Mere birthright alone doth not a Utahn create. What makes a true local? We say it is not the number of years you've lived within Zion's borders, but rather the zeal with which you explore all our state has to offer. If you're new, or if you're questioning your right to citizenship, we're here to help, with this refresher course. Every other week, we'll bring you a quintessential Utah-to-do experience. Check back for another to check off your list.


Photo by Grace Chon.

Best Friends Animal Society runs the largest no-kill animal shelter in the country. To call yourself a true Utahn, and in spirit of the holiday season, set up a time to volunteer. Support Best Friends' no-kill mission by socializing the dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots or pigs.

5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, 435-644-2001, bestfriends.org

Read our other How to be a Utahn posts:

Sleigh ride to the Viking Yurt

See the Twilight Concert Series

Go to the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Swim in The Crater at Homestead Resort

Tour the Beehive House

Go Tubing!

Visit Clark Planetarium

Visit a Salt Lake Film Society theater

Skip work and go to Alta

Eat at Red Iguana

Catch a show at Wiseguy's

See a play at Pioneer Theatre

Visit Ogden's Dinosaur Park

Visit Red Butte Garden

Brew Your Own Beer with the Beer Nut

Get tickets to Salt Lake Comic Con

Hike Delicate Arch

Go on a parade of homes

Run in the Mud

Go to Oktoberfest at Snowbird

Visit Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter

Go on Park City Ghost Tours

Get scared at a haunted house

Find anscestors at the Family History Library