With a little imagination, some fairy tale characters do exist! Utah’s geologic backyard—where some of the wild things are!


Looking for some outdoor adventure, but tired of the crowded parks at the same old locations? Take a step outside the box, and into Emery County, to discover some exciting places many Utahns don’t even know about. From the spectacular geography at Goblin Valley State Park, to the world-class OHV trails and slot canyons, there are countless new adventures to have and memories to make in Emery County.


Calling all climbers, skiers, hikers, fishers, and spring breakers…just in time for Spring Break! For all those near & far getting ready to adventure into the Utah wild, be sure to stop by mapstore.utah.gov before you go. Enjoy 10% off all topo maps, guide books, and more when you use code “SPRINGBREAK16” at checkout! Take along one of our geologic publications and field tools that can help you appreciate the history of your wild destination. We also sell Utah State Park Permits at our physical location at 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (Utah State Park Permits are exempt from 10% discount). Venturing outside of Utah? We’ve got topographical maps for the entire country, and atlases and guide books for surrounding areas of the greater West. Make us your one-stop shop. We’ll help you get there—go play!

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They say practice makes perfect, and on the subject of earthquakes in Utah, it’d be wise to plan ahead. Have you discussed your plan with friends and family in the event of a large earthquake? Do you have an emergency kit made up? The Southwest Utah Public Health Department, along with several partner agencies, will be holding an earthquake drill on March 17, 2016 throughout southwest Utah. Find more information in the article on how you can participate and help preparedness efforts.


Whether we realize it or not, Southern Utah is earthquake country. There have been numerous small earthquakes in this area in recent years and, according to the USGS (United States Geological Survey), they provide a good reminder that people in Utah and Northern Arizona should be prepared.


For more earthquake preparedness information, visit http://www.utah.gov/beready/index.html.


Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on the rise and fall of the oil industry and its impacts on Utah.

A Gallup poll released in late February revealed Utah residents are the most positive in the nation about their state’s economic conditions.



James Sage likens it to a study abroad program, but instead of a semester spent in Europe, Southern Utah University students will take courses, live and work full-time inside Bryce Canyon National Park.



Did you feel it? A Magnitude 4.0 earthquake, that has since been downgraded to 3.82, shook southeastern Utah with the epicenter about 43 miles south of Hanksville, Utah, Tuesday.


Find the University of Utah Seismograph Station report HERE

Wasatch Range from northern Goshen Valley, Utah County, Utah Photographer: J. Lucy Jordan; © 2015

POTD 3-1-16 Wasatch Goshen Valley

Wasatch Range from northern Goshen Valley, Utah County, Utah
Photographer: J. Lucy Jordan; © 2015