The University of Utah in Salt Lake City is located on the western slope of the Wasatch Mountains, with unique access to some of the finest recreational opportunities in the country, as well as a multitude of cultural activities.
Utah has seven ski resorts, three Nordic ski areas, and stunning backcountry skiing within 40 minutes of Salt Lake City. Utah offers diverse terrain for winter sports such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and ice skating. Average annual snow fall in the surrounding mountains is over 500 inches.
Utah is also an ideal location for a host of warm-weather outdoor activities, including hiking, backpacking, fishing, cycling, river rafting, kayaking, and rock climbing. The red rock country of southern Utah is within a four hour drive from Salt Lake City.
There are seven national forests and five national parks within the borders of Utah, including the world renown Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Zion National Park. Utah also has seven national monuments, two national recreation areas, and one national historic site.
Salt Lake City is the state capitol and Utah’s largest city (population ~186,000). Utah’s total population is around 2.7 million. Utah has a strong arts community, including symphony, ballet, theatre, opera, modern dance companies, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Salt Lake Art Center and Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Utah also hosts the Sundance Film Festival, Utah Arts Festival, Farmer’s Market, Twilight Summer Concert Series, and Jazz and Blues Festival. Salt Lake features a vibrant restaurant scene with a collection of nationally recognized local microbreweries, distilleries, and coffee roasters. Utah is home to several professional sports teams, including the Utah Jazz (NBA), Utah Grizzlies (ice hockey), Salt Lake Bees (baseball), and Real Salt Lake (soccer). The University of Utah, a member of the Pac-12 conference, competes in all major sports and was host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
The University of Utah is 2 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City, with access by light rail train and multiple bus lines.