30 Incredible Images of Utah

March 18, 2015

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Red dirt. Orange sun. Desert towers, canyon rivers. Trails and crags, cliffs and streams. Adventure awaits in Utah – here are 30 images from the Beehive State that are sure to get your inner adventurer buzzing.

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Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon’s “hoodoos” (odd stone pillars) alone merit a visit. Combine these mysterious columns with insane panoramas and scraggly trees and you’ve got an interstellar landscape you’ve got to land on.

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Angel Arch

Angel Arch is the largest arch in Canyonlands, standing at an impressive 135 feet.

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Antelope Island

Want to go hiking, camping, or mountain biking? Why not all three? Spend a day sweating in Antelope Island State Park, then relax for the evening under a vibrant, star-filled sky

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Arches National Park

Home to over 2,000 natural arches, the aptly named Arches National Park is a prime destination for the geologically curious. It comes as no surprise that this is a haven for climbers.

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Great Salt Lake

Launch a kayak from Antelope Island State Park for access to the Great Salt Lake. Scout the shore for wildlife as you skim across the glassy water.

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Canyonlands

Canyonlands is split up into 4 equally intriguing parts: The rivers, The Maze, The Needles, and The Island in the Sky. Though the terrain varies, adventure remains constant.

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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Funneling in through the Moquith and Moccasin Mountains, wind sculpts these dunes with incredible power – sometimes shifting the sandy behemoths 50 feet each year.

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Deer Creek

Head to Deer Creek State Park when Zephyr is on his way; the winds here create ideal conditions for sailboats and windsurfers alike. Once you’re back on shore, pitch camp, gaze at the stars and enjoy fading views of Mt. Timpanogos.

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La Sal Mountains

The La Sal Mountains are the spiny demarcation of the Colorado - Utah border. Climb them, ski them, bike them, love them – especially when they tickle the sky at over 12,000 feet.

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Timpanogos

Timpanogos beckons hikers and climbers alike, mountaineering skills are requisite to even consider a winter attempt. No matter what, you’re looking at a mile of elevation gain and 14 miles round-trip – so you best be in shape.

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Millsite State Park

Easily accessible from the thoroughfare, Millsite State Park is a superb day trip destination hiking and fishing opportunities. Mountain bikers are also drawn to the park for its winding trails and rocky drops.

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Mirror Lake

Anglers find time to reflect on Mirror Lake. After an afternoon on the water, enjoy a campfire, stars above and a fire-cooked meal.

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Monument Valley Dunes

Located on a Navajo Tribal Park, this landscape is surrounded by massive buttes and tenuous spires. The colors here have inspired painters and photographers for years.

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Red Castle Peak

Red Castle Peak tops out at 12,600 feet. A highlight of the Uinta Mountains, hikers and climbers are constantly drawn here by the sheer walls of red.

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Salt Flats

Long ago, the Bonneville Salt Flats were one big lake. Now, it’s all dried up, and the barren flats are home to speed racing competitions.

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San Rafael Swell

Generally, a swell refers to the undulations of the ocean, something that surfers look forward to with glee. Far from the ocean, these waves of rock dip and rise for 2,000 miles, making San Rafael Swell one of Utah’s favorite playground.

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Snow Canyon

One of Utah’s lesser known parks, Snow Canyon is worth the visit. Explore 7,400 acres of antediluvian lava flows and Navajo sandstone.

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Stewart Cascades

On the back of Mt. Timpanogos, an iceberg drips under the Utah sun, causing melting runoff to cascade below. If you’ve been hiking for days, this is an ice-cold shower you can’t miss.

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Delta Snow Goose Festival

Every spring, flocks of Snow Geese start their 3,000-mile journey north to Canada, and the feather-struck town of Delta is there to send them off in style.

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Sunset

No matter where you pitch your tent, the sunsets in Utah are sure to leave you breathless. The is nature’s finest art exhibit, and it’s different every evening.

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Upper Provo Falls

Wade up to your knees in these cool waters in the summer. If you don’t feel like a swim, hike on by the falls, enjoying the fir forest and craggy peaks that surround the trail.

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Court of the Patriarchs

A minister named these three peaks after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob nearly a hundred years ago. Though a goofily regal name, the Patriarchs are majestic indeed.

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The Wasatch

“Wasatch.” Say it once and any knowledgeable skier will start to salivate. Though home to resorts like Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton, the easily accessible backcountry lines are what truly make these mountains amazing.

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Zion National Park

Named after a holy city, Zion National Park is no stranger to pilgrims, who come here for the boundless sandstone cliffs and tapered slot canyons.

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Strawberry Reservoir

This is Utah’s premiere rainbow trout fishing location, where the fishing is as easy as picking strawberries.

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American Fork Canyon

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