The One’s Who Wait
Canvasing Utah, USA
The state has 3.5 distinct geographic regions, five national parks, 45 state parks, 5 national historic sites & trails, and a dozen national monuments & recreation areas.
Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the U.S. on January 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 30th-most-populous, and 11th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of more than 3 million according to the Census estimate for July 1, 2016.
Every state thinks it’s fun. Every state claims to have “something for everyone.” But not every state has 3.5 distinct geographic regions, five national parks, 45 state parks, 5 national historic sites & trails, and a dozen national monuments & recreation areas. Touring Utah is like falling into quicksand: Every move you make sucks you deeper into its thrall.
Element 11 is a regional Burning Man community. The signature event occurs each summer, a multidimensional interactive arts and performances of all kind. Artists submit grants to build sculptures like the effigy and the temple that will eventually be burned. The effigies are for celebration- having fun and coming together as a community, and there will be dancing, music, and drumming. The temple burns are meant as a spiritual piece of art built for people to release personal messages and memories. The physical is erased, but the memories will be released into the night sky. The location is held on private land bordering the Great Salt Lake near the town of Snowville, Utah.
Those who are interested in participating in Element 11 beyond simply attending the event can start by going to community volunteer meet-ups.
Element 11 is 100-percent volunteer-based, so there is always plenty of work to be done. There is a signup sheet on Element 11, and folks can also contact the organizers through the Element 11 Facebook page
If you’re interested in some of the same salt flats scenery, it is recommended to visit some of the land art installations around the Great Salt Lake.
Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson
If you’re interested in some of Utah’s diverse arts scene, visit here first.
Tintic Mining Museum, (435) 433-6842 is located in the historic Eureka City Hall, built in 1899. A library includes Eureka Reporter newspapers from 1902 to 1942, history room, mining artifacts, mineral display, and self-guided tours.
The best burger we had in Utah was at B’s Hangout in Eureka, seriously!
546 East Main St, Eureka, UT 84628
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Other Utah Ghost Towns can be found here
Visit these other museums while in Utah!
Springville Art Museum
Since 1903 the Springville Museum of Art has been promoting the fine arts throughout Utah. The Museum houses over 2,500 works. They have a great collection of twentieth-century Soviet Realist art and American art. The Museum also provides educational art programs to help people enhance their creative talents, strengthen their character, and appreciate beauty, so check their events page for details!
BYU Art Museum
Located on the campus at Brigham Young University, the BYU Museum of Art offers world-class traveling shows and thought-provoking exhibitions organized by museum curators.
Maynard Dixon Living History Museum, Mount Carmel Utah
Maynard Dixon is recognized for his superb artistic skill and honest vision. Some credit his deep understanding of the West. But maybe more than anything else, it is his uniquely modern style, one that gave the West a new language of expression that makes Maynard Dixon’s work so exciting. Although he lived in Tucson, Taos and other cities in the American West, n 1933 Dixon and family spent the summer in Zion National Park and Mt. Carmel, Utah. In 1939 he built his summer home here.
Come to Southern Utah and see the home that artist Maynard Dixon and his wife Edith built, walk the mountain trails where Maynard Dixon spent quiet, reflective moments, and experience beautiful views that are called “Maynard Dixon Country.”
Mt. Carmel is located on Utah’s historic Highway 89, in Kane County. The area boasts lush, green cottonwoods and majestic red mesas in a beautiful setting just 30 minutes from Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.
For colossal adventure and geographical drama of Jurassic proportions, head to Moab, in Southeast Utah. Getting off-roat on an ATV or a mountain bike is the best way to see the desert.
Best time to visit: Spring or Fall will see more mild daily temperatures. Easter Jeep Safari kicks off the season. Find a rental at 1 of many rental spots on Main St. and navigate the red rock yourself or grab a guide for a spectacular storytelling experience.
Where to stay:
We stayed at Moab Under Canvas, Utah’s first Glamping Resort!
Under Canvas Moab is located on 40 acres 7 miles north of Moab, Utah, just minutes away from the entrance to both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. With views across the desert towards Arches, the camp blends into its dramatic surroundings. This is the best way to experience the desert skies with some of the comforts of home, like a luxury king bed!
Visit Lake Powell
Lake Powell’s placid blue water runs right into sandy beaches, adding swimming and boating to the hiking, camping and sandstone dynamism you’ve come to expect from southern Utah. The flooded canyons look so much like the grand canyon but travelers get to enjoy the same red-rock views by boat. It’s the desert without all the dryness.
For guided trips to Lake Powell, we recommend Ticaboo Resort
Trips are customized to fit your group’s abilities and expectations, and you can explore Lake Powell by boat or by land! Ticaboo Lodge and Resort also manages the Hite Outpost and Adventure Center in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. If you can imagine a recreational outing, chances are they can outfit you. An impressive list of rentals include mountain bikes, E-bikes, paddle boards, ATVs, UTVs, kayaks — even fishing rods. And if you’re geared up already, the Outpost can provide a nice spot to refresh with a gas station, groceries, and a delicious Grill.
Ute Indian Tribe
The Ute Tribe holds activities throughout the year. Each season brings different activities. In the spring we hold our Bear Dances, which is our traditional dance practiced and alive for many generations. Summer months bring the Pow-Wow season on with our annual July 4th Pow-Wow, as well as other Pow-Wows throughout the year. Sundances are also held in July and August. The Thanksgiving Pow-Wow rounds things up in the fall.
Visit Timpanogos Cave National Monument, which features in the Norita & Grey Eagle story.
Visit Bridal Veil Falls, also part of the Nortia & Grey Eagle story.