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Utah Winter Adventures
Jan 5, 2007 - 6:04:05 AM

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Winters in Utah are pretty cold, so whatever you do you will want to stay warm. February is a great chance to check out the slopes and then warm up at a NBA game. The city is big and the options are endless.

The winter is actually a great time to check out Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. The zoo has over 1100 animals and 250 species from around the world. Many of the animals like the cooler days and tend to be more active. The penguins are sure to be active with temperatures in the forties in February. The Snow Leopard is from the southern Himalayans and finds himself right at home during the winter months of Salt Lake. February is also mating season for many of the animals and the zoo offers a romantic dinner and evening of fun as the animals put on their best mating dances.

After a cool day at the zoo, hit a Utah Jazz game to warm-up. A basketball game in real life is a ton of fun and the Jazz have six home games this season and you are sure to be able to find one that fits your schedule. They often hold game night promotions and contests as well. The Jazz originally began in New Orleans, but was unsuccessful financially and was moved to Utah. They were very successful in the 80s and 90s and today they arenít too shabby. Karl Malone and John Stockton tore up the court in the 90s; today their stars are Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams.

Bald Eagle Day is held every year in February. This day gives people the opportunity to see the Bald Eagle up close and learn about them. There are several areas that you can visit to see the Bald Eagles. The Fountain Green State Fish Hatchery, the Split Mountain/Green River located north of Jensen and Cedar Valley will hold viewings one weekend. Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area at Comptonís Knoll and Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area near Centerville will hold viewings the next weekend. Bald Eagle Day began in 1990 and many families go to see the Bald Eagles. It is one of Utahís most well attended wildlife viewing events.

This is just a taste of what there is to do in Utah. The winter months are popular for skiing of course, but you are encouraged to look for things that are unique and out of the ordinary.


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