Have you and your friends been looking for a great spot to go on vacation with a group of friends? Salt Lake City, Utah may just be the perfect destination for you! There are so many Salt Lake City activities within the city and around it…many of which you may not have even known about!
Many of the states out west have so many stunning views! Salt Lake City, Utah has tons to offer including adrenaline activities, hikes, museums, camping, and so much more! There are so many Salt Lake City activities to choose from, and we found it difficult to pick only a few while we were on our trip!
This has to be first on our list of Salt Lake City activities. For the first couple of days we were there, we rented a wakeboard-specific boat to use on Jordanelle Reservoir. You pay for the boats per day and then pay for your own gas, on top of that. The boat costed us about $625. Additionally, at least one person in your group needs their boating license. If you rent the boat for more than a day, places will often give you discounts. If you’re with a group of at least 6 people, the boat winds up being about $100/day per person (We rented the boat for 2 days). Not too bad for an activity that is tons of fun!
If you’ve never tried wakeboarding or wake surfing before, I highly suggest it! I am by no means an expert at it, but I do believe it’s something you can pick up fairly quick, especially if you’ve ever tried snowboarding or surfing before.
The boats DO NOT provide you with wakeboards. We brought our own wakeboards when we went. If you’re interested in renting a boat to wakeboard or wake surf, look into renting wakeboards!
We have a tendency to get injured when we’re around each other. During our second day in Utah, David dislocated his hip while wakeboarding. I’m not sure if any of you have ever dislocated something (I haven’t…yet), but I could tell he was in an excruciating amount of pain. That was the first time I accompanied David to a hospital, and unfortunately, probably won’t be the last. He was a trooper though…after about 4 hours, we were back on the water and he hopped right back on the skimboard to wake surf (…he may have had some liquid courage to help with the pain).
If you’re a big hiker, you’ll love Utah, which is why it must be added to Salt Lake City activities! One of our friends that lives in Utah brought us to a trail that was near Alta. The area is apart of the Wasatch National Forest and is a protected watershed for Salt Lake City. It was about a 1.7 mile hike to find the gorgeous Cecret Lake. The trail took you up about 400 miles to a 9,875 ft. elevation. Besides the high altitude, the trail was fairly simple with a few terrain obstacles.
Utah Olympic Park
Utah Olympic Park was designated for the 2002 Winter Olympics hosted in Park City, Utah, which is 28 miles from Salt Lake City. In the summer, it can be one of your fun Salt Lake City activities! You can tour the park where you’ll find a museum, zip lines, skiers doing a big air jump into a giant pool, and rock climbing.
Snowbird Ski Resort
We’re so used to visiting ski resorts during the winter. So, seeing a ski resort during the summer, when there’s really no snow around, is such a novelty and treat. Visiting Snowbird should be on your list of Salt Lake City actives. While not located directly in Salt Lake City, Snowbird is about a 35 minute drive. Snowbird allows you to pay a fee of $20 for an adult ticket to take the air tram to Hidden Peak Summit. If you love photography and scenic views, we’d suggest this option. Otherwise, there are options to hike to the summit, as well, if you’re looking to save some extra money.
Ah, one our favorite things about the west: It’s numerous spots for camping! There are so many locations near Salt Lake City that you’ll just have to add this to your Salt Lake City activities for your vacation. What’s even better? A lot of these camping locations are FREE! So, if you have the gear, go camping! You won’t regret the views or peace and quiet.