Rural Utah has some of the most disturbingly empty landscapes I have ever experienced, and also the most spectacular. The famous Zion, Bryce, Arches, and Canyonlands National Parks are separated by hundreds of miles of mostly harsh desert terrain.This photo was taken one June evening after a day trip to Arches in Moab, Utah. Earlier in the day we had driven past a sign on the highway warning “No services next 110 miles”. But there can be beauty in the fact that these landscapes are mostly untouched, the the colors and patterns near sunset can be quite distinctive.
After driving an hour back up to I-70 from Arches, the sun had set and we were eager to be on our way to the Colorado National Monument, just across the state line, before it got too dark. Nighttime driving in the middle of nowhere is very eerie. I couldn’t help but pull over to admire this otherworldly scene. It’s is almost an abstract, a near-perfect gradient and silhouette of some low-lying foothills in southeast Utah.
Below is the google street view image of this scene.