Arvo's top 5 must visit locations in Utah

Do you live in Utah or are you planning a visit soon? We made a list of our top 5 must visit locations you should experience.

1.  Zions National Park

We could have an entire blog post dedicated to just  Zion’s National Park. From a gorgeous overview atop Angel’s landing 1488 ft. above the canyon floor, to the tight canyon walls of the narrows, there is so much to do here!

 We recommend camping at Ponderosa ranch. Imagine returning from a long day of hiking and then jumping into an awesome pool, hot tub, or taking a shower. End the day camping under the stars like any normal campsite. Glamping.

 


 2. Bryce Canyon National Park


We love hiking, even more so through between giant pillars of stone formed by millions of years of pressure and erosion. Aside from hikes, Bryce canyon is full of some of the best star gazing in the country. We recommend heading up to Kings Creek to see one of the best light shows around.





3.Moab

Arches, Canyonlands, Slick Rock Trail, there’s so much to do in Moab we couldn’t choose just one. Moab offers everything, from relaxing on the Colorado River to hiking under the famous delicate arch.

If you go to Moab, plan it out well and you’ll be able to see a lot! While there is camping all over, our favorite place to stay is just west of Moab.




4.Albion Basin


The Albion basin is at the end of a long journey up Little Cottonwood canyon. Home to such famous resorts like Snowbird and Alta, Albion basin offers up some amazing views all within an hour of SLC International Airport.

 

5. The Bonneville Salt Flats 


The Bonneville Salt Flat remains one of our favorite destinations, not for what it has but for what is hasn’t.  No plants, wildlife or man made structures mean this place is quiet as it gets.  The best part?  Drive out onto the flats and point to where you’d like to go!







How many of these locations have you checked off your list? First 5 people to tag in us with your Arvo watch at any of these locations and get an Arvo Pin of your choice!

Comment below once you have!

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    Arvo Art

    Have you seen our new phone backgrounds? Remind yourself how awesome life is with some inspirational art done by our very talented designers!

    Keep a close eye on our instagram stories every Friday for new backgrounds! Click the link below to view all of our work and share them with your friends!

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    Arvo Playlist #2

    Take a listen our newest playlist that has us excited for the weekend, we can't wait! Stay tuned later in July for some music blog posts and more!  

     

     

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our Utah Rope swing guide!

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    Rope Swings of Utah

    We set out last weekend looking for a rope swing in Utah and couldn't find one easily. Rope swings are one of our favorite summer activities. They’re fun, free but not always easy to locate.  So we made a rope swing guide for Utah!

    Know of a rope swing me missed?  Click on the link below and post a pin!

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    Whoever posts the most pins in one state by July 15th gets a free Arvo pin!

    Our Favorite so far : Smith and Moorehouse Rope Swing. Located on the East side of the lake. You get a great rope swing with a beautiful area full of fishing, camping and hiking. 

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    Depending on water levels this can be a 15- 30 ft drop from the swing to the water! 

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    Arvo's Top 10 Summer Events

    It’s Friday at work and all we can think about is the Summer Soirée happening tomorrow. This got us to thinking about our calendar and what's going on this summer. So we decided to share our Top 10 list of the events we’re looking forward to, enjoy!

    (Click here for details about our Summer Soiree Charity Event June 19th!)

    1. Slip-n-Soar

    Slide into the summer with Utah’s own Slip-n-Soar event. Casually launch yourself off jumps professional skiers use for training. Don’t worry, you land in a pool of embracing water. Count on us being there!

    June 24th, July 4th, and August 19th : [Click here for more details]

     

    2. Antelope by moonlight bike ride 

    Take a spin around Antelope Island, in the 2nd saltiest lake in the world. Starting past dusk, this casual by moonlight ride is something we’ve done in years past and loved. It's a great event for all skill levels and the more glow sticks and lights you have, the more fun!

    July 7th : [Click here for more details]

     

    3.Fire on the Water

    Fire on the water is about as close as we can get to a firework show at the beach. Hosted on Jordanelle reservoir, Utah, this event is fun for the entire evening with live music, games, and a firework show over the water to top it off.

