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Activities in Utah
Often people bring family or friends with them when attending an IOP treatment program. There are many activities and things to do in Utah that will entertain family and loved ones while you attend the program. We have gathered snippets from a variety of websites, brochures and flyers with information about some of the wonderful options that can be found in Utah.
Utah is fortunate have an excellent public transportation system which makes interstate travel for visitors convenient and affordable! Following are transportation services available in Utah:
Charter bus services are available from Le Bus or Lewis Stages.
: : Deluxe Motorcoach service local and nationwide. Offers daily shuttle services between Salt Lake City and St. George with stops by reservation in Provo, Nephi, Fillmore, Beaver and Cedar City. Service to Casinos in Wendover, Nevada run twice every day. Call 1 (801) 466-5001 or 1 (800) 876-5825.
Utah Transit Authority
has service to northern Utah's major cities from Provo north to Ogden, including extensive coverage in the Salt Lake Valley. In winter, specially equipped buses make daily trips to the ski resorts near Salt Lake City. Contact: 1 (801) 743-3882 or call 1 (888) 743-3882.
Commuter Light Rail
A light rail system designed for commuter travel, called "Trax" provides access to Salt Lake City and vicinity. Contact
Utah Transit Authority
for information about schedules and fares.
is a train service from Salt Lake City to the Ogden Area. Trains run throughout the day stopping at: Salt Lake City, Woods Cross, Farmington, Layton, Clearfield, Roy, and Ogden.
In northern Utah, Amtrak makes daily stops in Salt Lake City. In eastern and southeastern Utah, there is service to Helper and Green River. Amtrak trains also stop in Milford in southwestern Utah. Contact: 1 (800) 872-7245.
Experience the peace and tranquility of beautiful Temple Square with a complimentary tour of Utah’s most visited attraction. Tours of the beautifully landscaped 10-acre property are available in 40 languages.
Skiing and Snowboarding
(Best Snow on Earth)
With characteristically light dry powder, and at least four resorts renowned for huge snowfalls with an average of 12.7 metres (500 inches) per season, Utah skiing is certainly up there as a superb powderhound destination.
The profile of Utah skiing has increased since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Many ski resorts in Utah are now considered world class as they continue to develop their infrastructure.
It’s easy to ski Utah because many of the Utah ski resorts are located very close to the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Many of the ski resorts in Utah are within close vicinity of each other so it’s possible to get a taste of multiple ski areas during your stay. Following are the geographical groupings of the Utah ski resorts.
There are three resorts in the Park City area;
Park City Mountain Resort
(no snowboarding) &
The Cottonwood Canyons receive more snowfall than the Eastern slope of the Wasatch range (the Park City area). In Little Cottonwood Canyon (the southeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley) are
(snowboard free) and the interconnected
, which has some very challenging terrain.
Big Cottonwood Canyon is also in the southeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley to the north of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and has
Solitude Ski Resort
Brighton Ski Resort
There are also ski resorts in the Ogden Valley including
Utah State Capitol
For nearly a century, the State Capitol has been one of Utah’s most prominent landmarks. Designed by local architect Richard K. A. Kletting, the Capitol has been home to state government since its opening in 1916.
From 2004 to 2008, the Utah State Capitol underwent one of the largest historical preservation projects in the United States. In addition to safe-guarding the building against the risk of an earthquake, the project also repaired and restored the original beauty and artwork of the Capitol. Each year, thousands of people visit the Capitol to witness its modern magnificence and historic significance.
Utah Jazz Basketball
The Utah Jazz has a winning tradition, built by some of best players ever, including the now-retired hall-of-fame duo of point guard John Stockton and power forward Karl Malone.
Utah fans are noisy! They get into the game and make each contest a memorable event.
The team was born in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz before moving to Salt Lake City in 1980. They struggled through a decade at the bottom, before emerging as perennial contenders in the late 1980s, reaching the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, losing both times to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls.
