Interesting Facts About Utah

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Utah Facts

- State animal: The Rocky Mountain Elk.

- The Wasatch mountain range is named after a Ute Indian name meaning "mountain pass" or "low place in a high mountain"

- Utah has two national recreation areas: Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon.

- Utah mountain peaks, on average, are the tallest in the country. The average elevation of the tallest peaks in each of Utah's counties is 11,222 ft.-higher than the same average in any other state.

- Utah has five national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef.

- Utah has six national forests: Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-LaSal, Uinta, and Wasatch-Cache.

- On February 8-24, 2002, Salt Lake City will host the XIX Olympic Winter Games. Along with more than 2,000 athletes from 85 nations, the world will share in the drama and excitement of 75 medal events in 10 different sports.

- Salt Lake City was originally named Great Salt Lake City. Great was dropped from the name in 1868.

- The Uinta mountain range is named after the Ute Indians.

- Utah has seven national monuments: Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Timpanogos Cave and Hovenweep.

- State symbol: The Beehive symbolizes thrift and industry.

- The name Utah comes from the Native American Ute tribe and means people of the mountains.

- During World War II Alta ski center became involved in the war effort when paratroopers from the 10th Mountain Regiment trained on its slopes.

- Annual precipitation varies from less than five inches in Utah's arid Great Salt Lake Desert to more than 60 inches in the northern mountain ranges.

- Utah's professional sports teams include the Utah Jazz of the NBA, the Salt Lake Buzz of Triple A baseball, the Utah Grizzlies Hockey club of the International Hockey League and the Utah Starzz of the WNBA.

- The average snowfall in the mountains near Salt Lake City is 500 inches.

- Because of the state's inland location Utah's snow is unusually dry. Earning it the reputation of having the world's greatest powder. 14 Alpine ski resorts operate in Utah.

- The Escalante River is generally considered to be the last major river to be "discovered" in the contiguous United States.