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The area code for Salt Lake City and surrounding cities is ( 801 )
Park Citys area code is ( 435 )


Highway Conditions 964-6000
Temperature 467-8463
Airport Information 575-2400
Utah Travel Council 538-1030
Public Transportation 287-4636

Salt Lake City, Utah is in the Mountain Time Zone and follows Daylight Savings Time. For International visitors, we are 2 hours behind New York, so if it's 8am there, it's 6am here, and 1 hour ahead of the West Coast, California time.

Salt Lake City Metro: 181,743
Salt Lake Area: 1.3 million
Wasatch Front: 1.9 million ( From Ogden to Provo )

The Wasatch Front is roughly 80 miles long with Ogden approximately 40 miles north of the Salt Lake Valley and Provo approximately 40 miles south of the Salt Lake Valley.

Utah: 3.2 million as of March 1st 2021

Salt Lake City: 4330 feet / 1320 meters
Snowbird: 8100 feet / 2469 meters

Salt Lake City enjoys four separate seasons.

Summer is usually warm, dry, sunny with low humidity.
Fall starts to bring the colors out with cooler temperatures.
Winter usually enjoys above freezing temperatures during the day with powdery snow in the mountains. Cold after dusk.
Spring is usually nice enough for a round of golf in the valley, with skiing in the mountains.


Month High Low
Jan 36 19
Feb 42 24
Mar 51 28
Apr 61 36
May 72 46
Jun 84 53
Jul 93 61
Aug 91 59
Sep 80 51
Oct 66 40
Nov 50 28
Dec 38 21

Mormons, Is Everyone In Salt Lake City Mormon?
No. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make up around 60 percent of the state's population, but fewer than half the residents of Salt Lake City are LDS Church members.

Can I get a drink in Salt Lake City?
Yes. Yes. Yes. A series of liquor law reforms passed in 2009 abolished the state's much-derided private club law. Getting a drink in Salt Lake City (and elsewhere in Utah) is now as simple as walking into a bar and ordering one. Same as every place else. Cheers.

How do I find my way around Salt Lake?
No problem at all. Salt Lake is mapped out on a grid system, with downtown's Temple Square acting as the starting point. So, if you want to hit a restaurant or bar with an address of 300 South and 200 East, ( 3rd South 2nd East ) you go three blocks south of Temple Square, then two blocks east, and you're there. Easy Huh?

Is it hard to get around Salt Lake?
Not when it's explained to you, but bear in mind that Salt Lake City blocks are longer than most cities, so if you're going to a restaurant or bar six blocks from your hotel, it's close to a mile. The good news: the TRAX light rail system runs through the heart of downtown, putting you within an easy walk of many dining and nightlife options. And best of all, it's free in the downtown area. Now the bad news, Trax does not run on Sundays!

Visit Temple Square.
Downtown Salt Lake City is headquarters of the LDS Church "The Mormons" and has a large visitors center providing regularly scheduled tours for visitors. The adjacent Church History Museum and Joseph Smith Memorial building are also high on the list of visited sites.

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping.
City Creek, is a mixed-use development with a massive shopping experience, office, residential buildings and simulated creek across from Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake.

Winter Recreation
Utah's fabled ski resorts are as close as 40 minutes away from downtown. Brighton and Solitude, and Alta and Snowbird in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, respectively, are all accessible by public transit (UTA). The Park City Resorts, Deer Valley and Park City are an easy 30-minute drive up Interstate 80. If you don't bring your equipment, ski and snowboard rental shops where you can buy discounted ski passes can be found here. And yes, there's always plenty of snow.

Gambling Utah? Slots, Blackjack, Poker?
Wendover, Nevada is 120 miles west of Salt Lake City and boasts five casinos. Less than two hours on I-80 from downtown Salt Lake.

Demographics, Population & Household Averages
Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the country and ranks 35th in the nation in population growth. The state's rapid growth is attributed to both the area's high birth rate and to in-migration.

