"Utopian Utah" Top 5 Page for this destination Utah by richiecdisc

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To the uninitiated, Utah is likely to more than sneak up on, it may stun. Such is the grandiose nature of its exaggeratedly colorful landscapes. If the ancient ocean that formed the Entrada Sandstone and thus much of the state's surrealistic sights was still lapping wildly at its footsteps, Utah would perhaps eclipse the beauty of any imaginable place on earth. As it is, in its landlocked orientation, it rivals all of the western US for sheer natural beauty. Only Alaska and California have more National Parks and needless to say they are much bigger states, both with vast coasts. Not that Utah is small by any notion.

The Wave is otherworldly

The famed southern part of the state draws most of the visitors with its windswept vistas and otherworldly formations of a rainbow palate. The north has classic alpine scenery with large lakes, craggy snowy peaks, and dense evergreen forest.

Native American past somewhat overshadowed

Its Native American past has been somewhat overshadowed by the strong Mormon settler history intertwined in most people's perception of Utah, but few would travel this land of obvious spiritual beauty and deny that anyone who had ever laid eyes on it would have held it in special esteem.

  • Last visit to Utah: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Incredible pics and really excellent tips. A splendid page all in all!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    Great overview of a stunning state Richie. I'm beginning to think that we must go back there one day - not something we make a habit of doing. But for scenery like this ...

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:24 AM

    Richie, this is an excellent overview of the many amazing natural attractions that Utah has to offer! It is mind-bending to have so many 'must see' parks in one small part of the USA! Fantastic job here.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2009 at 6:41 AM

    It must be fascinating to see all those parks, each with its specific appearance. Loved the colours and the shapes, at times fairy and at some other time moon-like rock formations. I enjoy camping too, the feeling of freedom and closeness to the nature :)

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    You really know how to make places look beautiful & wife's in uniform feel better :) Love the picture collection!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2009 at 10:47 PM

    Haha, found my old comment (that you should show D the beauties of Utah) :-) Goodness, your new Wave photo is even better than the other ones!!! Best beer in Salt Lake? Ah, look forward to this one too :-))

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    Well I will say it again, you have a TOP 5+ & A+++ page! Your tips are excellent and your photography is beautiful. Great updates to boot! Hey, Buckskin Gulch looks like I seen it in a western. Great page Richie!

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Utah has some scenic spots. I hope to get to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks this summer. Looking forward to some hiking there. Thanks for the tips and pictures!

  • windsorgirl's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2004 at 6:07 AM

    great photos, can't wait for my visit to Utah in the fall. I'll be seeing all the same places, thanks for the tips.

  • syllybabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2003 at 4:04 PM

    Fantastic reds against blues...and you say you didn't have a polarizer? Wow...that IS blue! Looks like you've made Utah a must for my next US trip, Richie! ;-)

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