaurs at the Eccles Dinosaur Park, the historic Union Pacific Railroad Station and the awesome Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum.