Three geological regions – the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau – come together in Utah to create a diverse landscape. The Uinta Mountains with over 400 natural lakes, the 91-mile-long Flaming Gorge Reservoir, and the highest point in the state, Kings Peak at 4,123m, are must-see destinations. Utah is host to 1,600 miles of the 4,455 mile-long Great Western Trail, which passes through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Hiking, biking and off-road driving are all possible on the trail. White water rafting on the Green and Colorado Rivers, which cut across Utah, is an adrenaline-fuelled way to travel - with rapids from Class I to Class V the level of excitement is up to you. The seven national parks of Utah are unique and all warrant a visit. Explore the vivid amphitheatre of Bryce Canyon National Park, or the land of the sleeping rainbow - Capitol Reef National Park – by horseback, or by foot. Moab, the gateway to the Arches National Park in eastern Utah, is a world-famous mountain bike destination. The highly technical, expert-only Slickrock Trail is a 9.6-mile-long barren trail visited by over 100,000 riders each year. In the mountain resorts of Park City, close to the Colorado border, the relaxed trails climb through the Wasatch Mountain range skirting past old mines.
Utah, home to no less than seven national parks, is characterised by colourful, rugged, landscapes, deep canyons, impressive mountains and unique geological features. Situated in America's west, the state lies mostly 4,000 ft above sea level and is largely uninhabited, with over 80 per cent of the population living in the Salt Lake City Area.
- Written by: David