    July 15th: [Click here for more details]

     

    4.Ogden Twilight Series

    Cheap tickets, amazing weather, and awesome bands has us stoked for the Ogden Twilight series. This year it’s taking place during the month of June only but don’t worry, if you’re as excited as we are for The Shins to play June 22nd, you won’t miss it.

    Various Dates: [Click here for more details]

     

    5.Cotopaxi’s Questival

    Questival from Cotopaxi on Vimeo.

    Questival is a 24 hour adventure race with a list of tasks you need to complete that’s sure to test your limits. Spend your Saturday sleeping in and doing some errands around town or start your weekend off with an experience you won’t forget!

    July 28th : [Click here for more details]

     

    6.Sundance Institute’s free outdoor film series

    Free events are the best ones right? The Sundance Institute gives us the chance to see free movies outside all over Northern Utah. There’s plenty of dates and movies to choose from, we’re holding out for “Riding Giants” , screening in Park City July 7th.  

    Various Dates : [Click here for more details]

     

     7.Utah County Fair: Demolition Derby

    Do we need to say more? It’s a demolition derby that has us counting down the days until we get to see someone reverse full speed into another car.

    Aug. 20th : [Click here for more details]

     

    8. Bonneville Speedweek

    Photo credit : Sports Car Digest

    Diversify your summer by going to the barren salt flats of Utah and watch vintage cars rip across the dried lake bed in historical fashion. We’re serious, it’s cooler than you’d think.

     August 12th - 18th : [Click here for details]

     

    9.Run on Race

    We’re really excited for this one. Not only do we get to participate in a great cause but one of us is going to be carried for a mile! The Run on Race helps disabled students participate in events they'd otherwise never be able to.

    August 19th: [Click here for more details]

     

    10. The Lantern Festival

    What better way to wind down the Summer with an event like the Shine Festival. Join thousands of others to send off lanterns into the night sky.

    Sept. 23rd: [Click here for more details]

     

    Think we missed a great event? Let us know in the comments below! 

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    Family Time - Our Adventure to the new Tibble Fork Reservoir

    I have been frequenting Tibble Fork reservoir now for 30 years. My parents instilled in me a love for the outdoors since the day I was born and this spot was a go-to as a family. At 20 minutes from our front door, it doesn't get much better!

    For the past year, Tibble has been closed due to reconstruction of the dam. Along with the new and improved dam (and roughly 7.3m dollars) comes a huge renovation to the lake as a whole. See details on improvements and specs here.

    The lake opened back up a little over a week ago and we finally had a chance to visit and it was awesome! Check out how much bigger the lake is:

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah

     

    I think that our favorite part is the new sandy beach that wraps the north side of the lake:

     

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah

     

    Big muscles on the beach!

     

    Leo Nackos Flexing muscles on Tibble Fork Beach 

     

     We also ran into some old friends from high school that let us borrow their canoes! (Thanks Jordan, Christine and "Lemon"). We went to the opposite side of the lake where we found people relaxing in hammocks and also a rope swing that dropped off into the lake. 

     

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah Jake Nackos

     

    Of course we wouldn't live up to our nickname "Snackis" if we didn't bring plenty of treats and beverages. We even cut up a mango with a pocket knife to feel more like mountain men :)

     Jake Nackos New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah

     

    And of course plenty of time just sitting around and playing in the water... which by the way is still freezing! 

     

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah Ashley Nackos

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah

     

    Last but not least, watched dozens of these pretty Monarch (I think) butterflies zoom around us. Christine even caught one so we got a chance to look at it more closely. Not to mention this slow-mo video of it's takeoff and near collision with my face!

     

    New Renovation of Tibble Fork Reservoir in American Fork Canyon Utah - Christine Comstock 

     

    Hurry and get to up Tibble Fork before everyone else knows it's open because I can guarantee it will be busy very soon!

    Here's a hint... If its ever too busy, keep driving up the canyon (you'll end up on a dirt road) and you'll find Silver Lake Flat, which is great for tent sleeping, fishing, ATV's, etc. 

