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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

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

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.;

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.

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.

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.

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 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).

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.



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,


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


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.


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

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.

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 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


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,


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,


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,


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,


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


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.


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

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,


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.


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


8731 W. 10305 South


4800 W. 6400 South


1664 E. 4800 South

David Gourley

4300 W. 5015 South


2230 E. 3425 South

Granite Park

2700 E. 10000 South


3700 S. Main


3275 S. 3200 West


3600 S. 6000 West

Jordan River Trailhead

2320 S. 1000 West


8941 W. 2600 South

Pleasant Green

3250 S. 8400 West


5840 S. 700 West

Sugar House Park

2100 S. 1602 East

Tanner Park

2700 E. 2760 South


4721 S. Redwood Rd.


7360 S. 700 East

Valley Regional

5100 S. 2700 West

Wheeler Historic Farm

6351 S. 900 East, 264-2241


Utah Geological Survey

Natural Resources Map & bookstore

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

Map sales, 537-3320,

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


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:


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


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.


6030 W. 1300 South, 974-6902


Highway Conditions


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.

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