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Hit the asphalt and explore Utah's scenic byways, winding through majestic mountains, red rock canyons, and pioneer towns for an unforgettable road trip.

About Utah

Utah offers a blend of natural wonders, cultural heritage, economic opportunities, and outdoor recreation, making it a unique and vibrant state in the United States.

Also known as the Beehive State, Utah residents relate the beehive symbol to industry and the pioneer virtues of thrift and perseverance.

States neighbouring Utah: Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

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Map of Utah

Utah is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including deserts, canyons, and mountains.

The state capital of Utah is Salt Lake City.

Utah Overview

Utah is a state located in the western United States. bordered by Idaho to the north, Wyoming to the north-east, Colorado to the east, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west.

The state also meets with New Mexico at the Four Corners Monument, in the south-east.


Utah's economy is diverse, with major industries including tourism, mining, agriculture, technology, and outdoor recreation.

The state is home to a growing tech industry, often referred to as the 'Silicon Slopes', particularly in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.

Culture and Demographics

Utah has a unique cultural landscape influenced by its history, including its settlement by Mormon pioneers in the 19th century.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has had a significant impact on the state's culture and demographics, though the population is diverse and includes people of various religious backgrounds.


Utah has several universities and colleges, including the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, and Weber State University.

These institutions contribute to research, education, and innovation within the state.


Utah is characterised by diverse geography.

It is home to five national parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion.

Additionally, Utah boasts numerous state parks, forests, and wilderness areas.

The Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere, is a prominent geographical feature in Utah.

Government and Politics

Utah's government operates under a republican form, with a governor and bicameral state legislature.

Politically, the state is known for its conservative leanings, though there is a growing moderate and liberal presence, particularly in urban areas.

Outdoor Recreation

Utah's natural beauty makes it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Activities such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and camping are abundant throughout the state.

Population and Cities

Salt Lake City is the capital and largest city in Utah.

Other major cities include Provo, Ogden, and St. George.

While Salt Lake City and its surrounding urban areas are the most populous, much of the state's land area is sparsely populated.

Visiting Utah

Utah is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including numerous national parks and monuments, vibrant cities, and a rich cultural heritage.

Utah Highlights

Whether you're interested in outdoor adventure, cultural exploration, or simply soaking in the natural beauty, Utah is the highlight.

Dinosaur National Monument

This park straddles the border between Utah and Colorado and is home to well-preserved dinosaur fossils, ancient petroglyphs, and scenic river canyons.

Four Corners Monument

The Four Corners Monument is the only place in the United States where four states meet: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.

It is marked by a granite and brass monument, and it is managed by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department.

Great Salt Lake

North America's largest saltwater lake, the Great Salt Lake offers opportunities for swimming, boating, and birdwatching, as well as unique geological features like the Spiral Jetty.


Located near several national parks, including Arches and Canyonlands, Moab is a hub for outdoor adventure activities.

Spiritual centre of the Colorado Plateau, people from all over the world come to Moab to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and partake in the endless opportunities to meet nature one on one.

From mountain biking to white-water rafting, hiking, climbing and camping the options for outdoor recreation and beautiful views are limitless.

Park City

A popular destination for outdoor recreation, Park City is home to world-class ski resorts, as well as a charming downtown area with shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Salt Lake City

The capital and largest city of Utah, Salt Lake City is known for its vibrant arts scene, historic sites (such as Temple Square), and nearby ski resorts.


Famous for its annual Sundance Film Festival, this small resort town offers year-round outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, and horseback riding.

Utah National Parks

Arches National Park

Famous for its natural sandstone arches and rock formations, Arches National Park offers spectacular hiking trails and breathtaking vistas.

Bryce Canyon National Park

The Bryce Canyon National Park, near Panguitch, is nature's sculpture.

Known for its unique hoodoos - tall, thin spires of rock - Bryce Canyon is a must-visit destination for hikers and photographers.

The pink and red limestone spires have been chiselled out over the centuries by wind and water.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park features colourful canyons, towering rock formations, and ancient petroglyphs, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Zion National Park

Renowned for its towering sandstone cliffs and narrow slot canyons, Zion offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, rock climbing, and river tubing.

To Brigham Young the area around the Virgin River, in the south-west corner of Utah, was very nice, but not Zion.

The highlight of Zion National Park is an expansive canyon. Follow the paths where native people and pioneers walked.

Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky at Utah's First National Park.

Salt Lake City

The Mormon leader told his followers, "This is the right place," on July 24th, 1847.

Map of Salt Lake City

Map of Salt Lake City

The international headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is the Salt Lake City's major landmark.

Beehive House

Built in 1855, Beehive House was the Salt Lake City home of Brigham Young.

Discover how Brigham Young and his family lived in the 1800s, during a free 30-minute tour of the Beehive House.

Temple Square

Attracting close to five million people annually, Temple Square is Salt Lake's biggest attraction and one of the major tour sites of the West.

Where to Stay in Salt Lake City

Hotels in Salt Lake City.

Around Utah

Utah gets its name from the early Ute people of the region.

Half of the State of Utah is spread out on the Colorado plateau, 1,200 metres above sea level, where minimalist landscape photographers will enjoy the variety of shapes and colours in changing light conditions.

The Colorado River has beautifully carved many gorges and canyons, as it twists and turns through the soft sedimentary rock of the plateau.

An excellent example is the Meander Canyon in Dead Horse Point State Park, in eastern Utah.

Nature rises and falls dramatically in Utah, with King's Peak top of the ranges at 4,123 metres. The state is an ideal location for winter sports enthusiasts.

Those seeking solitude can also have plenty of that, and it is not without reason that the Mormons originally set themselves up here in 1846-1847, when it was still a part of Mexico.

Utah State

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Utah Travel Tips

Dos and Don'ts For Outdoor Adventures in Utah


Camp at designated sites or, where allowed, at previously used sites.

Avoid placing tents on top of vegetation and use a camp stove instead of making a campfire. Unless signs indicate otherwise, leave gates open or closed as you find them.

Historic Sights

Leave historic sites, Native American rock art, ruins, and artefacts untouched for the future.

Admire rock art from a distance and never touch it.

Stay out of ruins, leave artefacts in place and report violations.

Keep Canyon County Clean

Help keep Canyon Country clean.

Pack out your trash and recycle it, cleanup after less thoughtful visitors, and dispose of human waste properly.

Protect Water

Protect and conserve scarce desert water sources.

Camp at least 50 feet from isolated water sources to allow for wildlife access.

Where possible, carry your own drinking water. Leave potholes undisturbed and wash well away from pools and springs.

Tread Lightly

Tread lightly when travelling and leave no trace of your camping.

Drive and ride only on roads and trails where such travel is allowed.

Hike only on established trails, on rock, or in washes.


Allow space for wildlife.

When encountering wildlife, maintain your distance and remain quiet.

Teach children not to chase or pickup animals.

Keep pets under control.

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Utah Travel Guides

Fodor's Utah: with Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands National Parks The Rough Guide to the USA's National Parks

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