The southern Utah region was explored by the Spanish in 1540, led by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado while looking for the legendary Cíbola. A group led by two Catholic priests—sometimes called the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition—left Santa Fe in 1776, hoping to find a route to the coast of California. The expedition traveled as far north as Utah Lake and encountered the native residents. The Spanish made further explorations in the region but were not interested in colonizing the area because of its desert nature. In 1821, the year Mexico achieved its independence from Spain, the region of Utah became part of Mexico, as part of the territory of Alta California. This page may not include all the maps we carry for the state of Utah but these are some of the more popular maps. Please click here to search for the city or region that’s most important to you.