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Utah is a Western state in the United States. By strict definition, hitchhiking appears to illegal in Utah. However, many people successfully hitchhike through every year. According to digihitch.com, hitchhiking is technically illegal if:
- A person is WALKING purposefully while FACING TRAFFIC either on a SIDEWALK or (if not available) the OUTSIDE edge of the highway SHOULDER while CLEAN & SOBER and NO SIGNS were present at the entrance of the highway prohibiting pedestrians.
Utah has many beautiful places, with a large percentage of wild land as well as state and national parks. The northern part of state is more heavily populated, while parts of central and Southern Utah are virtually uninhabited. Culturally, Utah is very religious, with a a very high concentration of Mormons. Traditionally, Mormons treat travelers very well, although this may not hold true for hitchhikers who are often seen as vagrants. Many people from all over the state go buy their alcohol in Wyoming, so you could try to hitch from liquor stores there.
As a guideline, the state is generally divided into 3 sections: Northern, Central and Southern.
Northern Utah consists of it's most populated areas, generally starting around Spanish Fork up to the border of Idaho. Major cities in Northen Utah include: Salt lake city, Provo, Ogden, Logan and Park City.
Central Utah ranges from Spanish Fork down approximately to Gunnison. There are no "major" cities in this area with the exception of Price.
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