Utah is a western state in the United States. Located in the Western United States, Utah covers 84,898.8 mi². It shares borders with seven states, including Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, and Nevada to the west. Arizona and New Mexico mark the southern boundary of Utah. Situated in the extreme southeastern corner of the state is the Four Corners Monument - the only quadripoint in the United States, and the meeting point of the states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.
The geography of Utah varies from arid desert terrain south and west of Salt Lake City to lush alpine meadows in its mountain ranges. Major mountain ranges include the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City, the Uinta Mountains in northeastern Utah, and the Kaiparowits Plateau in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Great Salt Lake lies within Utah's borders and is home to over 200 species of birds.
Several rivers flow through the state including Green River, Colorado River, and White River. Lake Powell, Utah Lake, and the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area on the Wyoming border are the other major bodies of water.
Utah is divisible into three geographical regions: the Colorado Plateau in the south, the Great Basin to the west and northwest, and the Rocky Mountains in the northeast. The Colorado Plateau dominates most of southern Utah. It is an area of high deserts and deep canyons, including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and many others. The Great Basin covers much of western Utah and is characterized by mountain ranges surrounded by desert basins such as Lake Utah, Sevier Desert, and Nevada Desert. Finally, the Rocky Mountain region spans northeastern Utah and features its highest mountain peaks, including Kings Peak, at 13,527 feet above sea level.
The climate of Utah ranges from dry in the desert in southwestern regions to cold winters accompanied by snowfall in northern parts of the state. Average temperatures range from above 81°F during summer throughout much of the state, while winter temperatures average around slightly below freezing. Mountain areas experience colder climates than lower elevations, with more precipitation due to increased elevation.
Utah is divided into 29 counties. In alphabetical order, the counties are: Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah County, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne, Weber.
With an area of 219,890 sq. km, Utah is the 13th largest and the 31st most populous state in the USA. Located in the north-central part of the state is Salt Lake City – the capital, the largest and the most populous city in Utah. The capital city hosts the world headquarters of the LDS Church. It also serves as the national hub of industrial banking. The city is a major tourist spot in the US that offers many outdoor recreation activities like skiing for attracting tourists.
The State of Utah is located in the west-central region (or Mountain States area) of the United States. The landlocked state of Utah is bordered by the states of Nevada in the west; by Idaho in the north; by Wyoming in the northeast; by Colorado in the east; by Arizona in the south and by New Mexico (at a single point, in the Four Corners) in the southeast.
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|Legal Name||State of Utah|
|ISO 3166 Code||US-UT|
|Capital City||Salt Lake City|
This page was last updated on February 27, 2023