Hike, bike, climb or paddle in near SLC; the Wasatch Mountains and Great Salt Lake are waiting!
Tucked into a bend of the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City is a magnet for outdoor lovers. Go east, and you’ll find alpine lakes and rugged peaks. To the west, the expansive Utah desert stretches across to Nevada. Whether you want to hike, rock climb, ski, or paddle, SLC is the place to be. For a camping experience like no other, drive 40 miles to the Great Salt Lake. At Antelope Island State Park, mountains rise from the glassy waters. Watch for bighorn sheep as you hike high above the water or bike along the shore. Three campgrounds welcome tents and RVs, and several outfitters offer bike, horse, and gear rentals. When the mountains are calling, you must go—and Big Cottonwood Canyon is a great place to start. Sleep among the pines at Spruces Campground, and wake up for a hike to Donut Falls. One of the most beautiful SLC campgrounds is Albion Basin in nearby in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Here, you’ll wake up to wildflower-covered meadows and trails that wind through rocky peaks. Are all of the Forest Service campgrounds full? Do as the locals do, and create your own backcountry campsite high in the mountains. Fish from the shore at Silver Lake or marvel at the view from Rudy’s Flat campground. Camping is possible year-round near Salt Lake City, but spring through fall offers the warmest weather. Summers can be crowded, so it’s a good idea to reserve campsites in advance. Winter brings heavy snow; year-round RV parks in Park City make it easy to hit the local ski resorts.