Salt Lake City
The Salt Lake City skyline with the Wasatch Range in the background (Courtesy Visit Salt Lake)
Salt Lake is located in the center of the American west. The city of over one million people rests in a valley at 4,330 feet. The majestic Wasatch Mountains surround the city and soar to a dramatic 11,000 feet. As the region’s hub for commerce, transportation, medical services, research, higher education, and cultural attractions, Salt Lake is a vibrant, modern metropolis.
The walkable downtown convention district features 170+ restaurants, cafes, brewpubs, and nightspots. There are two large shopping malls, art and history museums, IMAX theater, planetarium, professional sports teams, theater, opera, ballet and symphony. Historic Temple Square offers numerous admission-free cultural attractions, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. A fare-free light rail line runs through the compact convention district.
The average high temperature at the time of the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA GeoExpo+ is 71 degrees fahrenheit / 21.6 degrees celsius. The average low temperature is 46 degrees fahrenheit, /7.7 degrees celsius. So, bring a jacket for the evenings but also some sun-screen to protect yourself at such a high altitude.
Salt Lake City (SLC) has nonstop and direct flights (one stop without changing planes) throughout North America and connecting flights to almost anywhere in the world. The following map lists the cities with nonstop service from SLC:
Getting to Salt Lake is easy.
- Ten airlines and their affiliates serve Salt Lake City International Airport: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American, Delta Air Lines, Frontier, JetBlue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, SkyWest, Southwest and United.
- SLC is a major hub for Delta Air Lines with about 70% of total traffic.
- Delta Air Lines offers non-stop service from Salt Lake City to Amsterdam, London, Paris and Toronto.
- International destinations include Amsterdam, Calgary, Cancun, Guadalajara, London, Los Cabos, Mexico City, Paris, Puerto Vallarta, Toronto, and Vancouver.
- There are approximately 330 scheduled, commercial departures from SLC each day, serving approximately 90 cities with non-stop flights.
- Light rail, TRAX, serves Salt Lake City International Airport.
- The airport offers free wireless internet access and has an interactive language translation service – “Language Line."
- The airport is located about 15 minutes from the Salt Palace Convention Center and downtown hotels.
Hotel transportation is available from both airport terminals. Arrangements can be made at the direct-line hotel phone banks at the far end of baggage claim areas in both terminals. More information is available at the airport information desks.
Transportation Network Companies (TNCs)
Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) are prearranged ground transportation through a Smartphone application. TNCs can pick up and drop off passengers at Salt Lake City International Airport, if they have an airport operating permit.
Lyft and Uber are legally operating in Salt Lake City and at the airport. Designated pick up areas for TNCs are indicated by curbside signs, and are located in the middle traffic lanes outside of baggage claim in Terminals One and Two.
Shuttles and Limousines (with Airport Counter Service)
Passengers may arrange transportation from Salt Lake City International with onsite shuttle and ground transportation companies located in the baggage claim areas of both Terminal One and Terminal Two.
In addition, companies providing transportation are available outside Door #7 in Terminal One and Door #11 in Terminal Two.
- All Resort Express (800) 457-9457
- Alta Shuttle (866) 274-0225
- Canyon Transportation/Express Shuttle (801) 255-1841 / (800) 397-0773
- Super Shuttle (800) 258-3826
- Yellow Cab (801) 521-2100
Additional ground transportation service providers are available. Contact the shuttle provider of your choice to arrange transportation service to or from Salt Lake City International Airport.
TRAX/Light Rail Service and Bus
Public transportation to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport is provided by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA).
The UTA TRAX/light rail Green Line leaves the airport every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 20 minutes on weekends. The TRAX stop is located at the south end of Terminal One. To locate the TRAX stop, view the Airport Terminal Map.
The cost is just $2.50 one-way and free for travel between stations in the Free Fare Zone (see map below).
TRAX Hours of Operation (departing SLC):
- 5:42 a.m. to 11:27 p.m. Monday - Friday
- 6:36 a.m. to 11:16 p.m. Saturday
- 6:20 a.m. to 10:20 p.m. Sunday
Downtown Light Rail Map (Blue area is the Free Fare Zone)
Event Light Rail Stops
- Salt Palace Convention Center - Temple Square or City Center
- Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotels - Gallivan Center
The Salt Palace Convention Center offers two convenient underground garages that are open 7 days a week:
- South Lot – Enter off of 200 South between West Temple and 200 West (600 stalls)
- West Lot – Enter off of 300 West between 100 South and South Temple (400 stalls)
Both official conference hotels have paid parking.
|Capitol Reef National Park||225 Miles||3:33 Hours|
|Arches National Park||230 Miles||3:39 Hours|
|Bryce Canyon National Park||267 Miles||3:48 Hours|
|Canyonlands National Park||256 Miles||4:15 Hours|
|Zion National Park||307 Miles||4:16 Hours|
|Yellowstone National Park||321 Miles||4:42 Hours|
|Grand Teton National Park||305 miles||4:54 Hours|
|Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim)||392 Miles||6:12 Hours|
Wednesday, 27 September
Saturday, 30 September
Pioneer Park - 350 W. 300 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84101 - Google Map
The Downtown Farmers Market exists to strengthen and support small local farms and businesses as they bring their products directly to the public. Our farmers and producers offer the freshest local fruits and vegetables as well as a wide variety of grass-fed meats, eggs, dairy, honey, and flora, along with the region's best locally made sauces, spreads, baked goods and culinary accouterments. Open 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.
0.5 Miles or 9 minute walk from the hotels
Saturday, 30 September
USANA Amphitheatre - 5150 S 6055 W, West Valley City, UT 84118 - Google Map
Sublime was one of the best American ska punk bands. "Sublime with Rome" is a musical collaboration between Eric Wilson, formerly of Sublime, and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez. The group chiefly performs songs by Sublime, which was fronted by Bradley Nowell until his death in 1996.
15.3 Miles or 25 minute drive from the hotels
Saturday & Sunday, September 30 & October 1
Voted one of America's 10 Best Oktoberfests by Men's Journal Magazine. Snowbird's Annual Oktoberfest attracts over 60,000 visitors and has grown to become one of the largest festivals in Utah. 12 pm - 6 pm
27.7 Miles or 39 minute drive from the hotels
~ The Ultimate Salt Lake Guide for Meeting-Goers (Visit Salt Lake)
4528 W. 1700 S. Syracuse, UT 84075 - Entrance on Google Maps
Antelope Island in the middle of The Great Salt Lake is a little bit of drive but always a unique, magical place with great bird watching during the fall migration and awesome sunsets. - GRC Annual Meeting Special Events Chair Susan Lutz
42 miles or 56 minute drive from the hotels
301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 - Google Map
Utah is home to one of the highest concentrations of dinosaur fossils in the world, many of which were discovered by Natural History Museum of Utah paleontologists. The museum’s collection of natural wonders and cultural artifacts is on spectacular display in a museum built (literally) into the hillside above the University of Utah, offering stunning views of the valley below and in a geological context. The museum is also the location for the geothermal energy social event of the year - the GRC Annual Meeting Mixer! on Monday, October 2.
4.8 miles or 16 minutes drive from the hotels, or 45 minutes by Light Rail, Bus and walking!
Hiking up City Creek and then access to the Bonneville Shoreline trail system. City Creek canyon is only a few walkable blocks from the Salt Palace/downtown and instantly you are in nature. Up on the Shoreline Trail, look down and imagine the whole valley filled with the 1,000-foot deep, fresh-water Lake Bonneville during the Pleistocene, glaciers coming down from the mountains into the lake, and buffalo, horses, bears, camels, bighorn sheep, musk oxen, mammoths, and people roaming its shores. - GRC Annual Meeting Special Events Chair Susan Lutz
1.2 miles or 26 minute walk to the trail-head from the hotels
840 N. 300 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84103 - Google Map
Visit Warm Springs Park (a short walk from the Salt Palace) and check out the springs that emanate straight up from the ground along the Warm Springs Fault within sight of the Utah Capitol building. We would like people to avoid walking on Route 89 which is industrial and not pretty, and encourage them to instead walk on either Center, or Almond and Quince streets through the Capitol Hill/Marmalade Hill Historical District which is about 2 blocks to the east and has cute Victorian houses in the residential area. - GRC Annual Meeting Special Events Chair Susan Lutz
1.8 miles or 36 minute walk from the hotels
Cleaned Up and Cleaned Out--Ruined Hot Spring Resorts of Utah, by Susan Lutz. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions 2004
700 North Homestead Drive Midway, UT 84049 - Google Map
The Crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock located on the Homestead property.
Over 10,000 years in the making, The Crater formed when melting snow on the Wasatch Mountains seeped deep within the earth. Two miles below the surface, the earth’s interior heated the water. As it percolated upward, it picked up minerals, which were then deposited on the surface — eventually forming the volcano-shaped limestone deposit called The Homestead Crater.
46.6 Miles or 51 minute drive from the hotels
50 N. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 - Google Map
Although the Salt Lake Temple is not open for tours, you can stroll around the grounds and stop in the South Visitors’ Center to see a scale model of the temple. There, you can explore the beautiful rooms of the temple with interactive displays.
0.6 Miles or 12 minute walk from the hotels
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir traces its roots to a small choir which performed for the first time in August 1847, just one month after the first Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. Since then, the Choir has grown to be one of the world’s most recognized and revered musical organizations.
Featuring modern and traditional arrangements of spiritual, patriotic, popular, classical and contemporary music coupled with timely, inspiring prose, the Music & the Spoken Word performance becomes an uplifting, rejuvenating destination that listeners and viewers return to every week. Sundays at 9:30 am in the Tabernacle.
Weekly Choir Rehearsals are open to the public every Thursday evening in the Tabernacle, typically running 90-120 minutes. Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Tabernacle. Admission Free.
N. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 - Google Map
Completed in 1875, the Tabernacle was built as a place for Church members to gather and hear the words of their leaders. Brigham Young directed the building should be designed so people could see and hear the speaker without impediment. To do this successfully, bridge-building techniques were used to construct the Tabernacle roof so that support pillars were not needed. Open every day: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. Admission Free.
0.4 Miles or 9 minute walk from the hotels
15 E. S. Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 - Google Map
For over 100 years, The Joseph Smith Memorial Building has been providing guests from all over the world with exceptional service and hospitality. Previously named the Hotel Utah, construction on the building began in 1909. Two years later in 1911, the hotel opened for business. During its 76 years as a hotel, the Hotel Utah was internationally recognized for its elegance and world-class service, attracting people from US presidents and celebrities to tourists. Open every day: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. