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Salt Lake City


Surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City has emerged in recent years as a popular outdoor recreation destination, offering visitors abundant ways to hike, climb, ski, and discover. A yearly snow average of 500 inches draws skiers and snowboarders to Utah from around the world. Not only are there ski resorts in Salt Lake City, but there are more than a dozen others within an hour's drive of the airport. But Salt Lake City's outdoorsy appeal isn't limited to snow. During the warmer months, the city's location within a few hours' drive of 21 National Parks and Monuments—including Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park—makes it an ideal jumping-off point to explore the treasures of the American West. The six-spired Salt Lake Temple that punctuates the Salt Lake City skyline reminds visitors of the city's other defining characteristic: its Mormon heritage. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a popular stop for visitors, who can watch performances, rehearsals, and even daily organ recitals. The Family History Library, where the general public can access extensive genealogy records, is another top tourist attraction. There are many flights to Salt Lake City. Because the airport is the largest in the region, many visitors fly into Salt Lake City on their way to a nearby ski resort or one of the many national parks or monuments in the region.

When To Go

Located along the Wasatch Mountain Range, Salt Lake City is a prime destination for outdoor sports and activities such as skiing, hiking, biking, and fishing. The most popular time to visit is summer, when the weather is warm and dry, and schools are on vacation. Winter is a popular time for ski vacations, but fewer people overall come than in summer due to the chilly temperatures. Spring and fall see pleasant weather and colorful landscapes, with blooming flowers and changing leaves, respectively.

high season: mid-November to mid--April, June to August
low season: mid-April to May, September to mid--November

Winter is high season in the mountains, low season in the valleys, and summer is just the opposite.

Weather Information

Salt Lake City experiences a desert climate, with four distinct seasons. Summers can be fairly warm, with average high temperatures in the high 80s. Fall has mild weather, with changing leaves in the valleys and mountains. Winters can be chilly, with average high temperatures in the low 40s and heavy snowfall in the mountains. Snow in the valleys melts after only a few days. The spring has warm temperatures, with blooming flowers and cool breezes.

Crowd Information

The ski resorts tend to get busy between Christmas and New Year's Day, during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, and over Presidents' Day weekend. The resorts see fewer crowds before Christmas, in early January, and from April through spring closure.

Closure Information

Most hotels, shops, and attractions are open year-round, but water parks are only open in the summer. Ski resorts also operate seasonally, but each one has a different schedule.

When to Save

Since business travel peaks midweek in the downtown area, visiting over the weekend is an ideal time to save money. The least expensive time to visit the mountain resorts is in the summer. Prices can also escalate over holidays, including Christmas through New Year's, Martin Luther King Day weekend, and Presidents' Day weekend.

Information provided by the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau