The poppies are blooming in Mantua and Alpine. The ideal time to see poppies in Utah is during late May or early June. Due to the cooler than normal temperatures in May, the poppies are still in full bloom this year.
Mantua is approximately 62 miles north of Salt Lake City. The poppy field is easily accessible by car. You will be able to see the poppies from your vehicle, but is only a very short walk (no hiking) from parking area to the poppies.
How to get there: from Salt Lake City, drive north on I-15 and take the 362 exit for Brigham City. On highway 89, you will take the Mantua exit. You will see signs for the Box Elder Campground. You will begin to see an abundance of poppies along the side of the road, and you may believe that you have reached the poppy field. However, the field is just a little bit further, and is much larger. Continue to drive until to reach the first stop sign – then take a left. Proceed until you see a fork in the road. Turn right at the fork and drive until you see the poppies.
Alpine is located approximately 32 miles south of Salt Lake City. The poppy trail is located inside Lambert Park. Lambert Park is a 255 acre park, with trails for hiking, mountain biking, and for horses. There are some designated camping areas.
How to get there: From Salt Lake City, drive south on I-15 to exit 284 to Alpine/Highland. Drive east (towards the mountains) for five miles. Turn left at the stoplight in Highland which is Main Street (you will see a Chevron gas station at the northeast corner of the intersection). Drive north for 2 miles into Alpine past the 4-way stop at 200 North to 300 North. Turn right and go a few blocks to Alpine Blvd. Go left and you will shortly see the LDS church at 1125 N Alpine Blvd. If you are planning to mountain bike or hike the trails, you can park your vehicle on the road near the church but not in the church parking lot. Maps for the trails are below.
An alternative option if you prefer to shorten the hike is to drive closer to the poppy field, by continuing on Alpine Blvd. north of the church until Grove Drive. Turn right and follow Grove Dr to Box Elder Dr. Turn right and Box Elder Drive connects with Box Elder Circle. Turn right again and park where the pavement ends and turns into a gravel road. You can park before the warning sign which states “motorized vehicles not allowed.” Follow the gravel road about one block and the small trail to the Poppies goes left and is approximately 300 feet to the Poppies.
Although the poppies are dominant at this time, look for a variety of other flowers in the field. You will also find the remains of the summer home of George Cannon Lambert.
It is the season for fresh produce at your local farmers markets, some are already open and others are scheduled to be opened soon. It is a great way to support your local businesses.
Be sure to bring your reusable bags for your purchases.
Most merchants will accept debit and credit cards, but it is helpful to bring cash for those who don’t. Many of the markets will also accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as well as Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) so be sure to ask if applicable.
Markets Currently Open:
Liberty Park Farmers Market – on 700 East 1300 South in Salt Lake City (North of the Duck Pond) on Fridays from 4 pm to dusk through October 4th.
Daybreak Farmers Market – on SoDa Row, 11274 Kestrel Rise Road in South Jordan, on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm through September 28th.
Downtown Farmers Market – Liberty Park at 350 West 300 South in Salt Lake City on Saturdays beginning on June 8th through October 19th from 8 am to 2 pm. They also offer a free bike valet, and an enclosed off-leash dog area.
Park Silly Sunday Market – on Historic Main Street in Park City on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm, June through September. (No market on August 4th, 11th, or 18th) Although this market is not in Salt Lake County, it is well worth the drive to Park City for their open-air market and street festival with lots of food, arts, and live music
9th West Farmers Market (The People’s Market) – near The International Peace Gardens at Jordan Park at 1000 South 900 West in Salt Lake City on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm through October.
Wheeler Farm Sunday Market – 6351 South 900 East in Murray on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm through October 27th. On the last Sunday of each month, they also feature young vendors at the Children’s Market.
Sugar House Farmers Market – at the Fairmont Park on 1040 East Sugarmont Drive in Salt Lake City on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm through October.
Markets Starting Soon:
Murray City Park Farmers Market – at 200 East 5200 South in Murray from 9 am to 2 pm from July 26th through October 26th. Will be open on Fridays and Saturdays
Market at Gardner Village – at 1100 West 7800 South in West Jordan from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays beginning July 13th through October 26th.
