"The scenic beauties of Utah are but comparatively little known. Those of Colorado have been delineated by skillful artists and heralded abroad by eloquent writers, until they are familiar to all. So, too with those of Oregon, Washington, and California; Arizona also, and the northwest part of Wyoming. Utah alone, of all the wild regions of mountain, lake, and canon, has received scanty recognition. This is surely not because there is within its borders a paucity of landscapes, far or grand, but rather becase that, heretofore, they have been away from the beaten paths, aside from the ways of 'those that go forth' to look on the handiwork of Nature were it is shown in some specially beautiful or magnificent way.
However, the time is fast approaching-in truth is at hand-when the scenery of Utah will receive the attention that it deserves.
With this set of views and descriptions the author hopes to pint out at least its more noble parts." [Author Introduction]