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Meticulously researched, with every recommendation based on personal experience, Frommer's Utah is the only guide you'll need to experience all the adventure and natural wonders of this amazing corner of the Southwest. In this detailed and completely up-to-date guide, you'll find great places to stay in every price range: luxury ski lodges, historic B&Bs, family-friendly motels, ranches, rustic cabins, and more.
We'll show you all the sights, from dinosaur fossils and ancient cliff dwellings to Wild West saloons and magnificent Temple Square. You'll rely on our complete coverage of the national parks and monuments, including Zion, Bryce, Canyon, Capitol Reef, Moab, and Arches, plus all the details on some of the nation's best ski resorts. Whether you're looking for family fun or daredevil thrills, Frommer's Utah will help you design the adventure that's right for you.
Boating at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area: Flaming Gorge is a man-made playground, the result of the damming of the Green River for flood control, water storage, and electricity generation. But all that's not really important; what truly matters (in our view, at least) is the by-product of the project--a huge, gorgeous, many-fingered lake. This little-known gem is a boater's paradise--floating out here, you'll feel like you're all alone in the world. It also happens to offer some of the best fishing in the West. See chapter 9.
Exploring Bryce Canyon National Park: Among Utah's--maybe the nation's most scenic parks, Bryce Canyon is also one of the most accessible. Several trails lead down into the canyon more like walks than hikes so just about everyone can get to know this beautiful jewel up close. Part of the Rim Trail is even wheelchair accessible. The colorful rock formations are impressive when viewed en masse from the rim, but they become enchanting and fanciful works of art as you walk among them along the trails. See chapter 12.
Enjoying Capitol Reef National Park: This tranquil park isn't as popular as Bryce or Zion, but it has a subtle beauty all its own. And it's not too demanding, either: Wander through the orchards of Fruita, hike to Cassidy Arch, stroll up the Grand Wash, or just sit under the stars roasting marshmallows over your campfire. See chapter 13.
Houseboating on Lake Powell: Kick back and relax while floating on the deep blue waters of Lake Powell, with towering red rocks all around and an azure sky above. This is the life no telephone to answer, no meetings to attend, no deadlines to meet. Feeling warm? Slip over the side for a dip in the cool water. Want a little exercise? Anchor yourself at one of the canyons and hike a bit. See chapter 14.
1. The Best of Utah.
2. Planning a Trip to Utah.
3. For Foreign Visitors.
4. The Active Vacation Planner.
5. The Wasatch Front—The 2002 Winter Olympics & Beyond.
6. Salt Lake City.
7. The Northern Wasatch Front: Utah's Old West.
8. The Southern Wasatch Front: World-Class Skiing & More.
9. Dinosaurs & Natural Wonders in Utah's Northeast Corner.
10. Utah's Dixie & the Colorful Southwest Corner.
11. Zion National Park.
12. Bryce Canyon National Park.
13. Capitol Reef National Park.
14. Lake Powell & Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
15. From Moab to Arches & Canyonlands National Parks.
16. The Four Corners Area.
Appendix: Utah in Depth.
1. Utah Today.
2. History 101.
3. A Brief Look at Modern Mormonism—or Yes, You Can Get a Cup of Coffee in Utah.
4. Recommended Books, Films & Videos.