[2014] JAH HC10: Utah

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[2014] JAH HC10: Utah

Zion National ParkZion National Park is a major point of interest for both locals and tourists in Utah. It was established as a national park in 1919. The park rests at the intersection of the Colorado Plateau, The Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. In the park you can identify the features and wildlife from all three areas. The park is very popular for rock climbing, horseback rides or riding bicycles. Some visitors are also fine with just sitting and watching the light changing on the canyon walls as the sun moves across the sky.

Utah (The Beehive State)

This is what it looks like!

HistoryThe state was originally inhabited by American Indians as early as the 1700s. The major groups of American Indians at that time were the Ute, Paiute, Shoshone, and Goshute. After a while the first explorers came to Utah. They were Spanish, namely, Juan Maria de Rivera from Spain in 1765. In 1776 two other Spanish explorers, Silvestre Velez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio Dominguez, went to Utah searching for a route to California.

GeographySalt Lake City is the capital of Utah and it is also the largest city. The longest rivers are the Colorado River and Green River. There are many physical features in Utah too. Some of the most popular include canyons, mountains, plains, basins and plateaus. There is a famous plateau in Utah called the Colorado Plateau. The Colorado Plateau reaches out into Utah and 3 other states. This is Utah’s biggest land region.

ClimateThe second driest state in the United States of America is Utah; the first is Nevada which borders Utah on the west. Utah features a dry, semi-arid to desert climate. Most of the lowland areas receive less than 12 inches (305mm) of precipitation annually.

If you boil 1 quart of water from the saltiest part of Great Salt Lake, you will be left with a half cup of salt.

Fun fact:

There are 28 counties in Utah

Three things everyone should know and remember about Utah are that Utah’s mountain peaks, on average, are the tallest in the country. The average elevation of the tallest peaks in each of Utah's counties is 11,222 ft. higher than the same average in any other state.


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