Salt Lake City Crown

Views of Salt Lake City from the surrounding foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.

Downtown Salt Lake is clearly visible from our perch along the Black Mountain ridge.  Mount Ogden, 40 miles to the north, is now visible above the west ridge of City Creek Canyon.  Below our feet, the rocks have transitioned from the loose pebbly ...
Salt Lake City recedes to the southwest as you climb the ridge to Black Mountain.  To the west, Antelope and then Stansbury Islands are becoming visible above the mudflats and waters of the Great Salt Lake.  To the north, the still snow capped pea...
Straddling the ridge to Black Mountain, we have a grand view of Salt Lake City and the surroundings.  Rain falling to our north west side drains into City Creek Canyon while rain falling on our south east side drains into the smaller gulch of Dry ...
A common mid-winter phenomenon, an inversion traps fog and smog within the valleys of Utah. Here above the Bonneville Shoreline Trail along the ridge to Perkins Peak between Emigration and Parley's Canyons, we are just level with the upper layers....
From atop Grandeur Peak, we get a great view of the striking features of the central Wasatch Range all around us.  To the south, the face of Mount Olympus rises from the valley, its many sedimentary layers of rock turned nearly vertically on end a...
On this first official day of summer, spring is still springing at the higher altitude of Grandeur Peak.  The brilliant red of Scarlet Gilia is scattered among the blues of Penstemon and Larkspur and the yellows of Balsamroot and yellow-orange Buc...
In the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains in northern Utah, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail stretches along the high water mark of the ancient Lake Bonneville. The trail, used by hikers and bikers, offers great views of the towns and cities along t...
Over the years, hikers have constructed "The Livingroom" on the ridge of Red Butte above the northeastern corner of the Salt Lake Valley.  In the summer, people gather to watch the sun go down while lounging on sofas and armchairs constructed from...
The Red Butte gets its name from the nugget sandstone formation, deposited as sand dunes 150 to 200 million years ago. The Red Butte Canyon sandstone was once quarried for use in construction. The old Salt Lake City Hall, located across the street...
Here at the lower portion of Bells Canyon, the reds of maples and scrub oak and the yellows of aspen and cottonwood trees cover a varied geology. During the Ice Age, glaciers descended the full length of the canyon to touch the shores of ancient L...
The view looks out from Lower Bells Canyon over Sandy City and the Salt Lake Valley between the Wasatch Mountains to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west.  Salt Lake City proper is situated at the north end of the valley.
In the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains in northern Utah, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail stretches along the high water mark of the ancient Lake Bonneville.  The trail, used by hikers and bikers, offers great views of the towns and cities along ...
 In the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains in northern Utah, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail stretches along the high water mark of the ancient Lake Bonneville.  The trail, used by hikers and bikers, offers great views of the towns and cities along...
On a beautiful evening in early summer, I walked up Ensign Peak to try taking my first 360 panoramas.  Flowers bloomed along the trail: wild pea, thistle, sego, paintbrush and primrose. Ensign Peak has cultural and religious significance for many ...
On a beautiful evening in early summer, I walked up Ensign Peak to try taking my first 360 panoramas.  Flowers bloomed along the trail: wild pea, thistle, sego, paintbrush and primrose. Ensign Peak has cultural and religious significance for many ...