Series: This Is Utah
Set in Stone
Utah is home to some serious bedrock — and millions of years of uplift & erosion means there’s no shortage of places to explore outside. See how visiting rock climbers & Emery County locals came together to create Joe’s Valley Festival, learn the history of recreational skiing in the Wasatch with Wasatch Mountain Club, and explore 40 miles’ worth of indigenous rock art in Nine Mile Canyon.
Adventure seekers from around the world have found paradise in an old mining community thanks to the annual Joe’s Valley Festival. Named after the nearby Joe’s Valley river valley, the festival draws large crowds to Orangeville & Castle Dale the last weekend of September. It’s more than a bouldering festival — it’s a full-blown community celebration featuring everything from climbing workshops to rodeo games that draws an eclectic mix of local residents and climbers. Castle Dale Mayor Dan Van Wagoner, American Ninja Warrior winner Isaac Caldiero, and Cup of Joe’s coffee shop co-owner Doug Stilson share why this event grows bigger and better every year.
Long before there were ski resorts in Utah, there was the Wasatch Mountain Club. Established in 1920, Wasatch Mountain Club was formed by a group of ski-jumpers of Norwegian descent who would traverse Guardsman Pass on foot, seeking out the legendary powder and extensive backcountry where Brighton Resort exists today. Hear from club member and ski historian Alexis Kelner about the legacy of Wasatch Mountain Club, photographing the area in the 1970s, and the future of recreational skiing in the Wasatch.
Nine Mile Canyon is known as the world’s longest outdoor art gallery. With more than 40 miles of petroglyphs, pictographs, and rock shelters running from Duchesne to Carbon County, Nine Mile Canyon offers a unique slice of Utah’s ancient past. We’ll meet the youth volunteers from Project Discovery’s Nine Mile Canyon Stewardship Day, a program that aims to grow their passion for archaeology, and help protect these ancient Fremont & Ute artifacts from modern human injury.