According to Abbreviationfinder, with population of 3,205,958, Utah is the 30th largest state among U.S. 50 states, and UT is the two letter abbreviation for Utah. Here, we provide a list of major rivers and mountains in the state of Utah.
Rivers in Utah
The Escalante River is an approx. 145 km long tributary of the Colorado River. The Escalante River flows in southern Utah and is formed by the confluence of the North and Birch Creeks near the city of Escalante. The Escalante River is actually a small, cozy river, but in spring it becomes a torrent.
The Green River is a tributary of the famous Colorado River and flows through the states of Wyoming, Utah and Colorado over a length of approximately 1,175 km. The source of the river is in the mountainous area of the Wind River Range in Wyoming and its confluence with the Colorado River is in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. A special feature of the Green River is that it flows through numerous canyons on its course.
San Juan River
The San Juan River is a tributary of the Colorado that flows through the states of Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. It is 644 km long and flows into Lake Powell. He is particularly known for his fishing grounds near the city of Aztec in New Mexico. It is one of the most productive trout grounds in the United States.
San Rafael River
The approximately 140 km San Rafael River is a tributary of the Green River and flows in central eastern Utah. The San Rafael River mostly flows through the dry Colorado high plateau and is the last major river that flows into the Green River before it flows into the Colorado.
The Sevier River is approximately 616 km long, making it the longest river that flows exclusively in Utah. The upper reaches of the Sevier River are mainly used for irrigation. The mouth of the Sevier River is in the Sevier Lake. However, due to the withdrawal of water from the upper reaches, Sevier Lake dries up.
The Virgin River is an approx. 261 km long tributary of the Colorado River and has been the first “National Wild and Scenic River” in Utah since 2009. The Virgin River is formed by the confluence of the East Fork Virgin and North Fork Virgin in southwest Utah. From there it flows southwest through Arizona and forms the northern arm of Lake Mead in Nevada.
Mountains in Utah
With a height of approximately 4,123 m, Kings Peak is the highest mountain in the state of Utah. Kings Peak is located in northeastern Utah in the Uinta Mountains, which are part of the Rocky Mountains. Kings Peak is also in the High Uintas Wilderness Area. There are a total of 3 routes available to climb the mountain. The southern route is certainly the easiest, even if it is relatively long.
The Abajo Peak has a height of approx. 3,465 m and is located in the southeast of Utah in the mountain range of the Abajo Mountains. The mountain is surrounded by the Manti-La Sal National Forest. From the top of the mountain there are wonderful views of the surrounding landscape, especially the Four Corners region, where the states of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico meet.
The Delano Peak is located in the mountain range of the Tushar Mountains and is the highest point at about 3,711 m. The mountain is surrounded by the Fishlake National Forest in southwest Utah
The mount has a height of approx. 3,879 m and is the highest mountain in the La Sal Mountains in southeastern Utah. Mount Peale is relatively isolated and rises spontaneously, which gives it an outstanding prominence. The best way to climb Mount Peale is from La Sal Pass.
Navajo Mountain, at 3,166m, is located in southern Utah near the border with the US state of Arizona. Navajo Mountain is a free-standing mountain and does not belong to any mountain range. In the Diné language, the mountain is called Naatsis’áán and this means “head of the earth”.
Lakes and reservoirs in Utah
Great Salt Lake
The Great Salt Lake is located in northern Utah. The Great Salt Lake has an area of 4,400 km² and is the largest salt lake in the western hemisphere. The salinity of the Great Salt Lake varies greatly depending on the measuring point and varies from 5 to 27%. This means that the salinity of the Great Salt Lake far exceeds the salinity of the sea and ensures that you float on the water surface almost effortlessly. Despite the high salinity, the Great Salt Lake is not a dead lake and there are some sea creatures here.
Bear Lake is an approximately 282 km² lake that is located in the states of Utah and Idaho. In summer, Bear Lake is a popular destination because of its beaches, but also because of its deep blue color. Anglers will also find a good place here.
Lake Powell in the north of the state of Arizona is a reservoir with an area of approximately 658 km². After Lake Mead, Lake Powell, which also extends to the state of Utah, is the second largest reservoir in the entire United States. The lake was created in 1963 with the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam and was dammed by the Colorado River until 1980, but the lake’s water level has been falling for several years. Nowadays the lake is a popular recreation area. The best starting point to enjoy the lake is the town of Page at the southern end of the lake. The area around the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is around the lake.This protected area is visited by approximately 2 million guests annually. These are spread over 4 campsites and many other accommodation options.
Sevier Lake is an approximately 487 km² large drainless lake in western Utah. The lake is mainly fed by the Sevier and Beaver River. In the past, the lake was often dry and caused numerous dust storms. Since the lake has no natural runoff, the salinity of the lake is extremely high.
With an area of approximately 392 km², Utah Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Utah. The lake serves as a resting place for numerous migratory birds in autumn. Since 1970, the area around the lake has been the Utah Lake State Park, making it a popular local recreation area.