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How is Utah after the floods?

This spring, floods hit parts of Utah hard: heavy rainfall, combined with the melting of a snowpack up to twice normal level, damaged some roads and parks. If you're planning a Utah trip, you may want to check conditions. For a statewide road report, call (801) 532-6000; state parks, 533-6011; tourist information, 533-5681. For all national parks in Utah, call (801) 524-4165. Here's an update: In the Salt Lake City area

Interstate Highway 80. It narrows to one lane in each direction for 6 miles near grantsville, about 35 miles west of Salt Lake; work should go on through October.

Interstate Highway 15. Work continues near Levan (about 55 miles south of Provo), and near Provo where the highway skirts flooded Utah Lake.

Roads into Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons (State 152 and 210). These main access roads to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird, and Wasatch Range trailheads were reopened after being closed by mudslides. But check ahead: at our press time, creek flows in these canyons weren't expected to peak until June.

Great Salt Lake. The lake has risen 7-1/2 feet in two years, flooding parks, refuges, and businesses. Great Salt Lake State Park (south shore and Antelope Island sites), all the beaches, and the Saltair resort are closed indefinitely.

A major waterfowl nesting area, the lake lost 300,000 acres of marshes. Only two of seven waterfowl refuges are open for bird-watching; you'll see egrets, herons, ibis, phalaropes, and more. Farmington Bay refuge may have some hiking; call (801) 451-2121. To get there, take the Glover's Lane exit from I-15 northbound and go west. At Ogden Bay, you can walk 5 miles along a bulrush-lined marsh; take the Roy exit from I-15, head west on 5500 South, and follow signs.

Utah Lake State Park. Flooded and closed indefinitely. In Utah's national parks

Canyonlands National Park, near Moab. High waters on the Colorado River forced a brief closure to rafting last summer. If you have rafting plans, call (801) 259-7164.

Dinosaur National Monument, near Vernal. This spring, campgrounds along the Yampa River were flooded briefly. To check conditions, call (303) 374-2216.
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