Utah's State Flag consists of the
seal of Utah encircled in a golden circle on a background of
dark navy blue.
ENTERED UNION: Jan. 4, 1896
FLAG ADOPTED: April 3, 1896 (revised in 1903,
1913, and 2011)
COMMENTS: The flag's basic design uses the Seal
of Utah which was adopted by the state legislature on
April 3, 1896.
The official description of the Utah
State Flag from the Utah Code, Title 63, Chapter 13, reads
"On The state flag of Utah shall be a flag of
blue field, fringed, with gold borders, with the following
device worked in natural colors on the center of the blue
The center a shield; above the shield and thereon
an American eagle with outstretched wings; the top of the
shield pierced with six arrows arranged crosswise; upon the
shield under the arrows the word "Industry," and below the
word "Industry" on the center of the shield, a beehive; on
each side of the beehive, growing sego lilies; below the
beehive and near the bottom of the shield, the word "Utah,"
and below the word "Utah" and on the bottom of the shield,
the figures "1847"; with the appearance of being back of the
shield there shall be two American flags on flagstaffs
placed crosswise with the flag so draped that they will
project beyond each side of the shield, the heads of the
flagstaffs appearing in front of the eagle's wings and the
bottom of each staff appearing over the face of the draped
flag below the shield; below the shield and flags and upon
the blue field, the figures "1896"; around the entire
design, a narrow circle in gold."
State Flag, Utah
State Flag, 1903-1913
State Flag, 1913-2011
- The names Utah, Uinta, and
Wasatch all derive from the Ute people. Utah means
people of the mountains.
- Rainbow Bridge, in the national
monument of the same name, is the world's largest
natural stone bridge.
- The Great Salt Lake is three to
five times saltier than the ocean and the largest lake
west of the Mississippi River. It is the remnant of a
much larger ancient inland sea called Lake Bonneville.
- Utah's spectacular scenery is
preserved in five national parks, seven national
monuments, two national recreation areas, and six
- The world's first
transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869
and celebrated at Promontory where the Central Pacific
and Union Pacific Railroads met. It is now known as
Golden Spike National Historic Site.
- The federal government owns 65%
of the state's land.