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The Great Salt Lake Basin is attractive to visitors year round, with a wealth of recreational opportunities. The Great Salt Lake basin is centrally located within the Western US, with transportation infrastructure that makes it easily accessible. An international airport is located near the center of the Great Salt Lake Basin.

Park City, Utah Home to a wealth of recreational opportunities, the Great Salt Lake Basin is attractive to visitors year round. The mountainous nature of much of the region makes popular activities such as hiking, biking, boating, skiing, camping, fishing, hunting, and many others. Located at the heart of the Great Salt Lake Basin, Salt Lake City is a major metropolitan area and provides a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities. Salt Lake City is also home to a major international airport making travel into and out of the basin easy.

Historic Park City, located just east of Salt Lake City, provides the opportunity to enjoy many of these recreational activities in a very relaxed and picturesque setting. Once a booming mining town, Park City is now known for its historical Main Street shopping and nightlife and its proximity to several major ski areas, summer mountain resorts, and Legacy Venues from the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Ski Utah!

Utah ski map Home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Utah is known for having the Greatest Snow on Earth. The unique topography and climate of the region just to the east of Salt Lake City combine to produce snow totals that can exceed 500 inches per year at some of the major resorts! The following figure shows the location of the many major ski resorts located within a short distance of Salt Lake City. These resorts have a variety of terrain ranging from beginner to advanced. Follow this link to access current snow and weather conditions at the major resorts.


An international airport is located near the center of the Great Salt Lake Basin in Salt Lake City, and commute times to any of the interesting locations within the basin from the airport are relatively short. The figure below shows the 70 nonstop destinations of daily departures from the Salt Lake City Airport.

Salt Lake City Airport Routes

In addition, two major interstate highways (I-15 and I-80) and an extensive network of state highways and local roads provide easy transportation to nearly all of the interesting locations within the basin. Follow this link for an official State of Utah highway map from the State of Utah Department of Transportation.

Map of Utah's major highways


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