Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Friday, January 28, 2005

Headlines related to Utah travel

Ski 11 resorts in one day: A newspaper columnist takes a marathon ski trip and finds great conditions at Utah resorts. Details

Clean Air in National Parks: A plan to protect air quality and reduce haze has been approved by the State of Utah and the US Interior Department. Details

St George population expected to surge. Details

Friday, January 14, 2005

Floods Ease Around Saint George

A major storm dumped snow and then rain on the mountains around St George, creating serious flooding. Conditions are easing today but travel will continue to be difficult in some isolated areas. Streams are running high and backcountry travel is discouraged until flows return to normal.

 

The town of Gunlock has been isolated by the flood, which took out access bridges. Other roads and bridges along the Santa Clara River have been damaged or destroyed. Two people died as a result of this flooding, and many homes were destroyed. These are highly unusual conditions for southern Utah and recreationists need to use extreme caution.

 

Backcountry conditions will improve within a few days. It will take longer before some roads are repaired.

 

Avalanche danger is significant on steep slopes throughout the region. Check here for avalanche information.

Floods Ease Around St George

A major storm dumped snow and then rain on the mountains around St George, creating serious flooding. Conditions are easing today but travel will continue to be difficult in some isolated areas. Streams are running high and backcountry travel is discouraged until flows return to normal.

 

The town of Gunlock has been isolated by the flood, which took out access bridges. Other roads and bridges along the Santa Clara River have been damaged or destroyed. Two people died as a result of this flooding, and many homes were destroyed. These are highly unusual conditions for southern Utah and recreationists need to use extreme caution.

 

Backcountry conditions will improve within a few days. It will take longer before some roads are repaired.

 

Avalanche danger is significant on steep slopes throughout the region. Check here for avalanche information.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Flooding Closes Roads Near St George

1-10-05 Major flooding in the St George area has closed roads and forced people from homes. One person is presumed dead after his vehicle became stuck in a torrent below Red Cliffs Recreation Area, about 13 miles east of St George. He apparently climbed onto his SUV and was swept away by floodwater.

Santa Clara has had significant flooding and people have been evacuated from low-lying areas.

Rain is expected to continue tonight and Tuesday, with conditions improving Wednesday. Floods in this area usually do not last long. Major roads should be passable but backcountry roads may sustain damage that takes time to repair. Until the storm clears and conditions are deemed safe, stay out of washes and streambeds around St George, Snow Canyon, Red Cliffs, and even over into Zion National Park.

This link provides more details.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Deer Valley Offers Snowmobile Tours

Deer Valley Resort will offer guided snowmobile tours this winter season. Tours will be offered through Summit Meadows Adventures, located at the Garff Ranch in nearby Brown's Canyon. The operation will offer one- and two-hour tours, 30-minute children's rides, and three-hour lunch and supper tours. For more info: (800) 424-DEER (3337).
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