Why Utah?

“Why on Earth are you going to Utah?”

I got asked that question, in one form or another, so many times before I visited there a couple of years back. My response was always, “Why not?”

Let me get something straight:

I.     Love.     Utah!

IMG_9756In fact, Utah was on my Bucket List twice. Firstly, because Sue, Rich and I (successfully)set ourselves the target of visiting every state in the Union by New Years Eve of 2013. By that reckoning, Utah was state #46.

The second reason for Utah being on my Bucket List is simply because it’s Utah. And I’ve always wanted to go there!

01 Arches NPAdmittedly, if your idea of a fun vacation revolves around beaches and nightlife, then Utah probably isn’t your dream destination. But for anyone who loves the Great Outdoors, Utah’s the place to be! I mean, how could anyone who’s ever seen a John Wayne movie not want to go there?

View from Brian Head

View from Brian Head

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Grafton ghost town, near Zion

Grafton ghost town, near Zion

Being the Beehive State, Utah’s State colours are black and yellow. Personally, I think it should be orange. After all, its endless desert landscapes contain every shade from amber to vermillion. Especially at sunrise and sunset.

Monument Valley straddles the border with Arizona

Monument Valley straddles the border with Arizona

Monument Valley: even the night is tinged with orange out here in the desert

Monument Valley: even the night is tinged with orange out here in the desert

Monument Valley at sunrise

Monument Valley at sunrise

And the graceful intricacy of the some of the erosional features has to be seen to be believed. Particularly at Arches and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

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Next time I'll make sure I have enough time to hike to Delicate Arch

Next time I’ll make sure I have enough time to hike to Delicate Arch

Skyline Arch, Arches National Park

Skyline Arch, Arches National Park

Broken Arch, Arches National Park

Broken Arch, Arches National Park

Balanced Rock, Arches National Park

Balanced Rock, Arches National Park

The Amphitheatre, Bryce Canyon National Park

The Amphitheatre, Bryce Canyon National Park

Another view of the Amphitheatre, Bryce Canyon National Park

Another view of the Amphitheatre, Bryce Canyon National Park

Heading down into the Amphitheatre among the hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park

Heading down into the Amphitheatre among the hoodoos, Bryce Canyon National Park

Redwoods and hoodoos, the Amphitheatre, Bryce Canyon National Park

Redwoods and hoodoos, the Amphitheatre, Bryce Canyon National Park

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With some pals in the bottom of the Amphitheatre, Bryce Canyon National Park

With some pals in the bottom of the Amphitheatre, Bryce Canyon National Park

The steep way back out of the Amphitheatre, Bryce Canyon National Park

The steep way back out of the Amphitheatre, Bryce Canyon National Park

Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon National Park

Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon National Park

Utah used to be on my Bucket List as a place I wanted to go to. But since I’ve been there, that’s all changed. These days Utah is still on my Bucket List, but as a place I want to go back to! Because there’s still so much I want to see there.

The graceful, if scary, curves of The Hogsback (aka Heebeejeebee Highway) on Scenic Route 12

The graceful, if scary, curves of The Hogsback (aka Heebeejeebee Highway) on Scenic Route 12

Spooky Canyon, Grand Escalante National Monument

Spooky Canyon, Grand Escalante National Monument

Spooky Canyon

Spooky Canyon

Storm brewing over Grand Escalante

Storm brewing over Grand Escalante

Hopefully this post will convince you that Utah deserves a place on your Bucket List, too.

Lake Powell

Lake Powell

I think Red Canyon should be renamed, Orange Canyon!

I think Red Canyon should be renamed, Orange Canyon!

This post was inspired by the photo themes Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time? (from Michelle of the Daily Post), Graceful (from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?) and Intricate (from Sue of A Word In Your Ear). It’s based on an article I originally posted as a featured blogger on Bucket List Publications in 2013.

Monument Valley sunriseIf Utah is your kind of place, why not sign up and follow my continuing Journeys here at Jaspa’s Journal (on WordPress or Bloglovin’), or through my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr?

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26 Responses to Why Utah?

  1. Anna says:

    Wow, love that photo of Monument Valley at sunrise!

    • Jaspa says:

      Thanks, Anna. It was surprisingly cold, but well worth it. (Sue is wearing a fantastic scowl in one photo not posted here, although she says she was just joking!)

  2. I agree on Utah – it’s a fabulous place to visit if you love the outdoors. It’s also one of the few states Choppy has yet to visit, so perhaps it’s time to plan a long overdue trip back for us!

  3. afairymind says:

    Wow! What a landscape – definitely worth visiting. 🙂 Brilliant pictures – especially the three shots of monument valley. I have a particular fondness for starry skies.

  4. All terrific photos!…but I LOVE the angle of your “Redwoods and hoodoos”! Perfection :o)

  5. Cee Neuner says:

    Utah has got to be one of the most barren and gorgeous states in the US. Great photos.

  6. Now I want to visit Utah, too! Thanks so much for sharing these fantastic photos

  7. Pingback: Travel Theme-Graceful | WoollyMuses

  8. Max510 says:

    I lover Utah! I would come back there… Unforgettable. Wonderful post. I agree with every words you writed . Ciao ciao

  9. Bams Triwoko says:

    What a wonderful panorama.. I wish I would be there someday… 🙂
    Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.. !!

  10. mickscogs says:

    Thanks for sharing. What an impressive place!

  11. Sue Slaght says:

    What extraordinary landscape photos you have captured. Consider it added to my list that’s for sure.

  12. Tahira says:

    I’m a huge fan of Utah as well 🙂

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