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Talk Like a Utahn - Correct Pronunciations

How To Correctly Pronounce Utah's Names and Places

Several of the words and place names we Utah'ns say every day might give a newcomer pause as to how they are correctly pronounced. Here is some help with a few of them.
  • Tooele - too-ell'-uh: A city (and county) west of Salt Lake. Most people get this one wrong.
  • Escalante - Es-ca-lant': The locals do not pronounce the final e.
  • Hogle Zoo - Hoh'-gle zoo: A long o sound.
  • Moab - Mo'-ab: Utah's slickrock biking mecca
  • Wasatch - Wah'-satch: The mountain range bordering the east side of Salt Lake
  • Timpanogos - Timp-uh-no'-gus: A peak (and National Monument) in Utah county
  • Oquirrh - Oh'-kirr: The mountain range bordering the west side of Salt Lake
  • Sego Lily - Say'-go Lily: Utah's State Flower
  • Uintah - you-in'-tuh: A mountain range, National Forest, and county in Utah.
  • Abajo Mountains - uh-bah'ho Mountains: A mountain range in Souteastern Utah
  • Duchesne - Du'-shane: A county in central Utah
  • Hurricane - Her'-kin: A town near Zion National Park.

Want to hear what it sounds like? Here is an mp3.
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