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America's Alps: The Rocky Mountains

Updated on April 7, 2012

On your mark. Get set. Come!

Are  you ready for a trip to the mountains?
Are you ready for a trip to the mountains? | Source

There are hills like you find on a golf course, or "back East."

Then there are "bench mountains" which in most other parts of the world would be called mountains.

And then there are the real mountains, right here in America; mountains where the world comes to ski on "The Greatest Snow On Earth!" right here in Utah, USA.

If you are a skiier, you will recognize such world famous names as Alta, Snowbird, Park City, Sundance, Solitude, Brighton, Deer Valley, and other resorts in Utah.

The combination of cold air from the Gulf of Alaska and warm, moist air from America's southwest, provide the mountains of Utah with its unique snow and the long skiing season at most of these resorts which typically open for skiing by the Thanksgiving holiday in late November, and continue right on to spring skiing as late as June for a ski season of six months.

The highest peaks in the Utah portion of the Rocky Mountain Range are Mt. Nebo in the south,whose elevation is 11,928 feet; Mt. Timpanogos (with photos below) at an elevation of 11,749 feet, and King's Peak in the north with an elevation of 13,528 feet (the highest peak in Utah.)

While the State of Maine boasts itself as "Vacationland," the same could be said of Utah. When the ski season is over, hiking, camping, boating, fishing, river rafting, and scenic touring take over with Utah seeing a 2011 estimated six and one half billion dollars in income from traveler and tourist spending in the state.

Several of the links provided below have wonderful photos and information about the Utah portion of America's Alps. No matter what activities and interests draw you to Utah, you will find a hospitable people and world class service to make your vacation in this western vacationland both enjoyable and memorable.

If you bring along your camera, you can spot bison, eagles, elk, moose, mule deer, bear, and all kinds of "critters" with guides and information centers to lead you to the special seasonal events such as Pioneer Day (a state holiday on July 24th each year) rodeos, antique car shows, balloon festivals, ethnic celebrations, and museums galore, with the ballet, symphony, theater companies, and professional sporting events to also thrill you.

The late John Denver sang of Rocky Mountain highs, and putting Utah and its Rocky Mountains at the top of your destinations list, is one sure way to experience them!

Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Mt. Timpanogos (the west side)

Mt. Timpanogos with "bench mountains" in the foreground.
Mt. Timpanogos with "bench mountains" in the foreground. | Source

Long may she wave....

Mt. Timpanogos, bench mountains, and valley floor.
Mt. Timpanogos, bench mountains, and valley floor. | Source

How do you visualize Utah?

Do you visualize Utah as a dry, desert state, or one with fertile green valleys and snow-capped mountains?

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Unfortunately, Perspy, I don't have a lot of natural photos of the area, so you have beaten me and I concede graciously. I grew up there and all, but did not take any pictures highlighting the beauty of the area.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Credence 2: Sounds as if I beat you to it with this one, but I know your experiences and knowledge can treat the Colorado Rockies royally, too. How about one with some of your photos and commentary?

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      I can relate, I have many relations that live in the Salt Lake area, Wasatch mountains of Utah. Also, I have spent the majority of my life living in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies. I have worked in Rocky Mountain National Park as part of my career. It will always be home. Thanks for the reminder.


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