DNR Map & Bookstore: Family Guide to the Grand Circle National Parks

100 Years: Let’s celebrate!

The National Park Service is turning 100 and everyone can take part in the celebration!

“A Family Guide to the Grand Circle National Parks” is available now at our Utah Natural Resources Map & Bookstore located on the corner of North Temple and Redwood Road in Salt Lake City.


Discover the national parks and programs in your own backyard!

Utah Natural Resources Map & Bookstore National Parks Map

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016.
As part of the celebration, entrance fees are waived at all National Park Service facilities from August 25 through August 28!

A complete driving map, featuring 8 National Parks is available now at the DNR Map & Bookstore. Utah.com National Parks Map & Guide


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2016 Crawford Award

The prestigious 2016 Crawford Award was presented to UGS geologist Bob Biek in recognition of his work in mapping the Panguitch 30’ x 60’ quadrangle (UGS Map 270DM). Bob’s mapping makes several significant contributions to our understanding of the geology of southwest Utah, including correcting significant aspects of Cretaceous and early Tertiary stratigraphy that have caused geologists problems for decades, and unraveling the enormous and complex Markagunt gravity slide. The Markagunt gravity slide study was initially published with co-authors Dave Hacker and Pete Rowley in Geology. Recognizing the significance of this work, the Geological Society of America recently agreed to fund a Thompson Field Forum on mega-gravity slides to be held in southern Utah in 2017. Additionally, UGS Map 270DM recently received the national Charles G. Mankin Award for geological mapping from the Association of American State Geologists.

The Crawford Award recognizes outstanding achievement, accomplishments, or contributions by a current UGS scientist to the understanding of some aspect of Utah geology or Earth science. The award is named in honor of Arthur L. Crawford, first director of the UGS.

Bob Biek Crawford Award

Go Deep: 5 Places on Earth to See Seriously Old Rocks


When’s the last time you laid hands on something billions of years old? (That old salsa jar at the back of your fridge doesn’t count.) If you answered “never,” you’re not alone.


‘Flash flood chaser’ captures incredible footage after storms hit southern Utah


Flash flood chaser David Rankin is an expert at tracking storms and catching the resulting floods on camera, and after a series of thunderstorms this week he has two new videos showing Mother Nature’s awesome power at work.


POTD July 5, 2016: Wilson Health Springs and the Deep Creek Range, Tooele and Juab Counties


Wilson Health Springs and the Deep Creek Range, Tooele and Juab Counties

Photographer: Rich Emerson; © 2016

Nature’s special effects: Travel in time at the best U.S. dinosaur sites


Fossil hunters have been racing to the American West since the 1800s, and despite important and historic results, the contest to find new dinosaurs hasn’t always been pretty.


Bryce Canyon National Park to hold the 10th Annual Geology Festival in July


BRYCE, Utah – Bryce Canyon National Park will hold the 10th Annual Geology Festival July 15-16, 2016. This year’s theme is “Exploring the Eocene Epoch: Dawn of Modern Mammals”, which is the time when the rocks of Bryce Canyon were forming. Join guest speaker, Dr. L. Greer Price of the New Mexico Geological Survey as he presents “Earth Sciences for the 21st Century: Where we’ve been and where we’re going”.


Survey Notes v.48 no.1, January 2016

The latest Survey Notes is here!

Survey Notes v.48 no.1, January 2016

Our latest issue of Survey Notes is here! Find articles on the new Ogden 30′ x 60′ geological map, the Markagunt Gravity Slide, and more among our regular feature columns.


Check out past issues of Survey Notes too!

Low water in Great Salt Lake reveals ‘rocks that are alive’

Some lakes are home to legendary monsters (here’s looking at you, Bear Lake), while others are home to other organisms. Great Salt Lake’s great lows have exposed microbialites, also known as bioherms, allowing scientists and researchers an uncommon opportunity to get a closer look.


As Utah’s Great Salt Lake continues to drop during recent years of drought, something strange and wonderful is coming into focus in the shallows and exposed lake bed.