The Best Off-Road Trails to Take Your Ford in Utah

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Utah is host to many off-road trails, each providing a unique and exciting experience to the drivers who tackle them. If you’re interested in exploring more of our beautiful state, check out these off-road trails in Utah.

Wasatch Skyline Drive OHV Route

The Wasatch Skyline Drive OHV Route is great if you’re new to off-roading or want a more relaxing drive. The trail is situated near Farmington and is ideal to take between May and October. You can look out for wildlife and take in gorgeous views of the forest here.

Shafer Trail

Shafer Trail in Canyonlands National Park is a 19.2-mile point-to-point trail. With moderate difficulty, the rocky trail offers fun challenges, while you enjoy sights of the park and potential wildlife.

Toquerville Falls

Located around Hurricane, Toquerville Falls is a lovely trail that takes you by a river and wildflowers. Accessible throughout the year, the trail showcases a spectacular waterfall, which is worth stopping by to take a few pictures.

Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour

The Cathedral Valley OHV Loop Tour in Capitol Reef National Park offers lots to see, and you can easily spend your entire day driving here. At 71.2 miles, the trail can give you some incredible views of the park.

We at L&L Motor hope you are able to go off-roading in the near future. To find a new Ford vehicle to take you off the beaten path, view our inventory online.

Fall Foliage Road Trips in Utah

fall foliage road trips in Utah

New England does not have the market cornered on pretty autumns. In fact, Utah might be the most beautiful place in the country come fall (and all seasons, let’s be honest). Looking for a place to see the leaves change? Check out one of these fall foliage road trips in Utah this year in your new Ford F-150:

Snowbasin Resort

Head to Ogden Valley for some breathtaking views of the changing trees. While out that way, stay a couple nights at Snowbasin Resort, where you can try some delicious beer and barbecue—and free jazz on Sundays.

Mount Nebo Loop

To see beautiful yellow and orange trees reflected in still water, try out this scenic drive.

Zion National Park

Forget Yellowstone. Zion National Park may be the country’s most amazing national park with beautiful views of red rocks and jagged cliffs. While the landscape is sparser in terms of trees, it still does play host to changing leaves — and the tourists have all left for the summer.

The Alpine Loop

This is by far Utah’s most famous fall foliage loop. Start at American Fork Canyon and head to Provo Canyon on this 20-mile loop.

Contact us here at L&L Motor to schedule your Ford’s seasonal service appointment before the holidays arrive.

Summer Festivals Around Vernal, UT

Summer Festivals Vernal UT

Looking to have some fun in and around Vernal? From neighborhood markets and marathons to rodeo shows and educational expeditions, here are just a few of the fun summer events coming up in our local community.

Ashley Valley Farmer’s Market

At the Ashley Valley Farmer’s Market, you’ll find more than fresh, locally grown food. You’ll also find handmade soaps, artisan crafts, and plenty of live entertainment. The market runs on Saturdays, from July 6 to Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., on 225 East Main St.

Uintah Half Marathon

Get ready to run though Uintah County’s gorgeous red-rock landscape. This 13.1-mile downhill course cuts through the scenic Dry Fork Canyon. Even in the desert heat, you won’t go thirsty — the marathon offers aid stations every other mile. The race begins on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 a.m. in Vernal.

USTRC Dally for Dinosaurs

While the event might be called “Dally for Dinosaurs,” this rodeo puts bulls, broncs, and cowboys in the spotlight. This team roping championship features authentic Western thrills and plenty of fun for the whole family. Witness the action from Aug. 2-3 at the Uintah County Fairgrounds in Vernal.

Fossil Discovery Trail Hike

The Canyon Visitor Center in Dinosaur National Monument offers daily, guided hikes from May 24 to Sept. On these 1.2-mile educational walks, you’ll learn about the area’s fascinating fossils and scenic rock formations. Although the event doesn’t require registration, it’s a good idea to bring water, sunscreen, a hat, and a comfortable pair of shoes for the hike. The tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Quarry Exhibit Hall and ends at the Quarry Visitor Center.

Whether you’re looking for family fun or a memorable day out with your friends, you’ll find plenty to do in our neighborhood. Come join us — L&L Motor is proud to celebrate summer with the community of Vernal.

Check Out These Valentine’s Day Getaways in Utah

Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Looking to spend the day with your loved one in a unique way? Vernal residents should try out one of these unique Valentine’s Day getaways in Utah:

Salt Lake City

The capital city of Utah is the epicenter of culture and fine dining. Take your significant other to explore a museum, take in the natural beauty of Red Butte Garden, and enjoy a nice dinner somewhere in Temple Square.

Moab

If you and your loved one enjoy “roughin’ it” together, rent a cabin out in Arches National Park in Moab. The views are incredible, and you can quench your thirst for adventure with a day of cross-country skiing at La Sal Mountain before relaxing in your cozy romantic cabin with a hot tub and bottle of champagne.

Park City

Are you and your significant other avid skiers? The best place to spend the long Valentine’s Day weekend is in Park City, which is home to three world-class ski resorts, several fine-dining establishments, the Blue Sky Ranch for scenic horseback rides, and a delicious whiskey tasting at the High West Distillery.

 

For more Valentine’s Day getaway ideas near you, contact us at L&L Motor.

How to Stay Active This Holiday Season

how to stay active this holiday seasonWhether it’s the winter blues or just holiday indulgence, it can be difficult to stay as fit in the colder months as it can be in the summer. Luckily, we have a few ideas as to how to stay active this holiday season:

Get into snow sports

Living in Vernal gives us great access to awesome winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding, skating, and snowshoeing. Try one out this winter season.

