Utah Travel Guide

Utah State Travel Guide

Utah Brief History

The exquisite land of Utah was discovered some 12,000 years ago by the Paleo Indian tribes who were succeeded by early culture groups of the Desert Archaic, Anasazi, and Fremont. The French incursion came as late as in 1776. The Mormons came into the land in early 1847 mainly for establishing a religious sanctuary. They immigrated in large numbers and set up a proper civilization, - homes and churches, farms, and a systematized irrigation system. The state achieved a territorial status in 1850 and statehood in 1896.

Utah Official Language(s) English
Utah Demonym Utahn or Utahan
Utah Capital Salt Lake City
Utah Largest City Salt Lake City
Utah Largest Metro Area Salt Lake City
Utah Area  Ranked 13th in the US
 - Total 84,889 sq mi
(219,887 km2)
 - Width 270 miles (435 km)
 - Length 350 miles (565 km)
 - % water 3.25
 - Latitude 37° N to 42° N
 - Longitude 109° 3′ W to 114° 3′ W
Utah Population  Ranked 34 in the US
 - Total 2,784,572 (2009 est.)
- Density 27.2/sq mi  (10.50/km2)
Ranked 41st in the US
 - Median Income  $50,614 (11)
Utah Elevation  
 - Highest Point Kings Peak
13,528 ft  (4,126 m)
 - Mean 6,100 ft  (1,860 m)
 - Lowest Point Beaver Dam Wash
2,000 ft  (664 m)
Utah Before Statehood Utah Territory
Utah Admission to Union  January 4, 1896 (45)
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert (R)
Utah Lieutenant Governor Gregory S. Bell (R)
Utah Legislature State Legislature
 - Upper House State Senate
 - Lower House House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R)
Robert Foster Bennett (R)
U.S. House Delegation 1: Rob Bishop (R)
2: Jim Matheson (D)
3: Jason Chaffetz (R)
Utah Time Zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Utah Abbreviations UT US-UT
Utah Website http://www.utah.gov

More About Utah

If you are an outdoors connoisseur, Utah is going to mesmerize you with all that it has to offer. Utah is famous for its unsurpassable scenic beauty and outdoor activities like adventure trips, balloon flights, biking, bird-watching, boating, fishing, golfing, hiking, horse-riding, house-boating, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing, snowmobiling, white water rafting and the like. Unwind and refresh, relax and rejuvenate your nerves with some really good time in a kaleidoscope of colors.

When going for a vacation in Utah, there is not just any ‘best’ time. You can have a fantastic experience whenever you visit the place. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) however, have the most relaxing and beautiful weather. If you are interested inskiing , mid-November to early May is the time for you. Spring is also a very good time to spend your vacation because of the mild weather, and because nature is in bloom.

Things to Do and See in Utah

Utah will make you soak in all its natural beauty throughout your stay. Visit the national parks, and raft the rivers,  hike and ride around on horseback, explore the gorges and sandstone, check out the ski-resorts or just relax – Utah will cater you all that you have wanted in a perfect vacation. Here is the list of all the places you must visit in Utah:

  • Bear Lake
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Wasatch Mountain State Park
  • Paria Rimrocks 
  • Salt Lake Desert 
  • San Rafael Swell 
  • Valley of the Gods 
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Dark Canyon 
  • Dixie National Forest 
  • Escalante State Park 
  • Goosenecks State Park 
  • Little Sahara Recreation Area 
  • Mexican Hat 

Some Other Major Scenic Places are:

  • DEAD HORSE POINT State Park 
  • FLAMING GORGE National Recreation Area 
  • GOBLIN VALLEY State Park 
  • GRAND STAIRCASE - ESCALANTE National Monument 
  • SNOW CANYON State Park 

Other Places in Utah of National Importance are:

  • ARCHES National Park 
  • BRYCE CANYON National Park 
  • CANYONLANDS National Park 
  • CAPITOL REEF National Park 
  • CEDAR BREAKS National Monument 
  • DINOSAUR National Monument 
  • GLEN CANYON National Recreation Area 
  • HOVENWEEP National Monument 
  • TIMPANOGOS CAVE National Monument 
  • NATURAL BRIDGES National Monument 
  • ZION National Park

Some Other Places That You Cannot Afford to Miss Out are:

  • The Living Planet Aquarium
  • Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life and the Gardens
  • Utah Olympic Park
  • Utah’s Hogle Zoo
  • The Peppermint Place
  • J.V. Jensen Living Historical Farm
  • Alpine Loop and Cascade Springs
  • Sundance
  • Crandall Historical Print Museum
  • Seven Peaks Ice Arena and Water Park
  • Southridge Farms
  • Lagoon Amusement Park
  • Clark Planetarium
  • Wheeler Historic Farm
  • Brigham Young University
  • Mount Timpanogos and Timp Cave
  • Bridal Veil Falls