Throughout its history, the Jazz roster has included notable players including high-scoring Hall of Famer "Pistol Pete" Maravich, one of the most entertaining players in NBA history. In its later incarnation as the Utah Jazz, the team's main drawing cards have been scoring machine Adrian Dantley, and Darrell Griffith, basketball's "Dr. Dunkenstein ". The team enjoyed an era of near invincibility under the leadership of Stockton and Malone. Stockton is the NBA's all-time assists leader, whom many consider the best passer ever to play the game. Malone is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player who averaged 25.0 points per game during his 19-year career.
The EnergySolutions Arena, home of the Utah Jazz, is located just west of downtown Salt Lake City, approximately 10 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport, at 301 West South Temple. It is two blocks from the Salt Palace Convention Center and Temple Square. The Will Call window is located in the main ticket lobby, one flight below the street level, on northeast side of the arena.
For tickets, please visit:
Utah Jazz 1 (801) 355-DUNK EnergySolutions Arena 301 West South Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake (RSL) is an American professional soccer club based in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The team competes as a member of the Western Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS). They play their home games at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real Salt Lake won the 2009 MLS Cup and were runners-up of the 2013 MLS Cup, the 2010 MLS Supporters Shield, the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League, and the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The team's head coach is former MLS goalkeeper Jeff Cassar.
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Local College Sports
There are several local Universities with competitive sporting events throughout the year including: Brigham Young University (Provo), Utah State University (Logan), Weber State University (Ogden), Southern Utah University (Cedar City), Dixie State (St. George), Utah Valley University (Orem). The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City and is a Pac12 school and ranks #47 in the U.S. and #82 in the world (2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ.) – ahead of six other Pac-12 schools. The University of Utah has an outstanding sports program and one of the best gymnastics teams in the country!
Salt Flats (Bonneville)
Imagine a place so flat you seem to see the curvature of the planet, so barren not even the simplest life forms can exist. Imagine the passing thunder of strange vehicles hurtling by on a vast dazzling white plain. This is not an alien world far from earth; it is Utah's famous Bonneville Salt Flats.
The Bonneville Salt Flats is one of the most unique natural features in Utah. Stretching over 30,000 acres, the Bonneville Salt Flats is a fragile resource administered by the Bureau of Land Management. It is located along I-80 near the Utah-Nevada border. Wendover is the closest city.
Thousands of visitors, commercial filmmakers, and of course, high speed auto racers, make the Bonneville Salt Flats a world famous destination. We hope you enjoy your visit to this natural wonder on Utah's public land.
Miller Motorsports Park
With 500+ acres, Miller Motorsports Park is over three times the size of Disneyland™. Join us for world-class racing, memorable corporate or group events and a thrill at every turn!
Miller Motorsports Park is a state-of-the-art racing facility for automobiles, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, and karts located just 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah. It is considered the finest race track of its type in North America. Opened in 2006, Miller Motorsports Park hosts many of the world’s most significant racing series including the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Pro Motocross, and NASCAR. MMP is also home to the Ford Racing School, and to the Boss Track Attack and ST Octane Academy owner programs.
We have karts to suit every driver, whether you are a youngster, an experienced racer or just some friends looking for a good time. Our karts, which will do about 50 mph, are safe and meticulously maintained by our expert staff. Our state-of-the-art, 0.9-mile track has more than 20 difference configurations. It is one of the top karting circuits in North America, and has hosted some of North America’s most prestigious karting events.
Theater and Performing Arts
Abravanel Hall is located in the heart of Salt Lake County. Known for its outstanding acoustics and grand four-story lobby with a spectacular view of downtown Salt Lake City, Abravanel Hall is the home of the Utah Symphony.
In addition to the Symphony, many other artists have graced the Abravanel Hall stage. Concerts by diverse musicians including Jethro Tull and Lenny Kravitz; comedians Jerry Seinfeld and George Carlin; NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion; and lectures by luminaries Jane Goodall and Michael Pollan are just a few of the exciting events presented at the Hall.
