Resource Guide 

Pin It
Favorite
MUSEUMS, ZOOS, GARDENS AND GALLERIES ALONG THE WASATCH FRONT


Utah had the first state agency in the nation dedicated to preserving and maintaining visual artwork, starting in 1899. Museums with connections to indigenous and pioneer Utah are listed here, along with other popular regional attractions.



American West Heritage Center



4025 South Hwy. 89-91, 800-225-3378



Located in Wellsville in Cache County, this place offers a chance to travel back in time. They hold mountain man rendezvous, a 1917 Baseball Tournament, an 1850s pioneer settlement and covered-wagon rides.www.americanwestcenter.org



Beehive House



67 E. South Temple, 240-2671



Brigham Young’s home with pioneer furnishings and a Mormon-recipe restaurant.



Bingham Canyon Mine



25 miles southwest of Salt Lake CityThe world’s first open-pit copper mine, dating back to 1906, has a visitor’s center inside the mine itself with exhibits and videos. Designated a National Historic Landmark, Kennecott Utah Copper’s mine is the largest human-made excavation in the world, visible even from space. Open Apr. 1-Oct. 31.



Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art



Center of Liberty Park



Traditional art and artists from Utah’s ethnic, native, occupational and rural communities. Archives accessible by appointment. Free concert series Monday evenings during July and August.



Clark Planetarium



The Gateway, 110 S. 400 West, 456-STAR



The new, state-of-the-art planetarium features a 206-seat star theater, a five-story 208-seat 3-D IMAX theater and 10,000 square feet of exhibit space.clarkplanetarium.org



Downtown Farmers’ Market, Pioneer Park



300 S. 200 West, 333-1103



A local growers’ market featuring fresh produce, baked breads and pastries, cheeses, meat and seafood, jams and honeys, plants and arts and crafts. Vendors also offer prepared foods and beverages. Open Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.



Family History Library



30 N. West Temple, 240-2331



Contains over 2 million rolls of microfilm containing copies of original records from more than 100 countries including census, land and probate and other records of genealogical value. www.lds.org; www.familysearch.org



Fort Douglas Military Museum



32 Potter St., 581-1710



Uniforms, weapons, vehicles and models showing the history of the fort.



Gardner Village



1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan, 566-8903



Bricklined paths and specialty shops surround the historic Gardner Mill. www.gardnervillage.com



Gilgal Garden



749 E. 500 South



Hidden in the middle of the city and now owned by it, Gilgal is known for its eccentric handcrafted stone art. There is a 25-ton sphinx with the face of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith, depictions of biblical stories and a tribute to Masons.



Hogle Zoo



2600 E. Sunnyside Ave., 582-1631



Housed on 42 acres since 1931, the zoo provides an oasis for 1,100 animals representing more than 250 species. Closed only Christmas and New Year’s days. hoglezoo.org



Living Planet Aquarium



522 S. 400 West, 320-9951



Actively explore the coral-reef system with tide-pool touch tanks and other interactive marine exhibits in this still-under-development learning facility.



Museum of Church History and Art



45 N. West Temple, 240-3310



Exhibits on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, artwork by LDS artists and, usually, an interactive exhibit for children.



Pioneer Memorial Museum



300 N. Main, 538-1050



Large collection of pioneer artifacts, including dolls, with a library for descendents conserved by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers in a four-story house and two-story carriage house.



Red Butte Garden and Arboretum



300 Wakara Way, University of Utah, 581-4747



The largest botanical site in the Intermountain West has a 1,500-acre arboretum with over 9,000 specimens of trees and shrubs from around the world. There are miles of hiking trails and acres of gardens to explore. Through October, the monumental bronze sculptures of Robert Wick, incorporating native plants, are in the Garden.



Salt Lake Art Center



20 S. West Temple, 328-4201



Changing first-rate exhibits of contemporary art and installations.



Thanksgiving Gardens at Thanksgiving Point Resort



Exit 287 off I-15, Lehi, 768-4999



A 55-acre masterpiece of themed gardens, with an enormous human-made waterfall as backdrop. www.thanksgivingpoint.com



This Is the Place Heritage Park Museum



2601 Sunnyside Ave., 582-1847



Old Deseret Village is a living history museum re-creating a typical community between 1847-1869. There are adobe houses, the Brigham Young Forest Farmhouse, shops and an information center. Open Apr.1-Sept. 1.



Tracy Aviary



589 E. 1300 South, Liberty Park, 596-8500



Established in 1938 and located on 7.5 wooded acres within a city park, the aviary houses some 400 birds of 135 species and cultivates about 100 varieties of plants. Free-flying summer bird shows.



