Capital city Salt Lake City
Population 3,271,616 (2020)
Surface 220,080 km²
Governor Spencer Cox (R)
Member of the US since 1896

Utah is one of the fifty states of the United States. The state is located in the west of the country. Utah’s abbreviation is UT. Its nickname is ‘The Beehive State’, which means ‘the Beehive State’. With 2,817,222 inhabitants, Utah is the 33rd most populous state in the US. Utah borders the states of Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona. Utah is largely desert and prairie. Cowboys used to live here. Many Mormons live there . After the “great migration” as it is called, they settled in what was then still empty Utah. Mitt Romney, the Republican leader in the 2012 US presidential election, is also from here. Utah’s capital is Salt Lake City.


There are many cities in Utah. Here are the five largest.

Largest Cities in Utah

Name Inhabitants County
1. Salt Lake City 186.440 Salt Lake County
2. West Valley City 129,480 Salt Lake County
3. Provo 112,488 Utah County
4. West Jordan 103.712 Salt Lake County
5. Orem 88,328 Utah County

How many counties in Utah? The State of Utah comprises 29 counties.

Beaver County, Utah
Box Elder County, Utah
Cache County, Utah
Carbon County, Utah
Daggett County, Utah
Davis County, Utah
Duchesne County, Utah
Emery County, Utah
Garfield County, Utah
Grand County, Utah
Iron County, Utah
Juab County, Utah
Kane County, Utah
Millard County, Utah
Morgan County, Utah
Piute County, Utah
Rich County, Utah
Salt Lake County, Utah
San Juan County, Utah
Sanpete County, Utah
Sevier County, Utah
Summit County, Utah
Tooele County, Utah
Uintah County, Utah
Utah County, Utah
Wasatch County, Utah
Washington County, Utah
Wayne County, Utah
Weber County, Utah

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Skyline

Salt Lake City is the capital and largest city of the US state of Utah with 181,698 inhabitants in the year 2008. It is a small town, but its agglomeration was 1,115,692 inhabitants in the year 2008. The town was founded a long time ago by only about 150 people. Salt Lake City’s name is derived from the name of the large salt lake Great Salt Lake in Utah on which it is located. Geographically, it is located in northern Utah. The city is located in the middle of a valley, the Salt Lake Valley. You can enjoy a lot of skiing in the valley. The Olympic Games in the year 2002 were held here. Salt Lake City is a very modern city with many skyscrapers. In fact, it is Utah’s financial, industrial, and cultural center. In January it can be very cold in Salt Lake City, but in July you can enjoy the beautiful weather.

Partner cities

  • Turin, Italy
  • Matsumoto, Japan
  • Quezon City, Philippines
  • Manaus, Brazil
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Colorado (river)

The location of the Colorado

The Colorado is a river in the United States and Mexico. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, which is named after the river. The river then flows through Utah and Arizona. After this, the river forms the boundary between Arizona and Nevada and then Arizona and California. After this, the river flows on to Mexico. In Mexico, the river forms the border between the states of Baja California and Sonora.

Midvalley Highway

Get started Lake Point
End Tooele
Length 12 mi
Length 20 km

The Midvalley Highway is a planned county highway and freeway in the U.S. state of Utah, located in Tooele County west of Salt Lake City. The highway will be approximately 20 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The Midvalley Highway should join Interstate 80 at milepost 94, approximately 35 miles west of Salt Lake City and south of the Great Salt Lake. The highway then has 2×2 lanes and runs south, west of Stansbury Park and past Tooele. The part between I-80 and SR-112 is a freeway, the rest a divided highway. South of Tooele, the route connects to State Route 36.

Road number

There is no road number known for the Midvalley Highway yet. People do not seem to aspire to an Interstate Highway or State Route.


The Midvalley Highway is a regional initiative of Tooele County and will relieve traffic on State Route 36 and also provide a bypass to military facilities south of Tooele. It is not yet known when construction will begin.

Mountain Passes in Utah

The Bald Mountain Pass.

This is an overview of mountain passes in Utah of more than 2,000 meters.


Utah’s highest mountain passes are mainly in the northeast of the state, in the Wasatch Range and the Uinta Mountains. The Uinta Mountains are special because they are the only east-west range of the Rocky Mountains. The mountain passes through the Uinta Mountains run north-south, the other mountain passes run east-west. The highest mountain pass, Bald Mountain Pass is significantly higher than the second highest mountain pass and is located in the Uinta Mountains. The Wasatch Range is a formidable obstacle to east-west traffic and is crossed by several mountain passes.

Two highways pass over mountain passes over 2,000 feet, namely Interstate 70 Summit and Parley’s Summit.


The historic Mormon Trail crosses Big Mountain Pass near Salt Lake City and was the primary access route in the early Utah settlements. The California Trail continued north through Idaho. However, the Soldier Summit was discovered before the Mormon settlements by Spaniards on expeditions in 1776. This mountain pass was also discovered before the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. Later Parley’s Summit became particularly important and was completed in 1850 as a passable mountain pass for wagons, carts with a hood pulled by oxen or horses. Due to late population growth in Utah, some passes didn’t develop into important connections until later, such as the Interstate 70 Summit which is Utah’s newest mountain pass and was constructed in the 1970’s in an area where there were previously no roads at all.


Mountain pass Height (m)
Bald Mountain Pass 3266
Indian Creek Summit 2778
US 191 Summit 2569
Daniel’s Pass 2435
Interstate 70 Summit 2415
Bear Lake Summit 2383
Soldier Summit 2291
Big Mountain Pass 2264
Parley’s Summit 2170

Utah - The Beehive State

Utah – The Beehive State
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