Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

#11 in Best Things To Do in Salt Lake City
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Key Info

Route 150

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Free Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest boasts 2.1 million acres of Mother Nature. Encompassing seven wilderness districts in total, this national park offers a diverse array of landscapes – ranging from verdant fields to rocky mountainsides – as well as plenty of opportunities to hike, bike and camp.

Recent visitors raved about the beauty of the area and highly recommend bringing a camera and wearing sturdy walking shoes, as there are plenty of trails you'll want to explore (many vary in length and skill level, so check the website before you go to properly plan ahead). If you don't have time for a hike, consider a scenic drive instead. The 37-mile Mount Nebo Scenic Byway is popular for its stunning views of the Utah and Nephi valleys, especially during the fall when the leaves change.

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The park is accessible every day of the year, and there is no entry fee required to enter the park, except for American Fork Canyon ($6), Mirror Lake Highway ($6) and Millcreek Canyon ($3 per car). For more information, visit the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest website.

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Temple Square's three-block, 35-acre plaza is home to nearly 20 attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's anchored by the towering Salt Lake Temple – where, among other things, weekly meetings of the church's governing bodies are held – and other fascinating buildings like the expansive Tabernacle and the Gothic-style Assembly Hall, which offer insight into the history and development of the church. You should also stop by the Family History Library, the largest genealogy library in the world. Once you've toured the sites, stroll through the square's scenic gardens and past the gurgling fountains.

Recent travelers recommend taking a free, guided tour of the square and also mention that you don't have to be particularly religious to find it of interest. Tours are not scheduled, but knowledgeable docents are available every day between 9 a.m. and 4, 7 or 8 p.m., depending on the month. Tours begin on the hour and meet at the flagpole west of the temple. Visitors are also welcome to attend the Sunday morning concerts in the Tabernacle, as well as the Thursday evening choir rehearsals (7:30 p.m.), both put on by the renowned Tabernacle Choir.

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