Utah Museum of Fine Arts



410 Campus Center Dr., University of Utah, 581-7332



This is the only general art museum in Utah and presents a comprehensive view of civilization. Exhibits include Greek antiquities, paintings by European masters, contemporary American art and an extensive collection of Utah art. The museum’s impressive collection of traditional African art, focusing on four cultures, will be shown through Sept. 14. utah.edu/umfa



Utah Museum of Natural History



1390 President’s Circle (200 South), University of Utah, 581-6927



Discover Utah’s singular geological beginnings, dinosaur exhibits, native peoples and cultures along with two special exhibitions on caves (with one you can explore yourself). umnh.utah.edu



Wheeler Historic Farm



6351 S. 900 East, 264-2241



Activity barn, wagon rides, art galleries, historic demonstrations, antique displays, antique farm machinery building on 75 acres of farm and park land.



SPORTS AND RECREATION


SALT LAKE AREA RESORTS


The ski resorts hiding in the mountains beyond Salt Lake City average 500 inches of snow annually. But most people don’t realize resorts are excellent for summer sports as well.



Alta Ski Area



Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta, 359-1078 or 800-STAY-ALTA



Many lodging properties nearby are available at off-season discounts.



Brighton Ski Resort



Star Route, Brighton, 532-4731 or 800-873-5512



Go mountain biking, rock climbing or hiking at this Big Cottonwood Canyon resort.



The Canyons



4000 Parkwest Drive, Park City,



435-649-5400 or 800-754-1636



Horseback tours, gondola rides, mountain picnics at 8,000 feet.



Deer Valley Resort



PO BOX 1525, Park City, 435-649-1000,



800-424-3337



Lift-assisted mountain biking on over 50 miles of trails, hiking in cool mountain temperatures.



Park City Mountain Resort



PO BOX 39, Park City, 435-649-8111 or



800-227-2754



The Alpine Slide, ZipRider, mountain biking, a climbing wall and Human Maze, Diggler scooters and horseback riding.



Powder Mountain



Ogden Canyon, Eden, (801) 745-3772



Mountain biking and Intermountain Cup bike races.



Snowbasin Ski Area



PO BOX 460, Huntsville, (801) 399-1135



Ride the Needles Express Gondola 2,310 vertical feet up the mountain, then stroll, hike or bike on 25 miles of manicured trail.



Snowbird Ski And Summer Resort



Little Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird, 933-2222 or 933-2200



Ride the gondola up the mountain and hike down. Drop the kids at the day camp and take the adventure ropes course followed by a visit to a world-class 28,000-square-foot spa with rooftop pool. Then dine at one of the resort’s fine restaurants. Snowbird plans to offer weekend skiing this year through July 4th.



Solitude Ski Resort



12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude, 534-1400 or 800-748-4754



Scenic lift rides, mountain biking, hiking, disc golf and fishing, plus a spa.



Sundance



Provo Canyon, Sundance, 800-892-1600



Robert Redford chose the east side of Mount Timpanogos, some of the most breathtaking terrain the state offers, as the site of Sundance, his luxury resort. Fine dining, outdoor theater, author readings in the Tree Room, art classes and yoga early every morning.



Utah Olympic Park



PO BOX 980337, Park City, 435-658-4200



The only facility of its kind in the United States, Utah Olympic Park offers Xtreme and Ultra Ziplines, bobsled rides (with a certified driver), guided tours, the Alf Engen Ski Museum, sports camps for children and adults. For more information, visit utaholympicpark.com.



Bonneville Seabase



9390 West Hwy. 138, Grantsville, 800-840-3874



Designed for safe, open water snorkeling and scuba diving, this is a geothermally heated, saltwater, high-altitude miniocean that’s home to abundant marine life. Before or after diving, relax in their mineral spring water hot tub. www.seabase.net



Salt Lake Stingers



Franklin Covey Field, 77 W. 1300 South, 485-3800



The AAA affiliate baseball team for the Anaheim Angels.



Salt Lake Real



Rice-Eccles Stadium, 451 S. 1400 East, 581-UTIX



SALT LAKE AREA GOLF COURSES


Salt Lake City is known for golf courses that cover all ability levels and offer a variety of terrain. From nine-hole courses for novices to 18-hole championship-caliber links, the Salt Lake Valley has the right course for you.



