rent this castle if you want to be a main character
By Gracie Newell
Editor of Great Outdoors
Editor of Great Outdoors
Alright, here's the tea. write this down. If you can round together twenty two people, you can stay in a 16,000 square foot castle in park city for under $300 a night, and live out your wildest main character dreams. It sits on six acres of land, has six bedrooms, multiple living rooms, a hot tub, a large library, and so. much. more.
There's a catch though... per night, the stay at this deluxe mansion is $6,430. If you get together with twenty two other people and split the cost, you're in good hands. that's $292 per person, so it's not too bad! that;s about the price of a good overnight stay in a hotel in Vegas.
*The address for the castle is disclosed upon booking, to keep everyone safe.
obviously there's still a pandemic going on, and unless you plan on social distancing in the castle (i mean, there is room for it, but what's the point) then we're gonna have to wait until this chaos is over.
It's exciting thinking about all the stuff we get to do when we're out of the woods with this whole Covid thing. but anyways, enough chatting, more browsing! here's some pictures of the incredible park city castle, and here's a link to Park City Rentals for extra information! do your research!
Best camping spots in utah!
By Gracie Newell
Great Outdoors Editor
Great Outdoors Editor
Camping! Oh how we love it. It creates the best feelings of nostalgia. It encourages us to take a break and feel completely undomesticated. Its different from our norms, and every once in a while it feels good to get away and forget about the social norms we are constantly enduring. When you go camping, everyone is gross. and weird. but no one cares! and that's the best part. It's a good thing we live in Utah, where we're known for our mountains, and there's plenty of beautiful locations to set up camp. Well, here they are! the best camping spots in Utah. Put together by yours truly. xx rawr
in no particular order,
number one: Little Grand Canyon
Camping at little grand canyon would be so. fun.
pros: free camping, dog friendly, easy parking, bathrooms, picnic area, river
it the perfect place to get some scenic hiking done. road trip!
number two: Camp and hike to Cecret Lake
a one and a half mile hike and you're there. also the directions are online so it's not actually a secret. you will probably see other people there :)
Camp at the Albion Basin Campground at the trail head!
pros: short hike, easy access, wildflowers, views
cons: no dogs :( and busy, but still fun!
number three: Beach camping in Lake Powell
warm water, no reservations, scenery! seriously though. Lake Powell is a favorite of many of us here in Utah, everyone should try beach camping!
you can drive up and park anywhere, sleep in your car or bring some tents!
Edge at Utah's Little Grand Canyon
cecret lake, near albion basin
camping in powell
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN THE WORLd
Editor of Great Outdoors
Editor of Great Outdoors
WINTER IN UTAH
BY JADA CLAYTON
EDITOR OF HOME PAGE
EDITOR OF HOME PAGE
Siri, define Utah. Utah means… lots of beautiful places and sights to see! To those who grew up or have lived here for a while may think that it's normal or nothing special but this article will prove this to be wrong. Utah of course is known for its mountains and valleys especially during this time of year with all of the snow and clouds. It is also well known around this time of year because of skiing and snowboarding! Both are very popular winter sports for many, families and friends enjoy the day in the snow all bundled up. Depending on how often you may want to “hit the slopes” you can buy season passes and go any time you want. Some prefer the day pass to go a couple times a season, just enough to get a feel for it, both good options. Utah has many great locations for skiing/snowboarding including; Park City, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, and Sundance. During the holiday season Park City has Christmas lights and all sorts of fun things to do down mainstreet. Many of these resorts offer hotels and eating near the ski slopes, this can make for a fun weekend.
Utah offers some other incredible experiences. The Midway Ice Castles, it's exactly what it sounds like, ICE CASTLES! It is of course very cold so bundle up, buy a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy a Disney fantasy dream come true! Tickets are available Mondays-Thursdays 3-9 pm and Fridays 3-10 pm, adult (12+) tickets are $15-18 and children are $10-12. Wanna go Ice Fishing? Bear Lake is allowing for people to fish as long as they have a fishing license. These are full days so if interested plan on a good chunk of time being devoted to the activity.
