Outdoors & Adventure

There are five kinds of rattlesnakes that populate Utah (DWR)...
Shara Park and Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

Utahns experiencing close encounters of the rattlesnake kind

As you make plans to head to the great outdoors this holiday weekend, you may want to heed the warning about rattlesnakes.
1 month ago
FILE: The sun sets over Canyonlands National Park. (Ken Fall)...
JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer

Federal agencies reverse Trump limits on habitat protection in Endangered Species Act

The Biden administration is dropping a rule adopted under former President Donald Trump that limited which lands and waters could be designated as critical habitat for imperiled animals and plants.
2 months ago
red flag warning Utah...
Larry D. Curtis

Fire, wind and heat warnings issued for much of Utah

At temperatures jumped significantly from Wednesday to Thursday, much of the state is under warnings for high wind, excessive heat and high fire danger.
2 months ago
Angels Landing Zion National Park...
Larry D. Curtis

KSL’s Chopper 5 and photojournalist document Utah’s unique beauty

Utah's unique geography, that includes mountains, deserts, lakes and snow, bring visitors from around the world. KSL photojournalist Meghan Thackrey is part of a team that documents news on KSL TV's Chopper 5, giving her some pretty unique landscapes and geographic features to record.
2 months ago
A helicopter waits to transport an injured hiker to the hospital after a rock knocked her unconscio...
Shara Park, KSL TV

Is there an explanation for recent rockfalls in Utah?

A hiker is in the hospital after a rock the size of a tennis ball hit her on the Timpanogos Cave Trail. It happened around 7:15 a.m. Thursday, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon of Utah County Sheriff's Office. Cannon said the rock knocked the 65-year-old woman unconscious and caused bleeding from her head.
2 months ago
Cougar California classroom...
Associated Press

Janitor confines cougar in empty California classroom

Authorities say a quick-thinking custodian safely confined a mountain lion in an empty classroom after it entered a Northern California high school.
2 months ago
Search and rescue crews stressed water safety and wearing life vests out on Utah's lakes. (Aubrey S...
Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

‘Play it safe:’ Father of drowning victim warns people headed to the water this weekend

If you plan on taking your boat out this Memorial Day weekend, be careful.
2 months ago
A line of cars waits for access to recreation at Bear Lake (Idaho State Parks)...
Mike Anderson and Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

With Bear Lake beaches reaching capacity, Idaho now takes reservations

Crowds in both Idaho and Utah are working on ways to accommodate big Bear Lake crowds that have grown tremendously in recent years.
3 months ago
The Salt Lake County Search and Rescue team has already gone out on 13 rescues this year. (KSL TV)...
Shara Park

‘I wasn’t prepared to be in the snow’: 2022 Utah Hiker rescues slightly ahead of last year

As the spring temperatures warm in Utah and people head to the mountains for a picnic or hiking, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team is warning of dangerous conditions and urging visitors to be prepared.
3 months ago
(American Kestrel © Courtney Celley/USFWS)...
Cary Schwanitz

Watch a live stream of kestrel chick at Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve

Need a nature break while you’re sitting in your office chair? The Nature Conservancy has set up a live camera in a nest box to watch a newly hatched kestrel at Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve.
3 months ago
An overlook of the Colorado River from Dead Horse Point State Park in eastern Utah. (Larry D. Curti...
SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer

Earth Day: Humanity proves it can clean up messes, repair damage

As bad as the environment seems with climate change and other pollution, scientists say humanity has also done a pretty good job of cleaning up past messes. More than 25 experts shared their favorite ecological success stories for Earth Day. The overwhelming No. 1 success story is the healing of Earth’s ozone hole. Experts credit […]
4 months ago
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Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

DWR reminds citizens that trespassing on protected lands harms Utah’s animals

Trespassers, including hikers and bikers, are encroaching on critical Utah wildlife protection areas during the most critical time of year for the animals, according to Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources.
4 months ago
Audrey Wilson will represent Utah Utah on Team USA in Norway for the fly-casting world championship...
Karah Brackin, KSL TV

Utah woman fishing for world championship in Norway

A Utah woman is putting in extra hours in the water as she prepares for her next fly-casting competition.
4 months ago
A mine was proposed for Parleys Canyon, pictured here in a file photo. (Mike Anderson/KSL TV)...
Larry D. Curtis

SL County Council votes unanimously to ban mining in area canyons, including Parleys

An attempt to open a quarry in Parley Canyon resulted in a Salt Lake County Council unanimous vote to ban mining in in area canyons and foothills. The quarry was opposed in writing by hundreds of citizens and the council's decision was praised by Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson.
4 months ago
Visitors explore The Narrows along the Virgin River on July 15, 2014 in Zion National Park, Utah. Z...
Cary Schwanitz

High river flow forces closure of Narrows at Zion Canyon

Rangers at Zion National Park closed the Narrows Sunday because of a dangerous high river flow.
4 months ago
Main Street in Park City was shut down for about an hour on Friday, April 1, 2022  so citizens coul...
Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Park City parade honors city’s Olympians, present and past

It's still a little early for parade season. But in a town known for its champions, there could be a parade almost every day.
4 months ago
Two peregrine falcons fly in Zion Canyon. (Used by permission, James McGrew)...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Zion National Park temporarily closes cliff climbing routes because of nesting peregrine falcons

Managers at Zion National Park closed off some climbing routes Tuesday because it marked the beginning of the nesting season for peregrine falcons. 
5 months ago
FILE: Quagga mussels. (Utah DWR)...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Drought will delay mussel decontamination, limit access to ramps at Lake Powell this year  

Water managers expected the drought to get worse this year as the snowpack has been disappointing again and reservoir levels remained at or set record low levels. 
5 months ago
Photo of trophy mount confiscated by DWR. (Used by permission, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Hunting license fraud problem for DWR 

Conservation officers with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources have investigated 95 cases of hunters who fraudulently obtained hunting licenses since 2017. 
6 months ago
California condor #1111 was spotted in January 2022 along the Angels Landing trail in Zion National...
Larry D. Curtis, KSL TV

Once virtually extinct condor species spotted by hiker on Zion’s Angels Landing hiking trail

The California condor once had only 22 of its species left in the world so when a hiker navigated the Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park this week and spotted a recent hatching, it was a joyful sighting for more than camera man Shane Wayment.
7 months ago
Angels Landing in Zion National Park (Used by permission, Zion National Park)...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Permits required to hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park starting in April 2022

The new year will bring a new permit requirement for hikers who visit Angels Landing at Zion National Park. 
8 months ago
The Antelope Point launch ramp is closed due to dropping water levels at Lake Powell. (National Par...
John Hollenhorst, KSL TV

Love, Hope, Worry & Fear As Lake Powell Water Levels Drop

Normally at this time of year, Lake Powell's water level would have risen substantially due to spring runoff, but not this year. It continued to drop through the month of May. 
1 year ago
FILE (Utah Office of Tourism)...
Dan Spindle, KSL TV

Staying Safe In Utah’s Great Outdoors

It's a cause for celebration and a huge cause for concern if you ask those who take care of our public lands.
1 year ago
A boat in the dip tank that was demonstrated in Ogen. (Mike Anderson, KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

DWR Dip Tank Clears Quagga Mussels Off Boats Quicker

The Utah Department of Wildlife Resources demonstrated its new dip tank process to keep harmful quagga mussels away from Utah's reservoirs.
1 year ago
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