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Petrified Dunes offer short hike with great views, opportunities for exploring

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SNOW CANYON STATE PARK — If you’re looking to get off the trail and explore the treasures of Snow Canyon State Park, the Petrified Dunes hike is the place to go.

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Southern Utah mine being chipped away by visitors; hurting small town business owner

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To many in southern Utah it’s known as the “Glitter Mine” but to one Veyo business owner, Russ Feller, it’s more than that, it’s his livelihood.

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POTD October 4, 2017: Yant Flat, Washington County

POTD October 4, 2017: Yant Flat, Washington County
Photographer: Tyler Knudsen © 2017

Utah Hike of the Week: Warner Valley Dinosaur Tracks

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This short and sweet hike leads to a floor of sandstone that contains a display of dinosaur tracks. The tracks probably were left by the famous carnivore dilophosaurus and smaller megapnosaurus, paleontologists believe. In an interpretive sign at the tracks, officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management report that the consistent direction of the tracks suggests that the spot was part of a dino thoroughfare, perhaps alongside water, and petrified wood nearby indicates the area may have been wooded.

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POTD October 25, 2016: Yant Flat, Washington County

Yant Flat, Washington County

Photographer: Gregg Beukelman © 2016

Above the Virgin River valley, evening sun strikes outcrops of the Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone. Weathering patterns and alternating bands of chemically oxidized (red) and reduced (white) mineral cements combine to produce interesting patterns of texture and color.

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Reports of flash flooding, large boulder close roads in Zion National Park

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The flash flooding was reported in Zion National Park and near Mount Carmel, according to the National Weather Service. Park officials reported that all of the roads in Zion National Park were closed as of 3 p.m. due to the extreme weather.

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POTD July 12, 2016: Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah

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POTD July 12, 2016: Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah.

Photographer: Paul Inkenbrandt; © 2016

Sunset on Gooseberry Mesa shines golden light on cliffs of Triassic-age Shinarump Conglomerate and the underlying slope-forming Moenkopi Formation. White cliffs and peaks in the distance are thrones and temples of Zion National Park, formed of Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone. Gooseberry Mesa, Washington County, Utah Photographer: J. Lucy Jordan; © 2016

POTD June 10, 2016: Gooseberry Mesa, Washington County, Utah

POTD 5-31-16 Washington County

Gooseberry Mesa, Washington County, Utah
Photographer: J. Lucy Jordan; © 2016

Sunset on Gooseberry Mesa shines golden light on cliffs of Triassic-age Shinarump Conglomerate and the underlying slope-forming Moenkopi Formation. White cliffs and peaks in the distance are thrones and temples of Zion National Park, formed of Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone.

Towering 1,488 feet above the canyon floor, Angels Landing is a joint-controlled resistant fin of Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone, carved out by the incised North Fork Virgin River. A popular, but steep and exposed, hiking trail guides park visitors along the sheer fin to inspiring views of Zion Canyon. Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah Photographer: Adam McKean; © 2015

POTD March 15, 2016: Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah

POTD 3-15-16 Angels Landing Zion National Park

Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah
Photographer: Adam McKean; © 2015

Towering 1,488 feet above the canyon floor, Angels Landing is a joint-controlled resistant fin of Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone, carved out by the incised North Fork Virgin River. A popular, but steep and exposed, hiking trail guides park visitors along the sheer fin to inspiring views of Zion Canyon.