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Utah's Healthy Hot Spots

5 of Utah's healthy destitations to kick off your summer

Written by Katy McDonald, CitiHealth

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail

The Trail is a 90-mile pedestrian and bicycle path that runs along the slope of the Wasatch Mountains, where the old shoreline of Lake Bonneville once met the foothills. Lake Bonneville existed 1 million years ago until the end of the Ice Age. Sections of the trail can be found from Ogden down to Payson. This non-motorized trail is easily accessible and well groomed. It is perfect for jogging or a ritual bike ride. The northern Salt Lake section begins on Bonneville Drive just east of city Creek Canyon Rd. and continues on to Emigration Canyon.

For more information and a map of the trail visit: www.bonneville-trail.org

Wingpointe Golf Course

Named one of the state’s top 2 public-access courses by Golf Digest, Wingpointe is distinct with a Scottish flavor featuring native greenery, rolling mounds and features several large lakes. It is renowned among Salt lake courses for its large shop and practice facilities. Its driving range is one of the city’s largest and has been rated the fourth best in the country. “Wingpointe is a championship-caliber golf course, but it’s also very playable for the average golfer. There is nothing else like it in Utah,” said Lynn Landgren, Head Professional.

Call (801) 575-2345 or visit

www.slcgov.com/PublicServices/Golf/Winpointe.htm

Little Wild Horse Canyon

Take a weekend south to the most popular hike in the San Rafael Swell. The Little Wild Horse Canyon/Bell Canyon loop is an elaborate slot canyon hike about 8 miles long. There is nothing difficult about the hike, and it is fun for kids. The canyon can be hiked year-round weather permitting. Located between the towns of Green River and Hanksville, it is roughly 180 miles long and 3.5 hours southeast of Provo. Improved camp areas with modern restroom facilites are located in Goblin Valley State Park, another fun and scenic place to visit.

For pictures and more information visit: climbutah.com/SRS/lw.htm

Fishing in the Provo River

Originating in the high Uinta Mountains, the Provo River is divided into three distinct sections: lower, middle, and upper, offering a premier blue-ribbon trout fishery close to Utah’s major cities. Brown and rainbow trout reach record lengths in the Provo River, with a typical fish running 17 inches or longer. As a result, the pristine waters of the Provo River provide exceptional exhilaration and outdoor adventure. The Provo River is only a 15-minute drive from Provo or 1.5 hours from Salt Lake City.

For more information call 800-222-8824 or visit: www.utah.com/fish/provo_river.htm

Off-Road Trails

Looking for great, local dirt roads? American Fork Canyon is one of the few canyons open in Utah where you can find a maze of dirt trails to tear up. A scenic change from the popular Moab, American Fork Canyon offers a beautiful landscape of pine and aspen trees. Trails split off into a variety of locations such as Mary Ellen Gulch, Forest Lake, Pittsburg Lake, and Mineral Basin — the most popular. The summit of American Fork Twin Peaks reaches approximately 11,000 feet with a stunning panoramic view from Salt Lake to the West Desert. The canyon is also highly conducive for hiking, fishing, canoeing, camping and rock climbing.

For ATV rentals visit: www.atvrentalsofutah.com.

Article Reviewed: June 29, 2012
Copyright © 2014 Healthy Magazine

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