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The answer to the trivia question – where is the only place in the United States where four states connect? – is Four Corners in the southwestern part of Utah. Borders of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico all converge there.
The five national parks located here call the southern portion of the state home. Arches (park) features postcard-worthy sandstone formations especially at sunrise and sunset. Canyonlands’ vast canyons peppered with towering mesas and pointy pinnacles invite visitors to choose their own adventure while Capitol Reef gives high clearance vehicles access to its backcountry. The most popular, Bryce Canyon with its oddly shaped rock configurations and Zion where scenic canyons meet history and culture, need no introduction. The Mighty 5 refers to these parks as well as other national sites, tribal lands and state parks.
Besides these national gems, TripAdvisor reviewers gave five stars to Hell’s Revenge Jeep Trail (not for amateurs) in Moab, and the Family History Library, a mecca for those researching their family trees, which is located on the grounds of Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
Temple Square, a popular tourist destination, contains 20 attractions related to the Mormon culture. That includes the massive granite temple, Brigham Young Historic Park, and numerous restaurants and cafes.
Members of the Church of Latter Day Saints make up somewhere between 60 percent and almost three-fourths of the population of Utah, the largest concentration in the U.S. Their sheer numbers make them influential on state policies. Therefore, state’s liquor laws remain very restrictive and gambling is totally outlawed.
Many other kinds of fun are still available for the taking. Ski resorts, year-round fishing, golfing, sailing on the Great Salt Lake, white-water rafting, hot-air ballooning and hang gliding all beckon to the adventurous sort.
While still pleasant, winter temperatures lean towards the cold side with the majority of the snow falling on the higher peaks. For instance, Brighton may see as many as 400 inches of snow in a year. Warm days and nights highlight summer with the hottest temperatures felt in July, but the thermostat rarely rises above 100 degrees F.
Major employers include Liberty Tax Services, University Health Care, Brigham Young University (BYU), Intermountain Medical Center, and C. R. England, Inc. (trucking). Oil, natural gas, mining, steelmaking, farming and tourism round out the top industries in the state.
BYU in Provo, owned and operated by the Church of Latter Day Saints, serves 27,000 students. It is primarily known as a research university and for its linguistic’s program which regularly offers classes in 55 different languages.
Because the majority of the population doesn’t drink alcohol, Utah has Apple Beer, which is alcohol-, caffeine- and gluten-free. Rumor says it’s tasty enough to have won a silver medal from the North American Brewers Association.
By: Michael Danzig