Half-Day Trips

  • Floating the Weeb. The Weber River, known by locals as the Weeb, is one of northern Utah’s most accessible and fun rivers. After a half-day of guided river-rafting on the Weeb, ISSRM participants will be reenergized and ready for a memorable ISSRM. The 5-mile float through Weber Canyon starts on a meandering and brief flat water stretch of river before the first riffles appear; Rock Garden, a class II+ rapid, appears shortly after. This section gets really big during high water, and if conditions are right participants will have the chance to navigate around some big holes. Following Rock Garden, the entertainment continues with a mix of rapids and flat water stretches, which provide time to take in beautiful views of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains. Three noteworthy features along this run include a snug pass beneath the Croydon BridgeDevil’s Slide, an unusual geologic rock formation consisting of two parallel bands of limestone running down a steep mountainside, and Slalom Rapid, which passes a series of concrete pillars supporting the freeway above. The run concludes with Taggart Falls, a class III- rapid, which can be beast during high water. (June 17 – $50 per person)
  • Folk Art and Pioneer History in the Salt Lake Valley. ISSRM participants who want to learn more about the Intermountain West’s unique social and cultural history will get all that they can handle on this half-day excursion that includes visits to the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art, the Daughters of Utah Pioneers’ Pioneer Memorial Museum and Utah’s one and only Temple Square, which is home to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.(June 21 – $25 per person)
  • Mountain Bike and Brew. This is the field trip for active and adventurous ISSRM participants! The trip involves a solid half-day of mountain biking throughout the Wasatch Back followed by afternoon and evening visits to Park City’s growing collection of microbreweries and distilleries. (June 17 – $75 per person)
  • Geology and History at Timponogos Cave. In this half-day trip, cave and carst enthusiasts will be able to visit and explore Timponogos Cave National Monument, which sits high atop the northern slope of Mount Timponogos. The cave system was discovered in 1887 by Mormon settlers. Consisting of three linked and spectacularly decorated caverns, the cave tour includes unique colors and formations. Helictites, stalactites, stalagmites and calcite crusts, draperies and frostwork are just a few of the many dazzling formations found in the chambers. ISSRM participants will hike to the cave entrance on a wide, paved trail, gaining over 1,000 feet in elevation. (June 17 – $25 per person)


Full-Day Trips

  • A Big Day of Birding. Birders from across the world travel to Utah to see some of the state’s rich avian diversity. On a full day trip, bird enthusiasts will travel to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, a site considered by many to be one of the top-ten birding viewing sites in the world. Here, participants will have the chance to travel around the 75,000-acre refuge and see the American White Pelican, the Black-necked Stilt, the American Avocet, the White-faced Ibis and the Snowy Plover. After lunch, participants will travel across the Great Salt Lake to Antelope Island State Park. While at the park, in addition to seeing numerous other migratory bird species, participants will have the opportunity to glimpse the island’s roaming herd of 500 bison and also see mule deer, antelope, bighorn sheep and coyotes. (June 17 – $40 per person)