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Utah

Utah is located in the mountainous western portion of the United States.

Utah is known as one of the Four Corners states. In the north it is bordered by Idaho and Wyoming. To its east lies Colorado and to its southeast is New Mexico. Arizona remains to the south with Nevada to the west. It is the only place in the entire United States where four states completely touch.

Utah, in comparison to its neighboring states, has quite a small population, most of whom reside in the state capital of Salt Lake City. This urban area is known as the Wasatch Front. Majority of this state remains nearly uninhabited, a rarity in today's crowded world.

Utah is known for its geographic diversity. It has the highest mountain peaks in all the United States. Running down the middle of the state is the Wasatch Range, which is about 12,000 feet above sea level. Because of this height, the mountains endure more than 500 feet of snow a year; a perfect recipe for some great skiing!

Utah is home to many lush, well-watered river valleys. Ironically, it is also home to some of the most rugged desert landscapes in the country as well. Some of the most famous red rock mounuments, parks and untamed rock wilderness can be found in the states south. The most famous of all red rock sights is certainly the Delicate Arch, located in Arches National Park. It can be seen on many Utah license plates as well as in person at the park.

The Utah population is very outdoorsy and works hard to maintain the states unique terrain. Majority of locals, over 60 percent, are strongly affiliated with the Church of Latter-day Saints. This strict religion has played a large role in the development of the state as well as everyday life and culture here.

About 40 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport are the ski towns of Park City and Deer Valley?. Here one can find people of a variety of ethnicities, religions and cultures. There's lots to do in these ski villages for those who enjoy winter sports and those who prefer to leave their skis at home.

The lively bars, quaint boutiques and deliciously diverse cuisine make Park City and Deer Valley an attractive winter getaway.

Other cities include:

Highland
Saint George
Cedar City

ATTRACTIONS

Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Zion National Park

PERSONAL STORIES

Julie Smith Park City Travel Story


 
 
 
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