Things to do in Salt Lake City

Our most recommended things to do in Salt Lake City

From Salt Lake City: Private Bryce Canyon National Park Tour

1. From Salt Lake City: Private Bryce Canyon National Park Tour

Depart from your preferred location in the greater Salt Lake City area. A 3.5-hour drive in a luxury SUV will take you to Bryce Canyon National Park. After a picnic lunch, your guide will show you the best of what Bryce Canyon has to offer according to your interests and activity level. Once inside Bryce Canyon National Park you will be surrounded by the tall pine trees of Dixie National Forest. You will never forget your first view of Bryce Canyon because it happens in an instant. In one moment you are among the trees of the forest and then suddenly you are staring down into a forest of stone pillars. During your time in the park you guide will discuss how nature is both creating and destroying the hoodoos. Your guide will also point out evidence of lightning strikes and why they are so prevalent in this area. On the tour you will also see the landmarks of Thor's Hammer, Natural Bridge, Sunset Point, and Bryce Point. An optional hike will follow the Navajo Loop and the Queens Garden trail. On the return trip to Salt Lake City you will stop at your choice of several highly-recommended local restaurants for dinner, and then be transferred back to the Salt Lake City area by 10:00 PM.

7-Day Yellowstone National Park Rocky Mountain Explorer

2. 7-Day Yellowstone National Park Rocky Mountain Explorer

Day 1 — Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park via Cedar Breaks Drive through Cedar Breaks to the 10,000 ft. summit and take in spectacular views of ancient lava flows and the Sevier River Valley below. Arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park just in time for a delicious picnic lunch before a full afternoon of hiking. Take a relaxing stroll along the rim of the world-famous amphitheater or a hike deep into the depths of the canyon and get up close and personal with the hoodoos that make up this unique landscape. Attend a talk by a ranger and learn about the geology of this fascinating park. Spend the evening around the campfire and after an all-American BBQ, enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot tub under the stars. Day 2 — Bryce Canyon to Salt Lake City Day 2 takes you north to Salt Lake City Utah, home of the tabernacle choir, for an afternoon of exploring Mormon Pioneer history. Visit the magnificent Salt Lake Mormon Temple and see the State Capital Building with founder Brigham Young’s Territorial Governor’s Mansion. Stay overnight in Hotel Crystal Inn or similar. Day 3 — Grand Tetons National Park The Grand Tetons Mountain Range rises above a scene rich in wildlife, with pristine lakes and spectacular mountain peaks. Take a walk to Inspiration Point or enjoy a scenic stroll around Jenny Lake while gazing up at the surrounding landscape. Have a picnic, spot moose or even a grizzly bear and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. Camp in the Tetons Days 4 and 5 — Yellowstone National Park The crown jewel and the world’s first national park, Yellowstone is a mountain wilderness home to grizzly bears, wolves and herds of buffalo and elk. Visit Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Pool, as well as Yellowstone Canyon, then explore geysers throughout both the North and South loop. Spend 2 days exploring this enormous national park with your expert guide. Camp in Yellowstone x 2 nights Day 6 — Rocky Mountains Visit Yellowstone's Grizzly Bear and Wolf Discovery Center before enjoying more spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery. The Rocky Mountains offer phenomenal views in the afternoon, a perfect spot for one last walk and a last night BBQ blowout. Spend the night in Rocky Mountain Campground. Day 7 Visit Valley of Fire State Park en-route back to Las Vegas and explore impressive sandstone formations, where many famous movies were filmed. A late afternoon return to Las Vegas leaves you with plenty of time to relax before a night out on the town. Additional tours: Death Valley Day Tour (Friday and Sunday) Tour the heart of Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas and visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy an array of colors in an extreme desert environment.

Salt Lake City: Ghosts and True Crime Walking Tour

3. Salt Lake City: Ghosts and True Crime Walking Tour

Did you know the Judge Building was bombed in 1985? Or that a cult leader caused one of Utah’s most disturbing murder-suicides at the site of the Holiday Inn? There are dark and sinister tales in every corner of Salt Lake City, and the spirits are anxious to tell them. Join your guide for an evening of true crime and campfire ghost stories beginning at Gallivan Plaza. From there, you’ll visit six historic, haunted spots, unlocking a new creepy tale at each one. Uncover the history of infamous forger Mark Hofmann; steer clear of the angry ghost of Judge Ritter at the Federal Courthouse; and bask in the chilling energy of the Capitol Theater, where a fire claimed a teen boy’s life. You’ll end your tour on Whiskey Street, where you’re free to grab a drink after the tour. You may even spot the mischievous ghost girl who runs along the bar shelves, knocking over bottles. Are you brave enough to step into the shadows of Salt Lake City? You may never sleep with the lights off again.

