Hoodoos and Hiking Shoes: Utah Photo Gallery

 
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The meandering canyons of Arches National Park contain the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. More than 1,500 of these 'miracles of nature' grace the park's 73,000 acres.  
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Monument Valley's inspiring scenery may seem familiar to the western movie buff. The park, a favorite filming location of John Wayne and director John Ford, is the backdrop of many movies they made together.  
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Skiing the gamut? While 21 percent of Brighton's runs are for beginners, black diamond fiends will be pleased to find the steepest slope is a 1,700-foot vertical drop that begins at an altitude of 10,500 feet.  
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Issac Behunin, a Zion Canyon settler of the 1860s, is credited with naming the park, which translates to 'heavenly place.' And peaks such as Angel's Landing, The East Temple, and The Great White Throne perpetuate the divine aura.  
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For centuries, the Paria River in southern Utah has scoured the walls of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. These unique formations in Bryce Canyon National Park are called 'hoodoos.'  
Credit: Abrahm Lustgarten 
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Moab, Utah, is a Mecca for mountain bikers. The unique 'slickrock' that covers much of the area is ideal for riding—smoothly contoured and, despite the name, just gritty enough in texture to provide excellent traction.  
Credit: Abrahm Lustgarten 
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Lake Powell is the second-largest man-made lake in the U.S. (Lake Meade holds the record for greatest water capacity.) At 1,960 miles, Powell holds enough water to cover the entire state of Pennsylvania a foot deep.  
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