GeoSights

Utah is teeming with fascinating, world-famous geologic sites and views, many of which are highlighted in national parks and monuments. Since so many of these are geologic superstars, some of the lesser-known places get overlooked. GeoSights articles highlight these lesser-known geologic wonders in Utah. This series of articles began in the October 2000 issue of the Utah Geological Survey’s tri-annual newsletter, Survey Notes.

Northern Utah

Box Elder County

Rozel Point and Spiral Jetty Revisited, Box Elder County, Utah

Devils Playground, Box Elder County, Utah

“Bubblin’ Crude” at Rozel Point, Box Elder County, Utah

Pink Water, White Salt Crystals, Black Boulders, and the Return of Spiral Jetty! (Box Elder County)

Carbon County

Colorful Coal “Clinker” Close to Castle Gate, Carbon County

Daggett County

Sheep Creek Canyon Geological Area, Daggett County

Morgan County

Nature’s version of a playground slide – Devils Slide, Morgan County, Utah

Salt Lake County

Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake County, Utah

Point of the Mountain, Salt Lake and Utah Counties

Glacial Landforms in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, Salt Lake County, Utah

G.K. Gilbert Geologic View Park, Salt Lake County, Utah

Summit County

The Witches, Summit County, Utah

Tooele County

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

The Stockton Bar, a Geologic Treasure in Tooele County

Uintah County

Fantasy Canyon, Uintah County, Utah

Utah County

Thistle Landslide Revisited, Utah County, Utah

Wasatch County

Cascade Springs, Wasatch County

The Midway hot pots – natural hot springs, Wasatch County, Utah

Western Utah

Beaver County

Roosevelt Hot Springs Geothermal Area, Beaver County

Juab County

The Honeycombs, Juab County, Utah

Devils Kitchen, Juab County, Utah

Sand dunes at Little Sahara Recreation Area (Juab County)

Paul Bunyans Woodpile, Juab County, Utah

Millard County

Volcanic Features in the Black Rock Desert, Millard County

Notch Peak—BIG Cliff, Millard County

Gandy Warm Springs, Millard County

Pahvant Butte in the Black Rock Desert, Millard County, Utah

Southeastern Utah

Emery County

Marvelous Moore Cutoff, Emery County

Little Grand Canyon, Wedge Overlook, and Buckhorn Draw Scenic Backway, San Rafael Swell, Emery County, Utah

Garfield County

Little Egypt Geologic Site, Hoodoos of Garfield County

Grand County

Wall Arch, a Fallen Giant (Grand County)

The Onion Creek salt diapir, Grand County

Fisher Towers – The towering red rock sculptures of Grand County, Utah

San Juan County

Alhambra Rock, San Juan County, Utah

The Goosenecks of the San Juan River, San Juan County, Utah

Comb Ridge, San Juan County, Utah

Utah’s belly button, Upheaval Dome (San Juan County)

Wayne County

The amazing monoliths and “mountain” of gypsum at Lower Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

Southwestern Utah

Iron County

Natural Arches in the Cedar City Area (Iron County)

Kane County

Cascade Falls, Kane County, Utah

Smoky Mountain, Kane County

Piute County

Big Rock Candy Mountain – a colorful reminder of Utah’s volcanic past (Piute County)

Sevier County

Fremont Indian State Park, Sevier County, Utah

Spectacular Towering Cliffs at Castle Rock Campground, Sevier County

Washington County

St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson’s Farm, Washington County

Sand Dunes on the Navajo Sandstone at Sand Mountain, Washington County, Utah

Sinkholes in Big Round Valley, Washington County

Inverted Topography in the St. George Area of Washington County

Other Geologic Sites

Building stones of downtown Salt Lake City, a walking tour
Public Information Series #60

Geology and scenery of the central Wasatch Range, Salt Lake and Summit Counties; road log (pdf)
Public Information Series #9

The geology of Snow Canyon State Park, Washington County, Utah (pdf)
Public Information Series #13

Canyon Country: a geologic guide to the Canyonlands travel region (pdf)
Public Information Series #34

The geology of Quail Creek State Park (pdf)
Public Information Series #63

The geology of Goblin Valley State Park (pdf)
Public Information Series #65