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Nature: Zion National Park, Southwest Utah

“Sunday Morning” takes us to Zion National Park in Utah. Videographer: Brad Markel.

Zion National Park is a southwest Utah nature preserve distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River. The river flows to the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. Also along the river, partly through deep chasms, is Zion Narrows wading hike.

Top New Train Trips 2022: The ‘Rocky Moutaineer – Rockies To The Red Rocks’

Welcome onboard an incredible Luxury Train through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the USA. This is 2 Days on the Rocky Mountaineer’s new Rockies to Red Rocks route in the United States!

Chapters: 0:00 Introduction 1:39 Day One on the Rocky Mountaineer Rockies to Red Rocks 19:12 Day Two on the Rocky Mountaineer Rockies to Red Rocks

The trip is two days of extraordinary landscapes between Moab, Utah and Denver, Colorado. Vast canyons, inspiring deserts, natural archways and enchanting hoodoos are just a start. Available in SilverLeaf Service, this Rocky Mountaineer rail route is filled with highlights best seen by train,  including Ruby Canyon, Mount Garfield and crossing the Continental Divide. If you want to explore more, you can also book one of our carefully curated packages, with options to start or end your journey in Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. 

Filmed and Edited by: Jeb Brooks

Timelapse Views: Canyons & Colors Of Moab, Utah

Filmed and Edited by: Ron Risman

This is Moab is a film that was designed to highlight the wide variety of landscapes that you can experience when you visit Moab, Utah – and most of these locations are not located in Arches or Canyonlands National Parks.

Moab Utah is a many things to many people, but what ever it is that brings you to Moab (vacation, off-roading, rock climbing, biking, hiking, photography, painting, rafting, camping) you may not realize that if you just visit the two national parks (Arches and Canyonlands) you’re missing out on 98% of what Moab has to offer.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Moab manages over 1.8 MILLION acres of breathtaking red rock canyons, cliffs, fins, spires and hoodoos – and all of this public land is located outside of the National Parks.

Then there’s the LaSal Mountains, the second largest in all of Utah – with elevations reaching 13,000 feet. Tired of the 100 degree desert heat? Take a drive on the LaSal Mountain Loop Rd and enjoy cooler weather and spectacular mountain scenery.

Moab, Utah is one of the most amazing locations you can visit – whether you’re seeking adventure, solitude, or anything in between. If you’re a painter, photographer, hiker, biker, rock climber, rafter, off-roader, or traveling in an RV or camper – Moab has what you’re looking for. As a photographer Moab offers some of the finest landscapes anywhere on earth – with millions of acres of red-rock sandstone arches, spires, fins, canyons, and hoodoos.

Moab is also home to the second tallest mountain range in Utah – the La Sal Mountains with peaks reaching over 13,000 feet in elevation. Often these peaks are snow-capped even in the spring and early Summer – making for a beautiful contrast between desert landscape and mountains. In summer take a short 1 hour drive from the desert climate of Moab with temperatures near 100 degrees to sitting under an Aspen grove on the La Sal mountains with temperatures in the mid 70’s.

Love stargazing? You’ll love the dark skies around Moab. Head into Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, or Dead Horse Point State Park and enjoy some of the darkest skies in the country. The International Dark Sky Association has designated these locations as dark-sky parks, and you’ll soon discover why. But don’t stop there – anytime you leave town, you’ll discover that the lack of any significant light pollution and the dry high-desert climate ensures a wonderful view of the night sky on most nights. You’ll also be happy to know that Moab is also one of the safest places to hang outdoors – as there really isn’t much in the way of predatory wildlife.

Views: Rocky Mountaineer Train – Colorado To Utah

Rocky Mountaineer from Denver in Colorado to Moab in Utah. During the train journey you will explore the Colorado Rockies, see landscapes that have been transformed over millennium, you’ll pass the Big 10 Curve, the Moffat Tunnel, Byers Canyon, Glenwood Springs, Debeque Canyon, Mount Garfield, Ruby Canyon before finishing in Moab.

Timelapse: Bryce Canyon National Park In Utah (4K)

Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, is known for crimson-colored hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. Prime viewing times are around sunup and sundown.

Utah Views: Landscapes, Landmarks & Cities (8K)

Utah is a state in the Mountain West subregion of the Western United States. Utah is a landlocked U.S. state bordered to its east by Colorado, to its northeast by Wyoming, to its north by Idaho, to its south by Arizona, and to its west by Nevada. Utah also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast.

