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The state of Utah covers 220,080 km², of which 212,988 km² is land. The state lies in the Mountain Time Zone. In the east there are vast Indian reservations. Utah can be roughly divided into three areas: To the east is the Colorado Plateau, a rugged, mountainous and virtually uninhabited area. To the west is the Great Basin Region with flat areas separated by mountain ranges. In the middle of the state are the Rocky Mountains.

Great Salt Lake Satellite photoGreat Salt Lake Satellite photoPhoto: Public domain

Utah borders Idaho and Wyoming to the north, Nevada to the west, Colorado to the east and Arizona to the south. It also shares a corner with New Mexico in the south-east. This point, where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet, is called Four Corners and is the only four-state point in the United States.


Central and Eastern Utah are dominated by the Rocky Mountains. The highest point is Kings Peak (4123 m). In the west there is the Great Salt Lake and large salt plains. Many speed records have been broken there during tests conducted on the extremely flat and desolate surface. The Colorado River flows through the southeast of the state.

Utah is home to a number of National Parks, including Bryce Canyon and Zion.

Kings Peak, highest point of UtahKings Peak, highest point of UtahPhoto: Hyrum K. Wright CC 3.0 Unported no changes made


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