Visitors look at a large Tyrannosaurus fossil in The Past Worlds gallery – NHMU/Tom Smart.
Park once, take a hike, and then explore a museum. A hiking trail and museum may seem unlikely partners, but in Salt Lake City, the concept works brilliantly. Marking access to one of my favorite trail systems is the Natural History Museum of Utah. The location was chosen to highlight the junction of the urban and natural environments.

I've used the trailhead regularly since moving to the area, as it's only 5-minutes from my house. From there, I've hiked to The Livingroom, Mount Wire, or just enjoyed a walk/run down the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. However, I didn't actually realize I was walking past a museum all this time... Continue reading.