Settled by Mormon pioneers whose modern-day counterparts currently
account for roughly 60 percent of the
state population, Utah has become a
favored destination among baby boomers looking for a stable economy and
prime recreational offerings. With 255
days of sunshine annually, Utah’s average daily temperatures range from 21 to
91 degrees. In addition to consistently
dry summer days, the state’s arid climate
also results in generous amounts of dry
mountain snow that’s perfect for skiing.
Once known as Deseret and nicknamed the Beehive State, Utah’s three
principal regions offer a rare blend of
mountain and desert living. National
parks, recreational opportunities and
cultural events complement a robust
business climate that’s driven by the
youngest workforce in America.
The centerpiece of Northern Utah
is Salt Lake City, home to the Great Salt
Lake, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a
cornucopia of cultural events, including
the symphony, opera and ballet. Thirty
minutes to the east, the resort town of
Park City hosts the world famous Sun-
dance Film Festival.
Central Utah’s farms and deserts
serve as a bucolic middle ground, with
mountains to the north and canyonlands to the south. The sparsely populated area, which features several prehistoric sites, was once home to Robert
LeRoy Parker, aka Butch Cassidy, who
eventually left his home outside Cir-cleville to ride the Outlaw Trail.
The natural beauty of Southern
Utah has inspired countless photographers and filmmakers to memorialize
wind-sculpted monuments in national
parks such as Arches, Canyonlands and
Bryce Canyon. Tourist towns like Moab
have done much to accommodate the
arrival of newcomers.
The essential beauty of Utah can be
found as much in its natural features
and unexplored spaces as it can in upscale cities and thriving towns, an easy
marriage of the ancient and modern
that promises the best of both worlds.