Utah’s Outdoor Paradise

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Ariana Bell, Staff Writer

Utah is easily one of the most beautiful states in the entirety of America. From the snow-capped mountains to the sparkling salt flats, Utah is full of stunning sights. 

 

Here we have a picture taken from the tip-top of Angels Landing in Zion’s National Park, one of the state’s major attractions. The 5,790 ft elevation presents a breathtaking view from every angle. The hike can take anywhere from three to six hours. It is a very dangerous hike, as it is an exposed, narrow path and is even recognized as one of the most dangerous hikes in the country. It is not recommended for small children or those with a fear of heights. For now, no permit is required to hike to hike Angels Landing.

In this picture we have Utah’s Bonneville salt flats. They were formed when Lake Bonneville, an ancient lake that spanned across the entire Great Basin, dried up.  The salt that was left from the lake’s waters created this unique tourist attraction. They span across 30,000 acres of land; about twelve miles long and five miles wide, meaning it’s about forty six square miles total! The salt flats are open to the public year round. They are located on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake basin, about 111 miles west of Salt Lake City.

This photo was taken in Arches National Park where many impressive rock formations can be found. There are approximately 2000+ astounding natural sandstone arches there! They are formed from weather erosion such as wind, ice, and rain. Over thousands, even millions of years of these constant cycles, the arches are eventually formed. This park has the densest concentration of natural arches in the world. Arches national park is also open year round. It is closest to the city of Moab and is definitely a ‘must visit’ place!