People who see photographs of Utah's wild places often suggest the photos were retouched. Or they were taken elsewhere.
But when you see this land for yourself, you'll realize those photos are real.
Soaring granite peaks. Red slick-rock arches and aqua alpine lakes. Seemingly bottomless canyons yet to be discovered.
Ancient ruins and sandstone hoodoos. Glistening salt flats as far as the eye can see.
Overpowering landscapes. Roaring trout streams. Multi-hued other-worldly sunrises. Even better sunsets. Easy access.
And The Best Snow On Earth!
That’s right. Utah. A land that beckons to be explored. But ... more than ever ... deserves protection.
An expanse that embraces:
Millions of people flock to Utah each year ... joining those who live here ... to revel in an unparalleled mix of world-class outdoor recreation. Such as:
You can come here to enjoy any of them. Or all of them.
Within Utah’s borders lie all or parts of the Rocky Mountains, the Wasatch Mountains, the Great Basin, the Colorado Plateau, and the Mojave Desert.
You can drive from desert to alpine mountain wilderness in less than an hour! Such an array of climate, terrain and color. A land not spread over a continent but concentrated in a single state.
And what fantastic designs the elements ... rain, snow, ice, rain and gravity ... have sculpted out of Utah’s rock.
Utah is a place where deserts cover a third of the landscape. I know. Crazy right? When so many people come here simply to ski.
But those deserts account for so many more of our visitors. In fact, visitors to our deserts ... our national parks ... blow away the numbers who come here to ski.
The Great Salt Lake Desert west of Salt Lake City with concrete salt flats. The Sevier ... part of the the Great Basin ... in the west central part of the state.
And the Escalante to the south. One of the driest regions in the USA. But with some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.
One of the best winter playgrounds in the world. Home of the hugely successful ... and memorable ... 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
If you remember that time frame, things were very tense around here just after 9-11. Walking through security in downtown Salt Lake City was unlike anything people in this country had ever seen.
But it was awesome. And guess what? We survived.
Utah is a land where that same winter moisture produces spring-time wildflower displays unequaled anywhere ... in my opinion. With fall color panoramas that take your breath away. And just make you feel good.
Stretching over most of the southern and eastern sections of the state is the Colorado Plateau. Broad tablelands etched with deep valleys and canyons. Home of many Utah travel secrets.
The lonely Henry and La Sal Mountains. Home of an amazing array of wildlife. Far from the ski resorts of the north. And the often nauseating traffic of Salt Lake City.
This is where you can experience Utah’s world-famous redrock country. Unlike anywhere else on earth.
As Wallace Stegner said, “No region in America, and so far as I know in the world, has a comparable power to evoke from human beings such responses of surprise, delight, and, above all, awe.”
He was talking about Utah.
This has been both a blessing and a curse. Blessed with vast natural resources that normally accompany such beauty, the curse of exploitation and development threaten the very existence of these lands.
It's an often bitter fight between those wanting to preserve them and those seeking to profit from them.
Well, if you’ve been here ... or live here ... it’s not a secret to you. Many Utahns would prefer no one else found out about the place they call home. They want to close the door behind them.
They want to keep many of the Utah travel secrets just that. Secrets. Too late though.
This online guide wasn’t created by a faceless corporation. It’s written by a long-time resident ... of more than 30 years ... who came here from Canada with no intention of staying long-term.
But I’m still here.
This guide will tell you about the usual tourist attractions in Utah. But it’ll cover much more.
Utah travel secrets resulting from my experience of living, playing and traveling here for more than 30 years.
I’ve hunted and fished these lands. Camped in them. Photographed them. Hiked through them. My wife was born here. Lived here all her life.
You'll see photos. Lots of them. Photos often tell a story far better than words.
Yes, there are well-known attractions that draw millions every year. You'll discover those.
But there are few places left in this country where
you can get away from it all like you can here!
There are wondrous sights that are virtually undiscovered. The somewhat universal lack of knowledge about Utah’s wild areas is still comforting to people like me.
Nonetheless, we know that change is inevitable. The world's population isn't decreasing.
And Fodors just recently named Utah as their
#1 top worldwide destination for 2016!
The state is succeeding in its desire to evolve from a resource-based economy to one more dependent on visitors from other places.
I'll try to give you the information you'll need in making a decision to visit.
And maybe I can help you know before arriving what you want to see and do when you get here.
Perhaps you might just learn about a few of the Utah travel secrets you didn't know about before. Or couldn't find anywhere else.
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