Until my son and daughter-in-law moved to Utah, I never had a reason to spend any time there. My first experience had been on an East-West road trip through the state in the desert middle section on Interstate 70. This is not the most scenic part of Utah, and in fact is pretty much just dirt and boring horizons in all directions until you approach the Southwest corner of the state near St. George (which is where my son lives). What I didn't realize was just how much absolute beauty existed in the Northern and Southern parts of the state! Up until now I've spent the majority of my time in the southern region which is where most of the most popular National Parks and Utah State Parks are located. I'll be spending time in the North in future trips, but for now I'd like to show you some great images from the South.
One of my favorite drives in Utah starts in the typical Utah picture-perfect town of Provo, home of the State Capitol as well as Brigham Young University. You take US Highway 189 out of town Northeast to Wildwood, and then turn Northwest onto the scenic loop, State Hwy 92. It's a spectacular drive through valleys and mountains, and these photos were taken during the Fall, so the colors were everywhere. One very unexpected surprise was that the highway winds through a substantial Aspen forest in the higher elevations.
Moab in Southeast Utah is a wonderful small town that's close to several popular parks including Arches, Canyonlands and Deadhorse Point State Park. Also, about an hour's drive eastward out of Moab (on Utah 128) is a very picturesque area called Fisher Towers. The highway winds right along side the Colorado river, so there are plenty of photo ops along the route.These photos were taken during the golden hour of sunset. The day I was there, there was also a beautiful harvest moon rising above the towers!
Arches National Park is home to some of the most iconic arch formations in the country. You can easily spend a week there photographing the various arches and vistas at different times of the day, and still not cover it all.