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~Utah Lake State Park

Provo, UT

We spent two nights at Utah Lake State Park located in Provo, UT. The campground closed on October 1st; however, since we had reservations we were allowed to stay. We were the only campers there, except for one host site.

Adjacent to the park is a bicycling, hiking, walking trail. On the other side of the trail is an old ranch and the photo below shows what it looks like.

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Utah Lake is unique in that it is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the West and yet it lies in an arid area that receives only about 15 inches of rainfall a year. The mouth of the Provo River, where it empties into Utah Lake, was undoubtedly a very popular camping place for the early inhabitants of Utah Valley.

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Utah Lake is surrounded by mountains.
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Part of the harbor leading into Utah Lake
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A happy fisherman with his fishing buddy.
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Still seeing some autumn colors.
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Jordan River, which flows into Utah Lake
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A  Cottonwood tree, showing its autumn colors

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OoO-Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon

If you are ever in Orem or Provo a ride to see the falls is a must. At the falls there is a paved trail, miles long, that runs along the Jordan River that you can walk, It is beautiful.

Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful foot “double-cataract” falls along Hwy 189 in Provo Canyon. It is most impressive in spring and early summer when flows are highest and wildflowers surround the area. You can view the falls from a highway pull-off or hike to its base.

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Bridal Veil Falls

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The Forest Floor along the trail at Bridal Veil Falls
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Sunset at Utah Lake State Park (looking east)
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Sunset,l ooking west.

 

~An Old Barn…

~Midway, Wasatch Mountain State Park, and Provo Canyon, UT

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The Tate Barn

This barn was erected in 1902 when Francis Tate, an English emigrant, established a dairy farm in the location below Soldier Hollow. Tate used local red pine on a foundation of “pot rock” which was commonly used on structures in the area.

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The barn became part of Wasatch Mountain State Park in 1961. It was used for agricultural purposes but during the winter of 1996, the barn fell into disrepair as a result of heavy snow.

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The Tate Barn was restructured to stand as an iconic representation of the Heber Valley’s agricultural history as it was introduced to the world during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

A group of local citizens, public agencies, civic organizations, contractors, suppliers, and philanthropists was formed and led by Friends of Wasatch Mountain State Park to reconstruct a barn similar to the original structure.

~OoO-Provo Canyon

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Deer Creek Reservoir