|Leaving Arizona, we drove into the Beehive State. Can you name the state, what its capital is and why it is nicknamed the "Beehive" state? If you guessed Utah, you are correct. Its capital is Salt Lake City. Can you find it on a map? Brigham Young led 3000 Mormon people across the country to Utah and they settled in the Salt Lake area. Between 1847 and 1877 they created 350 other Mormon colonies, working as hard as bees in a hive, which is how Utah got its nickname. It is home to the Great Salt Lake which is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. It is 75 miles long and 35 miles wide and so salty that you float and it is hard to swim in the lake. Utah is home to many famous things. It has 13 national parks and monuments, the most famous being Zion and Bryce National Parks. We have visited 3 others in the area. CanyonLands, Arches and Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado while we were in the area. Utah is one of the states that makes up the "Four Corners." It is the only place in the United States where 4 states come together at one place. Can you name the other 3 states? They are Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. We had planned to visit the area but it is closed until mid-summer for repair. Utah is also home to biggest human-made pit in the world. The pit is about 1/2 mile deep and 2 1/2 miles wide. It is an open-pit mine. Can you guess what they are mining for? It is still a working copper mine and one of the world's most productive mines. Utah is also home to the first east/west tracks of the intercontinental railway. The Pacific and Union Pacific railway lines were joined at Promontory Point in 1869 after four years of construction. Utah became the 45th state in the U.S. in 1895.