Photo Friday: The Colours Of Utah

It’s been a while since I’ve done a photo post – but Utah is so full of photogenic spots that this one was always on the cards. Plus there are plenty of places we saw or passed that haven’t made it into other blog posts.

Utah is one of my favourite US states. Sometimes I think it IS my favourite, but then I remember how much I love California. Between those two, it’s tough, because they are fantastic for different reasons, and they both evoke very different iconic pictures of the USA; Utah with its deserts straight out of a Western movie and beautiful canyons and incredible sweeping views, and California with its beaches, cities and, well, Yosemite. Utah has Monument Valley. California has Disneyland. It’s not really something you can compare.

But something they both have in common is that they both make for phenomenal road trips. Utah is the epitome of the “wide open road through the desert” American road trip. California boasts one of the most scenic coastal highways in the world.

It wasn’t until towards the end that I realised just how colourful (or “colorful”!) Utah is. Because most of it is…


Naturally, in a desert-filled state of canyons and rock, the main colour is orange.

Sunset, Monument Valley, Utah, USA

Monument Valley, Utah, USA

Horse riding, Monument Valley, Utah, USA

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

However, occasionally I found that the orange turned to a definite…


Sunset in Monument Valley, Utah, USA

Sunset on the mittens, Monument Valley, Utah, USA

Although sometimes it was more of a…


John Ford point, Monument Valley, Utah, USA

I know, I know. You think I’m joking. How are these any different?

Here are a couple of snapshots from the lovely town of Moab, near Arches.

Alright, let’s get a bit lighter.


Autumn, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

As I stood in the road taking this photo, I came up with the idea for this post. We were visiting in late autumn (or fall), but the colours were still stark in the trees – this felt especially surprising after we had been in the desert for so long, but it made me appreciate just how colourful this trip had been.

Utah, USA

Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Zion in fall colours
Quesadilla Mobilla, Moab, Utah, USA
One of the best food trucks in Moab – Quesadilla Mobilla! Yum yum!


I know there are forests in Utah, but other than driving through and not really stopping in Ashley National Forest, the only green we really saw was around Zion National Park.

Angel's Landing hike, Zion National Park, USA

Angel's Landing hike, Zion National Park, USA

Angel's Landing hike, Zion National Park, USA


There isn’t a whole lot of water in Utah.

But for the most part, we had very blue skies! In fact, blue features almost as much in my photos as orange!

Zion National Park, USA

Monument Valley, Utah, USA

Utah, USA

Delicate Arch hiking trail, Arches National Park, Utah, USA


There wasn’t much grey in Utah… apart from the asphalt on the roads and the very occasional grey sky.

Forrest Gump view, Monument Valley, Utah, USA

John Ford point, Monument Valley, Utah, USA

But then we went to Moab, where they have loads of upcycled statues! This tornado one is my favourite.

Tornado, Moab, Utah, USA


Who knew you could see snow in Utah?!

Around Salt Lake, there is plenty of opportunity for skiing, but on some of our drive and also at Delicate Arch, we could see snow-capped mountains!

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA
Look behind Delicate Arch – there’s snow!

All the colours

But sometimes, Utah just gives you everything.

Ice cream, Zion National Park campsite, USA

Read more of my posts on Utah:

That Time We Were Trapped In Monument Valley

Hiking Angel’s Landing In Zion National Park

Arches National Park & A Surprising Stop In Moab!



14 thoughts on “Photo Friday: The Colours Of Utah

  1. I love the browns, golds and yellows – I put it down to being Irish and therefore surrounded by green all the time. I’m actually drawn to arid landscapes and really loved a visit to Utah a few years back….

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