The Capitol Theatre
The Capitol Theatre is one of Salt Lake County’s most beloved buildings. A landmark in downtown Salt Lake since 1913, a newspaper reporter at the time described the building as "rich and restful, without vulgar or gaudy display". Vaudevillians, silent movies, and "talkies", were the mainstay in the theatre for years.
Renovated and reopened in 1978 the Capitol Theatre is known today for its elegant turn-of-the century architecture and serves as the home for Ballet West, Utah Opera, Children’s Dance Theatre, and Broadway Across America - Utah.
The Capitol hosts a wide variety of events each season. Recent events include auditions for Fox Television’s So You Think You Can Dance; singer Sinead O’Conner and Jim Brickman; comedian Carlos Mencia; and the annual KUER Public Radio Silent Film night. Large scale productions at the Capitol include
The Phantom of the Opera
Hale Centre Theatre
Hale Centre Theatre (HCT) is Utah's Premiere Family Theatre whose mission is to provide affordable world-class family theatre and theatre education for and by the community. HCT produces plays and musicals year-round in its center stage theatre. HCT opened in 1985 in South Salt Lake and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1997 in preparation to move to its current location in West Valley City in 1998. HCT provides theatre education programs as well as costume rentals.
Kingsbury Hall (Sale Lake City)
Kingsbury Hall is the performing arts center on the University of Utah campus. Our presenting seasons feature some of the biggest names and most talked about emerging artists in the country. Other groups, both local and national, also present performances at Kingsbury Hall, including Odyssey Dance Theatre and Broadway Across America-Utah.
Salt Lake's major regional theatre is located appropriately enough at the top of Broadway (300 South) and 1400 East. A fully professional theatre in-residence at the University of Utah, Pioneer Theatre Company produces a seven-play season running from September through May, including a mixture of classics, large-scale musicals and contemporary dramas and comedies. Over the past ten years the theatre has developed a reputation for Broadway-quality productions, including mounting Utah premieres as well as regional theatre premieres.
Notably, Pioneer Theatre Company was the first regional theatre in the country to earn the rights to produce Les Misérables, the closing musical of the 2006-2007 season. Running for a record 82 sold out performances, Les Misérables cemented PTC's reputation as a theatre capable of producing large scale, difficult productions.
Kennecott Copper Mine Visitor’s Center
At Rio Tinto Kennecott, we mine essential elements that make modern living possible. From medicine, food and shampoo, to cell phones, computers, CAT scans and hybrid electric cars, nearly everything you use today relies on materials that we produce.
Our mine has been a fixture in the Salt Lake Valley for more than 109 years. You may be surprised to know that we are the largest private economic driver in Utah. No other private sector operation has generated more production, exports, income and employment than Kennecott. As such, we take our responsibility to be a strong community partner seriously, through strategic partnerships, foundation contributions and charitable giving.
We also believe in being stewards of the land. Wherever possible, we prevent, or otherwise minimize, mitigate or remediate any potentially harmful effects of our operations on the environment. This practice creates and sustains our business value and reputation. We set self-imposed environmental targets to drive continual improvement. Through our commitment and actions, we strive to be a leader in environmental performance by demonstrating good management of natural resources, responsibly reducing our environmental footprint and exceeding community expectations for sustainable development.
In the Venue (SLC) is one of Salt Lake City's premier live music concert venues, featuring everything from local DJs to live acts on nationwide tours. Housed in one of the oldest night clubs in Salt Lake City, Music lovers the valley over come to In the Venue to see hear and appreciate the best the music industry has to offer.
Our state-of-the-art professional sound system no doubt accounts for much of our mid-sized venue's appeal and proves the emphasis here is on the music. In the Venue (SLC) provides a stand out venue for a more intimate show experience. Smashing Pumpkins, Deftones, Ingrid Michaelson, Katy Perry, The Shins, Pendulum, Imogen Heap, Slayer, Reel Big Fish, Sara Bareilles, My Chemical Romance, and MGMT are just some of the acts to have featured on the In the Venue schedule in recent years. On the horizon such favorites as: Collective Soul, Garbage, and Fun.
