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The Wasatch Range, often known as the Wasatch Mountains, is a mountain range in western Utah that stretches 160 miles (260 kilometers) south from the Utah-Idaho border to central Utah. It is located on the western side of the greater Rocky Mountains and on the eastern side of the Great Basin. According to William Bright, the mountains were called after a Shoshoni chief named wasattsi, which means blue heron in Shoshoni.

The Wasatch Range is located east of the Great Salt Lake and Salt Lake City, with the Bear River Range at its northern end. Many peaks, notably Mount Timpanogos and Mount Nebo , the highest point in the Wasatch, are located south and east of Salt Lake City. The mountains rise over the lake valley to the west by more than 6,000 feet.

The Wasatch Range’s cities are divided into valleys, listed below in chronological order from north to south.

  • Cache Valley
  • Northern Wasatch Font
  • Salt Lake Valley
  • Utah Valley
  • Snyderville Basin
  • Heber Valley

The majority of Utah’s population has opted to reside along the western face of the Wasatch Range, which is appropriately termed the Wasatch Front. Between Nephi and Brigham City, more than two million people make up about 80% of Utah’s population. Wasatch means “mountain pass” or “low pass over high range” in the native Ute language.

Because of its closeness to Salt Lake City its infamous 11,000-foot peaks, the Wasatch Range has developed a reputation as an outdoor recreation hotspot. Hundreds of miles of mountain biking and hiking trails can be found in the Wasatch Range.

Famous canyons such as Millcreek Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Parleys Canyon, and Big Cottonwood Canyon, and provide access to the Central Wasatch mountains, where rock climbers and mountaineers can enjoy world-class rock climbing and mountaineering on limestone, granite, and quartzite alpine peaks directly above Salt Lake City.

The Wasatch Front’s backyard playground has always been the mountains and cradle mountain adventure towns like Park City and Heber on the Wasatch Back. Despite the fact that the Wasatch Range lacks the highest peaks in the Rockies, it is still regarded as a defining feature of northern Utah.

The 2002 Winter Olympics were the first to show off the region’s natural beauty to a global audience, demonstrating the games’ success through a combination of accessibility and modern infrastructure. The Olympics’ success was aided by a combination of world-class ski resorts, great snowfall conditions, and accessibility to large cities.

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