Epic landscapes and ultimate adventures in Utah

A gateway to national parks, Moab draws ‘moon walkers,’ stargazers, and nature lovers.

Andy Lewis crosses a slackline as the moon sets behind the rim of a canyon in Moab, Utah, a popular spot for outdoor pursuits.
PHOTOGRAPH BY RENAN OZTURK

Located in eastern Utah, the small city of Moab acts as a gateway to two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands. Here enthusiasts of the outdoors find a wealth of activities whether it’s day or night.

This image of Andy Lewis silhouetted against a full moon took four months to make. “Even with every piece of technology we could get our hands on, it came down to going there, scouting, and seeing what lined up,” says photographer Renan Ozturk, who aimed his camera from more than a mile away to frame the shot of Lewis on a slackline (a length of woven fabric that’s suspended in the air). When the weather, people, and moon did eventually align, “we only had about a 30-second window to capture the moment.”

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