Cottonwood Country Club



1780 E. Lakewood Drive,277-2691



Hidden Valley Country Club



11820 S. Highland Drive, 571-0583



Willow Creek Country Club



8300 S. 2700 East, 942-1954



Bonneville Golf Course



954 S. Connor St., 583-9513



Eaglewood Golf Course



1110 E. Eaglewood Drive, North Salt Lake, 299-0088



Fore Lakes Golf Course



1285 W. 4700 South, Taylorsville, 266-8621



Forest Dale Golf Course



2375 S. 900 East, 483-5420



Glendale Golf Course



1630 W. 2100 South, 974-2403



Glenmoor Golf Course



9800 S. 4800 West, South Jordan, 280-1742



Jordan River Par-3 Golf Course



1200 N. Redwood Road, 533-4527



Lakeside Golf Course



1201 N. 1100 West, West Bountiful, 295-1019



Lynn F. Pett Murry Parkway Golf Course



6345 S. Murray Parkway Blvd., Murray, 262-4653



Meadowbrook Golf Course



4197 S. 1300 West, 266-0971



Mick Riley Golf Course



421 S. Vine, 266-8185



Mountain Dell Golf Course



Parleys Canyon, I-80 exit 134, 582-3812



Mountain View Golf Course



2400 W. 8660 South, West Jordan, 255-9211



Mulligan’s Golf & Games (Golf & Miniature Golf)



692 W. 10600 South, South Jordan 254-3377



Nibley Park Golf Course



2730 S. 700 East, 483-5418



Old Mill Golf Course



6080 S. Wasatch Blvd., 424-1302



Riverbend Golf Course



12800 S. 1040 West, Riverton, 253-3673



Rose Park Golf Course



1386 N. Redwood Road, 596-5030



Schneiter’s Pebblebrook Golf & Recreation



8968 S. 1300 East, Sandy, 566-2181



Stonebridge Golf Club



4415 Links Drive (2400 S. Bangerter Highway), West Valley City 957-9000



Thanksgiving Point



3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, 768-7400



University Golf Course



University of Utah, 581-6511



West Ridge Golf Course



5055 S. West Ridge Blvd., West Valley City, 966-4653



Wingpointe Golf Course



3602 W. 100 North, 575-2345



NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS AND MONUMENTS


There are more than a dozen national parks and monuments in Utah, more than in any other state, all within a day’s drive of Salt Lake City. The farther south you drive, the redder the rocks become. The Forest Service administers most of the mountainous areas near Salt Lake City. You can reach the National Park Service at (435) 719-2100 and the Forest Service at (801) 524-3900. Due to dangerously high water levels this spring, many hikes (like the Narrows in Zion) and slot canyons have been temporarily closed. But waterfalls are more numerous and spectacular this year due to the runoff.



Arches National Park



5 miles north of Moab, U.S. Hwy 191,



435-259-8161



The collection of eroded sandstone formations here are the largest of their kind in the United States. A road winds past many of the arches and most others can be reached by hiking.



Bryce Canyon National Park



270 miles south of Salt Lake City, off Utah Hwy 12, 435-834-5322



The landscape of Bryce Canyon ranges from fantastical to eerie. Unique geology conditions resulted in columns and spires that must be seen. Sunrise and sunset over the canyon is particularly enchanting.



Canyonlands National Park



20 miles south of Moab, Utah Hwy 313,



435-719-2313



Chopped into three distinct sections by the Colorado and Green Rivers, Canyonlands is best experienced off-road or on the rivers. Island in the Sky offers amazing vistas. Only sturdy hikers and bikers should try The Maze.



Capitol Reef National Park



230 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah Hwy 24, 435-425-3791



Named for the white sandstone that resembles the buildings in Washington, D.C., Capitol Reef is dominated by colorful formations and cliffs.



Cedar Breaks National Monument



25 miles east of Cedar City, Utah Hwy 14 to Utah Hwy 148, 435-586-9451



Cedar Breaks is home to painted cliffs and colorful spires, with nearby forests that are home to some of the world’s only bristlecone pines, the oldest living things on the planet.



Dinosaur National Monument



20 miles east of Vernal, Utah Hwy 149,



970-374-3000



In addition to the world’s largest quarry of Jurassic fossils anywhere, Dinosaur offers fantastic rafting on the Green and Yampa rivers.



Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area



45 miles north of Vernal, off Hwy 191,



435-784-3445



Known for some of the best trout fishing in the state, the park extends to Wyoming and covers over 200,000 acres.



Glen Canyon National Recreation Area



691 Scenic View Dr., Page, AZ, 928-608-6200



Situated on the Utah-Arizona border, the area surrounds Lake Powell, a favorite vacation spot for water-skiers and houseboat cruisers.



