Capital of Utah, Salt Lake City is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin. To its northwest is the Great Salt Lake, and to its southeast are the Wasatch Mountains, containing several narrow glacial and stream carved canyons. The highest mountaintop visible from the city is Twin Peaks, reacheing 11,330 feet. Salt Lake City was founded in 1847 by Brigham Young, Isaac Morley, and George Washington Bradley. Originally named “Great Salt Lake City,” the word “great” was dropped from the official name in 1868 by the 17th Territorial Legislature. This is a guide to running in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Salt Lake City is regarded as a recreational mecca. Some of the best skiing in the world can be found in the mountains only 1/2 hour from the airport. This is a young and outdoorsy city, with some great running opportunities offering lots of variety. There are some wonderful parks and riverside trails right near the city center. But best to get a bit outside the city, and enjoy the unique running along Great Salt Lake, the spectacular canyons, or some great trail running in the mountains nearby.
Public transportation in SLC is decent and getting better. The TRAX light rail has three lines, that run fairly comprehensively downtown, north to the University of Utah, to Draper, the West Valley city, and to the airport. There’s a good bus system. There are also seasonal buses and shuttles to the mountain resorts. SYSTEM MAP
Note: While Salt Lake City itself is flat, it sits at 4200 feet. You’ll feel the altitude and the sunshine. Dress and hydrate accordingly.