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The state of Utah owes its existence to the transformative vision of Brigham Young and a handful of Latter-day Saints elders who led a hardy band of Mormon emigrants across the Midwest to the Salt Lake Valley. Today the Beehive State is renowned as a place where vision and hard work yield prosperity. Utah Land for Sale is an investment in the single strongest state economy in the United States.
Utah may sport the widest topographical variety of any of the fifty states. The Bear River, Wasatch, and Uinta ranges – outcroppings of the Rocky Mountains – dominate the north while the arid Great Basin makes up much of the south. The result is stunning vistas and outdoor recreational opportunities that are unrivaled. Indeed tourism is one of Utah’s most important industries.
Dinosaur National Monument, on the border between Utah and Colorado, is the site of the largest deposit of Jurassic Period dinosaur bone cache ever uncovered; the surrounding Uinta Mountains wilderness area provides exceptional camping, fishing and backpacking. More dinosaurs as well as Native American petroglyphs and the Wedge Overlook (known as “Utah’s Little Grand Canyon”) are to be found in the scenic Castle Country in central Utah, while Lake Powell to the south offers leisurely houseboat vacations. Then there are the natural amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon, the stunning sandstone buttes, mesas, and monoliths that make up Zion National Park’s Grand Staircase, and the picturesque rock formations – including the famous, stream-carved Natural Bridges National Monument – of Monument Valley to the southeast. The Great Salt Desert in the center of the state is a remnant of a vast prehistoric lake that covered much of Utah through the last Ice Age.
Seventy-five percent of the state’s population lives in the cities of the Wasach Front, a series of basins and valleys at the western foot of the rugged Wasach mountain range that bisects the state. Well over a third of Utah’s population lives in Salt Lake City, nicknamed the Crossroads of the West, the state capital as well as the headquarters of the Latter-day Saints Church and the home of the University of Utah. Utah is one of only seven states that allow commercial companies to establish subsidiary financial institutions, and Salt Lake City is a major center for industrial banking. Forty miles to the north lies Ogden, an important east/west transportation corridor for manufacturing and raw goods. Provo, the site of Brigham Young University (the nation’s largest religious university), may be the most politically conservative metropolis in the United States according to a 2006 voting research poll. In January the eyes of the world are on tiny Park City, the site of the most important independent film showcase in the world, the Sundance Film Festival.
Utah’s climate varies sharply from mountain to basin, but the most densely populated parts of the state enjoy weather that’s dry and sunny – in Salt Lake City, for example, the sun shines on average 237 days out of the year. No matter how warm it gets during the day, it tends to cool off rapidly once the sun sets. The mountains to the north get a fair amount of precipitation, but because clouds move over the Great Salt Lake which draws out moisture, winter storms are unusually dry resulting in a powder snow that many skiers consider the best in the world.
Utah has weathered the crippling recession gripping the nation over the past two years remarkably well. True, the Beehive State is seeing its highest unemployment rates since the end of World War II, but that percentage is only in the single digits. The housing bubble along the Wasach Front was modest by Las Vegas and Phoenix standards. Low state taxes, rational state spending and the absence of unreasonable regulatory burdens all contribute to making Utah a favorable climate in which to do business. Utah Land for Sale positions its new owners to partake in the success of one of the fastest growing states in the nation.