Go for a walk

Winter walks can be beautiful and quite cozy when you bundle up appropriately. They’re also a great way to maintain heart health and they don’t require too much stamina. Just make sure the walkways aren’t icy before heading out.

Play active games

f you have kids at home, try playing hide-and-seek indoors or, better yet, get out the old Wii and play your favorite Wii sports.

Take a class

If working out at the gym by yourself just isn’t enticing to you, sign up for a class, like yoga or cycling. Better yet, skip the gym and sign up for a beginner’s dancing or karate class.

Build a snowman or go sledding

Outdoor activities don’t have to be strenuous. Just getting out of the house to make a snowman or go sledding with friends and family will brighten your spirits and boost your endorphins.

 

For more pastimes to enjoy during the holidays, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share more of our favorites.

Three Upcoming Fall Festivals near Vernal, Utah

Utah is an amazing place to live year-round, but the autumn brings us some of the most exciting events statewide. Vernal is uniquely located close to major centers of action, like Salt Lake City and Moab, but also plays host to its own unique events. Here are three can’t miss fall festivals near Vernal this year.

Utah State Fair in September

 The Utah State Fair will be held in Salt Lake City from September 8 to 18. There is no shortage of things to do at the fair, including the rodeo, circus, excellent food, music, and more. You can order your tickets to specific concert events online here.

Pumpkin Chunkin’ Festival in October

What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than this classic event down in Moab, Utah? The annual pumpkin chunkin’ event will be held on October 26 at the Old Airport Runway. The event will include pie eating (as well as lots of other eating from a number of food vendors), wiener dog races, costume contests, kids’ activities, game booths, arts and crafts, and more.

Vernal Community Holly Days Festival in November

 This annual event is free and family-friendly. This year marks the 15th annual festival. Come for the holiday spirit, including gingerbread house contests, a parade of lights, and more. The event will be held on November 23.

For more ways to celebrate the season, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our favorite pastimes.

Cool Off This Summer at These 5 Utah Water Parks

Utah water parks

We are in the thick of summer heat here in the Beehive State. Cool off by visiting one of these five Utah water parks with family and friends.

  1. Seven Peaks: Located in Salt Lake City, Seven Peaks is a favorite for visitors of all ages. The amazing water park currently holds 14 slides and also has fun areas like Dinosaur Bay and the Amazon River.
  2. Cherry Hill: Kaysville’s Cherry Hill includes the Pirate Cove attraction that kids love. Parents can relax in the lazy river while thrill seekers will enjoy the Cardiac Canyon River Run.
  3. Cowabunga Bay: Head to Cowabunga Bay in Draper for colorful waterslides and fun in the sun. Kids will have a blast in the maze of water attractions while parents can ease into the zero-degree entry pool, take it easy on the lazy river or go crazy on the 11 waterslides.
  4. Layton Surf-n-Swim: Open year-round, this wave pool in Layton is a top attraction — and it’s incredibly affordable at just $4.50.
  5. Lagoon-a-Beach: Farmington’s Lagoon-a-Beach water park is the perfect place to chill off after a hot day of rides at the Lagoon amusement park. This water park includes hydro tubes, waterslides, waterfalls and a lazy river.

For more ideas on fun ways to stay cool this summer, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll gladly recommend our favorite sites to explore.

Here’s How to Really Stay Organized on Your Road Trip

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Road trips with the whole family are often the best part of summer—especially when you take along the capable and spacious Ford Explorer. However, having so many people and their belongings in a confined space lends itself to messes and clutter. Here’s how to stay organized on your road trip.

  • Pack smart: To avoid having to dig through all your luggage at a rest stop, pack the things you know you won’t need until you arrive at your destination at the bottom of the luggage heap. Pack each occupant a small bag with the essentials they will need during the car ride.
  • Collect garbage efficiently: Place a garbage bag in each row of seating to keep trash contained during the drive. Dispose of trash each time the driver stops to fill up the tank or for meals. Spending a little time each stop on cleaning will prevent messes from growing.
  • Bring cleaning materials: Accidents happen, especially when traveling with little ones. Bring cleaning supplies to prevent stains and clean up sticky fingers. Stick to “clean snacks” (those that aren’t sticky and don’t crumble), and pack waters in a cooler up front. Waters are not only refreshing but useful for cleaning up messes in the cabin.

For even more suggestions on how to minimize the mess during a road trip, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll also be glad to schedule a pre-road trip maintenance appointment for your Explorer or other Ford model, to ensure that your trip is a safe and smooth one.

Here’s How You Can Save Money on Your Road Trip

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Spring is the perfect time for a family vacation, but let’s face: Traveling isn’t cheap. Never fear—there are plenty of ways that we Clark Griswolds of the world can be frugal and still take our family on great adventures. Here are three ways you can save money on your road trip.

  • Don’t speed: Sure, speeding will get you to your destination faster, but half the fun of road trips is the time you spend bonding while driving. Staying closer to the highway speed limit will ensure you optimize your fuel economy and will also make it a lot harder for a cop to justify giving you an expensive speeding ticket.
  • Pack snacks and food: Gas stations, diners, and vending machines can add up when it comes time to feed your family. Pack a cooler with sandwiches, fruits, and veggies. Don’t forget protein-packed snacks to keep you from getting hungry. You can even bring bottled water and coffee from home to help you save even more on dining expenses.
  • Be smart about lodging: You don’t have to stay in five-star hotels every night. Consider camping with the family or look at an affordable Airbnb as an alternative. If you have friends or family along your route that you haven’t seen in a while, consider staying with them—just be sure to take them out to dinner as a thank you.If you need more suggestions for how to save some cash on your next weekend escape or family vacation, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our insights.