Utah ©Author Adventures

Utah, Literary Inspiration of the Great Outdoors

The state of Utah is known for its stunning vistas, striking skies, and ancient rock formations. Its literary history, however, is also worth exploration. Examples of where to look are below. The Utah Author Adventures Trail includes a naturalist, a classic fantasy writer, a Stanford professor deemed the “dean of Western writers,” and a significant Black writer who carved new paths during his short life.

Various contemporary writers have lived in Utah, though their homes are not open to the public. They include Orson Scott Card, Stephen Covey, James Dashner, Jessica Day George, Shannon Hale, and Brandon Mull.

A. Edward Abbey, Arches National Park, Moab
B. Lloyd Alexander, Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library, Provo
C. Wallace Thurman, Calvary Baptist Church, Salt Lake City
D. Wallace Stegner, Salt Lake City