My Views of Utah


Utah Lake at Dusk

It's dusk, and boats head for the dock in Provo Boat Harbor, Utah Lake State Park, after a day of fishing or water recreation. Utah Lake is the largest natural fresh water lake in the western states and is popular with locals and tourists alike. A remant of prehistoric Lake Bonneville, it is fed by the Provo, Spanish Fork and American Fork Rivers, as well as some smaller streams, which flow down from the majestic Wasatch mountains on the east side of the valley. It empties north, via the Jordan River, into the Great Salt Lake.

Wetland Preserves, particularly on the south end of the lake, provide stop-overs for migrating birds in the Pacific flyway. Additionaly, a wide variety of waterfowl, including geese, mudhens, seagulls, and a mixture of ducks, populate marshy sections of the shoreline and the mouths of rivers year round. They seem proud to show off their hatchlings in the spring, and always welcome a healthy snack from visitors.

Utah, located in the center of the mountain west of the United States, has been called the "Crossroads of the West." It's the home of five National Parks and sixteen National Sites as well as numerous State Parks and Recreation Areas. It has the widest variety of ecosystems of all the States (except California) ranging from high Alpine mountains to low dry desert with the accompanying variety of plants and animals. The most unique is the Great Salt Lake, just west of Salt Lake City.

The greatest population centers are along the Wasatch Mountains, from Provo on the south to Ogden on the north, with Salt Lake City about in the middle. Museums and theaters for performing arts of all kinds are numerous, not only along the Wasatch front, but also in towns in every area of the state. Salt Lake City is not only home of the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but also hosts the internationally acclaimed Utah Symphony Orchestra, Ballet West, and Utah Opera. If you like Shakespeare, visit the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival held every summer in Cedar City. Prefer Broadway shows? Try "Broadway in the Desert" - the renowned Tuacahn Theater in St. George.

My purpose on these pages is to share photos* and information about places I visit in my home State. Some will be well-known sites, and some will be less well-known. I hope you will enjoy the photos, then decide to visit this very scenic and culturally-rich part of the world and experience it for yourself.

Where's Utah?

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Featured Pages:

  • Alpine Loop Scenic Drive, behind Mt. Timpanogas

  • Bicentennial Park in Winter, Provo

  • Cascade Springs, near Wasatch Mountain State Park, Heber Valley

  • Cove Fort, Millard County, near the junction of I-15 and I-70

  • Cedar Breaks National Monument, Cedar City

  • Southwest Desert Flowers, 2005, by Syd

  • A Fall Flight Through Provo Canyon

  • Floods, January 2005, Washington County
    Comparison 'after' photos added July 2005
    Additional photos added October 2008

  • Historic St. George

  • LDS Tabernacle Fire, Provo

  • Light Snow in Provo Canyon

  • Moab, Jeepin' Country

  • R.M. MICHIE Homestead, Tabiona, Duchesne County

  • Petroglyphs, Washington County

  • Provo Memorial Art, Provo City Cemetery

  • Sculpture Stroll, Downtown Springville

  • Snow Canyon State Park, St. George

  • Territorial State House, Fillmore

  • Thistle, Mother Nature Built a Dam

  • Wildfire, Y Mountain, Provo

  • An Exhibit of Dale Chihuly's Glass Art

  • Want to know more about Utah? Click:

    | Utah Historical Society | Utah State Official Website | Utah Travel Council |

    *Unless otherwise noted, all photos on this website were taken by Venita, who also holds the copyright. Should you wish to download any of them for any reason (other than your own enjoyment), please credit  Venita  as the photographer and add my URL:

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