The Utah Travel Guy

Welcome to The Utah Travel Guy!

If you like learning, talking about, traveling, vacationing, visiting or even living in Utah, then you’ll probably like The Utah Travel Guy Blog.

If you don’t care about any of these things, you probably won’t.

The Utah Travel Guy blog keeps you updated about all things related to traveling in and visiting Utah.

And it ...

• will let you know when any new web pages or blog entries are added to Utah Travel Secrets.
• will tell you about new or previously unmentioned places to see or things to do.
• will let you know about some of the past additions to this blog you may have missed.
will hopefully … at times … entertain you.

Utah is a great place to live in my opinion. But because it has one predominant religion and one dominant political party, it’s an easy target for some people … both inside and outside its borders … to take shots at.

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Feb 24, 2023

About Me And This Site

Why do people use the web? To search for credible high-value information. Or for solutions to problems. This site was built step-by-step using the best online business package available.

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Sep 19, 2022

Site Update September 2022

Site Update SeptemberJuly 2022

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Aug 27, 2022

Ophir, Utah

My Great grandfather Peter Mahnken came to Utah in 1860 and settled in Ophir, Utah, a rip roaring silver mining town south of Tooele. There he met a

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Jul 16, 2022

Site Update July 2022

This is a site update for Utah Travel Secrets as of July 2022

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Jun 30, 2022

Utah Travel Secrets

Utah Travel Secrets is your travel guide to the most beautifully diverse state in the United States written by someone who lives, works, and plays here.

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Dec 24, 2017

Ophir Utah Experience

Hello. My name is Stephen Harr. I was doing research on Ophir for a screenplay I am developing when I found a valuable article on this website. I live

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Dec 10, 2017

Ice Fishing Near Park City?

Ice Fishing Utah

Hello, I was wondering if there is anywhere near Park City my Partner and I could go ice fishing? It would have to be a tour or with a guide as we're from

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Nov 01, 2017

Site Map

This Utah-Travel-Secrets site map is designed to help your find your way around our website. If you are looking for something in particular, you will likely find a link to it here.

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Oct 19, 2017

Facts About Utah

This page provides some basic facts about Utah. A mini-encyclopedia page about Utah.

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Oct 17, 2017

Ophir Utah

Ophir Utah is located 22 miles southeast of Tooele. Once a silver mining boom town, the town’s population … at one time … eventually peaked at 6,000 people.

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Oct 15, 2017

Ghost Towns in Utah

Pariah Utah

Ghost towns in Utah are an integral part of the state’s history. And no matter where you go in the state, you’re likely to come across a “ghost town”.

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Oct 15, 2017

Frisco Utah

Frisco Utah sprung up out of the western Utah desert in 1876 after silver was discovered nearby. It remains as one of Utah’s most intact ghost towns.

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Oct 15, 2017

Eureka Utah

The former Utah mining town of Eureka Utah, now a living ghost town with over 700 residents, is found in the once immensely rich Tintic District.

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Oct 12, 2017

You Have An Awesome Website

You have an awesome website (Utah-Travel-Secrets)! As a disabled Vietnam era veteran I may never get to Utah. If I ever do get to Utah, your website will

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Oct 08, 2017

New Look and Feel

If this is the first time you’ve visited this site, then the new design changes probably aren’t apparent. But if you’ve visited in the past, I hope you’ll agree the new version is quite a step up.

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Oct 02, 2017


I'm interested in donating a bench at Silver Lake up Big Cottonwood Canyon in memory of my late wife. It was her very favorite place in all of Utah.

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Oct 02, 2017

Check Out Texas Local Drinking Laws

Compare Utah to Texas! Every town in Texas is different. Some are dry, some are damp (beer & wine) others are wet (b, w, mixed drinks). Some wet towns

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May 10, 2016

First Time Visitors to Utah

My family and I are planning to visit Utah this summer.My sister lives in Sandy,and is still very new to the area. What are the must sees,must do's???

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Jan 18, 2016

Can You 4x4 Drive to Mercur?

Can you 4x4 drive to Mercur Utah from Butterfield Canyon?

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Jan 18, 2016

4x4 Tooele, Utah

Can you get to Tooele from Butterfield Canyon 4x4? If so where would you straight from?

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Jan 18, 2016

Are There Boat Rentals at Yuba Lake?

Are there boat rentals at Yuba Lake in July?

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Jan 18, 2016


How are the mosquitos in the Mirror Lake area right now?

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Jan 18, 2016

Camping With an RV in Utah

Hi, I am renting an RV in October and traveling from Colorado to Moab and surrounding areas. I have never rented an RV and and was wondering if I have

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Jan 18, 2016

Wolves in Utah

Do any wolfs live near Loa Utah?