Salt Lake City: Wasatch Range Guided Ice Climbing

4. Salt Lake City: Wasatch Range Guided Ice Climbing

Discover some of the most famous ice climbing routes in the West on this full or half-day adventure from Salt Lake City. Learn how to climb and explore the area with your professional guide. Experience routes within the Cottonwoods or Provo Canyon. Climbing will be customized according to the experience level of your group. Select the half-day tour which is perfect for first-timers or those who have only a little previous experience - giving you a sampler of single-pitch ice climbing. The adventure will take place in either Little Cottonwood or Provo Canyon. The exact location depends on weather conditions and your groups skill level. Alternatively, choose the full-day tour which allows time to do different climbs, work on technique, and practice on areas of interest to you and your group. Climb in Little Cottonwood Canyon or Provo Canyon based on weather conditions and your group's skill level. Start the tour by meeting your guide at a location convenient to your lodging. We will then transfer to the climbing venue. Guides will outfit each participant with boots, crampons, and ice tools. Guides will go over the proper use and safety considerations of the equipment as necessary. Addtional instruction on using the equipment and climbing is also provided to ensure that the day is fun and successful. Climbing is adjusted in accordance with your group's climbing ability and progression. The trip concluded with a return back to the original meet-up point.

From Salt Lake City: Yellowstone and Tetons Parks in 4 Days

5. From Salt Lake City: Yellowstone and Tetons Parks in 4 Days

Day one Grand Tetons National Park The Grand Tetons Mountain Range rises above a scene rich with abundant wildlife, pristine lakes, and spectacular mountain peaks. Take a walk to Inspiration Point or enjoy a scenic stroll around Jenny Lake while gazing up in awe at the surrounding landscape. Have a picnic, spot and moose or even a grizzly bear and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. Camp inside Grand Teton national park. Day two Yellowstone National Park The crown jewel of the National Parks! The world’s first national park. A mountain wilderness, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of buffalo and elk. Visit Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Pool, Yellowstone Canyon, explore geysers throughout both the North and South loop. Spend two days exploring this huge and fascinating national park with your expert Guide. Don’t forget your bathing suit for a soak in Mammoths natural hot springs! Camp inside Yellowstone national park. Day three Yellowstone National Park Continue to discover Yellowstone with your guide. Go on hikes ranging from easy to moderate and 2 to 5 miles (3 to 8 km) in length, and see more spectacular volcanic features. Your guide will tailor hikes to your group's abilities and interests. Camp inside Yellowstone national park. Day four Yellowstone National Park and Rocky Mountains Get up close and personal with some wildlife with a fun and educational visit to the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear and Wolf Discovery Center this morning. This afternoon head back to Salt Lake City for your drop off at approx 4pm. This tour departs and ends in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City: Cottonwood Canyons Backcountry Ski Tour

6. Salt Lake City: Cottonwood Canyons Backcountry Ski Tour

On the day of your trip, meet your guide in Salt Lake City and drive to the venue that best fits your needs for an optimal experience. Before hitting the slopes, your guide will make sure your gear is in proper working order and will begin to instruct you on the basics of staying safe in the backcountry. This will include a brief avalanche safety demo, going over how to use a beacon, probe, and shovel, and a brief explanation of avalanche terrain and its characteristics. The skiing technique will be taught to maximize your efficiency when touring in the backcountry. Your group's skiing ability and enthusiasm will determine the rest of the day and the terrain you will cover. The day will conclude by driving back to the original meet up point. Classic Introductory Tour: Choose this option if you’ve never skied or snowboarded in the Wasatch Mountains before. This experience will get you up high to the best views of the mountain range with the shortest approach. The tours will take place in either Little or Big Cottonwood Canyons depending on the snow and where the best skiing can be found. The day will include approximately 1,500-2,500 feet of climbing and riding. Intermediate Tour: Experience the Central Wasatch Mountains and go where the best snow can be found. Start in Little Cottonwood Canyon, followed by skiing down into Big Cottonwood and eventually working your way back up and over into Little Cottonwood again. The tour will be approximately 3,000 to 5,000 feet of climbing and riding. Advanced Tour: Explore multiple peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, drainages, and slopes on the same day. Advanced Tours will focus on covering a wide variety of terrain and searching out wherever and whatever the best skiing of the day may be.

