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Description - Utah's topography ranges from 13,000 foot mountains in the north to deep canyons and gorges as low as 3,000 feet. Attractions in the northern areas of the state include Salt Lake City, founded by the Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers in 1847. Today the headquarters of the Mormon Church and the Young Family residence provide interesting attractions for visitors to the city.

The Wasatch Front rises abruptly from the eastern edge of Salt Lake City. The Wasatch Mountains provide a myriad of excellent summer and winter outdoor recreation. opportunities remarkably close to this large metropolitan area. Most of these mountains lie within the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. The Salt Flats and Great Salt Lake consume the barren land immediately west of Salt Lake City.

Central Utah consist of the Great Basin, west, and the central Wasatch Mountains. Three National Forests in the region provide ample recreation opportunities. A majority of the land in central Utah is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM

Attractions -

Southern Utah contains five well-known National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches. Also in the area outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the facilities of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Manti-LaSal National Forest, Grand Gulch Primitive Area and Natural Bridges National Monument.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities in Utah are available for every skill level and interest. Rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, boating and camping are exciting endeavors for visitors during the summer, spring and fall months. In the winter skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are favorites of locals and tourists alike.

Climate - The climate of Utah varies with the terrain. Visitors to the mountains will experience cool summer nights and passing storms that can alter a sunny day very quickly. Be prepared with layers when recreating in the mountains.

The deserts and canyons of Utah can be dangerous places. Summer temperatures often reach above 100 degrees F, so be sure to carry water on all adventures. Flash floods in the canyons are also a threat. It is difficult to predict incoming weather when deep within a canyon so check reports before venturing into any narrow canyon areas.

Location - Utah is located in the western United States, with Salt Lake City as its capital. Interstates 80, 15 and 70 all lead through the state.

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Filed By: Bryce
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: The Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands with its scenic views from the main road is an easily accessible part of the park that is best suited to families and RVers. It offers expansive views that stretch for hundreds of miles and include vast serpentine canyons and distant snow capped peaks. Sunrise and sunset provide excellent light for photography. However, if you are looking for solitude, intimate hiking or mulitday bakpacking, other areas and parks are better suited to this. Nevertheless, for someone with a annual park pass and some time to kill, Island in the Sky is a worthwhile scenic drive for a half day.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Zion National Park We rented a privately-owned cabin inside the park boundary. Absolutely DO the Angel's Landing trail! For those who are not actual rockclimbers, it's a chance to pretend for a few minutes there at the end. You have to use handholds, chains and other installations to hang on as you go up the last fin. Also, when entering the park, the eastern gate is best because as you go through the tunnel, the occasional maintenance openings in the side of the tunnel afford fleeting introductory views of the canyon . . . and its gorgeous when the sun's out!

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Contact Information:
Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030
, travel@utah.com

Arches National Park - Official agency website
Salt Lake 2002 - Official site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games


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