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Table of contents
- Where is Utah located?
- Map of Utah
- Utah counties map with the county seat cities
- Protected areas
- National Parks
- National Monuments
- National Recreation Areas
- National Forests
Where is Utah located?
Utah is located in the Western United States region. It is bordered on the north by Idaho and Wyoming, on the east by Colorado, on the southeast by New Mexico, on the south by Arizona and on the west by Nevada.
Map of Utah
Utah counties map with the county seat cities
The U.S. state of Utah has 29 counties. The table below lists all of them alphabetically with their County seat, their population and area.
|Beaver County||Beaver||7,072||2,590 sq mi|
|Box Elder County||Brigham City||57,666||5,746 sq mi|
|Cache County||Logan||133,154||1,165 sq mi|
|Carbon County||Price||20,412||1,478 sq mi|
|Daggett County||Manila||935||697 sq mi|
|Davis County||Farmington||362,679||299 sq mi|
|Duchesne County||Duchesne||19,596||3,241 sq mi|
|Emery County||Castle Dale||9,825||4,462 sq mi|
|Garfield County||Panguitch||5,051||5,083 sq mi|
|Grand County||Moab||9,669||3,672 sq mi|
|Iron County||Parowan||57,289||3,297 sq mi|
|Juab County||Nephi||11,786||3,392 sq mi|
|Kane County||Kanab||7,667||3,990 sq mi|
|Millard County||Fillmore||12,975||6,572 sq mi|
|Morgan County||Morgan||12,295||609 sq mi|
|Piute County||Junction||1,438||758 sq mi|
|Rich County||Randolph||2,510||1,029 sq mi|
|Salt Lake County||Salt Lake City||1,185,238||742 sq mi|
|San Juan County||Monticello||14,518||7,820 sq mi|
|Sanpete County||Manti||28,437||1,590 sq mi|
|Sevier County||Richfield||21,522||1,911 sq mi|
|Summit County||Coalville||42,357||1,872 sq mi|
|Tooele County||Tooele||72,698||6,941 sq mi|
|Uintah County||Vernal||35,620||4,480 sq mi|
|Utah County||Provo||659,399||2,003 sq mi|
|Wasatch County||Heber City||34,788||1,176 sq mi|
|Washington County||St. George||180,279||2,426 sq mi|
|Wayne County||Loa||2,486||2,461 sq mi|
|Weber County||Ogden||262,223||576 sq mi|
With 5 national parks, Utah has the third most national parks, after Alaska and California. All the National parks in Utah are located on the southern part of Utah, along the Colorado River.
Arches National Park
The Arches National Park is located in the southeast of Utah, along the Colorado river and 4 miles (6 km) north of the city of Moab. With more than 2000 natural sandstone arches, it is the highest density of natural arches in the world. The well know Delicate Arch can be admired in this park.
Bryce Canyon National Park
The Bryce Canyon National Park is located in the southwest of Utah. Despite its name, the Bryce Canyon National Park is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheatres. The red, orange and white colors gives a spectacular view to the visitors.
Canyonlands National Park
The Canyonlands National Park is in the southeast of Utah near the town Moab. The canyons were formed by the erosion of the Colorado plateau by the Green and the Colorado rivers and their tributaries.
Capitol Reef National Park
This national park is located in the central south part of Utah. The park was established in 1971 to protect this desert landscape.
Zion National Park
The Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah. Its most spectacular feature is the Zion Canyon with its 15 miles (24 km) long and up to 2,640 ft (800 m) deep.
Utah also counts 8 national monuments in its territory.
Bear Ears National Monument
The monument is located in southeastern Utah and it was established in 2016 to protect the land surrounding the Bears Ears and the Indian Creek canyon.
Cedar Breaks National Monument
The Cedar Breaks National Monument is located near Cedar City. It is a natural amphitheater of 3 miles (4.8 km) and with a depth of over 2,000 feet (610 m).
Dinosaur National Monument
The Dinosaur National Monument is located in the Colorado and Utah. Like say in its name, the Dinosaur National Monument is famous for its Dinosaur Quarry. The park contains over 800 paleontological sites with numerous fossils of dinosaurs.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
This U.S. national monument is established to protect its spectacular Grand staircase of cliffs and terraces. The monument is composed of different geologic features like monoliths, slot canyons, natural bridges and arches. This place was one of the last parts of the United States to be mapped because of its remote location and rugged landscape.
Hovenweep National Monument
The Hovenweep National Monument is located in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. This monument is famous for its 6 Ancestral Puebloans villages (also known as the Anasazi).
Natural Bridges National Monument
This U.S. national monument is located in southeast Utah and it is well known for its three natural bridges: Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
This natural bridge is located in southern Utah and it is often considered as the world’s highest natural bridge with its 234 feet (71 m)
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
This monument is located in the Wasatch Range. The cave is composed of 3 spectacularly decorated caverns.
National Recreation Areas
2 national recreation areas are located in Utah: Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon.
The Flaming Gorge is located in Utah but also in Wyoming.
The Glen canyon is located in Utah and also in Arizona. It encompasses the area around the Lake Powell and the lower Cataract Canyon.
The Utah state also has seven national forests: Ashley, Caribou-Targhee, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-La Sal, Sawtooth and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache.