Utah February 02, 2016
These 14 Breathtaking Views in Utah Could Be Straight Out of the Movies
Utah is so gorgeous that tons of movies have been filmed here – everything from Westerns to alien action movies. You’ll probably actually recognize some of these breathtaking views from Hollywood’s past and present film library. Some of these views haven’t made it onto the silver screen yet, but they should!
1. Natural Bridges National Monument
For that star-crossed lovers scene under the stars, Natural Bridges National Monument will deliver the heavens. It’s one of the darkest places on the planet...perfect for stargazing.
2. Deer Valley
Warren Miller has filmed here, so I’d imagine that any movie featuring a cool ski scene should include this view.
3. Monument Valley
You’ve seen this shot in almost every old Western out there. Doesn’t matter...if you’re filming a modern Western, you need this view.
4. Bonneville Salt Flats
Perfect for action movies with super cool, super fast cars.
5. Goblin Valley
The crew of the spaceship steps onto the alien planet...
6. Fisher Towers, Moab
Did you see “Cliffhanger” with Sylvester Stallone? The first scene shows a couple stranded on a high cliff. The female climber isn’t skilled enough to rappel down, so they have to rescue her in a helicopter (which doesn’t go very well). This photo from the summit of Ancient Art reminds me of that scene, though this guy certainly didn’t need a helicopter rescue.
7. Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
You know the plot where the three middle-aged hiking buddies take off into the gorgeous, but remote wilderness? Of course they get lost, bitten by mosquitoes and snakes and realize that they’re not 20 years old anymore. Several spots in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest would be perfect for this epic tale.
8. The Great Salt Lake
After drifting for months, the crew of a vessel lost at sea spots an island on the horizon...
9. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
It might be considerably smaller than the Sahara, but films featuring deserts could really capitalize on these great dunes.
10. Dead Horse Point
OK, this one IS straight out of the movies...Thelma and Louise famously drove their car off the edge at the end of their movie.
11. Hell’s Backbone
Perfect shot for an apocalypse movie...this guy looks like he could be the last living man on the planet.
12. Hell’s Backbone, Part 2
The action movie scene where there’s a huge earthquake and the motorhome starts to slide off the road toward a thousand-foot drop off - Hell’s Backbone is the perfect spot!
13. Mirror Lake
A picturesque lake nested in the pines at the bottom of a mountain…perfect for a romantic scene where two unnaturally good-looking people go for a hike and picnic, then fall in love...all without breaking a sweat.
14. Spooky Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Guy goes canyoneering. Guy gets stuck in a remote slot canyon. Wait...this one has been done already. Maybe another version that includes Brad Pitt, Mila Kunis and invading aliens?
What other breathtaking views in Utah should be in the movies?