With five national parks, 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreational areas and the world's most beautiful snow (The Greatest Snow on Earth®), Utah is home to the best of the Rocky Mountains and the Southwestern desert.
Discover the region
Utah is more than just a state, it is a state of mind. Sculpted by wind, water and time, Utah's landscape forms an ideal backdrop for your next adventure. From the Mighty Five, the five major Arches National Parks, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion, to the most beautiful snow-covered peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, to many remarkable sites, Utah is a place where memories and experiences are shaped.
The presence of the Rockies, the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau have made Utah famous. Whatever the season, its regions are worthy of discovery.
In winter, for example, its hilly and mountainous territory has enabled it to become an extremely popular tourist destination, to the point of hosting the 19th Olympic Winter Games in 2002 in Salt Lake City. Park City has hosted many events. Snow falls there every year in abundance, making the happiness of snow sports enthusiasts who generally meet in one of the 13 ski resorts in the state. And to breathe ever purer air, know that it is in the Uinta Mountains that the highest peak in the state is located, the Kings Peak (13,526 feet).
Among the most popular sites for visitors are three lakes: Lake Powell, Great Salt Lake and Lake Utah. Lake Powell is an artificial lake on which you will not want to miss a boat trip or a little jet-skiing speed during your stay in the American West. The opportunity to be amazed by the Rainbow Bridge, an arch that breaks down on the azure blue sky. The sparkling colors of Great Salt Lake, whose reflections almost reach Salt Lake City, contrast with the bright white of the Great Salt Desert, much larger than the lake with its 155 square miles of surface area.
The uniqueness of Utah's panoramas has also attracted many film producers. The landscapes of this state are indeed the backdrops of the greatest westerns, including two of the best collaborations between John Ford and John Wayne, Rio Grande and The Searchers, but also Pony Express with Charlton Heston, and the cult Once upon a time in the Western by Sergio Leone. Some unusual landscapes have also been suitable for science fiction films such as Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, where Glen Canyon and Lake Powell can be recognized. Another natural park to have been immortalized in the cinema, Dead Horse Point State Park, which lent its magnificent colors to the unforgettable final scene of Thelma and Louise.
And don't miss Highway 12 which will take you through a landscape of canyons, plateaus and valleys rising from 4000 feet to 9000 feet in altitude over 125 miles long.