Chad Dutson's photo “Crescent” is on display with other images during a new exhibit at Dead Horse Point State Park's Bighorn Gallery. [Image courtesy of Megan Blackwelder]

Wilderness photographer Chad Dutson returns to the Bighorn Gallery at Dead Horse Point State Park with another compelling exhibit, “Desert Whispers.”

The exhibit will be on display from Sunday, July 2, through Sunday, Sept. 3, in the lower level of the visitor center. A reception with the artist will be held on July 2 from 2 and 5 p.m.

The exhibit features diverse perspectives of landscapes in the desert Southwest in 36 images; most of them are being released to the public for the first time.

“I am excited to return to Bighorn Gallery, particularly to have the opportunity to release such a wide array of new desert imagery,” Dutson said.

Dutson is a Utah- and Alaska-based wilderness photographer who said he has a profound admiration for nature. He carries a zeal for photographic adventure and an insatiable desire to wander the wild.

“The solitude one experiences in the wilderness is what draws me away from city life,” he said.

His passion for art pushes him to extremes.

“I have been stung by a scorpion, nearly stepped on a rattlesnake, experienced hypothermia, and endured hours in a close-proximity lightning storm,” he said. “All to capture the right shot.”

Dutson’s artistic desire is for others to elevate their love for nature.

Dutson philosophizes that “quality photographic moments require three elements: the right experience, the right tools, and the right moment.”

He readily admits that the right moment is often nothing more than good luck.

“Some say they lose themselves in one thing or another; however I find myself through photography, losing only the sense of time,” he said.

Dutson conducts private and group workshops and has been published in USA Today and Popular Photography. He was first featured at the Bighorn Gallery in 2014.

During the latest exhibition, Dutson’s images and prints will be available for purchase.

To reach Dead Horse Point State Park, drive about 9 miles north of downtown Moab on U.S. Highway 191. Turn left at the intersection with state Route 313, and continue south on 313 for about 23 miles. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Park admission is $15, or $10 for Utah seniors 62 and older. Day-use fees are valid for three days.

“Desert Whispers” on display through Sept. 3

To learn more about the artist, go to: For more information, contact the park at 435-259-2614.