Getting Oriented

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Getting Oriented

Each canyon of the Wasatch is different in topography and scenery. The back side of the range is rural, with high-mountain pastures, farms, and small towns, while the front side is a long stretch of cosmopolitan metropolis. This is not an area that lends itself to checking off points along a straight line. You'll enjoy the area more if you let it unfold in a series of loops and meanders, using the larger canyons to move back and forth between the two sides of the range.

Park City and Environs. With so much outside your door, it's pretty much a given that you'll be spending a good deal of your time in Park City. There's everything from fine dining on Main Street to athlete training and shows at Utah Olympic Park to nonstop activity at the town's three ski resorts. The ski resorts of Little and Big Cottonwood, south of Park City and southeast of Salt Lake City, are the Wasatch Front's dramatic answer to the ski resorts on the other side of the range. Drop into Alta's deep snow, visit a festival at the always-buzzing Snowbird, or head to the quieter, but still spectacular, Brighton or Solitude.

South of Salt Lake City. Though events from the Sundance Film Festival to World Cup ski competitions keep Park City hopping, it's worth venturing east to Heber City and Midway and south to the glorious Sundance Resort for a slice of rural Utah. Even farther south, Provo, home to Brigham Young University, counters Park City's "Sin City" reputation with a hearty dose of Mormon influence.

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