25 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is the world’s largest open-pit copper mine. Inside the mine, the visitor centre features exhibitions and a video presentation that shows the history, geology and operations of the mine. An observation area offers spectacular view of the open-pit mine where you might even get to see some live blasts.
Most of Utah’s ski resorts are concentrated in the Wasatch Range, less than an hour’s drive east of the Salt Lake City airport. Although Colorado overshadows it as a destination area for winter sports, Utah enjoys a reputation for convenient accessibility and excellent snowfalls.
The Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory, Utah, commemorates the joining on May 10, 1869 of the Union Pacific Railroad from the east and the Central Pacific from the west to complete the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.
Each summer, millions of tourists visit Utah’s national parks. Running from east to southwest across the southern half of the state are the Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks. The beautiful panoramas of naturally sculpted sandstone pillars and arches in these parks are truly amazing. ‘The Narrows’ at Zion will take you through a canyon only 20 feet wide but with one thousand feet high walls. At ‘The Queen’s Garden’ at Bryce Canyon National Park you can watch the sunset cast shadows on thousands of colorfully striped spires.
If you’ve ever been enchanted by the old west in movie theaters, on TV, or in photographs, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park will bring these images to life, for this area is where many of them were made. At the park, a Navajo guide will give you a tour of this cinematic land and take you to areas not otherwise open to visitors.
In addition to all the available activities on land, Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area provides millions of boaters and other water sport enthusiasts with ample fun.