We’re well into spring and summer is fast approaching, bringing with it beautiful sunny weather made for exploring the outdoors.
Luckily the Salt Lake Valley, immediately surrounding Salt Lake City, Utah, is fast establishing itself as an internationally-renowned destination for outdoor recreation. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a vacation to this beautiful valley or are a long time resident, there is something out there for you.
We present to you the top 10 outdoor attractions for you to check out while the sun it out. Get out there and explore!
6) Bingham Canyon Copper Mine
Currently owned and operated by the Kennecott Company, the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine is among the largest open-air mines in the world. It descends nearly ¾ of a mile; in its history miners have extracted more than 16 million tons of copper. It’s also visible from space! Check out the mine’s visitor’s center for a number of fascinating exhibits on this eye-opening Utah landmark, just west of Herriman and the Daybreak community.
5) Red Butte Garden & Arboretum
Located on the east side of Salt Lake City near the University of Utah campus toward Lookout Peak. This beautiful landmark boast a picturesque walking trail into the mountain, amid a gorgeous meadow of flowers. The facility is also host to an open-air concert series in the summertime featuring some big name acts!
4) Fifth Water Hot Springs
South of Salt Lake City and just east of Spanish Fork, a 2.5 mile hike from the parking area will take you the calm, invigorating waters of Fifth Water Hot Springs.
Located in Diamond Fork Canyon, a series of natural spring pools vary in temperature and there is even a waterfall!
3) Sailing on the Great Salt Lake
Not a great place for swimming but the Great Salt Lake is renowned for its outstanding sunsets. Sailing charters are a great way to experience the expansive lake and its ideal for all skill levels. Many charters disembark from the Great Salt Lake Marina, west of Salt Lake City and West Valley City off I80.
2) Antelope Island
Like taking a trip back in time, Antelope Island, just west ofFarmington is essentially devoid of any infrastructure. Many hiking and biking trails allow visitors to take in the sights and sounds fully. You may encounter any number of the indigenous species including wild coyotes, pronghorn, elk, waterfowl and even bison.
1) Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Explore an alien underground world with guided tours. The entry to the caves are reachable after a brief, 1.5 mile hike. You’ll glimpse awe-inspiring sites on your way, experience a new world and hear thrilling stories of cave exploration and science on your way through one of the guided cave tours. The trail head is accessible just east of Alpine and Highland.