Smiths Tix. Tickets to sporting events and concerts are available here. Salt Lake City, UT. 801/467–8499 or 800/888–8499.

Tickets here are primarily for music and sporting events at the Maverik Center in nearby West Valley City.


Salt Lake Bees. Home to minor-league baseball since the 1950s, Salt Lake now loves the Bees, a AAA team just one notch below its parent club, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Games are played in Smith's Ballpark, where the backdrop of the Wasatch Mountains makes for one of the most picturesque baseball stadiums in America. Games run April through August and are fan-friendly, affordable family fun. 77 W. 1300 S, Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT, 84115. 801/325–2273.


Utah Jazz. Salt Lake's NBA team plays at the EnergySolutions Arena. Basketball buffs will want to see the statues of Hall of Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone outside. EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101. 801/355–3865.


Bingham Cyclery. Bingham Cyclery operates four popular shops around the state, including one in downtown Salt Lake City across the street from Pioneer Park. The friendly staff sells and rents bikes or will tune up the one you already have. Other branches are in Ogden, Sunset, and Sandy. 336 W. Broadway, Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101. 801/583–1940.

City Creek Canyon. Salt Lake City has fully integrated bicycles into its urban planning, and cyclists will love the GREENBike sharing program, as well as 4-foot-wide bike lanes painted green on several downtown thoroughfares. Within minutes, road and mountain bikers can find all levels of challenge. A favorite is City Creek Canyon, east of the capitol, particularly on odd-number days from Memorial Day through Labor Day and daily between Labor Day and Memorial Day, when the road is closed to vehicles. Liberty Park and Sugar House Park also have good cycling and running paths. Salt Lake City, UT. 801/535–6630.

Contender Bicycles. With a brand-new building in 2013, this must-visit for cyclists, offering service and sales, has grown up like the trendy 9th & 9th neighborhood it anchors. You might catch Tour de France veterans Levi Leipheimer or Dave Zabriskie stopping by to chat or ride with this shop's competitive team. 989 E. 900 S, Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT, 84105. 801/364–0344. Closed Sun.


Bonneville Golf Course. The city's oldest 18-hole public course, only ten minutes from downtown, was designed by William Bell and opened in 1929. Bonneville presents a satisfying test of skill with its wooded, hilly landscape and tight fairways, but is not a huge challenge and offers a pleasant walk with stunning mountain views. The greens are well kept, with putts breaking toward the valley. 954 Connor St., East Side, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108. 801/583–9513. $37. 18 holes, 6872 yards, par 72.

South Mountain Golf Club. A championship public course and spectacular scenery await you 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City at the South Mountain Golf Club. It's a mountainside course, so there are elevation changes, twists and turns that call for every kind of shot —but above all accuracy—and undulating greens that present a good challenge. Choose from five tee boxes that allow for players at all levels. The course hosted the 1999 Utah Open. 1247 E. Mike Weir Rd., Draper, UT, 84020. 385/468–1480. $22 for 9 holes Mon.–Thurs., $24 Fri.–Sun., $30 twilight; $42 for 18 holes Mon.–Thurs., $47 Fri.–Sun., $35 twilight. 18 holes, 7080 yards, par 72.

Stonebridge Golf Club. Stonebridge Golf Club is a five-minute drive from Salt Lake International Airport. The links-style course, designed by Gene Bates and Johnny Miller, offers 27 holes amid beautiful scenery. Water hazards come in the form of lakes and streams, and there are plenty of bunkers, but fiarways are wide and four sets of tees cater to a range of abilities. 4415 Links Dr., West Valley City, UT, 84120. 801/957–9000. $21.50 for 9 holes walking, $28.50 riding; $43 for 18 holes walking, $57 riding (reduced rates for Utah residents and members of the military). 27 holes, 7200 yards, par 36.

Wingpointe. This Scottish links–style course, adjacent to Salt Lake International Airport, is loved by the golf magazines that hand out awards, regularly figuring within the top five of the state's courses. Golfers seem to like it too, in spite of the inevitable noise from above as planes fly in and out. It is set out on a rolling landscape of native grass and wildflowers and has a good sprinkling of bunkers and water hazards that call for a good degree of accuracy. The challenging course is often still green when there's snow in the surrounding mountains. 3602 W. 100 N, Airport, Salt Lake City, UT, 84122. 801/575–2345. $18 for 9 holes; $35 for 18 holes. 18 holes, 7185 yards, par 72.

Ice Skating

One legacy of the Salt Lake Olympics is the ZAP tax (that has since been renewed) to fund zoos, arts, and parks. As a result, some of the finest public facilities in the country are here.

Acord Ice Center. Built as a practice venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the rink shares out ice time between hockey, figure skating, and public skating. Call for public ice-skating times. 5353 W. 3100 S, West Valley City, UT, 84120. 385/468–1965.

Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. Choose to swim, jog, lift weights, play tennis, ice-skate, or much more at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. 7500 S. 2700 E, Cottonwood Heights, UT, 84121. 801/943–3190.

Salt Lake City Sports Complex. With two ice sheets and two Olympic-size pools, this recreational complex is a year-round magnet for active families and individuals. 645 S. Guardsman Way, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 84115. 385/468–1925.

Utah Olympic Oval. The stunning venue was built for the 2002 Winter Olympics and is the home of the U.S. Speedskating team. Watch the world's best skaters in major competitions every winter. It's open to the public year-round for myriad activities, including skating, curling, or running on the 442-meter indoor track. 5662 S. Cougar Lane, Kearns, UT, 84118. 801/968–6825.


Most neighborhoods have a small park, usually with a children's playground.

Fairmont Park. Perfect for the kids, this is a smallish park with a children's play area, duck pond, and large indoor swimming pool. 1040 E. Sugarmont Dr., East Side, Salt Lake City, UT, 84106.

Liberty Park. This is one of the local favorite places to run (it's about 1½ miles per lap on the jogging path), and also features tennis courts, an aviary, a swimming pool, picnic areas, a restaurant, and children's playgrounds. 600 E. 900 S, East Side, Salt Lake City, UT, 84102.

Pioneer Park. In the heart of downtown, this park is home to a substantial farmers' market and a wildly popular twilight concert series in the summer. Parts of the surrounding neighborhoods are a little rough, so be cautious after dark and/or with children. 300 W. 350 S, Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101.

Sugar House Park. This is a favorite meeting spot for residents and visitors. Enjoy the open space where you can jog, bicycle, fly a kite, picnic, or soak up some rays. Feed the ducks in the large pond or skip rocks in the creek in the summer, or join dozens of sledders on its hills in winter. 2100 S. 1300 E, East Side, Salt Lake City, UT, 84106.


Sports Den. A four-season store, Sports Den can handle any ski, snowboard, and snowshoeing need—as well as bicycles, golf, swimming, and summer gear. 1350 Foothill Dr., East Side, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108. 801/582–5611.

Utah Ski & Golf. Discounted lift tickets, advance equipment, and clothing rental reservations are available at Utah Ski & Golf's multiple downtown locations and in Park City, with free shuttle service from downtown hotels to their stores. 134 W. 600 S, Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101. 801/355–9088 or 800/858–5221.


Real Salt Lake. Since 2005, Real Salt Lake has competed in Major League Soccer. The gleaming $100 million Rio Tinto Stadium also hosts concerts and other events. 9256 S. State St., Sandy, Salt Lake City, UT, 84070. 801/727–2700.


Antelope Island State Park offers plenty of space for the avid hiker to explore, but keep a few things in mind. All trails are also shared by mountain bikers and horseback riders, so keep an eye out for your fellow recreationists—not to mention the occasional bison. Trees are few and far between on the island, making for high exposure to the elements, so bring (and drink) plenty of water and dress appropriately. In the spring, biting insects make bug repellent a must-have. Pick up a trail map at the visitor center.

Once you’re prepared, hiking Antelope Island can be a very enjoyable experience. Trails are fairly level except for a few places, where the hot summer sun makes the climb even more strenuous. Mountain ranges, including the Wasatch Front to the east and the Stansbury Mountains directly to the west, provide beautiful background in every direction, though haze sometimes obscures the view. Aromatic sage plants offer shelter for a variety of wildlife, so don't be startled if your next step flushes a chukar partridge, horned lark, or jackrabbit. A bobcat is a rarely seen island resident that will likely keep its distance.

Mountain and Road Biking

Bountiful Bicycle Center. Road bikers race along Legacy Highway, then the causeway to Antelope Island and through the park, which also offers superb mountain-bike trails. Bountiful Bicycle Center rents mountain and road bikes and offers great advice on trails. 2482 S. U.S. 89, Woods Cross, UT, 84010. 801/295–6711.