Utah's population reached 3.2 million in 2021 with the State of California continuing to dominate the flow of migration while employment-related migration accounts for the majority of population movement to and from Utah.

Salt Lake City makes up a very small portion of the Salt Lake Valley. With Salt Lake County covering 756 square miles, Salt Lake City covers only 90.5 square miles. Salt Lake City is the largest city in the state with a population of 181,743. Salt Lake County's population is 1.2 million, making it the most populous region in Utah.

Overall, Utah is expected to continue to have the youngest population in the nation. Utah's median age in 2021 is 26.7 years, well below the national figure of 35.2 years.

Utah is 1st in the nation in the number of persons per household at 3.08, compared to the national average of 2.62. In addition, Utah's number of people per family is 3.67, compared to the national figure of 3.16. This is attributed to the Church of Jesus Christ's belief in large families!

Salt Lake International Airport
The Salt Lake City International Airport is within 2.5 hours from half of the nation's population. The airport is situated just west of Salt Lake City and about 10 minutes from downtown and serves more than 20 million passengers annually and ranks as the 23rd largest airport in the nation. The airport also ranks as one of the most cost-efficient, large hub airports in the United States.

The airlines serving Salt Lake City operate over 300 daily departures to 71 nonstop destinations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Salt Lake City International Airport is typically ranked in the top 10 U.S. airports for on-time performance by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Salt Lake City serves as a major western hub for Delta Air Lines. This hub enhances Utah's economy in employment and facilities. The following commercial airlines operate from Salt Lake City International Airport: America West, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, SkyWest, Southwest and United.

Interstate Highways
Interstate 80 (east to New York City / west to San Francisco), Interstate 15 (north to Canada / south to Mexico) and Interstate 70 (east to Denver) are vital to the efficient movement of goods and materials throughout the region. Both I-80 and I-15 cross in Salt Lake City allowing convenient access to the Wasatch Front and points beyond. The I-215 belt route offers expanded access along the eastern and western areas of the valley.


The airport is located about ten minutes from downtown Salt Lake. Taxis, limos, buses and shuttles supply service to anywhere in the valley and the local ski resorts. A one-way taxi from the airport to downtown is usually around $ 32.00 Some hotels provide free airport shuttle services, so call them before you arrive to make arrangements.


Alta 33 miles from the airport
Brighton 35 miles from the airport
Snowbird 31 miles from the airport
Solitude 33 miles from the airport

Driving routes:
From the airport, leave the airport and take I-80 east (left lane) (about 1/4 mile from the airport), about 1.5 miles you will see the entrance to I-215 south (towards Cheyenne & Provo) Go south on I-215 about 12 minutes, it will curve towards the mountains, about another 2 to 3 minutes you will get off at 6200 South and follow the ski markers.

From downtown, take I-15 South to I-215 East. Follow that to 6200 south, get off and follow ski markers. It's about 15 to 20 minutes from the downtown area to 6200 south.


The Canyons 33 miles from the airport
Deer Valley 39 miles from the airport
Park City 37 miles from the airport

From the airport take I-80 east ( about 1/4 mile from the airport, so stay in the left hand lane ), about 5 miles you will see the entrance to I-15 Southbound, take I-15 to I-80 East towards Cheyenne. In less than 4 minutes you will see the signs for Park City. Stay left side, this is Parleys Canyon, and you will be there in less than 25 minutes.

From downtown, take I-15 Southbound to I-80 Eastbound, and the same info above applies.


See our adjoining page for a complete rundown.

The UTA ( Utah Transit Authority ) provides an extensive bus & light rail ( TRAX ) service throughout the valley. Fares are $2.50 within the valley. They also provide airport transportation, service to the ski areas and door to door service for disabled passengers. For more info visit Utah's Ski Bus.

Although Salt Lake City is the home of the world-wide headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ( The Mormons ), over 40 % of Utah’s population call another religion the one they choose to practice. Our citizens are a mix of religious and cultural backgrounds, so you should be able to find your religious service being practiced here. In fact, there are more than 25 Catholic Churches alone in the Salt Lake Valley.

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