Covering an area of 219,890 sq. km, the State of Utah is located in the west-central region (or Mountain States area) of the United States.
As observed on the map, Utah is a geographically diverse state and is divided into three distinct landform regions, which includes the Colorado Plateau of the south and southeast, the central Rocky Mountains, and the Basin and Ridge region of the northwest, which also comprises of the Great Salt Lake and numerous salt beds.
The centrally located Rocky Mountains, along with the snow-capped Uinta and Wasatch Mountains of the northeast, are the most significant ranges within the state. Situated in the northeastern part of the state within the Uinta Mountains and the Ashley National Forest is, the Kings Peak – Utah’s highest point, which rises to an elevation of 13,528ft (4,123m).
The Colorado Plateau is a series of flatlands, colorful gorges, rugged mountains, and valleys, that extend across the southern third of Utah. Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Monument Valley, and Zion Canyon are some of the plateau's most interesting areas. As marked by an inverted yellow triangle, the state’s lowest point – Beaverdam Wash is situated near St. George, in Washington County, at an elevation of 2,000ft.
Stretching across the western and northwestern parts of the state is the Basin and Ridge region. This region is a series of flat depressions, salt beds, lakes, and sinks - all scattered between isolated ribbons of mountains. Located in the northern part of the state is The Great Salt Lake – the largest Salt Lake in the entire western hemisphere. The lake is a remnant of Lake Bonneville - a large prehistoric body of water, which in the present time is approximately 75 miles long by 35 miles wide. Because of its high salt content (salinity), people can easily float in the lake. Covering about 10,500 sq. km area, the Great Salt Lake Desert – is situated to the southwest of the Great Salt Lake. In the extreme northwestern part of the state, in the Tooele county, the Bonneville Salt Flats- covering 260 sq. km area, is a stretch of barren salt flats.
Lake Powell, Utah Lake, and the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area on the Wyoming border are the other major bodies of water. Important rivers of Utah include the Colorado, Green, and White rivers.
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.
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 25, 2021