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Golden Spike National Historic Site

Golden Spike National Historic Site JupiterCompletion of the world's first transcontinental railroad was celebrated here where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869. Visitors can enjoy railroad exhibits, archaeological artifacts, films, steam locomotives and a visitor's center.

 

 
Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Explore an underground world of stalactites, stalagmites and clear underground pools. Beautiful colors and rock formations abound on this guided tour of the 3 caves. A 1 1/2 mile long paved trail rising over 1000 feet in elevation leads to the cave entrance. The trail itself provides spectacular views of American Fork Canyon.


 

National Parks State Parks


Golden Spike National Historic Site - Completion of the world's first transcontinental railroad was celebrated here where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869.  Visitors can enjoy railroad exhibits, archaeological artifacts, films, steam locomotives and a visitor's center.

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail - Departing from Nauvoo, Illinois, in February 1846, thousands of Mormons crossed into Iowa seeking refuge from religious persecution. They spent the next winter in the Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska area. Early in 1847, Brigham Young led an advanced party west, generally paralleling the Oregon Trail, to Fort Bridger, Wyoming, where they turned southwest and eventually came to the Great Salt Lake.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument - Timpanogos Cave National Monument sits high in the Wasatch Mountains. The cave system consists of three spectacularly decorated caverns. Each cavern has unique colors and formations.

National Forests

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest - The Uinta scenic beauty offers unlimited recreational opportunities any season of the year. Whether you are a hiker, skier, camper, or horseback rider, the Forest can provide the recreational experience you are seeking. There are 500 miles of trails criss-crossing the Forest

 

Ski Resorts

Alta Ski Resort - Alta is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City.  The resort offers 2,200 skiable acres, 116+ runs and 2,020 feet of vertical drop.  (801) 359-1078.

Beaver Mountain Ski Resort - Beaver Mountain is located near Logan.  The resort offers 1,600 skiable acres, 22 runs and 1,600 feet of vertical drop.  

Brighton Ski Resort - Brighton ski resort is located up Big Cottonwood canyon near Salt Lake City.  The resort is the oldest ski resort in Utah and features 850 skiable acres, 64 runs and 1,745 feet of vertical drop. 

The Canyons ResortThe Canyons Resort is Utah's newest ski resort located west of Park City.  The resort offers 2,700 skiable acres, 100 runs and 3,190 feet of vertical drop. 

Deer Valley Resort - Deer Valley Resort is located in Park City and offers 1,750 skiable acres, 84 runs and 3,000 feet of vertical drop.  

Park City Mountain Resort - Park City is Utah's largest ski town.  The resort offers winter and summer activities for the whole family.  The resort features 3,000 skiable acres, 97 runs and 3,100 feet of vertical drop.  

Powder Mountain Ski Resort - Powder Mountain is located near Ogden.  The resort offers 1,600 skiable acres, 72 runs and 1,300 feet of vertical drop.  

Snowbasin Resort - Snowbasin Resort is located near Ogden.  The resort offers 1,800 skiable acres, 39 runs and 2,400 feet of vertical drop. 

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort - Snowbird is located in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City.  The resort offers over 2,500 skiable acres, 66 runs and 3,240 feet of vertical drop. 

Soldier Hollow Resort - Soldier Hollow in Wasatch Mountain State Park hosted 23 events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.  With Mt. Timpanogos as a spectacular backdrop, Soldier Hollow offers year-round recreational opportunities in mountain biking, hiking, camping, snow-shoeing, biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Solitude Ski Resort - Solitude is located in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City.  The resort features 2,200 skiable acres, 63 runs and 2,047 feet of vertical drop. 

Sundance Mountain Resort - Sundance is a year-round mountain community on 6,000 pristine acres at the base of 12,000 ft. Mount Timpanogos in the north fork of Provo Canyon.  The resort offers 450 skiable acres, 41 runs and 2,150 feet of vertical drop.

Nordic Valley Ski Resort - Located in Eden near Ogden.  The resort offers 85 skiable acres, 18 runs and 1,000 feet of vertical drop.  

BLM Recreation Sites

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 attract thousands of visitors, commercial film makers, and high-speed auto racers.

Central Pacific Transcontinental RR Grade - This 90-mile route winds through remnants of railroad camps, towns, and trestles. There are interpretive signs at points of interest, as well as the visitor center and museum at Golden Spike National Historic Site.

Clover Springs - The clear, bubbling waters of a natural spring gave this site its name. Cottonwood trees frame the campground that sits at 6,000 feet and is a popular trail head for hikers and horseback riders.

Knolls - Nearly 36,000 acres of sand dunes, hills, and mud flats located in the Great Salt Lake makes knolls a perfect OHV play area.

Pony Express Trail - Relive a dramatic part of the West's history as you travel the same trail that Pony Express Riders covered over 100 years ago. You can stop at stations and modern interpretive sites along the Backcountry Byway where exhausted riders once rested before they raced on to complete their 1,800-mile mail run.

