Summer has officially began, meaning that locals and visitors alike will be dusting off their recreating gear to get out and see what the area has to offer.
Fortunately, Carbon County has much to offer in regards to outdoor recreation. Tina Henrie, Carbon County Tourism Specialist, eagerly presented a list of many ways for individuals, families, friends and more to spend all summer outdoors.
Passing through Helper, it would be hard to miss the Helper Parkway. While it has always been a staple to the community, thanks to the ongoing Helper River Restoration projects, the parkway is improving before everyone’s eyes. The parkway is a great way to get outside and take a stroll in nature without traveling too far.
Similarly, while it is more of a drive than the parkway, another great opportunity for all is well-known 9 Mile Canyon. Even those that have perused the canyon many times will likely find a new area to explore with each visit. With beautiful views, a ranch with plenty of camping opportunities and overnight stays, rock art and more, missing 9 Mile Canyon is a mistake that should not be made.
Along with these, there are many off-road trails in the hills just minutes out of town in Helper, Price and Wellington. On Wood Hill in Price, a bike trail was opened not long ago that takes cycling enthusiasts through much of the terrain of Carbon County.
Additionally, Carbon County boasts over 250 miles of designated OHV trails through the Carbon Corridor. However, those with a different taste for the outdoors should look to the North Springs Shooting Range where an old-time setting welcomes attendees to many shooting opportunities.
Carbon County also plays host to a golf course, waterfalls, hiking trails, reservoirs, three community fishing ponds and so much more. Carbon County Recreation provides rentals for rafts, paddle boards, kayaks, life jackets and more. For rental opportunities through Carbon Rec, visit the office at 450 South Fairgrounds Road in Price or call (435) 636-3702.
More opportunities may also be discussed with Henrie by calling the administration building at (435) 636-3200.