Utah

Utah is arguably one of the most beautiful states in America and one of the best 4×4 destinations.  The beehive state is in fact so well known for it’s slick rock trails that there is a Jeep Edition named for the city of Moab.  The state features five of the Great National Parks including Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Canyonlands and Arches all of which are located in the southern section of the state and part of the Colorado River System.  Utah 4×4 trails are some of the best in the world and offer amazing scenery, wild life, and history makes Utah one of the absolute best places to take your 4×4.

Utah offers some amazing displays and rock formations.
Utah offers some amazing displays and rock formations.

Utah History

The state has a deep and rich history, starting with the Native American Ute Tribes, Spanish explorers in the 1540’s, and the Mormon expansion in the 1800’s when they traveled west and settled the area seeking religious freedom.

Robert LeRoy Parker AKA Butch Cassidy was born in Beaver Utah
Robert LeRoy Parker AKA Butch Cassidy was born in Beaver Utah

Robert LeRoy Parker AKA Butch Cassidy was born in Beaver Utah lived in Utah prior to joining the infamous “Wild bunch”.

The state of Utah offers a lot to the back-county and expedition traveler.  Stunning view, history, 4×4 trails, slick rock, lakes, rivers and slot canyons offer the best outdoor experience there can be found.  But this is just my opinion.

The entire southern half of Utah could be designated a National park. The layers of sedimentary Red Rock are exposed by water erosion. The Colorado River and its tributary’s slowly carve the landscape over the eons. The southern section of the state features: Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Capital Reef National Park. Known as the “Mighty Five”, any one of these parks deserve a two week trip to really appreciate all they have to offer.

Valley of the Gods, Utah is one  of many amazing Utah 4x4 trails.
Valley of the Gods, Utah is one of many amazing Utah 4×4 trails.

Utah  4×4 Destinations and Trailmap

Utah Trails

Temple of the Sun, located on Cathedral Valley Trail in Capital Reef National Park, Utah

Cathedral Valley

Located in Capital Reef National Park, the Cathedral Valley District of Capitol Reef National Park is open all year and the perfect spot for the…
Hole in the wall trail in Escalante, Utah

Hole in the Rock

Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hole in the Rock trail is an old Mormon trail in Utah that was used to establish colonies…
Sunset along the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands NP, Utah Photograph by James L Rathbun

Shafer Trail

An old cattle trail, the Shafer trail which will test your nerve, as you descend down into the canyons of Canyonlands National Park.  This trail…
Valley of the Gods, Utah

Valley of the Gods

Valley of the Gods is a beautiful sandstone valley and located in the South East corner of Utah near Mexican Hat. alley of the Gods…
Mesa Light taken from the White Rim Trail and Lathrop Canyon Road. Photograph by James L Rathbun

White Rim Trail

The White Rim Trail is Canyonlands National Park is a 100 mile back country 4x4 trail that follows an strata of white lime stone along…

Utah Campgrounds

A Goblin formed from a soft limestone, water and time offer a unique hiking experience. Photograph by James L Rathbun

Goblin Valley Utah

Goblin Valley is located in Utah is a state park and campground which is adjacent to eroded flood plain. Formed by water, time and a…

Utah Mammals

Black Tailed Jackrabbit enjoying the shade of a Joshua Tree

Black Tailed Jackrabbit ( Lepus californicus )

Black Tailed Jackrabbit enjoying the shade of a Joshua Tree. The Black Tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) commonly known as the American Desert Hare makes its…
Coyote (Canis latrans) enduring a snow storm in Joshua Tree National Park

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Coyote (Canis latrans) A symbol of the American Southwest, the howl of the humble Coyote (Canis latrans) is synonymous with wild places. A member of…
Two well fed mustangs near Cold Creek, Nevada

Mustang (Equus ferus caballus)

A lone mustang is the symbol of wild, power and freedom Left behind by Spanish explorers and settlers, the Mustang ( Equus ferus caballus )…
A solitary Pronghorn ( Antilocapra americana ) found near Golbin Valley, Utah

Pronghorn ( Antilocapra americana )

Commonly known as an antelope, the Pronghorn is an even toed or hoofed mammal found in the plains of the western United States of America.

Utah Wild Flowers

The California Poppy the state flower of California.

California Poppy ( Eschscholzia californica )

The California Poppy the state flower of California. As the name implies, the California Poppy is that state flower of California. However, this little flower…
Coyote Melon (Cucurbita palmata)

Coyote Melon (Cucurbita palmata)

Coyote Melon (Cucurbita palmata) Coyote Melon (Cucurbita palmata), also known as Coyote Gourd, is a flowering plant common in the desert southwest and known to…
Desert Marigolds located off the Old Mojave Road.

Desert Marigolds (Baileya multiradiata)

Desert Marigolds photographed near the Old Mojave Road. Desert Marigolds (Baileya multiradiata) are an abundant and well distributed flower across the desert south west. The…
Fremont's Phacelia (Phacelia fremontii) photographed in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Fremont’s Phacelia (Phacelia fremontii)

Fremont's Phacelia (Phacelia fremontii) is a small delicate looking flowering plant commonly commonly found in the southwestern United States including Nevada, Arizona and California. The…
Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)

Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)

Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) The Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) is a perennial herb and orange wildflower which is commonly found in Nevada, California, Utah and Arizona. This…
Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata)

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata)

The Giant Red Indian Paintbrush or Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) is a wildflower and perennial which is quite common in the western United States, including…
Mojave-aster ( Xylorhiza tortifolia )

Mojave-aster ( Xylorhiza tortifolia )

Mojave-aster ( Xylorhiza tortifolia ) A member of the sunflower family, the Mojave-aster ( Xylorhiza tortifolia ) boasts a delicate lavender flower in the harsh…
Photographed in the White Moundtains, Phlox diffusa is a small white flowering plant which prefers alpine and sub-alpine environments.

Spreading Phlox ( Phlox diffusa )

Spreading Phlox ( Phlox diffusa ) is a perennial shrub with small needle like leaves.  This is a small white flowering plant prefers alpine, sub-alpine…

Utah Points of Interest

A Goblin formed from a soft limestone, water and time offer a unique hiking experience. Photograph by James L Rathbun

Goblin Valley Utah

Goblin Valley is located in Utah is a state park and campground which is adjacent to eroded flood plain. Formed by water, time and a…
Hole in the wall trail in Escalante, Utah

Hole in the Rock

Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hole in the Rock trail is an old Mormon trail in Utah that was used to establish colonies…
Metal Stairs inside of Lower Antelop Canyon, Arizona

Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon one of two slot canyons located off the highway 98 just outside of Page, Arizona near the Utah border. Entering Lower Antelope…
Molten Wave - Located in Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona Antelope Canyon is the best known slot canyon.

Upper Antelope Canyon

Located just outside of Page, Arizona Upper Antelope Canyon is arguably the best known slot canyon on the planet, yet few people will know its name…

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