Golden Spike National Monument



25 miles west of Brigham City, Utah Hwy 83, 435-471-2209



Commemorated here is the historic occasion of May 10, 1869, when the Union Pacific rails met and the country was connected. This is also the starting point for a visit to the SPIRAL JETTY, Robert Smithson’s world-famous Earthwork.



Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument



300 miles south of Salt Lake City, U.S. Hwy 89, 435-826-5499



The newest addition to our trove of national monuments, Grand Staircase has 1.7 million years of fabulous desert topography and geology.



Hovenweep National Monument



The scenic southeast corner of Utah, 43 miles southwest of Cortez, Colo., 435-719-2313



Visit six dwellings of pre-Columbian Pueblo Indians.



Natural Bridges National Monument



East of Lake Powell, Utah Hwy 95, 435-692-1234



Centered around three natural bridges cut by the Colorado and her tributaries, Natural Bridges offers great hiking and camping.



Rainbow Bridge National Monument



Northeast of Page, Ariz., Lake Powell, 928-608-6205



Most accessible by boat from Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the largest freestanding natural bridge.



Timpanogos Cave National Park



East of American Fork, American Fork Canyon, 801-756-5238



In close proximity to Salt Lake City, the Cave is reached via a 1.5-mile hike and includes three separate limestone caverns. Bring a jacket; it’s cold in the caves.



Wasatch-Cache National Forest



801-524-3900



For information regarding fishing, camping, hiking or picnicking in the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City, contact the National Forest Service.



Zion National Park



325 miles south of Salt Lake City, Springdale, 435-772-3256



From the wide-mouth canyon near Springdale to the bottleneck canyons of the Narrows, Zion impresses from start to finish, offering evidence of six distinct geological epochs.



STATE PARKS


There are a number of parks throughout the Salt Lake area and the rest of the state that are administered by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation. For camping reservations call the Division of Parks, 322-3770 or 800-322-3770. You can also visit its Website at www.stateparks.utah.org.



Antelope Island State Park



4528 W. 1700 South, Syracuse, 773-2941



The largest island in the Great Salt Lake can be reached via a seven-mile causeway from the town of Syracuse, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City. Home to a variety of wildlife, including a buffalo herd and often annoying insects, the island features sandy beaches and a boat marina.



East Canyon State Park



5535 S. Hwy 66, Morgan, 801-829-6866



Just east of Salt Lake City is a 680-acre lake and forest area.



Great Salt Lake State Park



Exit 104 from I-80, west of Salt Lake City, 250-1898



Don’t let the smell or the bugs stop you from thinking this is a must-see salt-water lake. The Great Salt Lake extends over 2,000 square miles and is saltier than the ocean. The park features a marina and picnic areas.



Historic Rail Trail State Park



Park City, 435-649-6839



Hike, mountain bike, horseback ride or cross-country ski on this 28-mile trail where motor use is banned.



Jordan River State Park



1084 N. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, 801-483-5473



This park follows the Jordan River north to south through Salt Lake City, offering walking and biking trails, an exercise course and spots to land a raft or canoe. Salt Lake City artists (with the help of several youngsters) just completed two environmental artworks here: Bend in the River at approximately 1150 S. 1000 West, and the Labyrinth at about 1550 S. 1110 West



Rockport State Park



I-80 East to Wanship, Exit 156, 435-336-2241



This Is The Place Heritage Park



2601 Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City,



801-582-8247



Site of the Mormon pioneers entry into the Salt Lake Valley.



Willard Bay State Park



900 W. 650 North, #A, Willard, 435-734-9494



Freshwater lake open year-round for fishing, plus campsites and marinas.



COUNTY PARKS AND FACILITIES


Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation provides more than 60 facilities ranging from small city parks to vast recreation centers. For information concerning locations, availability and reservations, contact County Parks at 483-5473 or 368-2560.



Parkswith Reservation Facilities


Big Bear



930 E. 9695 South



Big Cottonwood



4300 S. 1300 East



Canyon Rim



3100 S. 3100 East



Copperton



8731 W. 10305 South



Cougar



4800 W. 6400 South



Creekside



1664 E. 4800 South



David Gourley



4300 W. 5015 South



Evergreen



2230 E. 3425 South



Granite Park



2700 E. 10000 South



Harmony



3700 S. Main



Hillsdale



3275 S. 3200 West



Hunter



3600 S. 6000 West



Jordan River Trailhead



2320 S. 1000 West



Magna



8941 W. 2600 South



Pleasant Green



3250 S. 8400 West



Riverview



5840 S. 700 West



Sugar House Park



2100 S. 1602 East



Tanner Park



2700 E. 2760 South



Taylorsville



4721 S. Redwood Rd.



Union



7360 S. 700 East



Valley Regional



5100 S. 2700 West



Wheeler Historic Farm



6351 S. 900 East, 264-2241



MAPS


Utah Geological Survey



Natural Resources Map & bookstore



1594 W. North Temple, Suite 3110, Salt Lake City, 537-3300.



Map sales, 537-3320, http://mapstore.utah.gov



Maps for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife, fishing, and geology.