Murray City Park Farmers Market – at 200 East 5200 South in Murray from 9 am to 2 pm from July 26th through October 26th. Will be open on Fridays and Saturdays
South Jordan Farmers Market – at the Jordan Towne Center, 1600 West Towne Center Drive (10600 South) in South Jordan on Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm beginning on August 3rd through October 19th.
Tuesday Harvest Market – at Pioneer Park, 300 South 300 West in Salt Lake City from 4 pm to 8 pm beginning on August 6th through September 24th.
Sugar House Farmers Market – at the Fairmont Park, 1040 East Sugarmont Drive in Salt Lake City on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm starting in July through September.
University of Utah Farmers Market – Tanner Plaza at 201 South 1460 East in Salt Lake City on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm beginning August 22nd through October 3rd.
It would be easy to miss Moonshine Arch as you are leaving Vernal on Highway 191. Less than a mile north of the entrance to the Steinaker State Park, you will find an unmarked dirt road to the left. Take a left on this road and travel for approximately a half of a mile to turn on a wide dirt road. (Links to maps are included below). The arch rises 40 feet above the ground, and is 85 feet long, but is hidden from view by the surrounding landscape until you are in front of it. It is worth your time to search for it. The arch is accessible by jeep, ATV or by an easy hike.
If you don’t have a high clearance vehicle, it is recommended that you park in the area outside of the green gate. The majority of the trail is sand, and slick rock. The arch is approximately one mile from the green gate.
It is a pleasant walk with a variety of plants and flowers along the trail, and with great views. When you reach the arch, you will find caverns which would be a great place to enjoy a picnic in the shade. Dogs are permitted, but be careful in hot weather to ensure the sand and slick rock is not too hot for their paws.
I would recommend hiking during the early morning or early evening to avoid the hot sun during the day. Be sure to wear a hat, and to bring plenty of water.
There are no fees to access. You can find directions for the trail at these sites.
Other interesting hikes:
Nine Mile Canyon has been called the world’s longest art gallery. The canyon is actually 46 miles long and is home to the greatest concentration of petroglyph and pictographs in the United States. A petroglyph is an image carved into stone, while a pictograph is a painting using natural pigments on stone. You may have seen many of these images in National Geographic magazines. There are over a thousand catalogued sites of Freemont and Ute rock art. Some panels of rock art can be viewed from just a few feet from the road.
This is a very scenic drive on a paved road. There are no fees. There are many dips in the road to permit running water to pass over; it is advisable to avoid on rainy days due to being unable to pass if roads are flooded. There are no services for 75 miles; plan on having a full tank of gas, plenty of water and snacks to eat.
A great place to begin your trip is by visiting the Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum for more information about the history of the people and how they lived.
This Nine Mile Canyon brochure includes a map for a self guided tour.
There are pavilion covered picnic tables and toilets at both the Daddy Canyon Complex and the Cottonwood Glen Picnic Area. There is no water for washing or drinking.
The mile markers cited on the tour brochure can be a little off, but there are small signs to help you identify the sites.
Approximately half way through the Canyon you will pass the ghost town of Harper. It was once a stagecoach stop along the route between Price and the Uintah Basin.
The public lands in Nine Mile Canyon are closed to camping. The Nine Mile Ranch Bunk and Breakfast operates a private campground that is open year round.
Driving Directions: Approximately 125 miles from Salt Lake City, take I-15 to the Manti/Price exit 258. Travel on US Highway 6 to Price exit 240. Continue through Price for 7.5 miles into Wellington.
South Salt Lake City is celebrating its second annual Mural Fest on Saturday, May 11th. Ten new street murals will be painted at locations between Main Street to West Temple and from 2100 South to 2500 South. A self-guided tour of the murals would be easy to do by walking or biking to each site. Here is a list of locations where the new murals will be painted. Watch the murals in progress as the artists begin painting their murals two weeks prior to the event.
Murals bring color and character to urban environments. They can brighten up drab concrete buildings and create a sense of community. Businesses can benefit from the increased foot traffic as people venture into the neighborhoods to see the artwork.
The Mural Fest is being held between 5 pm to 10 pm. The event is suitable for people of all ages, and no tickets are required. Passport maps can be downloaded or picked up at the venue. Although self-guided tours of the murals can be done at any time, the Mural Fest provides the opportunity to meet the artists in person at each location and to speak with them about their murals. The artists will sign passports as you visit each location. Completed passports can be returned for a free give-away.
After completing the tour, enjoy live music, food trucks and activities for the kids at the Commonwealth Room on 195 West 2100 South.
There is a long history of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the United States. Despite the long tradition, there are some misconceptions and lesser known St Patrick’s Day Facts. The first celebration occurred in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737. According to the 2015 census, 32.7 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry which is approximately 7 times the population of Ireland. Common celebrations often include festivities of eating Irish food, socializing at local pubs, listening to Irish music and storytelling.
Here are a few of the upcoming community events in Utah to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The Ogden Nature Center will offer a “Going Green” Scavenger Hunt around the nature center as a special St. Patrick’s Day program on Wednesday, March 13th from 3:45 to 4:15 pm.
“An Irish Evening” at The Rose Wagner Theater is an original production by Acadamh Rince Irish Dance School featuring Irish dance, music, stories and culture of Ireland. Performances are on March 15th and 16th at 7:00 pm.
Join the Hibernian Society Of Utah for the 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 16th. The parade will begin at 10:00 am at 200 South & 500 East and follow this route rain or shine. Festivities will continue after the parade at the Siamsa featuring live Irish music and food at the Celtic festival at the Gallivan Center.
In Springdale, festivities kick off at 2:00 pm on March 16th. The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration includes a parade, live music with Utah Pipe Band Performance, Beer Garden, Food, Kids’ Zone and a Jell-O Sculpture Contest.
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party and would like to serve authentic Irish dishes such as Sweet & Sour Stuffed Cabbage, Chicken & Dumplings or Potato Pancakes without doing all of the cooking yourself, then you may want to order from this Cuisine Unlimited menu on-line. Orders must be placed by March 14th for pickup or delivery on the 17th.
“If you’re enough lucky to be Irish, you’re lucky enough!” – Irish Saying
Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolate Factory tour is a fun way to see how the candies in your favorite box of chocolates are made. The tour is child friendly, with steps near windows to enable young chocolate enthusiasts to have a close up view of the process.
Throughout the factory, there are several Curious George stuffed animals for the children to search for. They will find him in high and low locations throughout the kitchen. The book, Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory, is also available to purchase along with a variety of candy and ice cream inside of the store. The family’s model train collection and mural of a village is in a room at the end of the tour and includes a searching game to find the hidden sweets among the train scene.
The tour includes a short video on the history of chocolate. The tour guide will also tell the story of how a family recipe for Pecan Rolls, which was passed down to Marie Cavanaugh, was initially used as a church fundraiser and later evolved into the business it is today.
Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates have been family owned and operated since 1964. They have six stores throughout Utah, located in Bountiful, Layton, North Salt Lake, North Ogden, Orem and West Valley City. A new store recently opened in Spokane, WA.
Tours are provided by appointment Monday through Friday between 10 am and 3 pm at 835 Northpointe Circle in North Salt Lake. It cost $1 per person, which includes samples. The tour will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. To schedule a tour, call (801) 677-8888.
You can purchase chocolates at any of their store locations or order on-line at Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Website.
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Fall is the ideal time to hike the Wind Cave Trail to see the colorful foliage. Driving approximately 5 miles up the Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway, you will find the Wind Cave trailhead across the road from the Guinavah-Malibu Campground.
The Wind Cave is composed of a group of natural limestone arches and hollows. It was formed as water seeped through cracks in layers of underground limestone, creating caverns. Downward cutting from the Logan River exposed the caves, and the arches were created by water continuing to erode the limestone.
The trail is rated moderate with an elevation gain of approximately 1000 feet. It is 3.5 miles round trip. The elevation gain does not appear as steep due to switchbacks. The trail is well maintained and is clearly marked. If there is an unmarked trail that leads off, stick with the wider trail.
There is shade for the first half of the trail; however the last half does not have shade. It is advisable to dress in layers, wear a hat and protection from the sun. Be sure to bring plenty of water.
The trail is heavily trafficked at times, particularly during the weekends. If you prefer to hike when less people are on the trail, weekdays are a good option. Dogs on leashes are permitted.
The end of the trail leads to the top of the cave. If you have children with you, be sure to watch them carefully as there are steep drop-offs. You can climb down into the cave and explore the alcoves. It is a great place to rest in the shade of the cave and take photos of the gorgeous views.
Other interesting hikes:
Smokey skies from the wildfires did not discourage the volunteers who came out to clean up Antelope Island State Park on a very hot, windy day. A second group of volunteers met at the Great Salt Lake Marina State Park as part of the International Coastal Clean-Up Day.
For thirty-three years, the Ocean Conservancy has been organizing volunteers to clean up litter along their coastline. Volunteers throughout the U.S. and more than 100 countries join efforts to clean up beaches, waterways and oceans. In 2017, over 20 million pounds of trash (majority of it plastic) was picked up during the International Coastal Clean-Up Day.
Friends of Great Salt Lake organized Utah volunteers at two locations along the Great Salt Lake. Five million migrating birds representing 257 species will stop at the Great Salt Lake every year. Migratory birds are not only aesthetically beneficial to humans but have a vital role in the biodiversity for all ecosystems. They help pollinate, disperse seeds and regulate pests.
The effects from littering can have detrimental affects on birds. Discarded and rotting food can attract predators. Rats and feral cats attracted by food waste may also prey on the birds and/or their nests. Litter may lead to habitat loss, with fewer resources for nesting, feeding and shelter. Glass, plastic, fishing line and kite string can cause injuries to birds’ wings, legs, feet, or throats if entangled in them. Birds may mistake pieces of litter as food, and can suffer from digestive blockage or poisoning. Also, oil or grease could cause plumage disruption which would affect their ability to maintain proper insulation and easy flight.
Some people may believe that cleaning up the litter is an endless battle and that their effort really wouldn’t make a difference. However, just as every piece of litter that is carelessly discarded matters, the same goes for every piece of litter that is eliminated.
The Antelope Island clean-up focused on an area where shooters have been using discarded toys and electronic devices for target practice. Most electronics contain toxic materials including lead, nickel, zinc, and chromium. When released into the environment it can cause health problems to humans. Toxic materials can also seep into the groundwater affecting animals on land and in water.
The use of ammunition containing lead is discouraged. Accumulation of lead from ammunition on the lakebed will have a health impact on waterfowl.
Collected litter was weighed. Metal and toxic debris were separated from the paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and aluminum cans for proper disposal.
Within two hours, the combine efforts of hardworking volunteers were able to clear out 1000 pounds of litter.
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are an entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi
Festivities to educate, explore, restore, and enjoy the Jordan River and Jordan River Parkway are scheduled throughout the month of September during the annual “Get into the River Festival”. The Jordan River flows for fifty miles through sixteen cities in three counties.
Cities along the river are hosting events such as a Pancake Breakfast/ Puncturevines Pull, canoe and kayak float, riding the river trail with the Mayor, and a Children’s Beatles Tribute Choir. Although some of these activities have already taken place, there are many more fun events still to come. Check the schedule for information on activities.
There are additional opportunities scheduled for later this month to learn about the flora and fauna; plant trees and seeds, bird watch, listen to live music, play lawn games, mud volley ball, Ducky Derby Dash or enjoy a root beer float.
Each month, approximately 15,000 people utilize the Jordan River Parkway each month for walking, running, skating, cycling and horseback riding.
Although the festival events are scheduled only during September, the Jordan River and trails are enjoyable year round.
If volunteering as an individual or with a group to help with planting, weed pulling, or picking up trash to help maintain the Jordan River is of interest to you, (typically needed between April and October) check with Jordan River Commission for upcoming opportunities.