Utah Life July/August 2020 issue featuring Utah State Symbols, Old Ephraim, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Crawdad Canyon and more.


Did you know that Utah has an official state star? Utah Life salutes Dubhe the centennial star, as well as our state dinosaur, our state fossil, our state vegetables and all their compatriots in our State Symbols story. Story by Vanessa Zimmer.

Old Ephraim, a grizzly bear nearly 10 feet tall, perished almost 100 years ago in Logan Canyon, but his legend and folklore persist in the community today. Story by Tim Gurrister.

Flaming Gorge, the northeastern Utah dam and reservoir, bestow myriad recreational gifts upon visitors – not the least of which is fishing for giant trout. Story and photos by Dan Leeth.

Welcome to Crawdad Canyon. This southwestern Utah oasis offers a refreshing swim, world-class rock climbing and a playground for crawdads. Top it all off with a Veyo Pie shake. Story by Nicole Anderson. Photos by Steven Wood.


Monumental Exposure: Three photographers capture ruins and relics in our photo contest.

Kitchens: The pages light up in red, orange and yellow with Shannon Doleac’s four new recipes featuring garden-fresh tomatoes.

Trivia: Test your knowledge of our state’s birds and bees. By Brian Wangsgard.

Poetry: Our poets opine on the “Dog Days of Summer.”

Mailbox: Readers from across Utah and beyond share their stories inspired by recent issues of Utah Life.

Last Laugh: Humorist Kerry Soper becomes the ultimate patriot as he plans for Provo’s even-bigger celebration – the Stadium of Fire!


  • Trail cameras capture hooves and paws across Parleys Canyon wildlife bridge over Interstate 80 east of Salt Lake City.
  • Kanab artist Josh Baird is a southern Utah Renaissance man.
  • The Uinta Basin southeast of Vernal is the only place in the world where gilsonite, a rare hydrocarbon, is found and mined.
  • Mulberry trees on farmsteads and long country roads are an enduring testament to Utah’s pioneer-era silkworm industry.
  • Writer Colleen Whitley tells about Alberta Henry’s 50-year work for civil rights in a new book published by University of Utah Press, Feed My Sheep: The Life of Alberta Henry.