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Snowbird and Salt Lake City National and State Parks Best hidden secrets Advice

We hope to arrange an afternoon excursion and several post-conference tours which cover some of the following attractions.

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Attractions in Snowbird and Salt Lake City

Recreational opportunities in summer at Snowbird include hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, tennis, swimming, extensive spa facilities, and the Aerial Tram which takes passengers to the top of Hidden Peak in 6 minutes. Deer, elk, mountain goats, and the occasional moose may be seen in the vicinity of Snowbird. Alpine flowers are abundant. There are many other options in the surrounding areas, including bird watching, golf, fishing, boating, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, mountain biking, mountaineering and canyoning, and river rafting.

In Salt Lake City there is a wide selection of restaurants, microbreweries, bars, dance clubs, entertainment and shopping. In the downtown area, popular tourist attractions include Temple Square, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Ballet West, and the Utah Symphony. Outside downtown the Hansen Planetarium, the Utah Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Red Butte Garden, Deseret Village, Tracy Aviary and the Hogle Zoo are worth visiting. Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas hosted the Winter Olympics in February 2002.

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National and State Parks

Within reasonable driving distance of Salt Lake City are many of America's best National Parks and National Monuments; including to the east (about 4 hours drive) Dinosaur; to the southeast (about 4.5 hours drive) Arches, Canyonlands, and, further away, Mesa Verde; to the south (about 6 to 8 hours drive) Bryce and Cedar Breaks, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Natural Bridges, Rainbow Bridge (boat trips leave from Wahweap near Page, Arizona), and Zion; to the southwest Great Basin; to the north (about 7 to 10 hours drive) Grand Teton and Yellowstone; and nearby (about 1 hour drive) Timpanogos Cave.

Also worth visiting are a number of State Parks including Antelope Island (see also these photos) in the Great Salt Lake , Dead Horse Point, Goblin Valley (see also the nearby Little Wild Horse Canyon), and Kodachrome Basin.

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Best hidden secrets

There are other playgrounds such as the Bonneville Salt Flats, Cataract Canyon, Desolation and Grey Canyons, Labyrinth Canyon, Little Sahara, Monument Valley, Nine Mile Canyon, the San-Rafael swell, and Westwater Canyon.

Additional attractions include Antelope Canyon, the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, Buckskin Gulch, Flaming Gorge, Glen Canyon and Lake Powell , the Great Salt Lake , and the Uinta mountains, and the Wind River Range, resort towns such as Deer Valley, Jackson Hole, Moab, Park City, and Sundance Resort, and there are also a number of ghost towns and hot springs. In Cedar City there is the Utah Shakespearean festival with outdoor play performances during the summer. Further afield, but still within a day driving distance one way by car or bus is Las Vegas

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In general the desert areas are very hot in summer and you should be careful to carry plenty of water when driving on remote roads or hiking, and be aware of danger of flash floods in the desert canyons caused by thunderstorms upstream and not necessarily where you are. Be aware of rattlesnakes in the wilderness.

Mountains and other high elevation areas (including Bryce, Zion and the north rim of the Grand Canyon) are pleasant during summer.

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