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Bicycling

Utah offers a wide range of topography and scenery to satisfy cyclists of all styles. Moab has been heralded for years as a mecca for mountain bikers, but fat-tire lovers pedal all corners and all elevations of the state. Hard-core road cyclists, including pros in training, challenge themselves by climbing the grueling canyons to the east of Salt Lake City. But there are plenty of roads for the less gonzo rider to explore, and biking is an excellent way for a family to bond while getting some exercise.

Most airlines accommodate bikes as luggage for an extra fee, provided they're dismantled and boxed.

Contacts

Bicycle Adventures. 800/443-6060. www.bicycleadventures.com.

Escape Adventures. 800/596-2953. www.escapeadventures.com.

Utah Tours. 800/961-7375. www.utahtours.net.

Western Spirit. 800/845-2453. www.westernspirit.com.

Fishing

Located close to Salt Lake City, the Provo and Logan rivers are world-class trout-fishing rivers that attract anglers from around the globe. In some parts of the Provo it is said that there are upward of 7,500 trout per square mile.

Contacts

Four Seasons Fly Fishers. 435/657-2010 or 800/498-5440. www.utahflyfish.com.

Golf

In the sunny, dry southwestern corner of Utah the proliferation of golf courses may be at least partly responsible for the region's burgeoning population. You can find variety in terrain, scenery, and level of difficulty.

Contacts

Red Rock Golf Trail. 888/345-5551. www.redrockgolftrail.com.

Utah Adventures. 888/881-1120. www.utadventures.com.

Utahfairways.com. 435/668-4888. www.utahfairways.com.

Skiing

If ever an outdoor activity was synonymous with Utah, skiing is it. The bulk of the state's resorts, known for the fluffy powder that falls on average 500 to 600 inches or more a year, are within a one-hour drive from the Salt Lake City airport. Ski the same runs that Olympians traversed in 2002: the downhill and slaloms were held at Snowbasin near Ogden, while aerials, slalom, and snow boarding took place at Park City or Deer Valley. Finally, criss-cross the same Nordic trails at Heber Valley's Soldier Hollow. Every ski resort and many private travel agents can assist you with your ski planning. Ski Utah is the state's official and very useful Web site for ski information; it should be your starting point for any ski activity in the state.

Information

SkiUtah. 800/754-8824. www.skiutah.com.

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