Best Places in Utah to Visit Before Spring Ends

Utah is home to some of the world’s top natural monuments and locations. The spring time offers many locations one can visit and enjoy in the special place called Utah.

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Zion National Park

This article details some top places one can visit in Utah before the end of spring. The places are as follows.

  • Arches National Park: Arches National Park has more than 2,000 stone curves that range from thin splits in the stone to the heavenly 300-foot long Landscape Arch. They are the aftereffect of a great many years of disintegration, testimony, and other topographical occasions that have influenced the delicate sandstone. For a short visit, you can take the 18-mile long grand street, yet you will see a great deal more by climbing one of the restricted unmarked trails. Stroll with care, as the encompassing desert plants are delicate. People have been living in the territory for a long time and you can see vivid, extensive pictographs a couple of miles north of Moab.
  • Zion National Park: The most seasoned and the most prominent Utah National Park, Zion signifies “eminent mountain” and the glory of the encompassing nature motivates reverence. Nature has cut a fabulous topographical aggregation for guests to appreciate: opening gulches, brilliant sandstone bluffs, towers, stone monuments, streams, and waterfalls. Situated in southwest Utah, the recreation center is best known for its brilliant Zion Canyon red precipices.
  • Monument Valley: Monument Valley looks today a similar way it looked a great many years prior. You will see an unending skyline with a broad horizon and gigantic extraordinary buttes standing out and isolated by profound gullies. Made by centuries of constant work in the interest of wind and water, the buttes can be found in solace from the 14-mile long soil street that crosses the Valley.
  • Great Salt Lake: The Great Salt Lake, which fringes the state’s capital, Salt Lake City, is salty on the grounds that its tributary streams are always transporting little measures of salt broke down from the encompassing rocks in their water. Once the water goes to the Great Salt Lake, the water dissipates in warmth, deserting the salt. Moreover, the lake does not have any outlets to give a portion of the salty water a chance to out. The lake is 75 miles in length and 35 miles wide, and it is spread over various level bowls. It is all that remaining parts from the last ice age lake, Lake Bonneville.
  • Canyonlands Park: Around 35 miles from Moab in southeast Utah, Canyonlands National Park is partitioned into three fragments that are isolated by the Colorado and Green Rivers, which course through Canyonlands. Canyonlands National Park is world-celebrated and one of the best places to visit in Utah. You can scarcely get a look at the waterways from the edge, however you will see numerous sandstone columns, ravine labyrinths, and unbroken scarp on the gully sides. One fragment or area is a high plateau called the Island in the Sky, a headland around 2,000 feet over the streams.

In conclusion, these natural monuments and parks displace Utah’s grace in all its beauty. Spring time is the best time to visit them, so start packing and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Protecting Your Home From Floods

As Utah keeps getting hit with some major snow storms, you can’t help but think about where all the water will go come Spring. If your home lies in an area that is more prone to flooding, here are some tips to protect your family and home.

Flooded HomeProtect your belongings by filing important paperwork in a deposit back which is waterproof. In addition, make sure your possessions are covered under your insurance policy. Keep a written log or photograph all your major house items and valuables. To find out what your insurance plan covers, make sure to talk with your insurance provider.

Take a moment to prepare your home for a flood. If you have a sump pump, make sure you have a battery-operated backup in case of power failure. Make sure your furnace and water heater are elevated on cement blocks (at least 12 inches above the ground) and anchor any fuel tanks.

As you prepare your home for a flood, remember to also develop an emergency plan for your family. Plan for an emergency by stocking up on drinking water, canned food, blankets, and a first aid kit. In addition to this items, be sure to store a radio and flashlight as part of your emergency plan. As you continue to plan for an emergency, ask an out-of-state family member or friend to be your family contact. Remember to also have a plan to protect your pets in case of a flood.

Want some additional tips to prepare for a flood? Check out this Preparation Guide.

