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Fifty States

Mountain States map

Mountain States

The Rocky Mountains are the dominant geographic feature of this region of the West. Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming are among the most sparsely populated states in the contiguous 48 and have a fairly dry climate. The eastern edge of this region levels off to broad, rolling prairies.

Southwest map

The Southwest

The Southwest has a varied topography and climate. States such as Arizona and New Mexico, in the western portion of the region, have large expanses of desert as well as canyons, mesas, and buttes, while states such as Oklahoma and Texas, in the eastern portion, are characterized by broad grasslands. The Grand Canyon, located in Arizona, is one of the most remarkable geographical features of the region — and the entire United States.
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