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Jan 18, 2016

Least Mountainous Route to Utah National Parks

We would like to visit the national parks in southern Utah. We will be coming in to Utah on Interstate 80. What is the best way to travel south to the

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Jan 18, 2016

Milts in Moab

0ld drive in. 7 stool seating

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Jan 18, 2016

Best Burgers in Utah is Not Just Northern Utah

1) Millers in Manti is hard to beat. They have a really great bun. 2) Nemos in Escalante is excellent. 3) There is a bacon blue cheese burger in

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Jan 18, 2016

Utah Mule Deer Hunting

For over 40 years I have hunted Utah Mule deer with bow and arrow , muzzle loader, and high powered rifles. I have watched it decline and come back and

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Jan 18, 2016

I Am Back

After taking time from Utah Travel Secrets for an extended period of time, I am back. You can expect to see a whole lot of new and updated material on this site with the brand new design.

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Jan 16, 2014

Hogle Zoo

Hogle Zoo Tiger

The Hogle Zoo, situated at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, has undergone a startling transformation since my family and I first started visiting years ago.

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Nov 08, 2013

Park City Ski And Snowboard Swap

A ski and snowboard exhange so popular, some people come just for the party.

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Nov 06, 2013

Utah Walk-In-Access

What is walk-in access as it pertains to hunting in Utah? I saw it mentioned recently on a local outdoors TV show. Utah walk-in-access is a program in

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Oct 22, 2013

Goblin Valley Scout Leaders

When I read about the absolute stupidity and wanton disregard for one of nature’s wonders , involving the destruction by the now-famous Goblin Valley Scout Leaders, I have to just shake my head.

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Sep 06, 2013

Monster Utah Tiger Muskie

Did you see this? Wow! A Utah state record Tiger Muskie ... one of the biggest fish ever caught in the state ... was caught at Pineview Reservoir on

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Jul 23, 2013

The Wave Utah

The Wave Utah is a fragile and wondrous natural masterpiece in southern Utah. But lately, it might be better described as “The Killer Wave”.

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Jul 22, 2013

Town in the Middle of the Great Salt Lake

Did you know that there was once a town in the middle of the Great Salt Lake? Well, not a town really. A hamlet named Midlake. The most unusual hamlet that Utah has ever produced.

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Jul 21, 2013

Potash/Colorado River Scenic Byway

The Potash/Colorado River Scenic Byway gives you an opportunity for some wonderful views of the Colorado River north of Moab. Also see a variety of ancient rock art and even some dinosaur tracks.

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Jul 15, 2013

Utah Trade Mission to Manila

A 12-member Utah trade mission to Manila will take place July 15-17, 2013.

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Jul 15, 2013

Mercur Utah

Mercur Utah is one of Utah’s most famous ghost towns yet no trace of it exists. It quite literally died and was reborn several times. The town produced more than $16 million of gold ore by 1913.

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Jul 13, 2013

Utah Utes Win The Pac-12 Championship

Utah Utes win the Pac-12 Championship

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Jul 11, 2013

Kolob Fingers Road

The Kolob Fingers Road Scenic Byway is a short but fantastic drive a few miles south of Cedar City. It offers the best view available of the “red finger” canyons of the Kolob in southern Utah.

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Jul 09, 2013

Rice-Eccles Stadium Parking

Rice-Eccles Stadium

Where can I park for Utah Ute football games? Well, as nice as the stadium is, the parking sucks. There isn’t any unless you’re a Crimson Club member

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Jul 08, 2013

Rice-Eccles Stadium

Ute Stadium

Rice-Eccles Stadium, Rice Stadium, Ute Stadium. Although the name has changed, the University of Utah football team has played their home games at the same address since 1927.

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Jul 05, 2013

Photo On The Top Of

Where was the photo on the top of each page of Utah-Travel-Secrets taken? This is a photo I took on a visit with my wife to Arches National Park. This

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Jun 30, 2013

Pink Floyd The Flamingo

Pink Floyd The Flamingo

If you think you saw a flamingo on the Great Salt Lake, you were right. It was Pink Floyd the flamingo.

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Jun 30, 2013

How Far Is Park City From Salt Lake City?

How far is Park City from Salt Lake City? Park City is 32 miles (or 51 km) from downtown Salt Lake City. It is 37 miles (60 km) from the Salt Lake City

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Jun 29, 2013

Things to do in Salt Lake City

If you’re looking for things to do in Salt Lake City, this page will help you decide what you want to do. And see. It lists many but also links to pages describing them in detail.

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Jun 29, 2013

Southern Utah Weather in April

We are planning a holiday in southern Utah. The plan is to come in April/May next year in 2014. What is the weather like at that time of the year? Thanks.

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Jun 29, 2013

Backpacking Utah

I have done quite a few 3-4 day backpack trips in Utah - Grand Gulch, Salt Creek in Canyonlands, Bryce, Coyote Gulch Escalante, ... We are planning a

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