The name "Utah" is derived from the name of the Ute tribe. It means "people of the mountains" in the Ute language. According to other sources "Utah" is derived from the Apache name "Yudah" which means "Tall". In the Spanish language it was said as "Yuta", subsequently the English-speaking people adapted the word "Utah".

Tourism is a major industry in Utah. With five national parks, Utah has the third most national parks of any state after Alaska and California. In addition, Utah features seven national monuments, two national recreation areas, seven national forests, and numerous state parks and monuments.

Utah's ski resorts are primarily located in northern Utah near Salt Lake City, Park City, Ogden, and Provo. Between 2007 and 2011 Deer Valley in Park City, has been ranked the top ski resort in North America in a survey organized by Ski Magazine.

Utah features many cultural attractions such as Temple Square, the Sundance Film Festival, the Red Rock Film Festival, the DOCUTAH Film Festival, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Temple Square is ranked as the 16th most visited tourist attraction in the United States by Forbes magazine, with over five million annual visitors.

 

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UTAH NATIONAL PARKS

Like Picasso’s blue period, Utah national parks are variations on a theme - petrified Jurassic sediments sculpted by wind, water and time - but each one exhilarates in its own way.

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SKI IN UTAH

While The Greatest Snow on Earth® has been our slogan since 1962 it wasn’t until the statement was stamped on Utah license plates in 1985 that it became a household saying.

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SLC DOWNTOWN

Downtown is the oldest district in Salt Lake City, Utah. The grid from which the entire city is laid out originates at Temple Square, the location of the Salt Lake Temple.