    Here's another hint... If Silver Lake Flat is busy, or you are feeling adventurous, there is a hike that starts at Silver Lake Flat and takes you up to Silver Lake. It's only accessible by foot, but definitely worth the hike. Take plenty of water and plan on about 1-1.5 hours to make it to the top!

    Be good, Do good.

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    Outside the Office

     

    Did you make forts as a kid or have a treehouse once upon a time? Full adult mode kicks in and those things tend to be forgotten. A local Utah company thinks otherwise, and we couldn’t be happier with their product!

    In a series of blog posts to come, we want the Arvo clan to hear about what goes on outside the Arvo office, what we do for fun, and what brands we love! This week we’re talking about Tentsile!

    Tentsile is a local Utah company who makes tension suspended treehouses that can be set up just about anywhere you can imagine.

     

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    Credit: Tentsile & @fototripper. 

     

    The design was created by Alex Shirley-Smith to help preserve the forest floor  and promote zero impact camping.

    “...If we’re hanging in trees, they can’t be chopped down!” (Tentsile)

    About a year ago we got our hands on the Stingray tent from Tentsile and it completely changed the way we camp for the better. Gone are the days of trying to find that perfectly flat spot, and digging out rocks so you can actually sleep.

    Tentsile Arvo Utah camping

    Walking through the forest, leaving the beaten path, and finding a totally unique camping spot always gets us excited to camp. This spot was found near the top of the Alpine Loop, American Fork Canyon, Utah.

    Picking the right spot is like a game and once you find your trees, ratchet the straps down and set up the poles, you’re ready to get in!

    Getting into a tentsile is always fun! Sometimes it’s easy.

    Sometimes it’s not, but it's always worth it.

    It’s always better to have a little help from friends.

    With the Tentsile Stingray the imagination and ability to get into the tent are the only limits. In the end, we’re always left smiling and happy above the forest floor in our tree fort.

    Thanks to awesome companies like Tentsile, who plant 3 trees for every tent sold, we get to enjoy nature and feel a little better about taking care of this place we call home.

     

    Be good, Do good.

     

     

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    Arvo's Playlist

    Start your weekend now and take a listen to what we’ll be jammin to! We listen to music all week in the office and realized we wanted the Arvo Clan to join us in relaxing with some of our favorite jams.

    In the coming months we’ll be doing some awesome work with local artist, live sessions, and playlists! More is to come!  

     

     
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    Arvo Seattle Insta-Meet

    Arvo Seattle Insta-Meet

    We had such a blast at our Arvo Seattle meet this past weekend. It is always so amazing to see how much talent there is in the world, and Seattle did not disappoint. It was great to see some familiar faces during our trip. Huge shout out to our hosts Jaime, and Nephi for their outstanding hospitality. We also couldn’t have made it around the city without the world’s best tour guide, thank you so much Adam!

    We hit the ground running and went directly to the city when we arrived in Seattle. We had to get our fix of some amazing Seattle restaurants. The night we arrived it started dumping huge fluffy snowflakes, which was just a little out of the ordinary for Seattle, but made us Utah natives feel right at home.

    The Insta-meet turned out to be such a fun time. The snow from the night before forced us to re-arrange a few locations for the meet, but there were still plenty of rad places to shoot at. We started at Pike Place to make sure we were able to get some shots of the iconic market, and of course the gum wall. We slowly made our way around the city; stopping in parking garages, courtyards, and parks overlooking the sound. Seattle is a gold mine for beautiful shots.

    We want to thank everyone who came out to help make this meet a huge success. We made some wonderful connections, and new friends which is really what these meets are all about. Be sure to check out our Seattle re-cap video below made by our very own CEO, Jake Nackos, and also check out some of the photos on our Seattle Insta-Meet page to see all of the amazing shots from the meet.           

     

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    4th Annual ARVO NYE Party!

    4th Annual ARVO NYE Party!

    RIP 2016.

