Utah, The Beehive State

Utah, The Beehive State

by Sandra Merville Hart Utah’s nickname is the Beehive State. It earned this nickname from the Mormons, who arrived there in 1847. The Mormons believe in working hard much as bees do. The Ute were Native American tribes who lived in Utah and Colorado. Ute means “land of the sun.” The word is also interpreted as “high -up.” This is how Utah got its name. The early history of Utah The Ute, Shoshone, and Paiute were living in Utah when two Spanish explorers, Silvestre Velez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio Dominguez, made maps of the area in the late 1700s. In 1847, a religious group called the Mormons built the first permanent white settlement in the Salt Lake Valley. First Transcontinental Railroad The Union Pacific Railroad met the Central Pacific...

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Over 1,000,000 tourists visit the Arches National Park in Utah every year. They find the amazing natural sandstone arches. Over 2,000 beautiful arches   Sandstone arches are large red rock semi-circles. Over 2,000 of these beautiful arches have been discovered inside the park. Some have crumbled over time and others may still be forming. Delicate Arch Delicate Arch is the park’s most famous arch. The opening under the arch is 64 feet in height. Some fun historical names for the arch are Cowboy’s Chaps and Old Maid’s Bloomers. A three-mile trail leads to Delicate Arch. The path passes Wolfe Ranch cabin. Ute Indians carved images (called petroglyphs) into a wall near the trail. Landscape Arch The largest arch is Landscape Arch, which has an...

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Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument has a treasure for everyone who loves the big animals that lived in Utah so long ago. Visitors can see dinosaur remains embedded in rocks. Quarry Exhibit Hall   A wall containing about 1,500 dinosaur bones, located in Quarry Exhibit Hall, fascinates all visitors. Fossils of several different dinosaurs are embedded in the wall. See the bones of an Allosaurus, who stood about as tall as a giraffe on powerful hind legs. See fossils of a Stegosaurus. These animals grew about the size of an elephant with a double row of bony plates down its back. Gaze at the stars Stay at the monument until evening when the stars come out. Because it’s one of the darkest places in the United States, tourists can clearly see stars of the Milky Way. A...

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

If you like looking at stars in the night sky, Bryce Canyon National Park is a wonderful place to visit. Because it’s one of the darkest places, visitors to the park can see about 7,500 stars without a telescope. The park offers astronomy programs. Bryce Canyon Paintbrush The Bryce Canyon Paintbrush is a beautiful, rare flower that only grows in southern Utah. “Hoodoos” The park was established in 1928. Located in Utah, it has 2,000,000 visitors each year to see the oddly shaped pillars of rock known as “Hoodoos.” These can be as short as your dad to as tall as a ten-story building.   Things to do There are 50 miles of hiking trails in the park, as well as horseback rides, campgrounds, picnic areas, and ranger programs. There...

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Over two million people visit Zion National Park in Utah every year. Steep cliffs and deep, narrow canyons make this park a scenic place to visit. Park is 229 square miles Nature filled Zion with 229 square miles of wondrous sights. High plateaus (high level ground) and 2,000-foot Navajo Sandstone cliffs are just some of the sights. Pine and juniper trees dot the hillsides. The Virgin River, springs, and waterfalls add beauty to the scenery. Ride with a Ranger Shuttle Tours Take one of the shuttle tours with a ranger to find out more about the Park. These begin at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center and last about 90 minutes. Take a scenic drive A five-mile scenic drive at Kolob Canyons shows the red canyons. There are trails and places to stop along the road. Ranger...

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