Magazine article Sunset

Mountain Editor's Picks

Magazine article Sunset

Mountain Editor's Picks

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Don't miss... the cheapest way to get out and explore the outdoors. During National Park Week (Apr 1624), all 394 of the country's natural playgrounds throw open their gates free of charge. nps.gov/npweek

SALT LAKE CITY

Nursery to table

Plant geeks are already big fans of Traces, a garden shop in a loo-year-old Sugar House neighborhood home. But what the average Joe may not know is that the backyard is full of crops that you can buy and take home for a sweet spring dinner. Call to see what's fresh that day, or do a walk-through and point out what you want picked - this month, that could mean arugula, spinach, bok choy, snap peas, thyme, sage, and if you're lucky, the season's first strawberries. 7432 South noo East; 801/467-9544. -jeremy pugh

CALHAN, CO

A close-to-home surprise canyon

The crazy rock formations at the Garden of the Gods may never get old, but it is nice to branch out. Our lose-the-crowds find is Paint Mines Interpretive Park, 36 miles from Colorado Springs, where a gully in the rolling plains bisects 4 miles of hikes through a bizarre labyrinth of hoodoos, mushroomcapped pinnacles, and gargoyle-like spires. …

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