Utah has some of the most dramatic scenery in the USA. A number of the country's most beautiful national
parks are there, and this photo gallery has picture of them all, including Zion,
Bryce Canyon, Arches,
and Canyonlands , which are scattered across the
entire southern width of
the state. In addition to these spectacular national parks, Utah has scenic destinations that are separate
and distinct from the national parks, but are themselves becoming famous for their natural beauty. These include
places like "The Wave", an area becoming increasingly
famous for its spectacular sandstone formations. The Wave is one small portion of the larger, beautiful area known as
Coyote Buttes is also home to
Buckskin Gulch, thought to be the longest slot
canyon in the world.
Other great scenic spots include Snow Canyon State Park with many miles of
excellent day hikes. Snow Canyon is located in Ivins, Utah, a scenic little town
at the foothills of some beautiful red sandstone mountains. There's also The Devil's Garden near Escalante for great scenery.
And finally, Coyote Gulch also near Escalante, is a great place for multi-day
backpacking trips through beautiful scenery.
This photo gallery of Utah has photos from all of these locations.
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Waves of Stone
The Wave is a photographer's dream. The range of textures, colors, and shapes
of sandstone here is phenomenal. Every camera angle seems worthy of a photograph. Getting correct
photographic white balance to produce a photo that accurately displays the reality of The Wave is a challenge.
See more photos at
The Wave. There's also a slideshow of other photos of The Wave at
The Wave Slideshow.
The hike to Observation Point in Zion National Park is the most strenuous hike in the main portion of the park. But
the hike is worthwhile, providing beautiful views up the canyon. See more photos at
Bryce Canyon #75
Bryce Canyon is famous for its beautifully colored and textured sandstone pillars and hoodoos, of which there are hundreds to see
and hike through. See more photos at Bryce Canyon.
Orange Mountains #3265
These beautiful orange sandstone mountains can be seen in Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins, Utah, just north of St. George. See
more photos at Snow Canyon.
Buckskin Gulch #45
Buckskin Gulch is thought to be the longest slot canyon in the world.
Much of Buckskin Gulch lacks the brilliant colors of some slot canyons, but there are places where
the wavy textured walls are colorful and very attractive. See more photos at
Coyote Gulch #5069
Coyote Gulch is a premier backpacking area located near Escalante, Utah. The canyon and its river winds through tall red sandstone walls
with some spectacular stone arches and magnificent scenery. See more photos at
Ivins Bike Trail #4259
This is a view from one of the paved bike trails that run throughout beautiful Ivins, UT. The town of Ivins sits
near Snow Canyon State Park as well as a myriad other places for terrific hiking and mountain biking opportunities.
See more photos at Ivins, Utah Photos.
The Narrows #8
When the water flow of the Virgin River passing through Zion National Park becomes slow enough, the park service allows
people into the part of the canyon known as The Narrows. The canyon walls rise over a thousand feet nearly straight vertically
from the river, making this hike one of the most popular in the park. See more photos at
The Wave #0367
Coyote Buttes is located south of Highway 89 about half way between Kanab, UT and Page, AZ. It is an absolutely amazing place
for hiking through spectacular scenery. See a slideshow of photos of The Wave at Coyote Buttes Photos.
Buckskin Gulch #51
In some parts of Buckskin Gulch, the walls of this slot canyon are closer together than the width
of an adult's shoulders, requiring hikers to move through sideways.
The Queen's Garden Trail when combined with the Navajo Trail is one of Bryce
Canyon's premier dayhikes.
Anasazi Trail #4875
The Anasazi Trail spans several miles past a multitude of ancient petroglyphs on a ridgetop along a deep canyon in Santa Clara, Utah,
near St. George. See more photos at Anasazi Trail Photos.
Coyote Buttes #3
Coyote Buttes is a remote but beautiful area that spans the border between Utah and Arizona. It's
in a section of the Paria River Canyon and the Vermillion Cliffs Recreation area that is full of
amazing sandstone scenery.
The Western Rim trail of Zion offers some spectacular views.
Coyote Gulch #5091
This is a photo of the Jacob Hamblin Arch in Coyote Gulch.
Johnson Canyon #4277
The trail into Johnson Canyon in Ivins, Utah is closed from mid-March thru October to protect wildlife there. It's a rare spot where
water is available throughout the summer. The trail is also notable for having a large sandstone arch.
The sandstone of Bryce Canyon lights up beautifully both very early and late as the sun rises or sets.
The Wave #259
Using a GPS to navigate within the maze that is Coyote Buttes is helpful in getting near The Wave.
But it's often of little value in actually finding it. It is entirely possible to be within a
hundred meters of The Wave and not know hot to actually get to it. But once you've found it,
it's straightforward to find it again. The difficulty is finding yourself on the wrong level of
the surrounding rocks. You can hit deadend dropoffs while walking on a fin, or run into deadend
walls while hiking between them.