Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Eagle Mountain

Since I prefer the more rural shots, I only took pictures of the West end of Eagle Mountain. Though the whole town is pretty nice. These were taken early morning in June this year.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Scipio is a cute little town that is just off I-15. I think that it is actually split by the  Interstate. It's kind of in the middle of nowhere, but very pretty. I think my favorite thing about it is the different colors in the mountains, especially the pink along the top.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Yankee Doodle Hollow

If you are big into Rappelling, it looks like Yankee Doodle would be a great place to go. It is a relatively short canyon located in the Silver Reef area.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Boulder Mountain

Awhile back my brother took his family on a camping trip to Boulder Mountain. When he came back and showed me all of the pictures, I was a little jealous! It is so green and beautiful.
He was nice enough to let me share a few with you.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Free Image Friday, Silver Lake

It's that time again folks! Time for "Free Image Friday" where we are sharing one free (for personal use only) image each week for download. We will show you a watermarked version of the picture, and then provide the link on where to go to download the un-watermarked version. For the link, check below!

This photo is a submission from Roxanna Scow. She said it was taken in June last summer. I'm so thankful that she loves gets out a lot, take scenery shots, AND is willing to share. Thanks again for another great submission Roxanna!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Soldier Canyon...The One In Tooele County

 *As I was getting these photos edited and ready to show you, I discovered that there are more than one Soldier Canyon in Utah. Just to be clear, this is the one in Tooele County on the edge of Stockton.*

What is quickly becoming my norm is to find my way up the nearest Canyon whenever I am out for a drive. The call of the mountains is so strong to me, I just wish it wouldn't be so tough to get us all out in nature... or I pretty much wouldn't leave. Anyway, this pretty little Canyon was fun to see.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Upper Sand Cove Reservoir

If you saw our Free Image Friday, then you got to see a sneak peak of Upper Sand Cove Reservoir. It is easily one of our most used camping spots as a family. A bonus is, it's only about 15- 20 minutes outside of St George and a really short drive to Veyo if you need something. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Swains Creek

The other day while we were camping on Cedar Mountain, we decided to head out for a drive. My husband suggested Swains Creek. He was a little surprised that I had never been because we are up in that area so often. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mercur Cemetery

I was driving by, on an exploring Utah outing, and came across this interesting historical site. I saw the white picket fencing up on the hill and got curious about it. So, we hiked up to it. It took maybe five minutes to get up there, even carrying a baby and with a two year old.
It turned out to be an old cemetery. I had never seen a cemetery like this in real life. With just rocks marking the graves and then a large unmarked stone as the head stone.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Ophir is literally the smallest town I have ever seen. You drive through the main street with a handful of houses on either side, and that is it! It may be small, but it is a charming little place. The kind of place that I think would be perfect to have a small summer cottage.
It's perfect because it has pine tree's and tons of shade, seclusion, and the canyon is beautiful! It also doesn't have a large change in altitude...which to me makes it ideal. Ever since I had Bell's Palsey in 2004 I get wicked headaches whenever there is a large shift in elevation. Anyway,

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Quail Creek State Park

Back before Sand Hollow State Park was built, Quail Creek was one of the main attractions for boating and fishing here in Southern Utah. It is still widely used though because they each have something different to offer.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Free Image Friday, Upper Sand Cove

It's that time again folks! Time for "Free Image Friday" where we are sharing one free (for personal use only) image each week for download. We will show you a watermarked version of the picture, and then provide the link on where to go to download the un-watermarked version. For the link, check below!

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Stockton is one of those towns that you may not think much about as you are just driving through. It's main drag doesn't have much to it, so I think that it gets overlooked quite a bit...(I'm included in that category). I decided that I wanted to drive around a little and maybe see if I could discover some pretty parts to the town. 

I was not disappointed!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Lower Sand Cove Reservoir

This area is a fun little reservoir that I had never even heard of.  It's just a little Southeast of Gunlock. It looks like it would be a great place to take four wheelers and drive around for hours. 

These photos are another great submission from Crystal Wood. Thanks so much Crystal!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Red Cliffs Recreation Area

 One of my favorite things about Southern Utah is the abundance of Red Rocks. It makes for some incredible views. Red Cliffs, aptly named, features red sandstone cliffs as well as large cottonwood trees.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sand Hollow State Park

 Sand Hollow State Park is one of Utah's newest State Parks. It has so much to offer to just about everyone, from boaters to bikers, and OHV riders to equestrians.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Kolob Mountain Viewing Zion National Park

I haven't been back to Kolob Mountain since the summer of 2005, and boy do I long for it. It is one of my all-time favorite places and is just so beautiful that I don't have the words to describe the way that it makes me feel.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally

I love that we are only on our second week of creating this site and I already have learned something new about Utah. It's a neat event that happens every June and it looks like so much fun! Angie and I both said that now we want to go!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Free Image Friday, Grafton

We have a fun and unique feature for our site, something that people can look forward to each week. We call it "Free Image Friday" where we are sharing one free (for personal use only) image each week for download. We will show you a watermarked version of the picture, and then provide the link on where to go to download the un-watermarked version. For the link, check below!

