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The area code for Salt Lake City and surrounding
cities is ( 801 )
Park Citys area code is ( 435 )


Highway Conditions 964-6000
Temperature 467-8463
Airport Information 575-2400
Utah Travel Council 538-1030
Public Transportation 287-4636

Salt Lake City, Utah is in the Mountain Time Zone and follows Daylight Savings Time. For International visitors, we are 2 hours behind New York, so if it's 8am there, it's 6am here, and 1 hour ahead of the West Coast, California time.

Salt Lake City Metro: 170,000
Salt Lake Area: 1.2 million
Wasatch Front: 1.8 million

The Wasatch Front is roughly 80 miles long with Ogden approximately 40 miles north of the Salt Lake Valley and Provo approximately 40 miles south of the Salt Lake Valley.

Utah: 3.2 million

Salt Lake City: 4330 feet / 1320 meters
Snowbird: 8100 feet / 2469 meters

Salt Lake City enjoys four separate seasons.

Summer is usually warm, dry, sunny with low humidity.
Fall starts to bring the colors out with cooler temperatures.
Winter usually enjoys above freezing temperatures during the day with powdery snow in the mountains. Cold after dusk.
Spring is usually nice enough for a round of golf in the valley, with skiing in the mountains.


Month High Low
Jan 36 19
Feb 42 24
Mar 51 28
Apr 61 36
May 72 46
Jun 84 53
Jul 93 61
Aug 91 59
Sep 80 51
Oct 66 40
Nov 50 28
Dec 38 21

This is easy! Tipping is not a town in China! If they do a good job, tip em. You’ll be surprised how helpful someone is after they receive a tip. Usually 15 to 20 % is sufficient, 30 % for great service. This usually goes for waiters, waitresses, bartenders & taxi drivers. Hotel bellmen, porters and airport skycaps should receive no less than $1.00 per bag.

Demographics, Population & Household Averages
Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the country and ranks 35th in the nation in population growth. The state's rapid growth is attributed to both the area's high birth rate and to in-migration.

Utah's population reached 3.2 million in 2020. The State of California continues to dominate the flow of migration to Utah, while employment-related migration accounts for the majority of population movement to and from Utah.

Salt Lake City makes up a very small portion of the Salt Lake Valley. With Salt Lake County covering 756 square miles, Salt Lake City covers only 90.5 square miles. Salt Lake City is the largest city in the state with a population of 174,348. Salt Lake County's population is 1.2 million, making it the most populous region in Utah.

Overall, Utah is expected to continue to have the youngest population in the nation. Utah's median age in 2021 is 27.0 years, well below the national figure of 35.2 years.

Utah is 1st in the nation in the number of persons per household at 3.08, compared to the national average of 2.62. In addition, Utah's number of people per family is 3.67, compared to the national figure of 3.16. This is attributed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints belief in large families!

Salt Lake International Airport
The Salt Lake City International Airport is within 2.5 hours from half of the nation's population. The airport is situated just west of Salt Lake City and about 10 minutes from downtown and serves more than 20 million passengers annually and ranks as the 23rd largest airport in the nation. The airport also ranks as one of the most cost-efficient, large hub airports in the United States.

The airlines serving Salt Lake City operate over 300 daily departures to 71 nonstop destinations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Salt Lake City International Airport is typically ranked in the top 10 U.S. airports for on-time performance by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Salt Lake City serves as a major western hub for Delta Air Lines. This hub enhances Utah's economy in employment and facilities. The following commercial airlines operate from Salt Lake City International Airport: Air Canada, Alaska Air, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, KLM, Southwest and United.

Interstate Highways
Interstate 80 (east to New York City / west to San Francisco), Interstate 15 (north to Canada / south to Mexico) and Interstate 70 (east to Denver) are vital to the efficient movement of goods and materials throughout the region. Both I-80 and I-15 cross in Salt Lake City allowing convenient access to the Wasatch Front and points beyond. The I-215 belt route offers expanded access along the eastern and western areas of the valley.


The airport is located about ten minutes from downtown Salt Lake. Taxis, limos, buses and shuttles supply service to anywhere in the valley and the local ski resorts. A one-way taxi from the airport to downtown is usually around $ 33.00. Most hotels provide free airport shuttle services, so call them before you arrive to make arrangements.


Alta 33 miles from the airport
Brighton 35 miles from the airport
Snowbird 31 miles from the airport
Solitude 33 miles from the airport

Driving routes:
From the airport, leave the airport and take I-80 east (left lane) (about 1/4 mile from the airport), about 1.5 miles you will see the entrance to I-215 south (towards Cheyenne & Provo) Go south on I-215 about 12 minutes, it will curve towards the mountains, about another 2 to 3 minutes you will get off at 6200 South and follow the ski markers.

From downtown, take I-15 South to I-215 East. Follow that to 6200 south, get off and follow ski markers. It's about 15 to 20 minutes from the downtown area to 6200 south.


Deer Valley 39 miles from the airport
Park City 37 miles from the airport

From the airport take I-80 east ( about 1/4 mile from the airport, so stay in the left hand lane ), about 5 miles you will see the entrance to I-15 Southbound, take I-15 to I-80 East towards Cheyenne. In less than 4 minutes you will see the signs for Park City. Stay left side, this is Parleys Canyon, and you will be there in less than 25 minutes.

From downtown, take I-15 Southbound to I-80 Eastbound, and the same info above applies.


See our adjoining page for a complete rundown. Salt Lake City Liquor Laws

The UTA ( Utah Transit Authority ) provides an extensive bus & light rail ( TRAX ) service throughout the valley. Fares are $2.50 within the valley. They also provide airport transportation, service to the ski areas and door to door service for disabled passengers. For more info call 801-287-4636.

Although Salt Lake City is the home of the world-wide headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ( The Mormons ), over 40 % of Utahs population call another religion the one they choose to practice. Our citizens are a mix of religious and cultural backgrounds, so you should be able to find your religious service being practiced here. In fact, there are more than 25 Catholic Churches alone in the Salt Lake Valley.

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