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Utah

A map of UtahUtah is located in the west of the United States. The Wasatch Range, part of the Rocky Mountains, runs southwards through the northern part of the state from the border with Idaho. The towering, snowcapped Uinta Mountains rise to the east. Water from streams in the Uintas is carried via tunnels, canals and aqueducts to the Wasatch Front, the western foothills of the Wasatch Range on the edge of the Salt Lake Valley. Around 75% of Utah’s population lives in the Wasatch Front region. In southeastern Utah lies the Colorado Plateau, dissected by the deep, winding canyons. Western Utah forms part of the Great Basin, a region that was once the bed of an ancient freshwater lake, Lake Bonneville. Now it is an arid desert containing the lake's last remnant: the Great Salt Lake. 



Delicate Arch, Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. The La Sal Mountains lie in the distance.
Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, near Springdale, Utah. The canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m)...Read More >>Zion Canyon, Zion National Park, near Springdale, Utah. The canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, is carved out of red sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Native people of the Ancestral Puebloan and Fremont cultures lived here between the years AD 500 and 1300.

Name

The name Utah is believed to come from the name of the Native American Ute people. It translates as "people of the mountains" in the Ute language. By another theory, Utah's name comes from the language of another Native American people, the Apache. Their word, yudah, means “tall". The Spanish pronounced the word as "Yuta", which was adapted by English-speakers to "Utah”.
Bonneville Salt Flats, a salt pan in northwestern Utah. Visitors can drive on the flats: the "Bonneville Speedway” is known for...Read More >>Bonneville Salt Flats, a salt pan in northwestern Utah. Visitors can drive on the flats: the "Bonneville Speedway” is known for land speed record attempts. During winter, there is usually about an inch (2.5 cm) of water lying on the flats.

People from Utah are known as Utahns. About 62% of Utahns are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise known as Mormons.

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