Utah: GetOutPass

7. Utah: GetOutPass

The GetOutPass is the ultimate fun-pass. It works as an app on your smartphone. Once signed up, you and anyone on your membership can gain free admission to the best entertainment attractions in your area! Roller coasters, arcades, good times--we've got you covered. When you sign on to the GetOutPass, you'll get access to venues in Utah through the member portal found in the app and on any web browser. All venues create an “offer” specifically for members. This offer can include free admission, free products, special deals, or special perks, just to name a few. Attractions Included with the GetOutPass Utah: Lagoon - Farmington Splash Summit - Provo SeaQuest Utah - Layton Brighton Ski Resort - Brighton Provo Beach - Provo Utah Grizzlies - West Valley City Fat Cats - Saratoga Springs Fat Cats - Ogden Fat Cats - Salt Lake City Fat Cats - Provo The Farm at Gardner Village - South West Jordan Sparetime Lanes - Roy Chomper's Cove USA - Salt Lake City Jump Around - Salt Lake City The Escape Key - Salt Lake City Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park - Clearfield Kangaroo Zoo - Pleasant Grove Kangaroo Zoo - North Salt Lake Lowes Extreme Air Sports - Provo Virtual Experience - Provo Cherry Peak Summer Concert Series - Richmond The Jump Zone - Logan Bricks and Minifigs - Orem Hands on Art 4 Everyone - Farmington TNT Guns & Range - Murray Sandy Nickelcade - Sandy Hutchings Museum - Lehi Toad's Fun Zone - Ogden Pleasant Grove Recreation Center - Pleasant Grove The Colosseum - Layton Improv Broadway - Provo 801 Tag - Ogden The Beach at Sand Hollow - Hurricane Ace Martial Arts - St George Davis Lanes - Layton Rosenbruch World Wildlife Museum - St. George Massage Green Spa - Lehi Clark Historic Farm - Grantsville Rowdy's Range - St. George Flynns Retrocade - Roy Salty Dinner Theatre - Orem Dixie State Sports - St. George Smash Labs Rage Rooms & Axe Throwing - St. George Billies Batting Cages - Orem SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater - Orem Cherry Peak Redneck Water Slide - Richmond Social Axe Throwing - Salt Lake City Utah Roundnet - Tournament Locations The Tilted Kiln - St. George Arcade Galactic - Ogden BYU Outdoors Unlimited - Provo Brigham City Family Fun Center - Brigham City Color Me Mine - Ogden Color Me Mine - Logan Color Me Mine - Salt Lake City Color Me Mine - Sandy Color Me Mine - St. George Parkside Lanes - Morgan SB Paintball - American Fork Salt Lake Ebikes - Salt Lake City Arcade Galactic - West Valley City T3 Endurance Sports - Orem SLC Stars - Taylorsville Pintsize Picassos - Bountiful Green Adventure Sport Rentals - West Point Utah Motorsports Campus - Grantsville Premier Martial Arts - Draper Premier Martial Arts - Riverton Premier Martial Arts - Pleasant Grove Premier Martial Arts - Orem TalonsCove Golf Club - Saratoga Springs Cedar Sports - Cedar City SUU Outdoors - Climbing Day Pass - Cedar City Club Pickleball USA - Orem Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center - Salt Lake City Enigma Escape Games - Sandy St. George Dance Company - St. George Bristlecone Yoga Connect - Cedar City Glenmoor Golf Club - South Jordan Code Ninjas - South Ogden Code Ninjas - Sandy Code Ninjas - Bountiful Social Axe Throwing - Ogden UVU Outdoor Adventure Center - Orem The Barn Golf Course - Ogden Smithfield Recreation Center - Smithfield Ski Trucks - Salt Lake City Rowley's Red Barn - Santaquin Cherry Peak Ski Resort - Richmond Alta Canyon Sports Center - Sandy The Escape Date - Pleasant Grove The Grip Ninja - Washington The Hot Spot Sauna & Wellness - Brigham City Premier Throwing - Pleasant Grove Utah E-Bike Adventures - Springdale Puzzling Adventures - Ogden, Park City, Saint George, Salt Lake City 3Quest Challenge - Salt Lake City, Provo, Ogden, West Valley City, West Jordan Operation City Quest - Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, West Jordan, West Valley City Zombie Scavengers - Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, West Jordan, West Valley City Wacky Walks - Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, West Jordan, West Valley City, Crazy Dash - Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, West Jordan, West Valley City Quick Wits Comedy Club - Midvale Springville Recreation (Clyde Recreation Center) - Springville

From Salt Lake City: Private Canyonlands Off-Road Tour

8. From Salt Lake City: Private Canyonlands Off-Road Tour

Start your tour with a 3.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City to the entrance of the park. As you near the border of Canyonlands, the red rock cliffs begin to stretch skyward. After a hearty lunch, your guide will begin your tour of the park, tailored to your interest and activity level. Multiple cliff-top overlooks provide varying perspectives on how remote and unspoiled this area is. Mesa Arch provides a picture frame to the landscape in the distance below. An off-road detour following the Shafer Switchbacks delivers you deep into the canyon below, while your guide recounts the history of this trail carved into the canyon walls. This tour of Canyonlands will leave you with an appreciation for the depth of the canyons, the vastness of the landscape, and the struggle of the people who lived and worked in this harsh environment. On the return trip to Salt Lake City you will stop at your choice of several highly-recommended local restaurants for dinner. You will then be delivered back to the Salt Lake City area by 10:00 PM.

