PHOTO GALLERY: Scenic diversity of UTAH!

person standing under a rock formation on a starry night
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Utah is one state that is known for having a huge variety of scenic diversity. You have the deserts and National Parks of Southern Utah, with the mountainous terrains of the Wasatch Mountains, Uintah Mountains as well. Utah has 5 National Parks, just behind Alaska with 6 and California with 7.

brown rock formation under white and blue cloudy sky
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As you look at some of the terrain in Southern Utah, you will notice that you may have seen these formations before on movies. And you have! Southern Utah is home to a lot of big movies, because of it’s unique formations.

It is Utah’s unique geographical features that make it of great interest to film and documentary makers. It was found to offer the perfect backdrop to shoot Westerns such as The Lone Ranger and Stagecoach. Other films including the Planet of the Apes and Arabian Nights were shot here.

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Photo by Pixabay on – Zions National Park holds some of the most beautiful landscape anywhere. This photo shows some of the great rugged mountains, mixed with the river that goes through the park.
delicate arch in utah
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There are over 2,000 naturally formed arches at the Arches National Park in Utah. The arches are in natural sandstone and offer spectacular views of the surrounding areas. Folks who have found undocumented arches have had the honor of naming them.

brown rock formation under the blue sky
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Utah is home to one of the oldest living organisms in the world. Located in the Fishlake National Forest, the trembling giant is a grove of Aspen trees. What makes these trees interesting is that they have a single root system. And this also means that the trees are genetically identical. It is also referred to as Pando. This Latin word means ‘I spread’, and is quite appropriate for the Aspens. The leaves of the trees begin to flutter, even with a slight breeze, and rightly grant the trees their moniker of quaking aspens.

This image is a work of the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

The Great Salt Lake is the largest of its kind in the Western world. Though the size of the lake keeps changing, based on the season, it is spread across about 1700 square miles. The water in the lake has nine times more salt than that found in oceans. Great Salt Lake is salty because it does not have an outlet.

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Photo by Matthew Montrone on – The Great Salt Lake of Utah is a natural lake fed by many rivers, but has no outlet. This lake sits Northwest of the Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Kentucky Fried Chicken was first sold in Utah, and not in Kentucky. Utahans were the first to buy and get a taste of KFC. It was at the Harman Cafe in Salk Lake City that Colonel Sanders experienced his first success with the fried chicken recipe.

natural bridge in bryce canyon national park utah usa
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 Rainbow Bridge, above, (290 feet/88 meters tall and 270 feet/83 meters across), by Lake Powell, is the world’s largest natural bridge. It is considered sacred by Navajo culture.

Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell photography – This beautiful roadside lake is Butterfly lake, located on the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uinta Mountains.
Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell Photography – This mountain is visible from the roadside, but this photo was taken after a 2 mile hike in to the Uintas to get this photo. The Uinta mountain range is home to the highest mountain peaks, and is one of the most beautiful of all mountain ranges in the United States.
Photo by John Sowell – This mountain is the highest in Utah. It is King’s Peak, and located in the Uintah mountains (13,534 feet (4,125 m)).

Utah is home to the largest independent film festival in the country, the Sundance Film Festival. In fact, it was originally known as the Utah Film Festival.

Now let’s provide several great photos taken in Utah:

grand canyon during golden hour
Photo by Pixabay on – Bryce Canyon National Park. The rock formations here usually just take your breath away.
white and brown canyon during daytime
Photo by Pixabay on – Lake Powell, when the water is low, provides an interesting color formations on the surrounding rocks.
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Photo by Olsen Photo on Unsplash – A beautiful overview of another one of Utah’s National Parks: Canyonlands Natl. Park.

Photo by Jackson Blackhurst on Unsplash – Utah is known for their unique powder snow. The 2002 Winter Olympics was held in Utah.
Photo by Joshua Aragon on Unsplash
Photo by Mike Newbry on Unsplash – Mount Timpanagos, in the Wasatch Mountain range.
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