Join photographer Dan Ransom on a journey through some of Northern Utah's most tranquil places. Up here, sunrises and sunsets are elemental, wildlife is abundant and outdoor adventure varies from deep-powder snowmobiling or a day on the river to hiking toward some of the state's most breathtaking views.

What is Tranquil Utah?

Tranquil Utah is a wide band across Northern Utah encompassing a diverse range of landscapes, from the dramatic High Uintas Wilderness and bright red cliffs of Flaming Gorge to the turquoise waters of Bear Lake and the wildlife sanctuaries of Bear River and Antelope Island. Tranquil Utah is also all the welcoming towns and communities with deep pioneer roots and a rich Western tradition. It's world-class sheep cheese of Eden and the mouth-watering peaches of Brigham City.

A Tour of Tranquil Utah:

See the Wildlife of Tranquil Utah

At the "Crossroads of the West" lies some spectacular outdoor recreation and powerfully peaceful retreats. This is the dynamic area of Northern Utah north of where Interstate 15 intersects with I-84 and I-80 on the populous Wasatch Front. Yet just off the vibrant urban corridor, there are multiple landscapes in which to find tranquility in the solace of natural places, no matter what drives you to inner peace.

Make Northern Utah a unique destination for your next vacation or consider adding a few stops along the way. Salt Lake City is the international gateway to the West's most treasured national parks and monuments, including The Mighty 5® national parks of Southern Utah or Yellowstone and Grand Teton to the north. The following highlights a few top scenic retreats, no matter the season, you'll find along the way: Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Bear Lake, Logan Canyon in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Bear River Bird Migratory Refuge and Antelope Island State Park.

Additional Activities: kayaking the Great Salt Lake, fishing and water sports at Bear Lake, hiking and mountain biking Logan Canyon and a visit to the dam at Flaming Gorge or rafting the Green River. 

All photography by Dan Ransom. 


Flaming Gorge Overlook

Flaming Gorge is a spectacular scene any time of day.... see more »

Blue Ribbon Fishing

World-class fly fishing below the Flaming Gorge Dam on Utah's Green River.... see more »

Logan Canyon

The scenic country of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest along the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway is a four-season destination.... see more »

Snowmobiling Logan Canyon

Choose your own tranquility: the expansive Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has room for everyone.... see more »

Bear Lake

"The Caribbean of the Rockies" means intensely colored waters and brilliant high country recreation.... see more »

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

A top-ten birding destination, Bear River is a 75,000-acre preserve for millions of birds on the move, as well as other wildlife.... see more »

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

The Bird Refuge is a tranquil stop for birds and birders alike. Additional exhibits or tours available.... see more »

Antelope Island State Park

An island oasis of wildlife viewing, incredible birding, extensive hiking, camping, within a unique ecosystem.... see more »

Antelope Island State Park

See why herds of bison, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mule deer and jackrabbits call Antelope Island home.... see more »

Antelope Island State Park

Fall asleep under the stars, the city within view but remote in your mind....