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Easily accessed, the Wasatch Range offers some of the state's best outdoor opportunities -- rock climbing and skiing in the Cottonwood Canyons, beautiful peaks, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Wasatch Range is a mountain range that stretches about 160 miles from the Utah- Idaho border, south through central Utah in the western United States. It is generally considered the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains, and the eastern edge of the Great Basin region.[1] The northern extension of the Wasatch Range, the Bear River Mountains, extends just into Idaho, constituting all of the Wasatch Range in that state.....Opinions vary on the origin of the name Wasatch. In Southern Paiutes: Legends, Lore, Language and Lineage, author LaVan Martineau recounts the origins of Wasatch told to him by Utes he interviewed:...."The Utes told me what the word 'Wasatch' means. They said that one time many Indians lived there between Heber and Provo. One day the men were out hunting when a big blizzard came up and they lost one of the hunters. When they found him he was dead and his penis was frozen stiff. They therefore called the place Wuhu' Seai Frozen Penis. Francis McKinley, a Ute Indian Chief, tells the same story." [2]....Since the earliest days of settlement, the majority of Utah's population has chosen to settle along the range's western front, where numerous river drainages exit the mountains. The mountains were a vital source of water, timber, and granite for early settlers. Today, eighty-five percent of Utah's population lives within 15 miles of the Wasatch range. This concentration is commonly known as the Wasatch Front urban area and has a population of just over 2,000,000 residents. Salt Lake City lies between the Wasatch Range and the Great Salt Lake.....At 11,928 ft (3,636 m), Mount Nebo, a triple peak rising above Nephi, Utah, at the southern end of the range, is the highest peak of the Wasatch. In many places the mountains rise imme