How The West Was Wet

With its rugged tree-lined canyons, soaring mountain vistas, and dramatic stone formations, the West is full of breathtaking beauty. Its diverse landscapes were carved over centuries by a precious and potent resource—water that once ebbed and flowed throughout the region as rivers, lakes and even seas.

Today, however, our home state of Utah is the second driest in the U.S., receiving a mere 13 inches of rain annually. With a population rising faster than the mercury on an August afternoon, the lack of moisture throughout the region is leaving many wondering if water holds the key to future, as well as our past.