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Best of Utah 2018 

An ode to the people, places, products and services that make life the Beehive State exceptional.

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Best Bike Path
Jordan River Parkway
Utah has great mountain biking, but two-wheel enthusiasts can also find plenty of options around the Salt Lake Valley, such as the Jordan River Parkway. The more than 40-mile urban trail stretches from Utah County north to the Great Salt Lake in Davis County and offers a scenic way to see Salt Lake's green spaces and waterways.
2. Legacy Trail
3. Provo River Trail

  • Enrique Limón

Best Bike Shop

Contender Bicycles
You'll find Contender Bicycles lives up to its name after visiting its Salt Lake storefront. Between its array of service, apparel and parts options, it's hard not to feel like you and your bike can contend with the best. The shop's comprehensive two-hour motion capture bicycle fit process, known as biomechanic fit, will help you set goals and establish a baseline for improvements in your ride.
989 E. 900 South, 801-364-0344,
2. Saturday Cycles
3. Bingham Cyclery

Best Bowling Alley
Bonwood Bowl
Throw on your bowling shoes and make your way to Bonwood Bowl for a night of rolling entertainment. The 42-lane alley and pro shop can help even the most casual of bowlers get set for two, three, even four games of bowling against your friends and family. With multiple league options available, the facility has you covered for all of your hardwood alley needs.
2500 S. Main, 801-487-7758,
2. Fat Cats
3. Olympus Hills Bowling

Best Hiking Trail
Donut Falls
If you need a hiking spot but don't have the time for a 10-mile all-day trek, Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon is a trail friendly for all hiking abilities. The 3½-mile round-trip journey lets you take in some of Utah's most majestic canyon landscape and a cool waterfall to boot. Bring your camera and see if you can snag a better photo of the falls than a professional.
Mill D Trailhead, Big Cottonwood Canyon
2. Lake Blanche
3. Dog Lake

Best Gear Brand
Brands are all about messaging these days and Cotopaxi, started by Brigham Young University graduate Davis Smith, is quickly becoming a household name among outdoor gear options. The philanthropic-minded retail outlet partners with nonprofit organizations and donates a portion of its profits to help those in extreme poverty around the world. The brand also sponsors Questival, the increasingly popular 24-hour adventure race. Now, when you see someone sporting a llama logo, you'll know where it came from.
74 S. Main, 385-528-0855,
2. Black Diamond
3. Kühl

Best Public Golf Course
Mountain Dell
With two courses to choose from and located among the Wasatch Mountains, Mountain Dell has plenty of natural beauty to admire while you slice your tee shot right. Just a few minutes east of Salt Lake City off of Interstate 80, this golf course offers players a mountain getaway for an affordable price—just mind the wildlife while you're out there.
Interstate 80, Exit 134, 801-582-3812
2. Bonneville
3. Old Mill

  • Steven Vargo

Best Recreation Sports Store
Recreation Outlet
Gear up for your next outdoor adventure at State Street's Recreation Outlet. With good prices on quality equipment, the shop gives you a chance to get outdoors without making a serious dent in your wallet. The knowledgeable and experienced staff can provide advice on what's hot today and what equipment will keep you safe as you explore Utah's natural beauty.
3160 S. State, 801-484-4800,
2. Wasatch Touring
3. Kirkham's Outdoor Products

Best Reservoir
Head east of Ogden to find one of the Wasatch Front's best spots to fish and dabble in water sports. If you have a boat or, better yet, a friend with a boat, Pineview Reservoir has plenty of space to cool down during Utah's warm summer months. If you prefer staying close to shore, the reservoir also has a few swimming areas where you and the family can recreate safely.
Highway 39, Ogden Canyon
2. Jordanelle
3. Strawberry

Best Running Event
Ogden Marathon
Also known as "Utah's Spring Run Off" and rated by Runner's World as one of the Top 10 marathons in the world, the Ogden Marathon starts at 5,400 feet of elevation and follows a gentle downhill path. The course takes you around Pineview Reservoir and down Ogden Canyon. It's hard to find a much more scenic (and grueling) 26.2-mile course.
2. Ragnar Relay
3. Salt Lake Marathon

  • Josh Scheuerman

Best Skate Park
Fairmont Park
If you can't find a clean rail to grind around town, you might have to practice at a nearby skatepark. Located in the southwest corner of the park, Fairmont's concrete-and-metal haven offers you a chance to hone your skills free of security chasing you off. The park is full just about any weekend and has you covered on whatever extreme sport you want to try next.
1040 E. Sugarmont Drive
2. Sandy Skate Park
3. Jordan Park

Best Skate Shop
This local shop on Salt Lake's east bench has been a go-to spot for skating and snow sport needs for 34 years, and for good reason. The staff is happy to help you find what you need to make sure your winter, or summer, shredding goes according to plan. Forget those corporate chain outlets and find a local expert who can get you on your way.
3119 E. 3300 South, 801-487-8600,
2. Salty Peaks
3. Raunch Records

Best Ski Resort
With more than 3,000 vertical feet to test your downhill prowess, Snowbird is internationally known for its challenging and fun terrain. The resort also always has one of the earliest opening days of the season in November, in case you get bored of the fall months and need an early snow fix. It not only offers runs down the Little Cottonwood Canyon side, but also along the backside of the mountain to Mineral Basin.
9385 S. Snowbird Center Drive, Snowbird, 801-933-2222,
2. Alta
3. Brighton

Best Snowboarding
If you prefer snowboarding over skiing, then Brighton, one of the most popular resorts for boarders, might be for you. The resort has more than 1,000 acres of terrain as well as a park to test your grinding and aerial skills. Its lift tickets are still some of the best deals around the Wasatch Front. If you prefer an even bigger discount, check out their night skiing option. Just be sure to bundle up.
8302 S. Brighton Loop Road, Big Cottonwood Canyon, 801-532-4731,
2. Snowbird
3. Powder Mountain

Best State Park
Goblin Valley
Forget the traffic and crowds at national parks like Zion and Arches, and check out some of Utah's most interesting rock formations at Goblin Valley State Park. Sandstone has eroded over millions of years to resemble short, mushroom-shaped hoodoo rocks, better known as "goblins." Don't hesitate to make the journey south to see some of the state's strange, yet colorful, natural beauty.
Goblin Valley Road, Green River, 435-275-4584
2. Antelope Island
3. Snow Canyon

Best Water Skiing
Lake Powell
In need of an adventurous getaway with options for everyone? Look no further than Lake Powell. The "fake lake, real fun" motto of the Southern Utah destination lives up to its billing when you explore the lake's flooded canyons and other sandstone features. Between houseboating, waterskiing and easy-access hikes, Lake Powell offers plenty of entertainment on land and water.
2. Bear Lake
3. Pineview

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