Utah, the 45th state is famous for its thriving Mormon community, but it’s also known for fabulous pastrami and for hosting the Sundance Film Festival.
Also known for dinosaur fossils, some 75 million years ago, Utah was part of a landmass called Laramidia. It was hot, swampy, and full of dinosaurs.
Now it’s the 2nd driest state in the US, after Nevada. Utah averages 300 sunny days a year.
Other tidbits include the fact that Utah is the only state where every county contains some part of a national forest. With its 84,900 square miles, Utah ranks as the 11th largest state.