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
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.
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.