7 National Parks to Visit Before Summer Ends

Adventure is just around the corner in Utah. With plenty of attractions to see, activities to do and places to go, Utah offers non-stop fun. That said, summer gets busy with work, family gatherings and outings with friends. Here is a list of seven national parks to visit before the frost settles.

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1. Visit the Super Six: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Goblin Valley National
Parks along with the San Rafael Swell and Swasey’s Beach. This awesome excursion allows you to see multiple national parks and two geographical features. San Rafael Swell is a 75 by 40 miles giant dome-shaped anticline. Infrequent, powerful flash floods shaped this area into the sedimentary rocks, valleys, canyons, gorges, mesas and buttes you see today. Swasey’s Beach located just north of Green River provides the perfect place to cool off while touring the rest of the Super Six. A white sandy beach shaded by cottonwood trees and refreshing water make this beach the perfect spot for families to play.

2. Monument Valley
Located within 27,000 miles of Navajo Indian Reservation, Monument Valley is known for its picturesque red mesas, buttes and surrounding desserts. This Navajo Tribal Park has been in numerous films and commercials. The famous Valley Drive consists of a 17-mile self-drive dirt road complete with several pullout areas for viewing the spectacular scenery, famous sights and formations. Visit the Monument Valley Visitor Center For more information and guided tours.

3. Zion National Park
Utah’s first national park provides an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and a rich geological history. The gorgeous sandstone cliffs exposing the red, pink and cream canyon entices people from all over the country. You can enjoy a large variety of unique plant and animal life while you are backpacking, biking, canyoneering, climbing, horseback riding, boating or bird watching through this natural wonderland.

4. Dinosaur National Monument
Numerous Jurassic period fossils have been discovered at Dinosaur National Monument. In fact, visitors can see fossils embedded in the wall of Carnegie Quarry. This cross-section of mountains, rivers and desert is perfect for exploring, hiking, rafting and camping.

5. Golden Spike National Historic Site
To the north of the Great Salt Lake lies the point where the first transcontinental railroad formed. The Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads joined at the Golden Spike National Historic Site on May 10, 1869 when the last spike also called the “Golden Spike” was ceremonially driven in. The Visitor Center helps illustrate the importance of the railroad in opening up and exploring the west.

6. Bryce Canyon
This national park is known for its hoodoos. Wind and water eroded odd-shaped rock pillars over time. Filled with a variety of hiking trails with easy, moderate and strenuous options, the park allows you to spend as much or as little time in the park as you want. You can even go horseback riding along some of the trails and go camping with your family and friends. Stargaze on one of the guided moonlight hikes.

7. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
One of the less crowded national parks in Utah, the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument provides a sense of remoteness and tranquility. You can drive for miles down paved and dirt roads without ever seeing another car. However, you will see plenty of beautiful scenery mixed with canyons, arches, hills, waterfalls, forest and scrubland.

Utah Baseball

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The Raptors kicked off their 2016 season on June 17 in Idaho Falls. They had their first home game on June 20 against the Grand Junction Rockies where they unfortunately lost 5-2.
The Lindquist Field offers nightly promotions. Monday is Giveaway Night that offers freebies to the first 500 fans. Taco Tuesday provides $1 tacos all night long. Wiener Wednesday offers patrons $1 hot dogs. Looking for half-priced drinks or $2 12-ounce beers? Look no further Thirsty Thursday has got you covered. Every Friday lights up after the game with a spectacular fireworks show. Saturday is date night. Buy your ticket and get your date’s ticket for free! Kid’s 12 and under are free on Sundays and don’t forget to wear your Hawaiian shirts.
The Raptors offer various ticket options including season tickets, group tickets for parties of 20 or more and a pre-game picnic package. Tickets go fast and the Lindquist Field is often sold out. So reserve your seat today with the picnic package that comes with a reserved box seat and an all-you-can-buffet consisting of jumbo hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken, potato salad, baked beans, chips, cookies and bottomless drinks. The package is $22 for adults and $15 for children ages three to 12. Season tickets range from $100 or $2.63 per ticket to $250 or $6.58 per ticket.
Get in on the family-friendly summer fun and attend one of these upcoming home games:



July 13
MISSOULA
7 p.m.
July 14
MISSOULA
7 p.m.
July 15
MISSOULA
7 p.m.
July 16
HELENA
7 p.m.
July 17
HELENA
4 p.m.
July 18
HELENA
7 p.m.
July 19
HELENA
7 p.m.
July 28
OREM
7 p.m.
July 29
OREM
7 p.m.

July 30
OREM
5 p.m.
Aug 2 ALL-STAR GAME
OGDEN
TBD
Aug 12
BILLINGS
7 p.m.
Aug 13
BILLINGS
7 p.m.
Aug 14
BILLINGS
4 p.m.
Aug 15
GREAT FALLS
7 p.m.
Aug 16
GREAT FALLS
7 p.m.
Aug 17
GREAT FALLS
7 p.m.
Aug 18
GREAT FALLS
7 p.m.

Aug 24
GRAND JUNCTION
6:30 p.m.
Aug 25
GRAND JUNCTION
6:30 p.m.
Aug 26
GRAND JUNCTION
7 p.m.
Aug 27
GRAND JUNCTION
7 p.m.
Sept 1
IDAHO FALLS
6:30 p.m.
Sept 2
IDAHO FALLS
7 p.m.
Sept 3
IDAHO FALLS
7 p.m.
Sept 4
IDAHO FALLS
4 p.m.


Salt Lake Bees

The Bees kicked off their 2016 season in April. They won their first home game on April 7 versus Sacramento 5 to 2.
Smith’s Ballpark is home to The Bees and opened in 1994. The ballpark seats more than 15,000 fans. This season offers a variety of exciting promotional nights including themes, fireworks, giveaways and throwbacks. For a full schedule of their promotions this season click here.
The Bees provide abundant ticket options including season tickets, group tickets for parties of 20 or more and a range of options from diamond seats that are $27 on the day of to general admission tickets that are $11 on the day of. There aren’t any online ticket ordering fees and seats sellout fast. You can reserve your seats here.
There are still lots of home games to catch this season:



July 22
TACOMA
6:30 p.m.
July 23
TACOMA
6:30 p.m.
July 24
TACOMA
7 p.m.
July 25
TACOMA
7 p.m.
August 3
RENO
7 p.m.
August 4
RENO
5 p.m.
August 5
RENO
7 p.m.
August 6
RENO
7 p.m.

August 12
ROUND ROCK
7 p.m.
August 13
ROUND ROCK
6:30 p.m.
August 14
ROUND ROCK
7 p.m.
August 15
ROUND ROCK
7 p.m.
August 16
NEW ORLEANS
7 p.m.
August 17
NEW ORLEANS
7 p.m.
August 18
NEW ORLEANS
7 p.m.
August 19
NEW ORLEANS
7 p.m.

August 29
ALBUQUERQUE
7 p.m.
August 30
ALBUQUERQUE
7 p.m.
August 31
ALBUQUERQUE
7 p.m.
September 1
ALBUQUERQUE
7 p.m.
September 2
LAS VEGAS
6:30 p.m.
September 3
LAS VEGAS
7 p.m.
September 4
LAS VEGAS
7 p.m.
September 5
LAS VEGAS
1 p.m.


Scenic Highways to Drive Through in Utah

Utah is a beautiful state. Ask any Utahn what they love most about this state, and they’ll most always say, the mountains. These majestic peaks pull many people to them—hiking, camping, biking, and any other outdoor sport that calls to them. However, our mountains aren’t the only highlight about Utah. There are so many scenic drives to explore, showcasing the mountains (did I mention Utahns love their mountains?), that you, whether you’re a local or not, should definitely check out.

Highway 12. This infcanstockphoto18706984amous highway is 124 miles long and runs through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Park. As you plan your trip, be sure to schedule in time to stop and check out the stunning scenery of red, yellow, and pink sandstone. The most ideal time to plan your trip is in the spring before the hot weather descends.

