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Hiking Utah
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By Nate Carlisle, Jason Bergreen, Erin Alberty and Brett Prettyman

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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jason Brown has master's degrees in forestry and divinity and believes forests are a place for contemplation, and are important components of our communities. He believes Mormons who aren't interested in the environment are ignoring a key part of their theology.
Ever find God on the trail?

In southeast Utah is an area of red sandstone plateaus and spires called Valley of the Gods. If you ever see it, you'll know how it got that name.

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Such magnificent beauty can reinforce belief in a higher power. It's no accident Zion National Park has rock faces named for the Book of Mormon and other geographic and geologic wonders named for Native American spirits.

Near where my dad lives in southern Illinois is Garden of the Gods. It's a rock ledges overlooking the canopy of the Shawnee National Forest.

In today's Faith section, Tribune reporter Brandon Loomis href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/53726923-80/brown-church-close-god.html.csp" target="_blank">examines how theologians contemplate God in nature. Loomis lists examples more numerous and sophisticated than I do here.

The article is about finding God in nature, not deity names. But I couldn't help look through The Tribune href="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/cms/sites/sltrib/Outdoors/hikes.csp?hike=349" target="_blank">hikes database, looking for trail names implying the spiritual. There's thehref="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/cms/sites/sltrib/Outdoors/hikes.csp?hike=349" target="_blank"> Devils Garden trail in Arches National Park, but I doubt that's the kind of faith anyone is seeking.

Have any hikes provided proof of or let you commune with God?

— Nate Carlisle

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