Grand America Hotel - Salt Lake City

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor enthusiasts can find no better place to enjoy nature's riches than Utah. From the towering snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch Mountains to the red rock desert spires of Moab, if you love the outdoors, you need look no further than here.

One of the most remarkable things about Utah's outdoors is how easy it is to access. From Salt Lake City Airport, you are less than an hour's drive from fantastic skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing. Or, go a few hours in the other direction, and you can be biking and hiking through vermillion buttes and desert draws before dinnertime.

Hiking, biking, skiing, rafting, rock climbing, fishing, and more—it's all waiting for you in Utah's great outdoors. And after a day filled with clean mountain air, beautiful scenery, and healthy activity, nothing feels better than returning to your luxury suite at the Grand America!

For more information or to make reservation arrangements for any of Utah's outdoor activities, simply call our concierge at 801-258-6703.

Hiking and Biking

During the summer, it's even easier to take advantage of Utah's amazing outdoors. Salt Lake City is bounded on three sides by state and federal lands. Many trailheads are just minutes from downtown, giving incredibly easy access to hiking and biking trails right from your doorstep.

The 90-mile Bonneville Shoreline Trail is one such trail, with trailheads scattered across the north of the city's perimeter. To the east, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons offer numerous trails, easy and challenging, where your efforts are rewarded with clear mountain lakes and stunning views of the Salt Lake Valley.

True seclusion can be found a couple of hours away from downtown Salt Lake in the High Uintas Wilderness Area, where the pristine wilderness includes 13,529-foot King's Peak, Utah's highest point.

Fishing and Rafting

These mountain ranges also provide some of the finest fly-fishing anywhere. Beautiful rivers, sapphire-blue high mountain lakes, and crystal-clear streams await your lure. Anglers seeking "the big one" will be thrilled with the variety of big fish, and local fly-fishing guides are happy to share the secrets of the wily local trout with you.

In spring, experience the thrill of white water rafting. Later in the year, enjoy the same waters at a more leisurely pace with a gentle trip downstream. The Provo and Weber rivers are just 30 minutes away from downtown, making it easy to spend a whole day or just a few hours on the water. Professional river guides can tailor a day on the water to your preference.

Off-Road and Motorsports

With so much of Utah designated as public land for recreational use, great four-wheel drive or ATV terrain is never far away. Hundreds of miles of backcountry trails are within or adjacent to state parks, with easy on-off access from main roads. But please stay on the trails to protect yourself and our fragile landscape.

Motorsports enthusiasts are welcome to participate in scheduled open practices and race events at Rocky Mountain Raceways, on the west side of the city. And the Miller Motorsports Park offers thrilling auto racing, performance driving schools, and go-karts.


Salt Lake City is a golfer's dream vacation. Utah's golf courses are justifiably famous for their scenery and availability, and there are more than 50 publicly accessible golf courses less than an hour's drive from its largest city. Twenty-five of those courses(several of championship caliber) are within 30-minute drive of the Grand America Hotel.

This means that golfers of every skill level, ability, and style can find a Salt Lake City golf course to suit them. Plus, one of the best things about golfing in Salt Lake is that it rarely rains here, so it's possible to find perfect golfing weather almost every day of the year.