Storm clouds appear over Cathedral Valley at Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Lake Powell has more shoreline than the United States’ entire Pacific Ocean Coastline. Approximately 2,200 miles of it. Pictured here are only a few miles of it but it’s pretty cool. The lake’s water level changes throughout the year as its primary source, the Colorado River, provides more water via snow melt in the Rockies.
The heavy snow last week turned rural Southern Utah into a winter wonderland.
With a foot or two of fresh snow, Bryce Canyon National Park was a required venture. The hoodoos never looked better. The weather forecast called for a high of 20 degrees(F) with a windchill of minus 22, so I quickly took care of business.
Located within Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on the Utah/ Arizona border, this landscape is one of a kind. Sandstone anomalies produced through millions of years of erosion has given this place its look. And its not easy to get to especially on a cold, windy day.
State Route 12 is another scenic highway in Southern Utah. It is listed as one of Utah’s Scenic Byways. It starts near Capitol Reef National Park, ascends the Dixie National Forest to an elevation nearing 10,000 feet, and ends near Bryce Canyon National Park. Here’s just a few images I took when I traveled Highway 12 a few weeks ago.
Highway 24 is a fascinating stretch of remoteness and anomalies. I’ve never been to Mars but images of its landscape are remindful of the sandstone quirks along Highway 24.
Canyonlands National Park in Southeastern Utah, is one of my favorite places, especially the Needles District. It is raw, stark and relatively untouched by humans. It’s amazing that you can actually hike through this landscape, although its not for everyone. The trail I took was a loop hike, 11 miles in length. I started at Squaw Flat Campground and negotiated the ups and downs through Elephant and Squaw Canyons. There was one spot just past Squaw Canyon where I could barely fit through a crack in the sandstone. Couldn’t even get a photo of it.
These badlands border the Paria River in Southern Utah.
The aptly name Nautilus is an unusual rock formation carved by erosion in Southern Utah.