Mesa Arch Canyonlands National Park Utah at Sunrise

Utah Landscape Photography

by: Darwin A. Mulligan


A scramble up the rocks will give you a great view of Turret Arch, as seen through Windows Arch.  Note the people in the photo that give a sense of scale to the photograph.  Arches National Park


Late evening sunset really light up The Fins at Arches National Park

Night photo at Hovenweep National Monument with Milky way

Hovenweep National Monument is famous as one of the darkest places on the planet – minimal light pollution.   This photograph was captured at night from my camping location and shows the Milky Way galaxy.


House on Fire Ruins are in Southern Utah.  It is an easy approx. one mile hike from the parking lot, but very easy to miss as it is located above you almost out of visible site.  It is best photographed early in morning before the sun shines into the canyon.


I’m sure the engineers that designed this winding road through Canyonlands National Park northwest of Moab were thinking of taking a high powered sports car for a rip!


Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park


Dead Horse Point State Park


Early morning at Bryce Canyon National Park


Sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park


Approaching rain storm, Balanced Rock, Arches National Park

Spassing cars light up Balanced Rock, Milky Way Galaxy, Arches National Park, Utah

At night, the headlights from passing cars light up Balanced Rock at Arches National Park.  A time exposure allows the camera to capture the Milky Way Galaxy


A different composition of the House on Fire Ruins in Southern Utah

LStar points at Hovenweep National Monument, Colorado,Utah

Starpoints and light painting the ruins at Hovenweep National Monument

False Kiva is located in Canyonlands National Park, Utah

The False Kiva is located in Canyonlands National Park.  I’ve made this hike a few times, and is easily the 2nd hardest hike that I’ve ever done!Due to vandalism, it looks like this awesome photography location will remain closed to the public for a long time…. maybe forever?

Startrails and light-painting illuminate Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

A two hour late evening/night exposure couple with light-painting and a near full moon illuminates Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.  To get this image, it took 3 nights of work, plus a total of about 24 miles of hiking!

This maybe my most “famous” photograph – it was published in National Geographic Traveler, as well as appearingin the National Geographic Traveler calendar.


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