Video timeline: 0:00 1. Salt Lake City skyline at sunset with mountains behind 0:08 2. Park City Mountain Resort, Utah 0:16 3. Utah mountain landscape 0:22 4. Park City Mountain Resort 0:30 5. Horses at Zion National Park 0:38 6. Road through the desert and mountains of Utah 0:47 7. Amazing rock formations in Utah 0:56 8. Salt Lake City at night 1:03 9. Amazing rock formations in Utah 1:11 10. Utah Arches National Park on a sunny day 1:18 11. Stormy desert buttes and river near Moab, Utah 1:26 12. Butte landscape, Utah 1:34 13. Salt Lake City, Utah 1:40 14. Pink cliffs in Snow Canyon State Park, Utah 1:49 15. Salt Lake City capital building 1:57 16. Stunning red sandstone hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park 2:07 17. Colorado river highway 128, Utah 2:18 18. Salt Lake City skyline and cathedral 2:29 19. The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah 2:36 20. Colorado river highway 128, Utah 2:46 21. Sunny dry desert towards big rocky mountains and clear blue sky in Utah 2:55 22. Salt Lake City capitol building city skyline 3:03 23. Peaceful reflective water between canyons in Lake Powell 3:13 24. Salt Lake City Assembly Hall from Latter-day Saints 3:23 25. Mountain landscape in Utah 3:42 26. Cliff edge in Southern Utah 3:48 27. Utah Arches National Park at sunrise 3:58 28. Lake Powell rock formations and canyon walls 4:10 29. Salt Lake City skyline at sunset with mountains 4:20 30. Butte factory in Utah 4:30 31. Mexican Hat rock formation in Utah 4:41 32. Red Rock Mesa mountain cliffs in Red Rock desert, Utah 4:48 33. Utah Arches National Park on a sunny day 5:02 34. Lake Powell with canyons in the background 5:13 35. Salt Lake City capitol building 5:25 36. The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah 5:34 37. Utah mountain landscape 5:50 38. Winding road leading to unique Bears Ears, Utah 6:01 39. Rock formations in Paria, Utah 6:12 40. Texas Gulf Potash Pond One in Utah 6:28 41. Juniper trees in a vast desert in Central Utah 6:35 42. Red rock buttes and cliffs in Utah 6:49 43. Colorado river in the desert, Utah 7:04 44. Salt Lake City, Utah 7:27 45. Road in beautiful desert, Burr Trail canyon 7:33 46. Antelope Island, Utah 7:47 47. Empty desert road at sunrise in Monument Valley, Utah 7:59 48. Stunning red sandstone hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park 8:14 49. Utah Arches National Park on a sunny day 8:20 50. The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah 8:34 51. Utah Arches National Park at sunrise 8:41 52. Texas Gulf Potash Pond One in Utah 8:58 53. Utah Arches National Park at sunrise 9:06 54. Grand Canyon at Utah border 9:20 55. Rock formations in Paria, Utah 9:39 56. Famous sunny American desert highway road in Monuments Valley 9:53 57. Salt Lake City, Utah

Views: The Bonneville Salt Flats In Northwest Utah

The Bonneville Salt Flats are perfect for speed. Every year, cars and motorcycles break land speed records on the flat expanse of the Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s been a tradition for more than a century, and racers have built a thriving community around the salt races. But how did these salt flats form, and why are they disappearing now?

Western Drought: Expect More Fires & Water Wars

As of mid-June, nearly three-quarters of the US’s West has been experiencing “severe,” “extreme,” or “exceptional” drought conditions. In addition to the states above, it also includes northern states like North Dakota and Montana.

Overall, climate change is playing a role. But there are smaller factors at play that are tied to climate change as well. Including…

  • Not enough rain. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) said the Southwest’s 2020 monsoon season (read: ‘nonsoon’) was “the hottest and driest summer/monsoon season on record.” And the decrease in rainfall is having an impact on today’s drought (think: not enough water for crops, lakes, or reservoirs). And for the little rain that has fallen, it could dry up faster because of…
  • Warmer temps. The NOAA dubbed 2020 the second-hottest year on record. And in late June, a record-breaking heat wave hit the Pacific Northwest, with the temperature reaching up to 112 degrees Fahrenheit in places like Portland, OR. (Psst…if you’re dealing with hot weather, here are some tips to stay safe.) Hotter, drier weather creates a thirsty environment, which speeds up evaporation. Rising temps are also causing snowpacks to melt faster, and they’re reportedly producing less runoff – a vital water resource. All of which means there’s less water available for communities and ecosystems.

Experts are also worried that the current dry and hot conditions will have a ripple effect, which brings us to wildfires. Last year’s West Coast wildfire season was the worst ever. Fires in California killed 31 people, burned more than 4 million acres, and destroyed thousands of buildings and structures. And this year, states like Arizona have seen an early start to their wildfire season. But the effects of the drought stretch even further.