Logan Canyon. A personal favorite, Logan Canyon spans between Logan and Bear Lake. This scenic drive travels along the Logan River and looks over the sparklcanstockphoto2627805ing blue water of Bear Lake. This canyon is beautiful all year long, but is most spectacular in the spring and autumn months when the canyon is most vibrant with colors.

Cedar Breaks. Located between U-14 and U-143, the Cedar Breaks Scenic Byway travels the scenic Dixie National Forest near Cedar City. Cedar Breaks highlights a stunning, large multi-colored amphitheater with breathtaking carved spirals and rock formations.

Ogden Canyon. With easy access to three major ski resorts (Powder Mountain, Wolf Mountain, and Snowbasin), Ogden Canyon is a beautiful drive along with Pineview Reservoir and through the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Not only is this a great drive, but has access to various outdoor activities such as water-skiing, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and so much more.

Want to knowcanstockphoto10302485 about more scenic highways around the state of Utah? There are a lot of wonderful scenic roads and byways to explore across state, so start planning your adventure today.
Have a favorite scenic road or area you love? Tell us about it in the comments area.

4 Rookie Mistakes To Watch Out For When Buying A Home

houses-336436_1280Getting ready to buy your first home? This can be an exciting time, but it can also leave you feeling overwhelmed. While you’re searching for your dream home, here are 4 rookie mistakes to avoid which could end up costing you a lot of money.

  1. Getting too emotionally attached. Buying a home is a huge investment. Because of that, take some time to look at several homes that you love so if one falls through there are other choices.
  1. Assuming you have no rules to follow as a homeowner. Some homes have deed restrictions that come with conditions. Take some time read and understand the restrictions before signing any paperwork.
  1. Not saving enough money. Saving up enough money for a down payment is a big deal, but you should also save a few months worth of mortgage payments in reserve. Putting money aside is also a great idea for any household essentials you may want to get once you’ve moved into your new home.
  1. Not getting preapproved for a loan. You’ve probably crunched the numbers and know how much you can afford, but if you want your offer to be taken seriously by the seller, get a proof of income and assets from your lender. This can be a simple pre-approval letter to show the lender your trustworthy.

If you need to apply for a home loan, getting pre-approved before approaching a real estate agent (or searching for your dream home) is a smart move.

Want to learn what other rookie mistakes to avoid? Check out this article by Home Value Plus.

4 Easy Tips To Help Your Home Sell Faster

When it comes to selling your home, the key is to create something visually appealing that potential home buyers are going to fall in love. The moment they walk in the door, you want them to be able to visualize themselves living there. garden-gardening-1290908_640

One thing that can turn potential home buyers away faster than anything is walking into a home that hasn’t been kept up. Take some time now to do these 4 easy things around your home and keep buyers interested in making an offer

  1. Repair scratched linoleum. Scratched linoleum can turn potential homebuyers away. Take a moment to repair your linoleum—skipping the repairman—by warming up the scratched area with your hairdryer then filling the scratch up with superglue or epoxy putty.
  1. Replace your old front door knob. Because curb appeal is so important, replacing old, ratty door knobs can help boost your home’s appeal and make potential home buyers more interested in making an offer. When choosing a new door knob, pick something that is sturdy and has a lock and handle combo.
  1. Clean your stained tub. Your stained bathtub is not doing you any favors. Before you start showing potential homebuyers you’re home, take some time to clean the ring around your bathtub by creating a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice.
  1. Spruce up your front yard. As mentioned above, curb appeal is a huge deal when it comes to attracting potential home buyers. Rake up leaves, remove dead plants and shrubs, mow your lawn, and clean any debris off your pathways.

Want to some more tips for giving your home a facelift without spending a ton of money? Check out these extra ideas from Move.org.

If you’re ready to sell your home, a real estate agent can help you better decide what else you can do to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

Make 2016 Your Year To Buy A Home

If you’ve been considering buying a home, now is the time to do it. According to Builder.com, Utah’s strong economy and affordable housing market has even appealed to millennials, those between 25 and 35, who are moving closer to home ownership. In the same report by Builder.com, millennials have already purchased an estimated 39.8% of new homes. real-estate-516768_640

Entering into home ownership, especially for first time home buyers, can be an intimidating experience. As you move forward in the process of becoming a homeowner, take a moment to ask yourself some important questions to ensure you’re ready to make this move. If you’re not properly prepared, home ownership can stretch you a little too thin financially.

Once you’ve decided you still want to make the move towards owning a home, talk with your bank, credit union, or mortgage officer about getting pre-approved. This is something you’ll want to do before you start looking for your dream home so you’ll know how much you can afford. This will prevent you from getting discouraged if you’re looking at homes outside of your price range. During this time, keep in mind of any additional costs and taxes which may come up.

After you have a clear idea of how much you can afford, now is the time to hire a real estate agent to assist you in finding your perfect home. Before you hire an agent, make sure you’re hiring the best, most qualified, agent for you. Ask your friends, family, and co-workers who’ve they’ve used in the past and if they’d use them again. Don’t be afraid to ask the real estate agent questions and ask for references. Home ownership is a huge investment so you want to make sure you do your due diligence.

If you’re ready to buy a home, we are here to answer your questions. Give us a call today and let us show you want we can do for you. 

3 Important Factors To Consider When Deciding To Buy A Home

Are you ready to buy a home, but are unsure how much of a home loan you can handle? When it comes to buying a home, there is a lot that goes into the home owning process. Between applying for a loan, finding the perfect home, and navigating through the twists and turns of the entire process. 04-04-21-891_640

Before applying for a home loan, review your FICO score. Depending where your FICO score falls, will determine if you qualify for a loan, how much you’ll get, and what your interest rate will be. To find out what you qualify for, speak with your loan officer at your bank or credit union or a mortgage lender to find out where your score falls.

Another important term to know when deciding if you qualify for a home loan is your debt-to-income ratio. A general rule of thumb, when it comes to mortgage loans, is to avoid dedicating more than 28% of your monthly take-home income.

While you’re calculating your debt to income ratio and finding out how much of a home you can afford, take a moment to consider future expenses. Don’t stress yourself more than stretching yourself too thin where you’re struggling to pay your bills or save for retirement.

After you’ve weighed all the factors and decided you’re ready to move forward towards home ownership, a real estate agent can help you find the perfect home.

Give us a call today and let us help you find a place to call home.

4 Sounds You Don’t Want To Hear From Your Home

When it comes to home ownership, doing repairs around your home comes with the territory. Things happen and need to be fixed, or your home makes some strange sounds. However, when it comes to strange noises, there are a few you don’t want to hear from your home. If you hear any of these 4 sounds, you may want to bring in a professional. plumbing-840835_640

  1. Squealing air conditioner. With the summer months around the corner, now is the time to take some time to ensure everything is in working order. If you haven’t already, change your filter to keep your machine working efficiently and unclogged from any dirt and debris.
  1. Scratching from gutters. Many people mistake gutter sounds for a bird chilling out, but this is not always the case. If this persists, the simple fact may be the sound you’re hearing are the scratching from rodents in your walls. If you suspect this to be true, call a professional to come and check it out.
  1. Screeching dryer. If you’re hearing a screeching noise from your dryer, it may be due to a belt issue. If you’ve recently purchased your dryer, the shipping bolts might have been left on. Try removing them and seeing if that stops the noise.
  1. Hissing and gas odors. A hissing sound, mixed with a gas smell, may indicate a gas leak. If this happens, immediately leave your home and don’t touch anything electrical (including light switches). Once out of your home, walk—you’ll want to leave your car behind too—call 911. You should also advise your neighbors to vacate their homes until the police have checked it out.

To learn more about which sounds you don’t want to hear from your home, check out this complete list from House Beautiful.