Sometimes travelling to a far away location or purchasing tickets is a hassle, if so, consider driving through the canyons (carefully) and just admire the beautiful white snow on the green trees. Sometimes winter can seem cold and miserable but Utah has so much to offer if you take advantage of the great outdoors!
FAMOUS Film LOCATIONS IN UTAH
Gracie Newell, Great Outdoors Editor
Most films are filmed in California, New York, or gorgeous locations in countries around the globe. Thus, you might not be aware of several famous movies/tv shows that have been filmed here in Utah! Starting off with an iconic one:
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, was filmed at our salt flats! (So were The Hulk and Independence Day).
Here’s another pretty famous one: Dumb and Dumber, Starring Jim Carrey. Scenes were filmed in Colorado, but also Park City, Utah. Our Salt Lake City airport was also shown as the Providence Airport in the movie.
Located in Monument Valley, Forrest Gump, A Space Odyssey, and Stagecoach all filmed scenes here.
We can’t forget an iconic one, High School Musical. East High School, Murray High School, and Salt Lake City were all filming locations in the movies. Not to mention the newest high school musical series, literally called: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (it’s been pretty controversial, some love it, but some detest.). It was also filmed in Utah and is being renewed for a second season in 2021!
A few more are Mission Impossible 2, down in Monument Valley and Legally Blonde 2, In salt lake city and in the Salt Lake State Capitol.
A couple more- The Sandlot, and Footloose! These movies have been seen my many. And there are also many more that weren’t mentioned! Some people don’t know that the movies they’re watching were filmed in their home state.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Forrest Gump-monument valley
High School Musical:: East High, Murray High, and Salt Lake City
FREE FUN IN THE FREEZE! ENJOYING WINTER ON A BUDGET!
Afton Walker- Student Life Editor
Free Winter Activities
As the snow season approaches, restlessness begins. Amidst the pandemic, the cold, and endless Hallmark movies, it becomes hard to find entertainment. As the snow falls and the holiday spirit begins, here are some ideas of ways to enjoy the fun, regardless of the news around.
For this first activity, we need to set the scene. Christmas lights accompany every house around your neighborhood. You gather your neighbors and friends, distantly of course, and hand out buckets. Have everyone prepare snowballs ahead of time, set a timer for 5 minutes, and run. If someone is hit, then join in a team the person that hit them. As teams start getting bigger, there will ultimately be two teams left. It finally comes to the no mercy, classic snowball fight. Winning team gets a prize, optional, and you start again.
Another exciting winter activity includes more snow. After a solid snowstorm, text as many people as you know and challenge them to a snowman building contest. You can add different themes, like hawaiian, classic, and snowman family. Get creative with it! Create a time limit and get building! Send in the pictures, and have everyone vote for the top 3 and fun categories!
Of course, we can’t forget the classics. Make gingerbread houses or sugar cookies and drop them off to neighbors. Go christmas caroling! Shovel snow up to create a monster sledding hill in your backyard. Make snow angels, or devils if that is your preference. As the weather drops and you find yourself bored from watching Freeform’s Countdown to Christmas and have already guessed what all your gifts for the holidays will be, wander outside! Take a look at all the lights in the area and notice your favorite things about them.
Just because we need to socially distance this holiday season doesn’t mean you need to stop celebrating the holidays! Cheer yourself up with a family sledding afternoon or turn on your christmas lights National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation style. All in all, spread holiday cheer and enjoy the fun of the season, safely.
“Sometimes I like to go out to my backyard and just look at the snow. Sometimes I lay in it. But only sometimes.”
“Sledding! It's a good way to stay active and have snow play time and be outside with friends!”
“Winter is the literal best. you have all the winter activities that people love like snowboarding and skiing, which are defining characteristics of Utah as a whole. not only that but you also have the connection of snow to the Christmas season, which makes me so happy! snow is like a whole season of no expectations, so amazing!”
“I like to make snow angels and craft snow people and make snow cones and sled and skate on black ice!”
