For outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, the great Salt Lake Utah area is the ideal place to visit. From gardens and parks to rugged mountains and state parks that offer a myriad of skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, and rock climbing opportunities, lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy their visit to Utah.

Red Butte Garden

Lying at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, the Red Butte Garden features an amphitheater, an arboretum, and a sprawling 100 acre botanical garden. There is an extensive network of trails that span several miles, suitable for serene walks or an energized jog through the native landscape. There are also exhibits and attractions, guided tours, gardening classes, and educational workshops, as well as art and sculpture exhibits.

Sugar House Park

You haven’t experienced Salt Lake City until you’ve visited the vibrant Sugar House district. In addition to the many shops and restaurants, there is also nearby Sugar House Park, where you’ll find many opportunities for winter fun. With hills and trails suitable for sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in the winter, plus biking, jogging, or walking in the summer, you’ll never want to leave.

Liberty Park

Liberty park is the city’s oldest park, with 80 acres of land. The park offers a large pond with two islands, several children’s playgrounds, 1.5 miles of walking trails, and various athletic courts. The park is also home to the Tracey Aviary, with over 135 species of birds, a paradise for the nature lover or bird watcher.

Ensign Peak

You can’t get any closer than Ensign Peak for a brisk walk or hike. With a trail that leads visitors on a simple one mile round-trip hike to incredible views of the valley, including the Capitol building, and the Great Salt Lake, Ensign Peak is easy to get to and well worth the trip—especially to watch the sunset.

Big Cottonwood Canyon and Lake Blanche

If you’re willing to travel just a few miles outside the city, you’ll find 15-mile-long Big Cottonwood Canyon, where active visitors can engage in a variety of outdoor activities. Walking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, snowshoeing, skiing, fishing, and watersports are just some of the activities you can enjoy here. there are plenty of trails through the canyon to keep you busy.

This list barely scrapes the surface of things you can do outdoors in the Salt Lake Utah area. In a state known for its fantastic outdoor lifestyle, you can’t go wrong visiting Salt Lake City and its surrounding Wasatch Mountain Range.