45 Interesting Facts About Utah

Last updated on July 10th, 2021

37. Home to North Shore Monster

The Great Salt Lake, located in Salt Lake City supposedly has one or two monsters that were seen in the year 1877. The monster is said to have a head like that of a horse and a crocodile body. Rumors have it that the North Shore Monsters may have been brought by a businessman who introduced two whales into the lake in 1875. The two disappeared without a trace.

38. The Games Arcade

At the Game Grid Arcade, West valley City, more than 55 games with 50 different cabinets are played. The available options include modern games such as Super Street Fighter, Terminator Salvation, and classical ones e.g. Asteroids and PAC-Man.

39. Provo- A College Town with Popping Food Scene

Being home to two major universities, Provo has tons of youngsters who do not drink alcohol. So do not expect to find many clubs and bars. But the culinary scene is huge, partially influenced by Mormonism. Find unique dishes from Mexican fruit pops/kronuts, crisscross hotdogs, sushi, pizza with serrano and honey, Belgian fries/pomme frites, Czech pastries, and Indian food. Dine in peculiar restaurants where they serve specialty sodas that can be mistaken for alcohol.

Utah on the map
Utah (in red) on the map with bordering states.

40. The Majesty of a Canyon

Provo Canyon is only a few minutes from the town of Orem. It carries the sublime beauty of Mount Timpanogos, which is part of the Wasatch Range. The canyon is a fun spot no matter the season with an elevation of 8,000 feet above. Adventurers come here to bike, fish, hike, or simply relax on the lush grass at one of the 6 parks of the canyon.

41. The Biggest Snow on Earth

Sandy city has some of the best skiing areas, particularly near the Wasatch Mountains. The city is set perfectly under the shadow of those mountains. This makes it the coolest ski spot in the state of Utah.

42. The Iron Road of Mount Ogden

The protected Mount Ogden can be explored through the Ferrata route. Elite mountain climbers visit here to get adrenaline rush on a ladder while attached to safety cables. There is no need for knots and ropes. Just carry some hiking boots and enjoy a guided tour whether in a group or solo.

43. Dinosaur Discovery

At Johnson Farm, there is a Dinosaur Discovery Site where the ancient creatures once inhabited. You get a chance to see where they used to roam around. Thousands of dinosaur fossils have preserved at the Early Jurassic Lake.

44. Layton, a Former Outgrowth of Kaysville

Layton is the biggest city in Davis County, bordered by Wasatch Mountains on one side and the Great Salt Lake on the other. The Mormon pioneers initially settled at Kaysville-Layton. William Kay, John H. Green, and Edward Phillips brought their families in 1850. Other families followed suit and the Kaysville area attained an outgrowth that was not formally planned so it was considered an unincorporated independent community. It was until 1920 that Layton was officially incorporated.

45. The Soccer City

South Jordan is home to an 80,000 square feet soccer facility. The building houses two futsal fields, two indoor fields plus a lounge. Visitors who come to party can rent a designated party area.

Utah – Quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationUT
State CapitalSalt Lake City
Largest CitySalt Lake City
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 84,899 sq miles; Land Only: 82,144 sq miles
Population
3,101,833
(Estimate July 1, 2017 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJanuary 4, 1896
State rank by population31st
State rank by date of formation45th
State rank by area13th
Number of Counties29
DemonymUtahn or Utahan
Bordering StatesArizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointKings Peak
13,534 ft (4,120.3 m)
Lowest pointBeaver Dam Wash at Arizona border
2,180 ft (664.4 m)
Length350 miles (560 km)
Width270 miles (435 km)
GovernorGary Herbert (R)
Electoral Votes6
State MottoIndustry
State NicknameBeehive State
% Water3.25
Noble prize WinnersPaul D. Boyer (Chemistry, 1997)
Famous peopleSteve Young (Pro Football player)
John "Cat" Thompson (Basketball player)
Roseanne Barr
(Actress)
Jewel (Singer)
State animalRocky Mountain elk
State BirdCalifornia gull
State Cooking PotDutch Oven
State EmblemBeehive
State fishBonneville Cutthroat Trout
State FossilAllosaurus
State fruitCherry
State FlowerSego Lily
State gemTopaz
State InsectHoney Bee
State mineralCopper
State rockCoal
State VegetableSugar Beet
Longitude109° 3′ W to 114° 3′ W
Latitude37° N to 42° N
Time ZoneMountain Time Zone
Websiteutah.gov
Area Codes385, 435, 801
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020