The Sun Tunnels, a form of land art integrated directly into the landscape, are located in the Great Basin Desert of Northwestern Utah in Lucin, Utah. The Sun Tunnels are four concrete cylinders aligned to frame the sun on the horizon at sunrise and sunset during the summer and winter solstices. They are each drilled with holes to pattern the constellations of Draco, Perseus, Columbia, and Capricorn.
The Paria Canyon - Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area in Marble Canyon, Arizona, is best known as the place where you can find Buckskin Gulch and The Wave Hiking Trails. However, this rainbow-colored mountain is in a remote area that many people probably don't know exists. It is best found through a process of discovery.
Hovenweep National Monument in Blanding, Utah, is known for its 6 prehistoric Puebloan villages constructed over 10,000 years ago with multi-story towers and kivas on the edge of cliffs. The building is aligned so light at sunset enters the openings into the building during summer and winter solstice and spring and fall equinox.
Goblin Valley State Park in a remote area of the San Rafael Swell near Green River, Utah, is known for its unique geological landscape including sandstone rock formations called goblins. The landscape was formed 170 million years ago by extreme nature conditions and even has a 24-site campground where you can camp among the rocks known as hoodoos.
Colorado mountains are full of aspen trees with bright yellow leaves during peak fall foliage season in the Rocky Mountains of Aspen, Colorado , which usually occurs around mid-September to mid-October. A man stands on a roadway path in Colorado near a forest full of aspen trees with bright yellow leaves during peak fall foliage season in the Rocky Mountains of Aspen,
Colorado has 53 out of the 96 total mountain peaks in the United States with elevations above 14,000 feet known as "Fourteeners." It is a mountain climber's and hiker's dream, especially during the fall when the Rocky Mountains are covered with orange fall foliage, aspens with bright yellow leaves, and green pine trees.
Scott Ricks is a creator of high-quality commercial travel content based in Utah. His Instagram page @swagginscottricks is community driven and sought out by avid travelers, lovers of nature and National Parks, and others who are looking for useful travel tips that are derived from his own experiences as a travel photographer. Scott Ricks stands out among the crowd as a highly personable, engaging, and innovative visual storyteller, digital influencer, and leader who others look to for destination-specific advice.
The past five years have taken him to the rolling green hills of Switzerland, the emerald-colored waters of Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany, and the beautiful village of Hallstatt, Austria, among others. He also frequently takes road trips throughout the deserts of Utah and areas of natural scenery all over the entire United States in his blue Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and campervan. Recent road trips include a road trip across the United States to photograph travel destinations embraced by peak fall colors and a road trip to the otherworldly landscape of Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.
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