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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. 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. Larger versions of these photos of Utah can be viewed by using a mouse rollover or by using the Slideshow below. See all TheWorldinLight has to offer at Destinations and Topics.



Bryce Canyon Buckskin Gulch Coyote Buttes Coyote Gulch Devil's Garden Red Cliffs
Snow Canyon The Toadstools The Wave Utah Wildflowers Yant Flat Zion

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photo of waves of stone - The Wave - in Coyote Buttes in Utah
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.

photo of the view from Observation Point in Zion National Park
Observation Point
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 Zion Canyon.

photo of a view from the rim of Bryce Canyon
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.

photo of colorful mountains in Snow 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.

photo of the curvy, wavy, colorful slot canyon walls of Buckskin Gulch
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 Buckskin Gulch.

photo of a deep alcove in a red sandstone canyon wall of Coyote Gulch in Utah
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 Coyote Gulch.

photo of the view from a bike trail in Ivins, Utah
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.


photo of The Narrows in Zion National Park in Utah
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 Zion Photos.

photo of the wavy and colorful rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
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.

photo of Buckskin Gulch slot canyon in Coyote Buttes in Utah
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.

photo taken on the Queen's Garden Trail in Utah's Brcye Canyon National Park
Bryce #5657
The Queen's Garden Trail when combined with the Navajo Trail is one of Bryce Canyon's premier dayhikes.

photo of the view into the canyon along the Tempi'po'op trail near St. George, Utah
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.

photo of flowers and red sandstone in Coyote Buttes of Utah
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.


Zion #4683
The Western Rim trail of Zion offers some spectacular views.

Another photo of Jacob Hamblin Arch.
Coyote Gulch #5091
This is a photo of the Jacob Hamblin Arch in Coyote Gulch.

The Tukupetsi recreational area near St. George, Utah has many 



petroglyphs like these.
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.

photo of Bryce from Sunrise Point
Bryce #1779
The sandstone of Bryce Canyon lights up beautifully both very early and late as the sun rises or sets.

photo of The Wave in Utah's Coyote Buttes
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.

landscape photo of the toadstools region of southern Utah
The Toadstools #6934
There are several areas in southern Utah, just north of Highway 89 that are collectively called "The Toadstools" because of these unusually-shaped sandstone formations. See more photos at The Toadstools Photos.


Red Reef Trail #409
This is a photo taken on the Red Reef Trail within the Red Cliffs Recreation Area near Leeds, Utah. Click here to see more Red Reef Trail Photos.

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a rock arch in the Devil's Garden in Utah
Devil's Garden #4997
The Devil's Garden is an area with a collection of interesting rock formations located just south of Escalante, Utah down the Hole-in-the-Rock Road. Hiking through the Devil's Garden is quite easy, although there is a lot of sand. See more photos at Devil's Garden Photos.

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