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Glacially scoured and polished quartzite of the Precambrian-age Big Cottonwood Formation near Lake Blanche, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County. Photo by Adam Hiscock, UGS.

POTD March 29, 2016: Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah

I know there’s snow up in the Wasatch today, but the valley sure feels as nice as this photo!

POTD 3-29-16 Glacier Wasatch

Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah
Photographer: Adam Hiscock; © 2015

Glacially scoured and polished quartzite of the Precambrian-age Big Cottonwood Formation near Lake Blanche, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County.

Delicate Arch, a 65-foot-tall natural arch in Arches National Park, Grand County, is composed of Jurassic-age sandstone including the Slick Rock Member of the Entrada Sandstone (base and pedestals) and Moab Member of the Curtis Formation (bridge). Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah Photographer: Marshall Robinson; © 2015

POTD March 23, 2016: Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah

POTD 3-22-16 Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Grand County, Utah
Photographer: Marshall Robinson; © 2015

Delicate Arch, a 65-foot-tall natural arch in Arches National Park, Grand County, is composed of Jurassic-age sandstone including the Slick Rock Member of the Entrada Sandstone (base and pedestals) and Moab Member of the Curtis Formation (bridge).

Towering 1,488 feet above the canyon floor, Angels Landing is a joint-controlled resistant fin of Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone, carved out by the incised North Fork Virgin River. A popular, but steep and exposed, hiking trail guides park visitors along the sheer fin to inspiring views of Zion Canyon. Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah Photographer: Adam McKean; © 2015

POTD March 15, 2016: Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah

POTD 3-15-16 Angels Landing Zion National Park

Zion National Park, Washington County, Utah
Photographer: Adam McKean; © 2015

Towering 1,488 feet above the canyon floor, Angels Landing is a joint-controlled resistant fin of Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone, carved out by the incised North Fork Virgin River. A popular, but steep and exposed, hiking trail guides park visitors along the sheer fin to inspiring views of Zion Canyon.

Fluted crimson walls of Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone rim Cathedral Valley in the remote northern part of Capitol Reef National Park. The near-vertical Entrada walls owe their existence to the overlying white Curtis Formation that serves as a protective cap rock. Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2015

POTD March 8, 2016: Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

Wishing our Tuesday was spent out there! The weather just gets nicer and nicer by the day. What Utah places do you want to explore this year?

POTD 3-8-16 Capitol Reef National Park, WAyne County

Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2015

Fluted crimson walls of Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone rim Cathedral Valley in the remote northern part of Capitol Reef National Park. The near-vertical Entrada walls owe their existence to the overlying white Curtis Formation that serves as a protective cap rock.

Wasatch Range from northern Goshen Valley, Utah County, Utah Photographer: J. Lucy Jordan; © 2015

POTD March 2, 2016: Wasatch Range from northern Goshen Valley, Utah County, Utah

POTD 3-1-16 Wasatch Goshen Valley

Wasatch Range from northern Goshen Valley, Utah County, Utah
Photographer: J. Lucy Jordan; © 2015

Lower Red Pine Lake occupies part of a cirque basin below White Baldy (11,321 feet). Pleistocene glaciers carved the Tertiary-age granitic bedrock of the Little Cottonwood Stock into a variety of alpine landforms including cirques, arêtes, and horns. Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah Photographer: Taylor Boden; © 2015

POTD February 23, 2016: Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah

POTD 2-23-16 Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range

Little Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Range, Salt Lake County, Utah
Photographer: Taylor Boden; © 2015

Lower Red Pine Lake occupies part of a cirque basin below White Baldy (11,321 feet). Pleistocene glaciers carved the Tertiary-age granitic bedrock of the Little Cottonwood Stock into a variety of alpine landforms including cirques, arêtes, and horns.

The Red Mountains and the city of Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah Photographer: J. Lucy Jordan; © 2015

POTD February 18, 2106: The Red Mountains and the city of Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah

This warmer weather has our sights on southern Utah red rock day dreams!

POTD 2-16-16 Santa clara, Washington County

The Red Mountains and the city of Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah
Photographer: J. Lucy Jordan; © 2015

Light-brown sandstone of the Jurassic-age Curtis Formation caps the underlying reddish siltstone of the Entrada Formation in Cathedral Valley. In places, only boulders remain of the resistant cap rock as the Curtis Formation slowly weathers away. Cathedral Valley Overlook, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: Gregg Beukelman; © 2015

POTD February 12, 2016: Cathedral Valley Overlook, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

POTD 2-9-16 Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley Overlook, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Gregg Beukelman; © 2015

Light-brown sandstone of the Jurassic-age Curtis Formation caps the underlying reddish siltstone of the Entrada Formation in Cathedral Valley. In places, only boulders remain of the resistant cap rock as the Curtis Formation slowly weathers away.

Stewart Falls and the eastern slopes of Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County. Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County, Utah Photographer: Elizabeth Firmage; © 2015

POTD February 2, 2016: Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County, Utah

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone! This photo feels as warm as Milltown Mel’s early spring prediction (compared to this morning in Salt Lake at least, brr!). What’s everyone hoping for?

POTD 2-2-16 Mount Timpanogos

Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County, Utah
Photographer: Elizabeth Firmage; © 2015

Stewart Falls and the eastern slopes of Mount Timpanogos, Wasatch Range, Utah County.

Aspen groves produce spectacular fall colors high on Boulder Mountain along the east side of the Aquarius Plateau. Large, rounded boulders eroded from Tertiary-age lava flows give Boulder Mountain its name. Boulder Mountain, Garfield County, Utah Photographer: Elizabeth Firmage; © 2015

POTD January 26, 2016: Boulder Mountain, Garfield County, Utah

POTD 1-26-16 Boulder Mountain

Boulder Mountain, Garfield County, Utah
Photographer: Elizabeth Firmage; © 2015

Aspen groves produce spectacular fall colors high on Boulder Mountain along the east side of the Aquarius Plateau. Large, rounded boulders eroded from Tertiary-age lava flows give Boulder Mountain its name.