Home of the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” Salt Lake City is a mecca of outdoor recreation.  Seven major ski resorts are within an hour’s drive of campus. In the summer, thousands of hiking and biking trails are easily accessible along the Wasatch Front and five of the nation’s most beautiful national parks are located across the state. The University of Utah is located in one of the most diverse and exciting areas in the world. From world-class skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, to the beautiful sandstone deserts of southern Utah, even long-time residents can’t get enough of their home state!

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Utah is widely praised for its scenic beauty. Recreational activities like mountain biking, fishing, snowboarding, and skiing at eight world-class resorts are just a short drive from the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. Utah also boasts five national parks and more than 40 state parks that provide opportunities like hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and camping. Meanwhile, Salt Lake City is home to professional sports teams such as Real Salt Lake and the Utah Jazz as well as the University of Utah’s nationally-ranked football, basketball and gymnastic teams. There also are cultural gems to experience such as the celebrated Sundance Film Festival, Ballet West, the Utah Symphony, and one of the nation’s largest and most successful Comic Con gatherings. And our reputation is only growing.


The U of U’s induction into the PAC 12 strengthened the already active sporting community on campus. The Mighty Utah Student Section, or MUSS, is the student fan club for university athletics. It is also the most popular student section in the West. In addition to campus athletics, Salt Lake hosts an array of sporting events such as hockey, soccer, baseball, and professional basketball games.

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