A few of my favorite venues close to home


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Fun things to do close to campus
Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 8:08pm

During my tenure at USU Eastern, I have written some interesting opinion articles. From my first article, where I wrote about the hell of being bi-polar and trying to fit in, my dating advice articles, hearing Dr. Susan Polster tell stories about how Mae Goss, (past editor-in-chief when I wrote those articles) would walk around the newspaper lab cursing my name, to eventually dabbling in news stories. I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun writing for the newspaper. But this piece isn’t about me, this piece is about the amazing Price area.

While walking around campus I’ve came across many conversations on how there’s nothing to do at my beloved USU Eastern and how Price is a boring place. So I thought I’d write my top five favorite things to do here, or within 30 minutes. I grew up in Emery County so I’m mainly writing about places there.

Visit the desert

The deserts of Emery and Carbon counties are amazing. You can see breathe-taking scenery, a variety of animal life and, most importantly, it’s a very spiritual place. It’s a great place to take a date, go for a drive or just hang out with friends. Be careful though, there are a lot of dangers. So, learn where you’re going, take lots of water and let someone know where you’re going and what time you’ll be back.

The mountains

I don’t care where you go in life; you’ll never experience mountains like we have here in Eastern Utah. They are, for a lack of a better word, perfect. If you’d like an amazing drive, check out Ferron Mountain. The roads, while not paved and narrow, are a lot better than they used to be. Again, you want to be safe, have fun, TAKE WATER and let someone know where you’re going and what time you’ll be back. You won’t be disappointed.

There are also some great hikes and scenery up Price and Indian canyons, just minutes away from campus. Great mountain biking trails exit west of campus on Wood Hill. Take a bike, take a stroll but do not complain about how there is nothing to do.

Go fishing

Fishing gets a bad rap. It’s peaceful, fun, exciting and a hard thing to learn to do correctly. It’s an activity that everyone loves doing. Plus, you’ll get to tell your friends how “big” the fish was that you caught.


Moab is the center of the desert off-roading experience for the world. There’s no other place that you come across the obstacles that thousands of people every year drive thousands of miles to try and conquer. But, if you don’t want to off road, there’s other amazing things to do there including taking hikes, camping, window shopping and trying some of the interesting cuisine from that area.

Taking pictures

If you don’t have a camera, you can use a phone or other device. Take in what you see here. If it’s taking pictures of the USU Eastern campus, great. If it’s driving to a place I mentioned, great. Take pictures to help with the fun times we are all having.

So these are some of my favorite things to do here. If you’re bored, go on an adventure, find out how amazing some of these places are for yourself and find out how much fun these activities are. Just because we live in a small community doesn’t mean that we don’t have anything to do.

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