Swimming Pools


Centennial (Outdoor)



3100 S. 5600 West, 840-2338



Crestwood (Outdoor)



1700 E. Siesta Dr., 424-0621



Dimple Dell (Indoor)



10670 S. 300 East, 495-1480



Draper (Outdoor)



657 E. Vestry Rd., 495-1445



Fairmont Aquatic (Indoor)



1044 E. Sugarmont Dr., 486-5867



Gene Fullmer (Indoor)



8015 S. 2200 West, 563-8440



Holladay Lion (Indoor)



1616 E. Murray-Holladay Rd.,424-0621



Magna (Outdoor)



3250 S. 8400 West, 250-2194



Liberty Park (Outdoor)650 E. 900 South, 538-2096



Mary Jenson (Indoor)



10300 S. Redwood Rd., 253-4404



Northwest (Indoor)



1300 W. 300 North, 596-0072



Redwood (Outdoor)



3100 S. Redwood Rd., 974-6923



South County (Outdoor)



12765 S. 1125 West, 253-4404



Salt Lake City Sports Complex (Indoor)



645 S. Guardsman Way, 583-9713



Steiner West (Indoor)



855 W. California Ave., 974-2420



Taylorsville (Outdoor)



4914 S. 2700 West, 967-5006



Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center (Indoor & Outdoor)



5624 S. 4800 West, 966-5555



West Jordan (Outdoor)



8125 S. 2200 West, 569-5090



CITY PARKS AND FACILITIES


Salt Lake City Parks and Recreation offers sports and other activities at more than 60 parks, 10 swimming pools, two tennis complexes, a youth recreation center and two aquatic centers. The phone number is 972-7800. A partial listing of facilities:



Parks:


Children’s Garden



At Liberty Park, 972-7800



Glendale Youth Recreation Center



855 W. California Ave., 974-2420



Kiwanis-Felt Center



440 S. 900 East, 538-2064



Sunnyside Park



1600 E. Sunnyside Ave., 972-7800



Tracy Aviary



At Liberty Park, 596-8500



AMUSEMENT CENTERS


Lagoon Amusement Park



275 Lagoon Drive (15 miles north of SLC just off 1-15), 451-8000



The state’s largest amusement park features one of the nation’s oldest wooden coasters as well as kiddie rides, games, a water park and plenty of other hours of fun.



Raging Waters



1200 W. 1700 South, Salt Lake City, 972-3300



A great place to be during the summer heat, at Raging Waters you can lounge in the wave pool or get shot out of a tube.



Seven Peaks Water Park And Golf Course



1330 E. 300 North, Provo, 801-373-8777



Utah’s largest water park features all kinds of fun, including numerous slides, pools, volleyball areas and picnic facilities.



Hollywood Connection



3217 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, 973-4386



The area’s newest amusement center features all kinds of great rides, games, skating and food as well as a megaplex of cinema screens.



RECYCLING INFORMATION HOTLINE


6030 W. 1300 South, 974-6902



TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION


Highway Conditions



964-6000



Utah Transit Authority/Bus Information/Trax System



PO BOX 30810, Salt Lake City, 801-RIDE-UTA (743-3882). Utah’s light-rail system travels from the Sandy Civic Center to downtown Salt Lake City and up 400 South to the University of Utah and University Hospital.

Pin It
Favorite

Latest in News

  • The Life Outside

    Six months after delivering watershed speech, Spencer Cox reflects on equal rights, family and virality.
    • Dec 7, 2016
  • Silent Survivors

    A women-only shelter might be insufficient to address needs of sex workers and the crime that often accompanies them.
    • Nov 30, 2016
  • Gauging HB 348

    Some consider penalty reduction bill a silver bullet for much-needed prison reform.
    • Nov 23, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Photo Finish

    Conservationists seek rare Utah wolverines and lynx
    • Apr 22, 2015
  • Growing Pains

    A real-estate deal threatens the end of an era for Pierpont Avenue tenants
    • May 20, 2015

© 2016 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation