County seat: Moab; origin of county
name: the Colorado River, which flows through the county, was first
called the Grand River; principal cities/towns: Moab (3,971);
tourism, agriculture, livestock, mining; points of interest: Arches
National Park, Manti-LaSal
National Forest, Colorado River, Dead
Point State Park.
is situated on the Colorado Plateau in eastern Utah. The plateau includes
two-thirds of the state of Utah as well as parts of Colorado, New Mexico,
and Arizona. Composed mostly of sandstone and limestone, the plateau
has been eroded by large rivers and other water and wind sources into
huge canyons and other complex erosional forms that make it a rugged
but scenically spectacular region.
Much of the Colorado
Plateau in prehistoric times was inhabited by the Anasazi. Arriving
perhaps as early as the time of Christ, the Anasazi disappeared sometime
around A.D. 1300, perhaps fleeing a period of prolonged drought or hostile
Navajo invaders. Today, the remains of their cliff houses and their
rock art delight more recent visitors to the land.