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  • The Intermountain West is made up of Colorado, Montana, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming. Paradoxically, much of the area of the Mountain states is not mountainous at all. The eastern third to two-thirds of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana are part of the Great Plains. Likewise, much of western Utah is part of the Great Basin. Still, in each of these states, the location of just about everything is described in relation to the Rocky Mountains or their many constituent ranges. Although Idaho is often considered to be a part of the Mountain states, much of it is contiguous with the Palouse of eastern Washington and the semi-arid region of eastern Oregon, which is why it is included with the states of the Pacific Northwest. The Mountain ...

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