Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City lies in a mountain valley with the Wasatch Mountains to the east and the Oquirrh (pronounced “oaker”) Mountains to the west. The University of Utah campus sits on the valley’s east bench, with a backdrop of towering mountain peaks and captivating views of the valley and the Great Salt Lake.
A beautiful, safe and vibrant city, Salt Lake combines the amenities of a major metropolitan area with the friendliness of a small city. The city itself has 180,651 residents, but the population of the Salt Lake Valley is more than 1 million. Frequently listed by national magazines and Web sites among the “best places to live” due to its recreational options, the business environment, climate and low crime rate, Salt Lake is the 50th largest metropolitan market in the United States. The Salt Lake International Airport is just minutes from downtown and the city’s ever-expanding light rail transit system runs through campus to University Hospital.
In the heart of downtown is a sustainably designed, walkable urban community of residences, offices and retail stores. Known as City Creek, the area encompasses 20 acres across three blocks. Upon completion of the project in 2012, Salt Lake will be one of only a few cities in the nation with a vibrant, mixed-use development at its core.
Recreational opportunities abound with several professional sports teams (NBA’s Utah Jazz, Real Salt Lake soccer, and baseball’s Triple A Salt Lake Bees), lively entertainment and night life, diverse dining options, shopping, and a rich cultural scene featuring a symphony, opera, ballet, theater, and museums.
At an elevation of 4,330 feet above sea level, Salt Lake City is Utah’s capital and gateway to the state’s renowned landscapes and outdoor recreational areas. The city is a well-known ski destination, having hosted the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Skiers continue to flock to Utah to enjoy the “greatest snow on earth.” In addition to its 14 ski resorts—a majority of which are located within 30 minutes to an hour of Salt Lake, Utah boasts five scenic national parks (with five more within a day’s drive), a variety of golf courses allowing for year-round play, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, a picturesque Lake Powell, and numerous other outdoor activities. For a quick getaway, the historic mining town of Park City is just a 30-minute drive from Salt Lake.