Known as both one of most dangerous and one of the most visually arresting hikes in America, Buckskin Gulch is a challenge and delight for the body and mind. Located in the Paria Wilderness, Buckskin Gulch takes hikers through the veritable layer cake of the Colorado Plateau's geographical wonderment. It is the longest and deepest slot canyon in the Southwest and offers obstacles like rock jams, pools, quicksand, and the potential for flash floods. Yet the insane beauty makes it a must-do on any Utah hiker's list.
Photographer Nicole Morgenthau hiked the canyon with her husband in the spring of 2013, when she took this shot, which she talks about:. "My husband picked up some sand while he was waiting for me, knowing it would be lit by the sun filtering in from above--he is also a photographer. The entire trip was gorgeous."
"Here, you can see the sculpted sandstone walls of Buckskin Gulch. This is just one of a million magical sights to be had along this more than 20-mile-long backpacking trip," Morgenthau says.
A Salt Lake City-based photographer specializing in Environmental Portraiture, Lifestyle, and Well Being, Nicole Morgenthau takes pictures because that's what she loves and knows how to do. Upon a recent stint in school for physical therapy, she would daydream about those small, beautiful moments of life, the ones that she used to photograph. “These distractions were all taps on the shoulder telling me to go out and take pictures,” she says. Nicole contributes growing up in one of The Most Uninspiring Towns In America (a category she created) to her creativity. “We had to dream big; flat, suburban, small town New Jersey was not very, or at all, inspiring,” she says, adding that, however, she would not trade that experience for anything in the world. Suburbia gave her the desire to travel and meet people of all walks of life--with camera in hand. Some of Nicole’s clients include: The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Stern Magazine, Runner’s World, Patagonia, Fleishman Hillard, Buick, and the Utah Office of Tourism.