The state of Utah was once almost its own country - the Mormon theocracy of Deseret. Salt Lake City is now both the state capital and the worldwide center of the LDS church (i.e. the Latter Day Saints) and is full of historical monuments. Cities and towns spread north and south along the Wasatch front, their characteristic wide streets attesting to their nineteenth century Mormon roots. But the clean prosperous towns abruptly give way to the wide open western deserts, several high mountain ranges, and the red rock wilderness of the Canyonlands.The Colorado Plateau occupies the southern third of the state, a scenic wonderland of red rock monuments and canyons, with five national parks.
I travel almost every year to the deserts of the southwest - the low deserts of Arizona in mid-winter, and the higher plateaus of Utah in spring and early summer. I have photographed most of the famous places at least once, but have missed many smaller and more remote gems. It is also time to re-photograph some areas I did with first-generation digital gear, such as Arches National Park. I have never been on a river trip, neither whitewater nor a simple float, so I should probably make a special effort to see the Canyonlands this way.
My three regions of Utah are: