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Utah is an interesting, and often confounding, mix of Mormon religious influence and adrenaline-stoked outdoor activities. But most travelers neither convert to Mormonism nor ski double-black-diamond chutes. Rather, they're inspired by the incredible natural beauty of the state. Landscapes in Utah range from the vast and intensely white Bonneville Salt Flats in the northwestern corner, to the equally vast Great Salt Lake, to the peaks of the Wasatch Range and the Uinta Mountains, to the chain of national parks and monuments stretching across the state's southern tier. A tour of southern Utah's, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and ...

Utah is an interesting, and often confounding, mix of Mormon religious influence and adrenaline-stoked outdoor activities. But most travelers neither convert to Mormonism nor ski double-black-diamond chutes. Rather, they're inspired by the incredible natural beauty of the state. Landscapes in Utah range from the vast and intensely white Bonneville Salt Flats in the northwestern corner, to the equally vast Great Salt Lake, to the peaks of the Wasatch Range and the Uinta Mountains, to the chain of national parks and monuments stretching across the state's southern tier. A tour of southern Utah's, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands national parks and the huge Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument can be done in as little as a week, although such a quick tour will likely result in a long list of places to return to for in-depth exploration.

Judy Jewell
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Judy Jewell and W.C. McRae are frequent collaborators: together they have written Moon Handbooks to Montana, Utah, and Zion-Bryce and updated the Moon Handbooks to Oregon and Coastal Oregon. Judy wrote the Compass American Guide to Oregon.

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  • Location: Located West of Center in the United States, Bordering Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico
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