THE Beehive State could easily have been nicknamed the "Mountain State."
That's because mountains can be found in all of the state's 29 counties. (Although Colorado has taller mountains, it contains a vast eastern plain that occupies a third of its land mass.)
There are almost 250 named mountain peaks in Utah that exceed 10,000 feet in height and many more that lack names. Kings Peak — Utah's highest point — sits at 13,528 feet above sea level.
The state's mountains are a critical part of the environment. For example, the mountains are watersheds and store snowpack, making Utah much more inhabitable than it would otherwise be as the nation's second-driest state.
They also help create Utah's "greatest snow on Earth" and offer other recreational opportunities, such as hiking and biking.
Can you pass this "Utah Mountains 300" test?
4. If you hike near the biblically named Gog and Magog formations, you are near what county high point?
5. Name two significant Utah hikes that travel over something other than paving or dirt.
6. What Utah peak is surrounded by water and is the tallest point within a 10-mile area?
7. What is Park City's highest mountain?
8. What prominent Wasatch Mountain peak lost more than 50 feet of height in 1959 but stands taller than ever today?
9. What is the tallest peak in the Oquirrh Mountains?
10. What was the last major Utah mountain range to be surveyed and named?
-Can you decide:
1. For whom was Utah's tallest peak, Kings, named?
-NOTE: The author, Lynn Arave, is available to speak to groups, clubs, classes or other organizations about Utah history at no charge. He can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org