Thanksgiving and Christmas in Utah

I wrote about our hike along Highway 190 in Cottonwood Canyon, UT after a sumptuous breakfast at Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant, a venerable place to eat in Cottonwood Canyon that is highly recommended, under the title “Winter Hike to Donut Falls” way back on December 27, 2021. This road continues on south of downtown Salt Lake City to 2 ski resorts, Solitude and Brighton. Both probably have snow by now. Cottonwood Canyon is justifiably a great tourist spot that is popular with both bikers and hikers and is highly recommended to all travelers who venture east on Highway 190. There are 7 hiking trails in this area, but Donut Falls is one of the more popular and very scenic.

Another day we headed east on Highway 189 north of Provo where Brigham Young University is and re-experienced Sundance that Ruth & I had not been to for many years. Highway 189 winds through Provo Canyon. We stopped at Bridal Veil Falls, a local landmark with a Native American legend to recommend it but found road construction a problem so did not linger. Sundance, which has grown and prospered since we last visited, is 13 miles from Provo. The Sundance resort is in the Timpanogos Wilderness area and even more scenic for travelers than Cottonwood Canyon. Those who continue on Highway 189 eventually go north on 189-40 and bypass Park City and the colorfully named town of Hideout.

Above Sundance we attempted another trail called the Stewarts Cascade. It takes hikers 1.9 miles to another scenic waterfall in this Wilderness area. It is an excellent and very popular day hike for families that traverses land dotted with fir, oak, maple, and aspen trees. At one point those on the trail are crossing an avalanche area. Some of us including me did not make it all the way to this waterfall. This is one of the most used hiking trails in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, and it weaves through land owned by the US Forest Service, BYU, and Sundance. In some places bikes are not allowed, and ziplining is possible here in the summer months.


About roadsrus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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