What are the best outdoor activities in Salt Lake City?

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Larry Olmsted

Skiing and snowboarding are what most people associate with Salt Lake, and it’s easy to see why: four world-class ski resorts sit within 30 minutes of downtown and five more within an hour. The snow here is better (drier) and there is more of it than almost anywhere in the nation, earning it the nickname, “The Greatest Snow on earth.” But here is much more to do in the mountains, canyons and forests surrounding the city. All year round, guided rafting trips are run on the popular Green and Yampa rivers. The 28-mile historic Union Pacific Rail Trail is a great place for leisurely biking, while avid mountain bikers can explore the trails of Little and Big Cottonwood canyons just outside the city. For hikers there are tons of choices, but one of the closest is the Desolation Trail to the Salt Lake overlook sits in Millcreek Canyon just outside the east edge of the city. There are several public golf courses - and great values - right in Salt Lake City and more in the immediate area, including Sandy, UT. Nearby Park City has its own slew of unique outdoor adventures, from winter bobsled rides and ski jumping at the Utah Olympic Park to new state of the art zip-lines at its ski resorts. Salt Lake is one of the most outdoor oriented cities in the world with no shortage of adventures.

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