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The Ultimate Salt Lake Guide for Meeting Goers

National Parks

This article has some good photos of the parks mentioned - Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Yellowstone, Tetons, etc.

Travel South:

Arches, Red Rocks, and Canyons 

Moab, Utah - 4 Hour Drive from Salt Lake City 

This quaint town is home of 2 National Parks (Arches Canyonlands) and 1 State Park (Dead Horse Point). Moab offers plenty of activities to stay busy for a few days. 

The hike to Delicate Arch at sunrise or sunset is an easy incline and a must see. You will see the Arch feature on most Utah car license plates while you are in the state. 

You can ride the famous Slickrock Bike Trail in two ways via a 4-wheel jeep tour or by bike. You might raft the Colorado River one day or enjoy a light show from a boat on the canyons walls after dark. You can also take in a wine tasting at the Castle Creek Winery featuring the Outlaw Red. At Canyonlands, you'll want to stop for a photo at Mesa Arch. You will immediately recognize the view as it's one the standard desktop backgrounds on Windows 7 in the Landscapes section. Dead Horse Point is the site of the famous ending crash scene in the movie Thelma and Louise. 

The Devil's Culinary Voyage - 

Capitol Reef National Park & Hell's Backbone Grill - 4 hours, 30 min. Drive from Salt Lake

Capitol Reef is a 3 hour & 30 min. drive and the home of the Cafe Diablo restaurant, a Utah favorite. It's also very close to Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid's Robbers Roost Corral. The local's like the Pickle Pie and Pinto Bean Pie at the Sunglow Restaurant, although it might be an acquired taste. From Capitol Reef head another 1 drive across the flat top Boulder Mountain to Hell's Backbone Grill. In the tiny community of Boulder, UT you will find this farm to table restaurant recognized by Zagat, Fodor's, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traverler, and The Wall Street Journal as one of the best in the country. While staying at Boulder Mountain Lodge, you can take a short drive to visit Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Hoodoos & Spires 

Bryce Canyon - 4 Hour Drive from Salt Lake City  

Bryce Canyon is known for it's spire shaped rock formations called hoodoos.  You can take several trails down into the canyon and then hike back up another trail. It's absolutely beautiful.

Southern Utah -   

Zion National Park - 5 Hour Drive from Salt Lake City

Zion is full of steep red cliffs and a river that flows to the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. The Zion Narrows is also a wading hike.

Navajo Country - 

Monument Valley - 6 Hour, 30 min. Drive from Salt Lake City 

You will recognize this landscape from a variety of Western movies from John Wayne to City Slickers. It's a red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border. This is also a great place for shopping for Navajo jewelry.   

Travel North: 

Wyoming Geysers and Mountains - 5 Hour Drive from Salt Lake City 

Jackson Hole is the city gateway to 2 National Parks, Yellowstone and The Tetons. There are two ways to drive to Yellowstone from Salt Lake City: you can also get to its West Gate by traveling north through Idaho.  Yellowstone is home to the Old Faithful Geyser and plenty of wildlife including bears and buffalo. The Tetons are a gorgeous jagged edge mountain range south of Yellowstone.     

Idaho Hot Springs and Mountains - 5 Hour Drive from Salt Lake City 

On the way to Sun Valley you can stop and soak at Lava Hot Springs and visit the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Sun Valley is a ski resort in the winter offering a variety of summer activities. You can also drive west to enter Yellowstone from Idaho.