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Nature observation locations of Utah

C. Riley Nelson, Department of Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo Utah 84602. Compiled Spring 2011.

The mountains, deserts, streams, lakes, and wetlands of Utah create a variety of habitats readily available to nature observers. The diverse physical, chemical, historical attributes of these areas are filled with numerous plant and animal associations ready to be explored. This account lists a few of these interesting places that are rather easily accessible at varying distances from populated areas. I outline each of these places in a more or less standardized format and give a photograph, driving directions, habitats, list of interesting taxa available, and appropriate ownership issues. These treatments were designed specifically with insect observation and collection in mind. Use these to find your own objects of interest as you explore this great area.