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A personal blog of photography and commentary by Andrew McAllister.


San Rafael Reef in Southern UtahAbove: I-70 road cut at the San Rafael Reef in Southern Utah. To avoid a snow storm on Soldier Summit I decided to take I-70 for my return route from Moab last month. What a good decision it was. The San Rafael Reef is visible from my usual route (Utah 191 from Price) but I had never been this close. If you are traveling I-70 through this area plan extra time to stop at all of the scenic overlooks, they are well worth it. Taking this route greatly expanded my desire to explore Southern Utah. Expect more information and photos from this amazing part of the state.

San Rafael Reef in Southern UtahAbove: Detail of the road cut at the San Rafael Reef. Didactics at the rest area explain the massive project to widen a slot canyon into the modern highway we travel today.

San Rafael Reef in Southern Utah

Above: I-70 Rest Area at the base of the San Rafael Reef. Photographers would be crazy not to stop.Book Cliffs from the San Rafael Reef in Southern Utah

Above: Looking toward the Book Cliffs from the San Rafael Reef.

How many of you have been to this part of Southern Utah?

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  1. March 7, 2013

    AMAZEBalls – Breathtakingly Beauiful – thanks for sharing!!! Have a Great One

    • Andrew McAllister #
      March 7, 2013

      AMAZEBalls… I like that. Thanks for looking and commenting.

  2. March 7, 2013

    I have taken this route many times, a beautiful alternative to 80 when crossing the country, and one of the few interstate highways I still take. I am stuck at home for the next few months however, so thanks for bringing images of some of my favorite places in the west to my screen this morning!

    • Andrew McAllister #
      March 7, 2013

      My pleasure. Glad you liked them. I’ll be posting a few more in the coming days.

  3. March 7, 2013

    Reblogged this on swaico.

  4. ivanterzic #
    March 7, 2013

    Fantastic images!

    • Andrew McAllister #
      March 7, 2013

      Thanks!

  5. March 7, 2013

    It’s amazing there, one of my favorite areas on earth. Fantastic photos!

  6. March 7, 2013

    Breathtaking landscape – so vast and impressive. Here I would like to go!

  7. March 7, 2013

    I always appreciate the inclusion of roads in your images. It may be counter-intuitive, but the roads accentuate the drama of the landscape and clarify its scale.

  8. RJ #
    March 7, 2013

    Stunning photos!

  9. March 7, 2013

    Thanks for posting, heading to the Reef/Swell in a few weeks – such a beautiful area. Nice shots!

    • Andrew McAllister #
      March 7, 2013

      Enjoy your trip. I enjoyed looking at your blog, cute dogs!

  10. Kris Eisenzimmer #
    March 8, 2013

    Fabulous photos! The sky is is so free and soft compared to the rigidity of the rock formation. Just beautiful.

  11. March 8, 2013

    What a stunning vista… Such beautiful images.

  12. March 28, 2013

    Magnificent photos, such clarity and beauty.

  13. Simon Toussifar #
    October 6, 2013

    Stunning!

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