From Salt Lake City: Private Tour of Arches National Park

9. From Salt Lake City: Private Tour of Arches National Park

Take a private day tour to Arches National Park and discover its many stunning rock formations. Learn from your expert guide how this unique landscape was created and see some of the most famous formations like Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Balanced Rock, and Double Arch. This tour departs from your preferred location in the greater Salt Lake City area. A three and a half hour drive in a luxury SUV will deliver you to Arches National Park. After a picnic lunch, your guide will show you the best of what Arches National Park has to offer according to your interests and activity level. During your time in the park your guide will discuss the phases of arch creation, why the rocks are different colors, and the erosion process that creates these magnificent natural icons. For the photographers, your guide will share their expert knowledge of when and where to capture the best pictures. On the return trip to Salt Lake City, stop at your choice of several highly recommended local restaurants for dinner (at your own expense). After, continue the drive and be dropped back to the Salt Lake City area by 10PM.

Salt Lake City: Lift assist Backcountry Skiing or Boarding

10. Salt Lake City: Lift assist Backcountry Skiing or Boarding

Enjoy a memorable day of skiing with lift access to some of the best terrain in the Wasatch! Using the lifts allows quick and easy access to the highest elevations in the range. This is where the good stuff is. Your guide is intimately acquainted with the terrain and will design a tour that will be both fun and challenging! During the tour, explore upper Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyons. The route will vary depending on your skill and physical ability. Your guide will take you to the very best powder that these world-class canyons offer. Experience some of the best backcountry skiing routes which lie right outside the resort boundaries. Lifts provide fast access to this high mountain terrain and allow you to easily reach the uppermost elevations. Pricing does not include lift access. There are several options for gaining access to the lifts. Using your Ikon pass, one ride or all-day tickets are all options.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Highly recommend this personalized fun tour! Neil and his wife went above and beyond to accommodate our needs and to ensure we had a memorable experience! Neil was prepared for everything even the fact that the park temporarily closed due to congestion. He entertained us with a quick visit to see dinosaur tracks and bones. With his wife monitoring the park opening, we were in as soon as it reopened. Our group included two adults and two teenagers. Neil accommodated the varying physical abilities of our group so we all enjoyed the tour! The kids climbed Double Arch with Neil’s help and expertise while the adults enjoyed the view from the shade below. Due to Neil’s knowledge of the park, we saw all the arches we wanted to see even with our late start due to the park closing! Without Neil’s knowledge of the park, we would not have an amazing experience we had if we had tried to do this on our own. Special kudos to his wife for the absolutely delicious lunch that was provided!

The two-day Arches and Canyonlands Tour with Desert Solitude was by far the highlight of our trip to Utah. Neil is topnotch as a tour guide and so knowledgeable of the National Parks as well as the surrounding area. It was a bonus to have Amber with our tour, she is also a great tour guide and captured some great photos. It was so nice for my husband to not have to keep an eye on the road while seeing the beautiful sights, all so impressive. It was very hot when we were at the Parks which Neil accommodated as much as possible in planning our itinerary. With a private tour we were able to do and see at our pace and get to places the larger tours would not be able to. The backstories he told of the area and knowing the best viewing spots and hikes made the trip so much more interesting than if we had toured the parks on our own. We highly recommend this tour.

The guide, Neil, was thorough in his planning so that we got to maximize our short time in this wonderful park. His enjoyment of the terrain was contagious. There was a point where we were required to walk along a narrow ledge to get to a particular arch, but he helped me with finding the right footholds to make it up there safely. His knowledge of the area was extensive. And--who could forget the barbecue he set up while I wandered off to look at dinosaur tracks? All-in-all, a worthwhile and memorable experience.

The tour was beyond words .Neil( guide) was top notch. His knowledge of the park and UTAH was wonderful. It helped alot being that im from the Swamps ( N.J). We even stopped off to look at Dinosaur prints and fossils which wasnt even part of the tour . I had a blast hiking and Chatting and the weather was perfect ..If you ever want to go see the Arches Park ? Choose Neil and you wont be disappointed. Trust me! DJ RoB Vonwick

Event was great! Tour guide was the BEST couldn't ask for a better one forcsure!! Chris your the best!! Hope to see you and the group after the fall semester!!! God bless!! Much love and respect ❤