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Utah is located in the Mountain West part of the United States. Utah has a geographical diversity ranging from deserts to high mountain peaks in the Wasatch Mountains and the Rocky Mountains. This diversity is the setting for a number of the most spectacular national parks in the United States. Utah is bordered by Nevada on the west, Idaho and Wyoming on the north, Colorado to the east and Arizona on the south.

Bryce Canyon Utah was admitted as a state on January 4, 1896. It derives its name from Native American groups collectively known as the Utes. Utah has been inhabited by Native American groups for at least 10-12,000 years. Utah was first extensively described by Father Escalante in 1776 as they were looking for a route between Santa Fe New Mexico and Monterey California.

In the middle of the 19th century Utah was settled by pioneer groups belonging to the Church of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons, led by Brigham Young. When Brigham Young and his followers first arrived in what was to become Utah, on July 24, 1847, the state was part of Mexican territory. This changed with the Mexican-American war and Utah became a US Territory on March 10, 1850.

The climate of Utah is diverse ranging from the low elevation deserts in the western part of the state that belong to the Great Basin to the high mountain peaks in the eastern part of Utah. The western slope of the Wasatch Range which can receive up to 500 inches of rain produces numerous streams that water this area of the state.

The largest city in Utah is Salt Lake City and St George Utah in the southern part of the state is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. The population of Utah stood at over 2.5 million in 2005.

Utah is dotted with numerous and spectacular parks that draw many visitors each year. Among these are Zion Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon and Arches National Park.

The tourism industry in Utah is very successful and provides lodging and accommodations for travelers throughout the state. Hotel rooms are available in every part of the state from hotels and motels in Moab Utah in the southeast part of the state to hotels in Provo Utah in the northwest part of the state. 
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