Abandoned Utah


The West has its share of abandoned buildings, and cars too … usually leftovers from mining or pioneer days. Simply built and now weathered, many seem to be hanging by a thread and against all odds! I’ve already discovered many that are close to home, and within reach, so it’s always fun to look for new opportunities when I branch out. Subjects that have a natural setting and historic charm appeal to me. Here are some favorites found during my November trip in Utah.

‘Deserted In The Desert’ © Denise Bush

‘Desert Resting Place’ © Denise Bush
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‘Pioneer Homestead’ © Denise Bush

‘Ghost Town Portal’ © Denise Bush

‘Alone In The Desert’ © Denise Bush

‘Missing Bell Mystery’ © Denise Bush

‘Old Red’ © Denise Bush

(See other Utah posts from Capitol Reef & Bryce National Park by scrolling down. Return home by clicking ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ top.)


41 Responses to “Abandoned Utah”

  1. Beautiful pictures of these old/abandoned houses and car. Love that window against panel with old yellow paint!

    • I find it a little amusing that you like the one with the yellow paint … YellowCable … but I am easily amused. Thanks very much for the nice comment.

  2. Great finds and all wonderful images, Denise. I don’t have a favorite because they are all good, but the old Pontiac is fantastic.

  3. 5 Deb

    Love that window!

  4. It doesn’t take nature long to bring things back to earth, does it? A testament to the fleeting nature of our lives. As with the others above, my favorite is the window. Great series, Denise!

  5. Oh, the stories these buildings and car could tell us! Beautifully captured, Denise!

  6. 11 Diane St Peter

    Gosh, these are gorgeous !!!

  7. Beautiful photos Denise! How I wish I could visit this place! I am a huge fan of dilapidation. In fact, that’s one of my favorite topics to photograph. Haven’t really started uploading such images in my blog now, but will soon. Thanks for these photos. 🙂

    • GREAT! If you want to see more of this kind of work just scroll thru my archives. I have been photographing abandoned places and things forever and have been blogging about it since 2009! Half the fun is finding these subjects! Thanks for your visit and comment.

  8. These photographs are so powerful – all exhibit a sense of abandonment in a deep and lonely silence.

  9. Wonderful pictures, Denise. Thanks.

  10. 21 Joe Perno

    Love these shots Denise. I love abandoned sites and nobody does it better. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Joe … it always makes me feel good to know I have a friend like you who takes the time to keep in touch! I’m so glad you like my abandoned images Say ‘hi’ to the gang for me!

  11. Love your photo of the green window and that ghostly branch in its reflection as well as your “Missing Bell Mystery” caption (sounds like a paperback adventure/thriller). Was that particular building perhaps a schoolhouse?

    • Hi! I had a hard time coming up with a title for that one. I wanted to say something about the missing bell to call attention to it. I don’t know if that was a school, church or maybe served as both … it was a pretty desolate area. Thanks for your visit and comment!

  12. You found some gems. That red brick building is neat, and that window frame is lovely!

    • Hi Deborah! You would have thought we found a city of gold when we turned the corner and saw that old mill! Hard to tell at this small size but the red is actually painted wood. Thanks for your visit and comment. I will catch up with your blog soon.

  13. Amazing captures Denise.

  14. Wow! These are stunning, Denise! Loving those earthy colours.

  15. Whats the story with Old Red. Such a cool building. Love the colors in Ghost Town Portal. My favorite is that car. It looks alive. ☺

    • Thanks for your visit and comment Buck! I don’t know what the story is with ‘Old Red’. We just happened upon it on our way home from Bryce. No signs or anything. Glad you like the car … Ken Curtis says it’s a Pontiac.

  16. The settings certainly do complement the subjects! All of them are so well done.

  17. Great pictures. I love abandoned buildings, so evocative

  18. very cool post!

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