12033 South State Street
Draper, UT 84020
Phone: (801) 571-2511
Fax: (801) 571-2970
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort's facilities are the most comprehensive in the Cottonwoods, with meeting rooms, a variety of shops and an extra large dining patio featuring popular mid-day barbeques. The Wasatch Range's largest gondola totes guests up the mountain to 89 runs that encompass 1,800 skiable acres and span a 3,240-foot total vertical drop. Runs wind through impressive alpine terrain and drop over the backside of the mountain into Mineral Basin. Check website for prices and further details.
Golf Digest rated this Johnny Miller Signature Course the best golf course in the state of Utah. An annual Champions Challenge brings in golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper and Johnny Miller. A large clubhouse, driving range, chipping area and putting green are also on site. A gift shop and the Sunset Grill restaurant adjoin the course. Call to reserve tee times.
The ten acres of gardens here are sure to inspire both serious and novice gardeners with new ideas. A vegetable garden, herb garden, rose garden and water garden are among the areas where visitors can browse and learn. Free classes are offered each week during the spring and summer on square foot gardening and grow-box gardening. The garden shop is well stocked with plants, flowers and garden decor and well staffed with knowledgeable, helpful clerks.
City kids love to visit this park where farm animals of all kinds are displayed and explained. Children are awed by how big the horses are and love to watch the cows get milked. Sheep, goats and ostriches seem as interested in the children as the children are in them. An incubator houses hatching quail and chicken eggs and an aquarium shows off both turtles and fish. A nominal donation is requested.
High on the rocky slopes of American Fork Canyon, in the shadows of Mount Timpanogos (Utah's Wasatch Range), sit three spectacular limestone caves. Each cavern offers a myriad of colors and formations. As visitors journey toward the cave entrance, they will ascend to more than 1,000 feet in elevation, where they will find incredible views of American Fork's tree-lined canyon. The hike to the top can be quite strenuous, but there are less difficult trails at the bottom of the hill for beginners. Tours are limited to about 20 people per tour. Check website for varying dates.
Located on the south side of Salt Lake City, this facility offers year-round chipping and putting greens, as well as a driving range with 30 heated stalls to hit from. The knowledgeable staff is always on hand to help with your swing, and it even uses video recordings to review and correct problems. The price is small for such an experience. The unique and challenging miniature golf course is open during warmer months, and offers two 18-hole courses.
This spacious recreation area in Salt Lake City is full of hiking and biking trails and beautiful scenery. Discover babbling brooks, various designated picnic areas, and rushing waterfalls. Hike along one of the many trails to find a meadow full of flowers or gorgeous vista point perfect for taking in the views. And with such a cheap entrance fee for vehicles, visiting the park with family and friends is a cost effective and fun outdoor activity.
Mach Schnell is a black diamond level ski run in Snowbird that gives experts a chance to practice their craft away from the masses. Not visited by many, this trail has relatively fresh trails and fine powder snow which stays hidden from sunlight for most part of the winter.
The Silver Fox is one of the best trails to explore in Snowbird, with great quality powder snow all along the path. However, it is less crowded than many other ski runs along the slope, making it ideal for some high speed downhill skiing. Running along most of the length of the mountain, the trail also runs directly beneath the Aerial Tram and the Peruvian Express.
Proud of its inexpensive lift tickets, long-held ski traditions and ski-anywhere policy, Alta Ski Area is a favorite among Salt Lake City locals. Although snowboarding is not allowed and slower lifts can lengthen holiday lift lines, locals prefer the resort for its high-altitude powder and pine-covered alpine terrain. Beginners praise the high percentage of easy runs, while advanced skiers appreciate the ski-anywhere policy. Check website for prices and further details.
The largest and most central property of the city's public park system, this 80 acre Liberty Park offers recreational activities for all. Children applaud the Children's Garden and boating pond, playground, amusement park and snack bar. Older visitors enjoy the swimming pool and the tennis park's 16 lighted courts. Recent developments have added a well-conceived interactive map that uses pools and fountains to depict the topography of Utah. Liberty Park is also home to the ever-popular Tracy Aviary, the Chase Mill and the Chase Home Museum of Folk Art.
One of the city's largest parks, the Sugar House Park is a spacious retreat and is also amongst the prettiest parks to see, in any season. Several large pavilions are available for booking, but call early since they tend to go fast. There is a creek running through the park, which feeds into a duck pond on the west end. Stop by for a jog around the paved roads, or walk around the trail that lines the park's outer edge. Or, simply lie in the grass and watch the many squirrels.