Take advantage of our relaxed open air patio or get right up on the front row - feet away from the band! In the Venue (SLC) has something for everyone! From Pop and Rock to Reggae and Blues, Electronica and Hip Hop to Country and Bluegrass - All musical genres make their stop at In the Venue, Salt Lake City.
The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.
Shopping at Gateway
The Gateway is a large open air retail, residential and office complex in Downtown Salt Lake City. It currently contains over 100 stores and restaurants. The Gateway is a destination for many visiting Salt Lake City. The Gateway offers the best combination of shopping, dining, entertainment and beautiful scenery.
The Gateway began as part of Salt Lake City's urban development project, and the first phase was completed prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics that were held in Utah. Other highlights include the
Megaplex 12 at The Gateway
children's museum, and
Energy Solutions Arena
is directly across the street.
In the heart of Salt Lake City, City Creek Center is the retail centerpiece of one of the nation's largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects. This unique shopping environment features a retractable glass roof, a creek that runs through the property, a pedestrian sky bridge and more. This world-class fashion and dining destination offers over 100 stores and restaurants including Nordstrom, Macy's, Tiffany & Co., Michael Kors, Coach, and Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, in a casual, pedestrian-friendly environment.
Library Square Downtown
One of the noteworthy aspects of Salt Lake City's Main Library are the locally-owned and -operated shops and services at Library Square. Drop by the shops inside and outside the Main Library to pick up a thoughtful gift, fresh plants and flowers, locally-made art, the best in graphic novels and comics, or a delicious bite to eat. Services include a writing center to provide the community with the support they need for any writing project and the broadcasting center of KCPW radio.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum of Utah scientists study the past to understand pattern and process, with the belief that this knowledge provides a basis for people to make informed decisions that affect the future. The philosophy of sustainability is a fundamental framework for evaluating such choices. NHMU provides opportunities for students and visitors to better understand their interactions with the natural world and provide a framework for individual and community decision-making. We aspire to lead by example—demonstrating the viability of sustainable choices in our new building and in our operations.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is Utah's primary cultural resource for global visual arts. It is unique in its dual role as a university and state art museum. It is Utah's only visual arts institution that collects, exhibits, interprets, and preserves a comprehensive collection of over 5,000 years of art from around the world.
Hike, mountain bike or horseback ride the park's backcountry trails for spectacular views of lake and island scenery; spend a star-filled night in one of several primitive campsites; stroll along sandy beaches and take a dip in the lake's salty waters or step back in time with a visit to the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch. Antelope Island is home to free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, and many other desert animals. Millions of birds congregate along the shores surrounding the island, offering unparalleled opportunities for birding. Year round Interpretive opportunities round out the Antelope Island experience.
Red Rock Climbing
Utah rock climbing is some of the best and most varied on earth. Red River Adventures offers both guided rock climbing trips and climbing instruction for beginner to expert in Moab, Salt Lake City, Maple Canyon, St George, and Red Rock, Las Vegas. Whether you want a fun and exciting day of guided rock climbing or are looking to expand your climbing skill set through top-notch rock climbing instruction, Red River Adventures has what you are looking for.
Lagoon is an amusement park in Farmington, Utah, United States located about seventeen miles (27 km) north of Salt Lake City. It is privately owned. It has nine roller coasters, four of which are unique; one of these being Colossus the Fire Dragon, which is the only Schwarzkopf Double Looping coaster still in operation (Laser at Dorney Park closed at the end of the 2008 season). The second unique coaster is Roller Coaster, one of the oldest coasters in the world operating since 1921. The third is the park's largest and fastest coaster, Wicked (2007). It was designed by Lagoon's engineering department and Werner Stengel in cooperation with Zierer, a ride manufacturer. The fourth one is BomBora, the newest family coaster.
Lagoon is divided into five main areas: The Midway, containing the majority of the rides and an assortment of carnival type games and food outlets;
which has several exhibits displaying pioneer buildings and artifacts;
, a waterpark which is included in the regular admission price; Kiddie Land with several rides for small children, and the X-Venture Zone featuring more extreme rides that cost extra. Lagoon also offers a full-service RV park, a campground, and a shaded walking trail outside the park that stays open all year.
Paintball Addicts is pleased to offer a playing field perfect for both the serious "tournament" player as well as the recreational player of all skill levels. The field is completely covered by a layer of Astroturf and consists of sup'air bunkers. For those that do not know what sup'air bunkers are, they are basically balloon like structures filled with air very similar to the inflatable yard decorations only much more durable. Our field is cleaned at the beginning and end of each day, and our turf is steam cleaned during the day to ensure the optimal playing conditions. Our field layout is changed on a regular basis as well to make sure that each time you play at Paintball Addicts it is a unique and fun experience.
Utah’s Hogle Zoo dates from 1931 and is located at the mouth of Emigrations Canyon. The Zoo is one of the most-visited attractions in Utah and the top paid-for tourist attraction in Salt Lake City. Its natural terrain covers 42 acres of tree-lined pathways where visitors can view over 800 animals. 2012 was a banner year for the Zoo featuring the opening of Rocky Shores which helped the Zoo reach a new record in yearly attendance: over 1.2 million visitors!
In 2014 Hogle Zoo opened African Savanna – a 4+ acre exhibit featuring the giraffe, zebra, nyala and ostrich mixing and mingling on the grasslands, while African lions look on from Lions’ Hill. The popular Zoofari Express train also returned with the opening of Savanna and features a new eco-friendly engine, wider seats and is now handicapped accessible.
The Zoo continues to strive to provide a safe, fun and educational venue for our visitors. You can read the Zoo’s mission and get information about planning a visit to the Zoo. Don’t miss Asian Highlands which is an amazing re-creation of a Himalayan village and houses five endangered species of Asian cat, including the largest big cat, the Amur tiger. Also on your must-see list is the Elephant Encounter exhibit which features African elephants and white rhinos.
This is the Place Heritage Park is the Place for Summer Fun! And you don't have to like history to love The Park! There is something for every age to do. Step back in time and see the West as it was in the early settlement of Utah. Ride one of three trains, the Jupiter, Blackhawk or the 119, as they tour around the Park. Or enjoy a ride around the pond on the mini train. City kids will love riding ponies, meeting and petting farm animals and don't forget to try your skill at milking Clara Bell the Cow.
Guests love panning for gold. There is no excitement quite like finding a shiny nugget hiding amongst the silt and sand. "Set sail" on the Ship Brooklyn, a one-sixth replica of the original that tells the story of the expedition of pioneers who sailed from New York Harbor over 24,000 miles in search of a new home in the West.
Native American Village
, which celebrates Utah's heritage before the arrival of the settlers. Authentic Navajo Hogan's and Shoshone teepees stand in a quiet circle on the hillside. Grind corn and make arrowhead necklaces.
Interact with a blacksmith, tinsmith, and saddle maker and don't forget to purchase some snake oil from Dr. Quackenbush! Try your hand at some old-fashioned pioneer chores, or at spinning and carding wool. And there's endless old-fashioned fun from the bucket brigade to the Candy Cannon that shoots salt-water taffy during special events. The streets are alive with a variety of musical performers, and be on the lookout for a train robbery!
Created in 1996 by Alan and Karen Ashton, Thanksgiving Point is the gathering place for the rapidly growing communities along the Wasatch Front and throughout the state. Their untold generosity is unparalleled, and the result is this wonderful community resource. In a world that is frenetic, over-programmed, and increasingly disconnected, Thanksgiving Point offers a respite from the demands and stress of daily living.