 

 

 


Antelope Island State Park - Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. It is reached via a 7.5 mile causeway.

Bear Lake State Park - Bear Lake is nestled high in the Rocky Mountains on the Utah-Idaho border. Water-skiing, swimming, scuba diving and sailing are favorite activities.

Camp Floyd State Park Museum - This former military post quartered the largest troop concentration in the United States from 1858 to 1861.

Deer Creek State Park - Deer Creek Reservoir lies in the southwest corner of beautiful Heber Valley and consistently provides some of Utah's finest year-round fishing.

East Canyon State Park - East Canyon Reservoir is a 680-acre boating and  year-round fishing delight nestled in the mountains northeast of Salt Lake City.

Flight Park State Recreation Area - This unique recreation area is the perfect place to fly! Paragliders and hang gliders of all skill levels use this site to learn and gain flying experience. Maintained in partnership with the Utah Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.

Great Salt Lake State Park - A marina with 300 slips is available for year-round boating on the lake that seldom freezes.

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail - The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park is a 28-mile trail for non-motorized use.

Hyrum State Park - Hyrum State Park invites boating, year-round fishing, waterskiing, camping and swimming on a 450-acre lake in northern Utah.

Jordan River OHV Center - Jordan River State park is located between North Temple and 2200 North in Salt Lake City and extends 4.8 miles.

Jordanelle State Park - Jordanelle Reservoir is located in a picturesque mountain setting near Heber City. The park offers an array of recreational opportunities near the Wasatch Front.

Rockport State Park - Rockport Reservoir features first-rate, year-round fishing, waterskiing, swimming, sail boarding and sail boating.

This Is The Place Heritage Park - Take a walk into the past at This Is The Place State Park. Old Deseret is a living historic village that recreates a typical community between 1847 and 1869. See the sights of daily pioneer life and visit adobe houses, shops, schools, churches and sites of cultural activities.

Utah Lake State Park - At Utah Lake you can fish year-round for channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass and several different species of panfish in Utah's largest fresh water lake.

Wasatch Mountain State Park - Wasatch Mountain State Park, in beautiful Heber Valley, is Utah's most developed state park. Tucked away in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, the park is both a summer and winter wonderland.

Willard Bay State Park - Willard Bay rests atop the Great Salt Lake flood plain in northern Utah. Its 9,900 acres of fresh water provide boating, waterskiing and year-round fishing for crappie, walleye, wiper and catfish.

 

Other Outdoor Recreation

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge - Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is located at the mouth of the Bear River in northwestern Utah.  The refuge contains over 74,000 acres of vitally important migration and production habitat for birds. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded at the Refuge and approximately 60 species breed here.

Causey Reservoir - Causey Reservoir is situated in a timber setting 15 miles northeast of Ogden, Utah at the 5,700-foot elevation, with a 140-acre surface area on the South Fork of the Ogden River.

Currant Creek Reservoir - Currant Creek is situated in a timber setting southeast of Heber City.  The reservoir offers great fishing, camping, hiking, hunting and other outdoor recreation.

Echo Resort - Situated in an open setting north of Coalville, Utah. Reservoir is at the 5,560-foot elevation with a 1,450-acre surface area. Recreation use is moderate and seasonal. Reservations are accepted at certain sites.

Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge - Fish Springs NWR marsh is a magnet for migrating birds. Nearly 270 species of birds have been observed on the refuge.

Fort Buenaventura Park - Fort Buenaventura was the first permanent Anglo settlement in the Great Basin. Facilities at the fort include picnic areas, a canoeing pond, the replica fort including three cabins and restrooms.

Heber Valley Railroad - The Heber Valley Railroad is Utah's magnificent steam passenger railroad.  It's an historic tourist attraction based in Heber City, Utah.  Trains cross the farmlands of the Heber Valley, follow the shore of Deer Creek Lake and descends into a majestic and breathtaking canyon.  The track follows the Provo River to Vivian Park in Provo Canyon.

Lost Creek Reservoir - Lost Creek is situated in an open setting northeast of Croydon, Utah at the 6,000-foot elevation. The narrow lake is wakeless, with 360 surface acres.

Newton Reservoir - Situated in an open setting with shoreline trees. Located north of Newton, Utah at the 4,770-foot elevation with a 290-acre surface area.  Activities include boating, fishing, camping and water sports.

Pineview Reservoir - Situated 10 miles east of Ogden, at the 4,900-foot elevation with a 2,870-acre surface area. Managed recreation season is May through October.  Activities include hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking and water sports.

Pony Express Trail - Relive a dramatic part of the West's history as you travel the same trail that Pony Express Riders covered over 100 years ago. 

Stateline Reservoir - Stateline Reservoir is on the east fork of Smiths Fork within the Wasatch National Forest in Utah, is about 1/2 mile south of the Utah-Wyoming State line.  Activities include hunting, fishing, camping, boating and picnicking.

Strawberry Reservoir - Strawberry Reservoir is located 25 miles southeast of Heber City.  The reservoir offers great fishing, boating and camping areas.