Today's free image is a submission from Roxanna Scow.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jacob Hamblin Home in Santa Clara

The Jacob Hamblin Home is a historic residence and museum located in Santa Clara Ut, near St. George Ut.  Jacob Hamblin was a Mormon Pioneer and missionary who founded Santa Clara in 1854. After a flood destroyed the town, a group of missionaries constructed a new home for him on a hillside. It is now open as a Museum. It is actually located just a few blocks down from the Hug-Gubler home, making it easy to check out both in the same outing.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Big Cottonwood Canyon

When I was looking through these submission photos, I got after my husband for having never taken me up this particular Canyon, just to hear him tell me that he had but that it was just snowy when we went so it looked completely different. Whoops! Ha ha, I guess I need to make it up this canyon in the summer too.

These gorgeous photos are a submission from Roxanna Scow. Thanks Roxanna! She said they were taken in 2013.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Middle Canyon Road

Middle Canyon Road is such a quiet drive. Which to me, is so much more peaceful than driving up some of the busier Canyons the closer you get to Salt Lake and Provo. It has a blacktopped two-lane road almost all the way to the top.

How to get there:

Monday, June 8, 2015

Santa Clara

Southern Utah has some of the prettiest views. I love the mixture of the black lava rock with the bright reds of the Sandstone. It never gets old. This is actually a view from a vacant lot in Santa Clara. I would love to wake up to that every morning!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Hug-Gubler Home in Santa Clara

In Downtown Santa Clara, they have a Heritage Square. On it sits the Hug-Gubler Home and the Relief Society building. It was fun to find out a few facts about the home and why it is still here. It was originally built in the mid to late 1860's and was one of the first permanent homes built in Santa Clara. The Hug family lived in it until the 1890's when John Gubler then purchased it. His family actually lived in it until the 1980's. The church purchased the property but it eventually fell into disrepair and was set to be torn down. A few local residents actually formed a committee to purchase the property and save it. When thinking of a fundraiser to raise money for the repairs, Santa Clara Swiss Days was born. (An annual celebration/fair that Santa Clara hosts).

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Great Salt Lake State Park

 I don't know why I had never taken my kids to see the Great Salt Lake up close... I guess it's just one of those things that you take for granted because it's not very far away and we had driven by it a lot.
I took all the kids without my husband, which kind of made me feel a bit bad, but it was a fun little (free) outing and the kids loved being able to pack a picnic and watch the sea gulls. It reminded me of all the times my mom took us kids to Zion National Park while my dad was at work. I grew up in Hurricane, so we went to Zion a lot!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Free Image Friday, Pine Valley Mountain

We wanted to have a fun and unique feature for our site, something that people can look forward to each week. That is why we came up with "Free Image Friday" where we will be sharing one free (for personal use only) image each week for download. What we will do is show you a watermarked version of the picture, and then provide the link on where to go to download the un-watermarked version.

Today's free image is a submission from Ashlynn Murphy.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Enterprise Reservoir

A few years ago, my family was able to go camping at Enterprise Reservoir. I had never been and didn't know quite what to expect. We were able to camp right next to the water, but now days you cannot. They actually have a nice camp site set up though. My brother brought his canoe, so there were many rides out on the water. The sunsets were beautiful and like nothing I  had ever seen. There are many ATV trails to take and each one we went on were equally beautiful. I highly recommend.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cascade Falls

Angie here: My Husband's family have property on Cedar Mountain, and even though we have spent pretty much every summer there, I had never been to Cascade Falls. When my Husband brought it up last summer, I jumped at the chance. I am so glad I did. It is beautiful! It is a relatively easy hike down to the falls, but is a pretty narrow trail. We had our kids with us and they did great. There is a large drop off on one side of the trail, so keep an eye on the little ones!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Smith and Morehouse Dam and Reservoir

Sarah here. Last month, early May 2015, my husband and I went for a little weekend get-away sans kids (except the baby). We stayed in the Kamas area which was a perfect fit for us since it was only about an hour drive out of Salt Lake, but is still rural enough for me to feel comfortable (I hate the hustle and bustle of big cities). While we were there, I begged my husband to do a little exploring, so we headed up the nearest canyon. Not having a plan on where we were going was pretty fun. I was delighted when we rounded a corner to see a sign that said there was a boat ramp coming soon.  Because that meant we were coming up to a lake.

Monday, June 1, 2015


Welcome to utahgazer.com, a photo-submission site.  This website was created by two cousins, native to Utah, that want to share the beauty of their home state with the world.  Our hope is to get people excited to get out and see what all Utah has to offer…which is beauty in every direction!  We will be sharing some of the photos that we have taken, and are accepting high-resolution photos as well (linking back to the site of the photographer, if they have one). The goal is to showcase our state with new photos daily, so make sure to subscribe to our mailing list so you never miss a post.  Another fun feature of this site is “Free Image Friday”, where we offer you a free for download, beautiful picture of Utah(for personal use only).


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