With quality at the core of what it offers, Thanksgiving Point contributes to the lives of individuals, families, and communities by offering transformative experiences that change lives through the promise of discovery. Hands-on discovery is delivered through innovative educational courses, day camps and field trips. Educational offerings are designed for every age group, from toddlers to adults.
Only 35 minutes from the SLC Airport, Park City's rugged beauty is complemented by over 100 restaurants and bars, open air concerts, numerous spas and health clubs, plays, independent film screenings, a series of world-class events and festivals, and as many kinds of lodging as there are people. If you're into thrills, try out the summertime version of the bobsled at the Utah Olympic Park or challenge yourself at one of several area golf courses.
You can also "shop ‘til you drop" at the
in Park City. They have something for everyone, and all at discounted prices.
The Great Salt Lake
The goal is to not only provide tourists a point of direction as to how to best visit the Great Salt Lake but also to give the local community a new and exciting viewpoint of one of America’s best kept secrets that is located right here in their backyard.
Great Salt Lake is one of several saline lakes found in the United States; however, what makes this Lake different from the others, is its unique ecosystem and location to the population along the Wasatch Front.
Great Salt Lake is home to a species of Brine Shrimp (Artemia Francisca) that is harvested annually by local shrimpers. The wetlands along the shorelines of the Lake are famous for their duck and goose hunting; the waters of Bear River Bay are recognized by Ducks Unlimited as an important resource for Sego Pond weed, an important source of nutrients for the millions of birds that stop here on our Lake during their yearly migrations.
The Lake is one of 17 sites of hemispheric importance for birding with somewhere between five to eight million waterfowl and shorebirds on the Lake at any given time.
Timpanogos Caves may only be entered with a guided tour. Cave tours are offered daily throughout the summer season and are led by park rangers.
Cave tours are 55 minutes long and are limited to 16 people per tour. We recommend that you purchase cave tour tickets before your visit
or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777, using your credit card. Advance tickets may be purchased up to 30 days prior to your visit. Visitors arriving without advance tickets sometimes wait several hours before beginning their tour or are turned away because all tours for that day are sold. See
Fees and Reservations
for more information.
The only access to the cave system is by walking a strenuous 1 1/2-mile-paved trail, which rises 1,092 ft to an elevation of 6,730 feet above sea level. The round-trip hike and tour of the cave system takes about three hours. Mid-summer temperatures on the trail can reach 100 degrees F. However, temperatures in the caves average 45 degrees, so a sweater or light jacket is recommended. Hiking shoes, water, flashlights and sunscreen will make your visit safe and enjoyable.
Because of the steep incline of the cave trail, strollers and other wheeled vehicles are not allowed. Visitors may bring a baby backpack or carrier for hiking to the caves but external frame backpacks (including baby carriers) are prohibited in the cave. Infants may be carried through the cave in front packs. No pets are allowed on the cave trail or in the caves.
Castle of Chaos
A locally run haunted house. Thrills and heart stopping chills are what make it such a gem. Run by the Bernard family, it boasts two massive facilities and dozens of attractions. If you feel a little worn down by the humdrum of day to day living, give this place a visit; they’ll get your blood pumping.
Kangaroo Zoo, Childrens Jump House
A unique indoor active play & celebration environment which caters to the needs and desires of children and parents alike. Personal party rooms for every conceivable celebration.
Get Air, Adults Jump House
Welcome to Get Air! Successfully operating some of the largest trampoline parks in the world.
Exciting fun for everyone! Boondocks provides a variety of entertainment options that appeal to all ages and interests. We strive to create an environment that is safe, clean and inviting for all ages. Boondocks Food & Fun regularly entertains families, businesses, schools and churches. Birthday Parties and Group Events, including company parties, corporate team building events, and school and church outings, represent important business segments for Boondocks. At Boondocks we take great pride in the condition and appearance of our facilities, the quality of our personnel and the level of service that we provide. "Expect Excellence" has become our motto. We encourage each other to strive for excellence in all that we do. It is our desire to have excellence characterize every aspect of the Boondocks experience.
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