While in Utah, don’t miss the State Parks

With five National Parks in close proximity in Utah, it might be easy to pass by the equally beautiful state parks, which are perhaps even more unique than the National Parks.

After we visited Zion and Bryce National Parks, we stopped at Kodachrome Basin State Park named after the vibrant colors of the now discontinued film.

From there we moved on to Capitol Reef National Park and then stopped at Goblins State Park where the hoodoos look like whimsical creatures from a fantasy land.

After Goblins we visited Arches and Canyonlands National Parks near Moab and then stopped at Gooseneck State Park.

I made this image right from our campsite at Gooseneck State Park. What a view!

Gooseneck State Park, Utah
Please click the image to view a larger version.

Gooseneck was our home base for visiting Monument Valley where I was lucky to capture some really unique images which I will show you later this week.

There is so much to see in Utah. I felt like we did a whirlwind tour visiting five national parks, three state parks and one tribal park in about three weeks. I’m sure there is probably much more we didn’t see so I’m looking forward to spending more time exploring Utah this winter.

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  1. Carlos says

    ….and if it happens that you drive by Page (AZ) to take a look at Antelope Canyon… you’d better dont miss the Horse shoe bend!!!…
    and if you are very lucky, take a look at “The Wave”.
    As you said in previous post… is there a need to see more pictures of that?…. ALWAYS YES!!! (YOURS will be your favorite!!)

    • says

      Hi Carlos, I went to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend on a different trip a couple of years ago and they are definitely worth it! I loved the whole area around Page. I still haven’t made it to the wave yet though – it’s on my bucket list. Thanks for the comments.

  2. says

    I agree with you Anne. Each of those three state parks are awesome in their own way. You didn’t mention Dead Horse State Park. I sure hope you managed to stop there — one of my favorites. Your shot of Goosenecks is sure better than mine. Wonderful light.
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  3. says

    Hi Anne,
    We have enjoyed your blog posts since we met you two at Verde Valley. We thought Deadhorse State Park in Moab was every bit as scenic as Canyonlands. It’s also about the darkest place around at night for star shots.
    John and Kathy

    • says

      Hi John, great to hear from you! We have been enjoying listening to your entertaining podcasts! We missed Dead Horse State Park unfortunately but it is on our list for next time. Sounds like a great place to do some star trail photography. Thanks for following along on our journey!

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