Hitting the Slopes
West of Monticello or north of Blanding, trails lead to many
points in the Manti-La Sal National Forest's Abajo Mountains
for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Access into the La
Sal Mountains, the second-highest range in Utah, is by the La
Sal Mountain Loop Road east of Moab. Groomed trails are
provided and private backcountry huts are available.
Snowmobiling is not allowed in the national parks.
To obtain road, avalanche, and snow conditions for the La
Sal Mountains, call 259-SNOW. Check with the Monticello
District of the Forest Service for specifics on snowmobiling
Prehistoric Adventures in Fairview
The Fairview Museum of History and Art is a unique small
community museum with outstanding exhibits including a newly
installed, life-size replica of a Colombian Mammoth. This
mammoth was discovered in the nearby mountains during a
construction project in the summer of 1988. The skeletal
remains were preserved in a peat bog where it died 11,000
years ago. The bones were not fossilized, but were so well
preserved that scientific testing has uncovered a great deal
of information about the mammoth's physical condition,
including the fact that pine trees were part of its final
meal. The mammoth replica is visible from the exterior of the
museum through a huge window.
The rest of the museum features historical artifacts, art
(sculpture and painting), humanities lectures, school tours,
local historic archives, and oral and family history
collections. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday
through Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. 85 N.
100 East, Fairview, (801) 427-9216.
Snow College in Ephraim has theater productions during the
school year. The Gunnison Valley Arts Council offers quarterly
concerts. (801) 528-7969. The Tri-County music Guild
and its auxiliary present concerts annually. Seven concerts
per year are held in the intimate Joseph Recital Hall. (801)
Events around Sanpete County include Utah's biggest outdoor
pageant, the Mormon Miracle Pageant, held each July. The
pageant attracts up to 20,000 people nightly to see American
and Mormon history unfold in musical drama against the
backdrop of the Mormon Latter Day Saints Temple. The
Scandinavian Festival, hosted in May by the town of Ephraim,
offers food, crafts, dancing, and many other events. Yearly,
Moroni has Turkey Days and Fountain Green has Lamb Days.