    At this point we are hoping that all of you have had an amazing new year so far and that 2017 is in fact THE BEST YEAR EVER like you told yourself it would be at the conclusion of 2016.  If that is the case for you and you're killing the game, then go ahead and pat yourself on the back. Go you!  If, however, 2017 has not lived up to its potential thus far and has indeed smacked you right in the face, then we hope to cheer you up with the recap of this years NYE party.  

    The #arvoNYE2016 party was a BLAST and if you missed out, we are very sorry and the best we can do is show you these videos and hope that you'll join us next time.  If you did attend, then you know exactly what we are talking about and these videos will only remind you that you had the night of your life and you are very grateful that someone documented that for you (thank you The Cayve Film Co.). The theme for this year was a WHITEOUT and everyone definitely dressed the part.  Whether you attended or not, here is what this years party at Infinity Events Center in SLC had to offer:

    • Amazing live performances from Strange Familia and The Federal Empire
    • Slow motion video booth courtesy of Busath Films
    • The Arvo Panda being the Arvo Panda and hosting the last mannequin challenge of 2016!
    • Live silk dancers that still have us scratching our heads! 
    • And of course we threw out tons of watches, socks, hats, air fresheners, etc.

      We would like to personally thank each and every one of you that came out and helped make this event such a huge success! 

      For a look at all the pictures captured from the party click HERE!

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      arvo's #arvofallmeet and other upcoming events!

      arvo's #arvofallmeet and other upcoming events!

      Ready for some Holiday fun?!

      We have a few events coming up and we want YOU to be there! We will be hosting the 5th annual Christmas 4 The Kids in Draper, UT and our 4th annual New Year's Eve Party in SLC! Click the links below for more information because, we promise, you're not going to want to miss these!

      christmas 4 the kids

      Join us for the 5th annual "Christmas 4 The Kids" at the newly remodeled Draper Old School (12441 S. 900 E.). All proceeds will help local refugee children in need this Christmas via Because He First Loved Us. We want to make this our biggest and best event yet! So please share this with your friends! 

      DETAILS: There will be free food at the event along with great prizes for all to win in our raffle and many silent auction items to bid on!! We'll have a photo opp with Santa and fun entertainment throughout the night. Bring the whole fam!

      For more information check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/651061255061250/

      last but definitely not least, the #arvofallmeet recap!

      We wanted to thank everyone who came and participated in this meet. We had a blast, and we are always amazed at all of the creativity and talent here in Utah. We hope it was worthwhile for you, and that you were able to learn new things, and network with other cool peeps! 

      If you were unable to make it to our October meet we are scheduling another meet up in November (#ArvoWinterMeet) so make sure to follow us on Instagram (@arvo) and our FB page so you are the first to know when we release the next meet up date! 

      You can check out some of the awesome pictures from the meet by searching the hashtag #arvofallmeet. Here are some of our favs!

      Have a great week, thank you! 

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      our invitation to sell arvo gear at facebook hq in palo alto, ca!

      our invitation to sell arvo gear at facebook hq in palo alto, ca!

      Have you ever wondered what Facebook HQ is like? We sure did, and it was fun to see the inner workings! 

      A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to not only visit the Facebook Campus in Palo Alto, but we also got to set up an Arvo pop-up shop for an exclusive gig for Facebook employees. It was an awesome opportunity and we ended up having a great time!

      Being inside campus felt like being in a University campus. From electronics (Apple/Android) vending machines and tons of free foods in the kitchen to thousands of millennials each doing their part to run a successful company, it was quite a neat experience. We were told that the FB campus is home to about 12-13,000 people! Imagine the cost just to provide free pistachios every day! To say the least, it made us feel like a small spec on a giant beach :) 

      One thing that we forgot to do was take more photos of the experience. We did however snapchat a lot of the day, so hopefully you are following us there (@arvowear), but if not then be sure to follow us now because we are headed back on December 1st for their annual holiday sale! Apparently they felt that it was successful enough to invite us back for another party. The difference is that instead of being the only brand there, we'll share their largest conference room with about 19 other companies that fit the FB vibe. This is one way that FB provides their employees with an chance to get some holiday shopping done all with 1 stop. Should be fun!

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