Getting Oriented

Each canyon of the Wasatch is different in topography and scenery. The back (eastern) side of the range is rural, with high-mountain pastures, farms, and small towns, whereas the front side is a long stretch of metropolis. This is not an area that lends itself to checking off points along a straight line. You'll enjoy it 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 the Wasatch Back. This is the hospitality heart of the mountains, and you’ll be spending a good deal of your time in Park City whatever your budget. There’s everything from fine dining on Main Street to athlete training and shows at Utah Olympic Park to nonstop year-round activity at the resorts, with Park City Mountain and Canyons set to combine into one giant resort in 2015. Mountain valleys north and south of Park City are home to stunning wildlife.

South of Salt Lake City. It’s worth venturing 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 an overwhelming Mormon temperance.

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