Don Bain's 360° Panoramas of
Utah

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Utah is divided here into three regions containing more than 400 panoramas: To begin, click one of the regions listed here, or click on the map, or scroll down to see a detailed list of localities.

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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:

  • Southwestern Utah centers on fabulous Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, among my all-time favorite places
  • East from there the vast Canyonlands of Utah region spreads to the Four Corners and includes Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches National Parks, plus Rainbow Bridge and Natural Bridges National Monuments





Statues in Temple Square next to the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City

Statues in Temple Square next to the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City




Under the great overhang at Weeping Rock, Zion National Park

Under the great overhang at Weeping Rock, Zion National Park




Sipapu Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument

Sipapu Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument


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The Monkeywrench Gang
by Edward Abbey
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The Gathering of Zion
by Wallace Stegner
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Benchmark Atlas
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Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey
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