July/August 2019


Summer is in full swing throughout the July/August 2019 issue of Utah Life, as Zion National Park observes its centennial in the south and the under-the-radar-famous Fruit Way spreads its sweetness up north.

  • Zion National Park celebrates 100 years as a national park – one that manages to be both serenely beautiful and full-tilt adventurous. Photos by David J. West, story by Vanessa Zimmer.
  • The picturesque Oquirrh Mountain town of Ophir, population 25, keeps a firm grip on its history as an 1870s mining mecca. Story by Valerie Phillips, photos by Brian Nicholson.
  • Next fuel stop: 104 miles. Don’t let the signs deter you. Interstate 70 might be short on gasoline pumps, but the San Rafael scenery abounds. Story and photos by Joshua Hardin.
  • Randy Fullbright digs beneath the dinosaurs in the backcountry of Dinosaur National Monument. Photos by Randy Fullbright, story by Vanessa Zimmer.
  • In Northern Utah, the Pettingill family name is synonymous with peaches. Story by Susan Snyder.


  • The Tree of Utah may soon have some company in the West Desert.
  • Seventy-four prancing and rearing painted horses direct traffic during Pioneer Days in Ogden.
  • Red rock meets classical music at the Moab Music Festival, the Tour of Utah climbs through northern environs, and the Days of ’47 Parade draws street campers to Salt Lake City. And that’s just three of the events in July and August in Utah.
  • The Timely Gull, commissioned by Brigham Young, once ferried cattle between the mainland and Antelope Island.
  • Did you know Utah has three new Forever stamps honoring the sesquicentennial of the transcontinental railroad?
  • How a central Utah community became the namesake of Pahvant Ute Chief Kanosh.
  • Provo artist Brian Kershisnik releases a new book of paintings and prose.
  • Our Monumental Exposures photo contest showcases Utah’s wildflower blooms.
  • Utah Trivia: Where can you go in Utah to visit another planet?
  • Poetry: Thoughts on “”
  • Mailbox: Readers are using Utah Life to plan their day trips and vacations.
  • Last Laugh: Kerry Soper has a family reunion party package for everyone. Butterbeer is on tap for one. Illustration by Greg and Hala Swearingen.

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