Utah Winter Roadtrip … plus Colorado and Wyoming

Utah is a wild west wonderland … and the perfect place for a winter roadtrip.

Right now my Insta and Facey feeds are full of deep, deep pow blanketing the Wasatch and Rocky Mountains … which got me harking back to just over a year ago when we were enjoying similar conditions on an epic snowboarding roadtrip through Utah and Colorado.

First stop after a delayed flight in early January 2020 was a night in magical Moab, and a quick tour of Arches National Park the next morning. I cannot recommend Moab and Arches National Park more highly – it was truly spectacular, made perhaps even more so by the layer of brilliant white contrasting the blood-orange rock and sand.

In Arches National Park you don’t even have to get out of your car to appreciate the natural beauty.
Park Avenue, Arches National Park.
Garden of Eden in the fog, Arches National Park.
The famous Delicate Arch without the usual tourist crowds.

After snowboarding at Telluride and Crested Butte (both deep in the Colorado remote mountains) we made our way back to Salt Lake City and Park City.

Welcome to Utah!
Wintry wasteland high atop the Colorado Plateau, Utah-Colorado border.
Does is get any more wild west-looking than this?
Surreal scenery just off Interstate-70 at the Utah Welcome Center.
Big trucks, big mountains, big sky.
Speed-blur at 70+ miles an hour.
Golden hour out the passenger window.
Winter moon rising…

After getting our powder-fill in the Cottonwood Canyon resorts (Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude) as well as Park City, we headed north into the frozen white to see what Jackson Hole, Wyoming was like.

Little Cottonwood Canyon is a magnet for heavy snowfalls … and sketchy driving conditions.
How’s this for a Interstate-80 roadside panorama with the iPhone!
In winter it looks a lot like this on the five-hour drive north to Wyoming … but it’s worth the trip to get to ride Jackson Hole.
Fog and early-morning light combined for a bitingly cold vision across the elk reserve at Jackson, Wyoming.
This abandoned motel is not one of Jackson’s highlights, however. But I thought it looked pretty cool.
Last light, somewhere on the lonely road in Idaho.

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