About Life in Utah
Utah offers adventures and activities for every inclination; its diverse landscape and beauty showcase recreational surprises of every sort.
- Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, fishing and camping in local canyons or nearby National Parks. There are eleven national parks and monuments within a one-day drive from Salt Lake, seven of which are located within Utah.
- Play a round of golf at one of 20 area golf courses, or attend professional and college sporting events.
- Utah averages an annual snowfall of over 500 inches of dry powdery snow, aptly nicknamed "the greatest snow on earth." Skiers can get to one of seven major resorts within 45 minutes of downtown Salt Lake. Cross country fans can explore the many canyons surrounding Salt Lake, as well as four major cross-country groomed areas within 40 miles of Salt Lake, including the 2002 Winter Olympic cross-country track. Snowmobiling, hot air ballooning, bobsled rides, and even fly fishing are available during the winter.
- Water sports fans can experience river rafting on the mighty Colorado and Green rivers, or houseboating on fabulous Lake Powell, in addition to camping and boating on Utah's many natural lakes.
- Attend a game with the Utah Jazz, the Bees AAA baseball, the new Salt Lake Real Soccer team, or a Grizzlies hockey game.
- Utah has a thriving cultural arts community. Enjoy plays, music, and dance at Utah's world-class symphony, ballet, contemporary dance, opera, or theatre companies, including the Tony-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival.
The average maximum daytime temperature for the metropolitan area ranges from 37 degrees in January to 93 degrees in July. Annual precipitation varies from less than 5 inches in the Great Salt Lake desert to more than 60 inches in the northern mountain ranges.
For more information, visit the Utah Travel Council.