ATTRACTIONS: (some major)
Great Salt Lake Desert area, Lake Powell and Colorado River, Flaming Gorge Recreation Area, Bryce Canyon, Grand Escalante National Monument, Monument Valley and Zion National Park. For more attractions and points of interest, follow the links below.
- Beautyphoon: Basic information about the U.S. state of Utah, including state history, geography, population, economy, and politics.
- Salt Lake City
AGREEMENT AND VISITOR’S OFFICE:
- park city
- Provo and Utah Valley
- Salt Lake City
- Electricity: 110/120V, 60Hz
- Times to Travel: With its impressive national parks and rugged terrain, as well as countless natural wonders, Utah offers an exciting family vacation destination, spring, summer and fall. In addition, winter in the Rocky Mountains brings exceptional skiing conditions.
Climate: Utah is known for very low humidity and gorgous days of only sunshine.
Statewide, the average high temperature in July is near 80 degrees, while in January, 30 degrees high is the norm. Severe winter cold conditions do occur in the upper elevation of the mountains.
- Biotionary: Nickname of Utah, covering state overview, travel information and most popular attractions.
Annual precipitation varies from less than five inches over the Desert area of Utah’s Great Salt Lake to more than 50 inches in the northern mountain ranges. Snow often accumulates to depths of 10 feet or more at many Wasatch Ski Resorts.
SALT LAKE CITY
HIGH TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 37/3 (Feb) 40/4 (March) 48/9 (April) 57/14
May 66/19 (Jun) 78/ 25 (July) 89/32 (August) 92/33
(September) 84/29 (October) 70/21 (November) 56/13 (December) 42/5
LOW TEMPERATURES (Fahrenheit / Celsius)
(Jan) 21/- 6 (February) 23/-5 (March) 30/-1 (April) 37/3
May 42/5 (June) 51/10 (July) 60/15 (August) 66/19
(September) 59/15 (October) 48/9 (November) 37/3 (December) 26/-3
To the east of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Range lies the largest ski resort in the area, The Canyons. The quality of the snow here is considered one of the best in the world, the snow is dry, light and fluffy. It thus creates a great terrain for lovers of riding in powder. You don’t even have to worry about falling here, because this kind of snow guarantees a soft landing like a duvet. There is also enough of it to last the entire winter season, which only ends in mid-April. In The Canyons, the weather is often beautiful and sunny, but it can turn into a blizzard in no time. In the mountains surrounding The Canyons, there are many other and no less important resorts such as Alta, Park City, Deer Valley, Solitude and many others. The Canyons offers slopes of all lengths and levels of difficulty, so it can satisfy both children and beginner skiers, as well as the most demanding professionals. In total, there are 155 downhill tracks available to skiers, on which they are transported by 17 lifts and cable cars. The majority of slopes (about 50%) are of an extremely demanding nature, the rest are moderately demanding and beginner tracks. The resort is largely focused on BackCountry, which is freeriding off-piste skiing. Every day, however, explosives must be detonated here in the morning because of the avalanche danger. Snowboarding enthusiasts will also enjoy themselves here, for which 2 terrain parks with six natural halp-pipes have been built. There are also 5 tracks designed for bump riding. A daily ski pass here is significantly cheaper than, for example, in the areas in California, it costs $50-70 for an adult. The season ticket is sold in the form of a card and classic turnstiles work here. Accommodation that is located close to ski terrains is also cheaper.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
The Wasatch Mountain hides an extensive cave system called Timpanogos Cave, which is also a cultural monument. The mountain range in which the cave is located belongs to the American Fork Canyon system located near the city of the same name, in the US state of Utah.
The cave is about 1.5 miles long and steep, but wide and paved enough to be accessible to almost any visitor. This monument is open to the public from May to October, depending on snow conditions. Visitors have the opportunity to explore three main caves: Hansen Cave, Middle Cave, and Timpanogos Cave.
Various formations can be seen inside them, such as rare helictites, or eccentric stalactites. These are karst fillings that grow as if against the laws of gravity. They come in different sizes and shapes and can be twisted, for example, into a spiral. They are mainly caused by strong air flow, but they can also be caused by the presence of impurities or foreign ions in the crystal lattice of calcite. Other karst formations that the caves hide are stalactites, stalagmites, cave boulders, columns, stone waterfalls and some kind of stalactite curtains.
The cave was discovered in 1887 by hunter Martin Hansen, who at the time was allegedly tracking a cougar that had hid in the American Fork Canyon area. Before the caves could become a national monument, they were extensively damaged by treasure hunters, inexperienced speleologists and curious tourists. Many of the formations that were inside were irretrievably damaged. However, the discovery of Timpanogos Cave in 1921 is credited to a man named Vearl J. Manwill. After exploring the already discovered Hansen Cave, he discovered other unexplored paths leading to other caves.
Martin Hansen’s son and grandson are also credited with discovering the caves. While they were hunting on the other side of the canyon, they used binoculars to find a stray deer and discovered another hole in the mountain, followed by two more caves. In a few days, they also brought 74-year-old Martin Hansen, who is still considered the first man to enter the cave. Middle Cave and Timpanogos Cave were only discovered at a time when they could already be registered under the protection of the National Park Service organization and thus they were not destroyed. Even today, the NPS strives to protect these unique locations, supervises the cave complexes and invents new ways to protect them as much as possible from external influences – including limiting lighting and slowing down the invasion of unwanted organisms into their interior.