1. The Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the Western hemisphere.
It’s so big you can see it from outer space. And, thanks to the high salt content, you can easily float in it like a cork.
2. We have FIVE national parks.
Sure, there are some nice-looking national parks in other states, but Utah’s are surely the most beautiful.
3. Utah hosts the biggest, best film festival in the country.
The Sundance Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year! Every January, the festival brings filmmakers, critics and actors from all over the world to Park City and Salt Lake.
4. Our 45 state parks are diverse and beautiful.
Utah’s state parks include everything from ATV recreation at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park to the stunning view at Dead Horse Point State Park.
5. We brought the world fry sauce.
People from other states often fail to appreciate the deliciousness that is fry sauce.
6. We have one of the largest LGBT communities in the country.
Our diverse capital city has the 7th largest LGBT population in the country. Salt Lake City hosts an annual Pride Parade and festival and has an active, vibrant community of people from all walks of life..
7. Our snow is the best in the world.
Utah’s snow is unique, and it's not just because of the powder. The Great Salt Lake often creates a “lake effect” during winter storms, which puts down a layer of high density snow. Then, another storm comes along and places a layer of our famous powder over the top, making for the perfect mix for deep-powder skiing.
8. Utah has the heaviest living organism in the world.
Pando, a large quaking aspen colony near Fish Lake, weighs somewhere around 6,600 tons. The organism is about 80,000 years old, which also makes it one of the oldest living organisms in the world.
9. Utahns are the most generous people in the United States.
A 2014 study showed that Utahns have the highest volunteerism rate in the country. We clear trails, read to kids, work with animals and more. We also give the highest percentage of our incomes to charitable causes.
10. We have hoodoos.
They’re a fascinating example of what wind and erosion can create after thousands of years. Each hoodoo is unique, and when you have thousands in one place, they’re absolutely stunning.
11. Our mountain peaks are stunning.
Utah has high mountain peaks in every single county. King’s Peak, at 13,528 feet, is the tallest peak in Utah.
12. We brought the world some of the best Westerns ever.
Kanab’s nickname is “Little Hollywood” because of all the movies filmed there. The first was “Deadwood Coach,” in 1924. Since then, over a hundred Western films and television shows have been filmed in Kanab’s gorgeous red-rock country.
13. Utah has award-winning beer.
People outside of Utah often think they can’t get a drink here, but the fact is that some of our microbreweries win industry awards on a regular basis.
14. Our dinosaur bones are a paleontologist’s dream.
Dinosaur National Monument, in Vernal, is the site for fossils from eleven different dinosaur species. At the Carnegie Dinosaur Quarry, you can see more than 1,500 partially-exposed dinosaur bones.
15. Utah is the best state in the country to raise kids.
Utah loves kids! There’s so much here for kids to see and do, from Hogle Zoo to Thanksgiving Point to cool playgrounds in every city and town. We also have one of the lowest crime rates in the nation, so you know your little Utahns will be safe.
16. In Utah, you can ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon.
Unlike most places where the weather is the same statewide, Utah has a diverse climate. You can ski at Park City in the morning, then drive down to St. George to catch a tee time in the afternoon.