Welcome to: Utah

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Utah!

The 45th state to be admitted to the union, Utah got its name from the Ute Native American tribe who originally lived on the land. Meaning “people of the mountains,” Pueblo and Navajo tribes called the region home as well.

The first European settlers arrived in the state when Brigham Young led Mormon pioneers there. Looking for a quiet place to practice their religion freely, they declared the desert their new home. Salt Lake City was founded on July 24, 1847.

The actual lake is the largest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere, and the largest natural lake -fresh or salt – west of the Mississippi. Approximately 75 miles long and 35 miles wide, Great Salt Lake is four times saltier than any of the world’s oceans. In fact, it’s too salty for fish to live in! But it does make an excellent place to float.

Utah covers 85,000 square miles of land filled with mountains, high plateaus and deserts. Boasting spectacular beauty and a mix of regions, Utah has three distinct areas: the Rocky Mountains, the Basin and Ridge Region, and the Colorado Plateau. The breathtaking national parks are reason alone for a visit – make sure to put Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Canyon Lands on your Utah to-do list.

If skiing or snowboarding is your thing, Utah is your state. The unique mix of high elevation and desert-like climate creates powdery, dry snow claimed to be the best in the U.S.A. Receiving an average of 500 inches per year, there’s plenty of chances to hit the slopes in the Beehive State.