The Pony Express Trail National Back Country Byway, southwest of Salt Lake, causes a traveler to ponder what life was like for those legendary Pony Express Riders, icons of the American experience.
To the Navajos, the terrain of Utah's Capitol Reef National Park was "the land of the sleeping rainbow." To pioneers and prospectors, thinking nautically, the ridges were like a reef, and the domes were like the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Majestic canyon vistas of the Colorado and Green Rivers are the visual reward of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. The rivers amount to ribbons of fluid sandpaper cutting through the sandstone landscape.