Delicate Arch 

Bucket List—From moonlit desert to white magic, here's your Utah to-do-before-you-die list.

Watch a Bees Game

Pure Americana: The sun sets spectacularly behind the Wasatch as the Bees slug it out on the ball field. After that show's over, the fireworks star (check a schedule for select dates). Glorious. 77 W. 1300 South, SLC, 801-325-2273, milb.com

Bike Ride by Moonlight

Antelope Island is the most jaw-dropping landscape that many Utahns have never set eyes on. Look west from the Wasatch Front and there it is, a sanctuary of buffalo, antelope, craggy cliffs and vast horizons. One of the best ways to visit this natural fastness is on a moonlight bike ride, when the terrain eerily resembles, well-the moon. 801-773-2941, stateparks.utah.gov/park/antelope-island-state-park

Pond Skim at Spring Gruv at Canyons

It may not be the purest powder, but spring skiing has its own sunny charms, like pond-skimming: a uniquely Utahn rite of spring. Ski downhill into a pond. Then have a beer and listen to some music on the ski beach. 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, 435-615-8042, canyonsresort.com

Raft Through Desolation Canyon

Utah's breathtaking landscape was carved by some of the wildest and most beautiful rivers in the country. The best way to appreciate them is from the water that made them, and one of the best trips is through Desolation Canyon. utah.com/raft/rivers/desolation.htm

Go to a Jazz Game

If it's your first Jazz game, enter EnergySolutions Arena plaza from the south, past the bronze statues of John Stockton passing to Karl Malone to feel their iconic presence. Then enter one of the NBA's most raucous arenas. Who'd have thought Utahns could be so noisy? 301 W. South Temple, SLC, 801-355-7328, nba.com/jazz/tickets

Join a Kickball Team

No sport gets more serious than WAKA kickball. We're talking big balls, co-ed teams, Jell-o shots, confounding rules and team names like Sit on My Base, the Bunt Cakes and Boozed and Confused. It works out to organized running amok and has become the national pastime of Liberty Park. kickball.com/slc

Go Bobsledding at Utah Olympic Park

In less than a mile, you'll rip through 15 turns, reach speeds of about 80 mph and experience up to 5Gs of force. Sounds scary, but you'll be piloted by a pro, so it will be safely thrilling. The bonus? You can experience the track in winter or summer. 3419 Olympic Pkwy., Park City, 435-658-4200, utaholympiclegacy.com

Hike to Delicate Arch

Remember that scene from Mars that Utah has on its license plates? It really exists, in Arches National Park! So, remove your license plate, hike three miles upward from the Wolfe Ranch, don't fall off a ledge, and compare your plate to the real thing. nps.gov/arch

Catch the Sheep Dog Trials

It's a Labor Day tradition for dog lovers. The savviest working canines in America show their stuff at the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship and Festival. And, please, don't bring your pig. Soldier Hollow, Midway, 801-556-9229, soldierhollowclassic.com

Skip Work and Ski Alta

You've got to do it at least once. A storm dumps a foot of snow in Little Cottonwood. What's a skier to do? Call in sick with a severe powder flu. Your boss will know what you're up to, but respect him enough to do some screaming at the top of your lungs so you sound hoarse. 201 Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd., Alta, 801-359-1078, discoveralta.com

Fly Fish in the Provo River

Wade in the snow melt-fed Provo River while trying to fandango with a fly rod, glowing line and hand-tied Double Ugly fly. The goal is to outsmart a trout with a pea-sized brain. And hire a guide the first time out. parkcityoutfitters.com

Visit all five national parks in Utah

What! You haven't been to Bryce or Cedar Breaks? GET OUTTA HERE! One could argue the national parks are the only reason to live in Utah. Prepare yourself for mind-blowing scenery that most Americans think is in Arizona. Vist nps.gov 

 

Get the Gear—Surviving Utah's bucket list depends on your equipment


Scott Kauf, Former World Pro Mogul Tour Champion and Mountian Adventure Manager at Utah Olympic Park. Kauf loves Utah outdoors because of the incredible areas close to the city, making it so easy to get out after work. 

Gear clockwise from top: 

Best Headlamp. Black Diamond's ReVolt Head lamp is rechargeable via a USB cable. $60, blackdiamondequipment.com

Best Gear bag. The Ogio Endurance 9.0 duffle is perfect for the on-the-go outdoor fanatic. Converts to a backpack. Holds all your gear with a crush-proof compartment and multiple other pockets to keep you organized. $160. ogio.com

Best Outdoor Digital Accessory. The Goal Zero Switch 8 solar recharging kit can power your phone, iPod or camera, $100. REI, rei.com

Best Camping Grill. The Adjust-a-Grill is designed to cook over an open campfire. The height-adjustable grill rotates away from the flame so you can cook safely. Optional tray. $47.95, kirkhams.com

Best Multi-Tool. The Leatherman Wave includes knives, pliers, wire cutters and more. Perfect for amputating an arm. $80, Kirkham's Outdoor Products, kirkhams.com

Best Trekking Pole. The Komperdell Traveller carbon trekking pole converts to mono-pod for your camera. $100, backcountry.com 

Best Bike Shop. Guthrie Bicycle in Sugar House is the oldest bike shop in Utah, and one of the oldest in the country. guthriebike.com

Best Fly Fishing Shop. Western Rivers Fly Fisher sells and rents all the gear you'll need to fool those tricky Utah trout. wrflyfisher.com

Best Place to buy Trail Running Shoes. Wasatch Running Center is dedicated to matching customers with the perfect running shoe. wasatchrunningcenter.com

Best Ski Company. Goode Skis are manufactured in Ogden. The wood core and carbon Fire ski (shown) is super lightweight, floats like a dream in the pow. $1190, Christy Sports in Park City and Snowbird Resort

Gear Sources

Santa Cruz Tall Boy Carbon 29er, $4,199, Guthrie Bicycle; Jetboil Flash, $99, Bear River Outfitters; Ribz Front Pack, $55, Bear River Outfitters, Books Men's Cascadia 8 trail running shoes, $120, Wasatch Running Company

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