Use These Apps To Improve Your Utah Trip
Have you ever wondered which animal made the track you see along a trail or which bird makes the call you hear? While you don’t want to spend your trip glued to your phone or become too dependent on it, you can take a quick peek at an app to answer these questions and improve your Utah travel experience. The apps can help you do everything from identifying wildlife to exploring the night sky, planning your trip, or even just remembering a favorite campfire song.
Not all areas have cell phone service, and devices can be lost, broken, or simply run out of batteries. Make sure you have a way to navigate safely and find the information you need without relying on an app. But used in moderation, these apps can help make your trip to Utah even more unforgettable.
It’s just a place to start. You can find a variety of other apps for most of these topics, including an assortment of free and paid versions with an array of options and features.
Improve your outdoor experience:
Digital field guides
You don’t need to carry 10 nature guides in your backpack when you can use an app to identify the elements of the world around you. iTrack Wildlife helps users identify the footprints animals leave behind. Serving as a digital terrain guide, it includes hundreds of trail photos, detailed information, and the ability to use it completely offline. With a number of free and paid options, it’s a must-have resource for people curious about the creatures they share the trail with. In the desert, many animals are nocturnal, so trails are one of the best ways to find out what creatures are present. vTree is Virginia Tech’s tree identification app that contains images, descriptions, and range maps for over 900 species of woody plants in North America. Learning about plants and animals can help people learn more about the ecosystem and how each plant or animal contributes to Utah’s wild and natural places.
Audubon Bird Guide app is a free field guide featuring over 800 North American birds. It helps identify birds, learn more about birds, share bird pictures and keep a list of birds you have seen. It also provides a bird alert feature when people near you spot birds you are looking for. The Merlin Bird identifier The app features over 4,500 birds from North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. By answering three questions about a bird you see, the app will give you a list of possible species and help you identify it. It will also help you match photos with cash and includes over 15,000 audio recordings. HawkWatch International Raptor ID App helps people identify raptors.
Get involved in the world of citizen science with the plethora of apps available. Record data to share with others, exchange knowledge and contribute to the body of scientific information available by recording your findings and observations with these apps. naturalist is a favorite naturalist and citizen science app, and as a project of the California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic, it’s one of the best-known apps of its kind. People can record their observations, share them with others, and discuss what they find. Data is used by scientists and provides resources for collecting information and learning from others. It also has a function to keep a life list of the creatures you have seen. eBird is a popular birding citizen science app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that allows people to identify the birds they see, share their sightings, and keep track of their own birding lists. It is free, available in 27 languages, and offers offline data collection.
Every year, citizen scientists record more than 100 million bird sightings, which scientists can use in their research. These are just two of the many citizen science apps available. Scientists use citizen science data in their research projects, so you do more than just interact with a fun app on your phone. You help provide real-world data that will enhance the collective knowledge base and help preserve and protect Utah’s cherished places for generations. To verify SciStarter website to find the right project (and application) for you.
A number of applications help people learn more about the sky. The Night sky application It’s called an “AR Personal Planetarium” with options to explore different objects, visit the night sky, and receive notifications about celestial events. SkyView Lite is the free version of a popular sky viewing app, available for Apple and Android. that of NASA The app allows people to explore the world of space from a device, including tracking satellites, viewing images, watching real-time NASA events, and seeing an experience of High definition Earth observation showing the Earth from the International Space Station.
Campfire songs and safety
If you’re looking to refresh campfire songs, check out the Apple Campfire Songs app with over 200 songs. Google Play Store also has a Scout Campfire Songs application. Make sure to follow Smokey Bear’s campfire safety instructions.
Columbia Sportswear What a knot to tie app focuses on the art of tying knots. Learn the knots for fishing, camping, rock climbing or just the utility utility. The free app includes over 90 knots, from a Flemish bend to a Seaguar knot. A number of other knotting apps are also available for Android and Apple. Being able to tie a few knots can be especially helpful when camping, sailing, or participating in many outdoor sports.
Find a campsite
If you are looking for a campsite, there is an app for it. In fact, there are a whole bunch of apps designed to help you find and book a good campsite, which is important because popular Utah destinations can fill up quickly, especially on weekends. Recreation.gov offers a mobile app that allows users to search thousands of sites, compare them, view recommendations, photos and maps, and book online. Reserve America allows users to search for campsites across the United States and book on the app. It includes federal, state, and private campgrounds, as well as cabins, RV sites, yurts, and campgrounds. Another application option is The Dyrt for Apple and Android, which connects users to over 500,000 camping options (plus reviews), including cabins, RV sites, and campsites, including federal, state, local and private sites.
Since weather conditions can change so quickly, make sure you have a good weather app available to stay up to date on conditions. A number of applications are available to provide forecasts as well as current conditions and important alerts. Some popular weather apps are available from The weather channel, AccuWeather and Underground weather.
Traveling the roads of Utah, the UDOT Traffic Enforcement can keep you up to date with everything from current traffic conditions to accident alerts, hazards and construction, as well as road closures. The app also offers traffic camera footage, the location of snowplows, and other information to help you get to where you are going safely.
Complete your paper maps and Utah Travel Guide with an app or two. Of course, be sure to use common sense when driving and know that apps are not foolproof. Every now and then, reports will detail a person tracking GPS in a lake, finding themselves stranded on a closed road in a blizzard or stranded on a rugged dirt road several miles from civilization because they were following a device. If a route seems dangerous or impractical, select another route. And always be aware of current (and sometimes rapidly changing) road conditions. Many smartphones come with built-in mapping apps, and others are available for download. Google Maps is popular and available for Android and Apple. Roadtripers also provides an app that helps travelers locate interesting stops along the way.