“There is this park where my family goes to play hockey and ice skate. I also like to play in the snow and hot tub.”
pleasurable paths and a plethora of picnic vistas...get out there!
BY ELI WEAVER
SCHOOL NEWS EDITOR
Utah is famously known for having beautiful landscapes. The views are above all else. These are Utah’s most picturesque spots.
1. Zion’s National Park: Zions National Park was Utah’s first National Park and features Utah’s most valued sites. Visitutah.com says, “Zion is famous for its remarkable hiking trails. Take an adventurous scramble up to Angels Landing, a relaxing stroll to Weeping Rock, or a family hike on the Emerald Pools Trails, among others.”
2. Canyonlands National Park: This Nation Park has been around for many years. It was carved out of the Colorado River and has many canyons and interesting rock features. There is still Native American art that can be located still.
3. Mirror Lake: This lake is a very popular place to fish, camp and kayak. It is surrounded by a forest and is at the base of a mountain. There are tons of hikes around this lake so it is ideal for people with lots of energy.
4. Lake Powell: Lake Powell is a man made reservoir and is visited by millions of people each year. Thecrazytourist.com states, “In the adjacent Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, you can also find the Rainbow Bridge National Monument. This is considered to be the world’s highest natural bridge.”
5. Timpanogos Cave: This cave is located on the Timpanogos Mountain and is easily accessible by trail or guided tours during the summer and spring. There are many rock formations including, stalagmites, stalactites, and helictites.
6. Four Corners: This is a very special landmark because it is the only place in the United States where four states are touching. It is located in the southwest corner of Utah and touches Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.
7. LaVerkin Creek: LaVerkin Creek is only accessible by trial and is located near Zions National ParkAccording to blm.gov, “At 445 acres, LaVerkin Creek is the largest of four BLM [Bureau of Land Management] managed Wilderness areas that border Zion National Park. Its southern boundary with the park is over 1.25 miles long.” If you are interested in having an aesthetic instagram with photos of pretty landscapes these are the places to go.
FALLING IN LOVE WITH FALL-HIKING UTAH
KILLER CLOWNS LURKING IN FORESTS?
KIDS, STAY AWAY FROM ANYONE WHO LOOKS LIKE THAT!
BY EVE CANDELL
If you didn’t think that 2020 couldn’t get any worse, you unfortunately were sorely mistaken. Near South Carolina’s Greenville County, there have been several reports of the return of the “creepy clowns” that made their terrifying debut back in 2016. According to several sightings in the area, clowns have been tempting children with money to follow them into the woods, and they have also been sighted standing ominously under streetlights in the area. This odd recurrence has pushed the police to take a bit more action and to up the number of patrols in the area. The police chief of Greensville was quoted as saying “It’s illegal. It’s dangerous. It’s inappropriate, and it's creating community concern so it needs to stop.” Citizens and professional clowns living in the area have different takes, disagreeing about the gravity of the situation, and the response of the police is not sitting well with people and clowns alike. A clown named Mike Becvar, who’s stage name is Sir Toony Van Dukes shared his opinion that if people were going out in labcoats and stethoscopes were attempting to lure kids into the woods with candy, the responses would be very different. He also pointed out that the rumors and fear surrounding the “creepy clowns” is being fueled by the fire that is national media, and that the whole affair wouldn’t be as big of a deal if the news didn’t dramatacise it. This may be true, seeing the slightly burlesque article published by the New York Times. However, I think one thing that everyone can agree on is that no matter who it is, children should not be being lured into the woods with money. Despite Becvar’s professional clowney opinion, the police in North Carolina and surrounding states are responding to the reports of clowns in the area, and trying to put any false rumors and reports to rest.
Although we thought that after the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian fires, windstorms, the deaths of several exceptional celebrities, locust swarms, killer hornets, fires up and down the west coast, ruthless political campaigns, and endless unrest in the Middle East, killer Clowns certainly weren’t something we thought we would be adding to the list.
DON'T LET THE CREEPY CLOWNS OR ANYONE ELSE KEEP YOU FROM THE FORESTS