Utah in the Rearview Mirror

Utah, Desert, Highway, Mirror, Road, Reflection, Landscape, Red rocks

Utah may be only the 13th largest U.S. state by area, but within its borders we found diversity enough for an entire continent. Now that we’re leaving this remarkable place, we thought it fitting to spend a moment reflecting on what we saw here.

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Without question Utah’s national parks, of which only Alaska and California have more, are its crown jewels. Their canyons, arches, and formations cover much of the bottom third of the state. What’s somewhat unique is that the area’s beauty isn’t confined to its parks. Almost any given road takes you past landscapes that would qualify for national park status if they were found anywhere else.

Monument Valley Artists Point

Artists Point, Monument Valley, UT

So iconic are its landscapes that it’s common to think these dusty red rocks represent the whole of Utah. A several hour drive northward reveals something else entirely. Head west and you’ll find a barren wasteland of a completely different variety, the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Bonneville Salt Flats Landscape Mountains Utah

Elsewhere the desert and salt give way to grassy plains suitable for antelope and bison.

Bison on Antelope Island Utah

Lone bison chilling in the tall grass of Antelope Island, Utah

Not far from aptly named Antelope Island rises the Wasatch Mountain Range. Surrounded by lush greenery in summer, its nearly 12,000 foot craggy peaks could be mistaken for the Colorado Rockies. And just like Colorado’s Vail, these slopes also become a winter wonderland when a change of season brings the dry, powdery snow that locals claim is the best on earth.

Wasatch Mountains, Landscape, Rockies,

Wasatch Mountain Range, UT

If ever one gets fatigued from all of Utah’s outdoor adventures, the state also offers an abundance of culture. From Tony Award winning Shakespeare in quaint Cedar City to world-renowned choir in bustling Salt Lake, we found no shortage of things to keep us occupied.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake City, UT

Just walking around and taking in the architecture can be an all-day affair.

Salt Lake City Capitol Murals

Murals inside the Salt Lake City Capitol building rotunda

Cathedral of the Madeleine Interior, Salt Lake City, Utah

Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City, Utah

And after a busy day exploring we were delighted and a bit surprised to find quality brew-pubs just around the corner where we could relax while we laid plans for our next Utah adventure.

Wasatch Brewery, Park City Utah

Wasatch Brewery, Park City, Utah

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20 Comments on “Utah in the Rearview Mirror”

  1. davidharris518 December 21, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Great post, interesting photos of amazing scenery. Thanks for posting and sharing.

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  2. wnattawan December 21, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    It’s magnificent I have to add this state to the where-to-go list in USA. Thank you.

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  3. Touring NH December 21, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Certainly a beautiful place to visit! Great photos and post

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  4. Liz December 21, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Two family members who formerly lived in Utah would agree with you about its beauty. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos!
    Just an FYI, the ski area in Colorado is Vail, not Vale!

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  5. Betty Londergan December 21, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I love this post on Utah – it really is an amazing state (well, it’s next to Colorado, what do you expect??) — and the Bonneville Salt Flats are one my favorite weird sites ever! Keep up the great travel log!!! (incredible photos, btw) Merry Christmas, you two!

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  6. John December 21, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    A beautiful state! Love the way you format your posts, nice and clean.

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  7. Jodi December 21, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Lovely! I hope to go one day!

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  8. Cindy G December 21, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Wow, loved those pictures!!! 🙂 My husband and I went on a road trip from Florida to the Grand Canyon last June. It was amazing! 🙂

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  9. cravesadventure December 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Great Captures – thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays!

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  10. paisstat December 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Gorgeous photos and nice commentary! I really enjoy your blog.

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  11. twoscamps December 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Great post – excellent photos! They capture the expanse and beauty of Utahhhhhhh!

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  12. petit4chocolatier December 22, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Gorgeous!

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  13. nakitaaudrey December 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    I love the state of Utah! My favorites include Mesa Arch and Delicate Arch. What an amazing state!

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  14. Kavi December 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    Beautiful photos – especially the first one in the mirror!

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  15. LaViajeraMorena December 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    I love the first shot. Very creative!

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  16. roralau December 29, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Love it!! Utah , Georgia and Nevada are my favorite States ❤ I miss them sooo much

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  17. Tammy December 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Brought back so many memories of our road trip to Utah in 2011. Antelope Island is a fantastic place… and the landscape of the national parks is awesome.

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  18. hermitsdoor January 2, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    We took many “rear view mirror” scenery shots on our RV trip in Norther Arizaon & Utah last year… but from the passenger side 🙂
    Oscar

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  19. rameyontheroad January 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Utah is one of our all-time favorite destinations. Love the deserts and mountains!

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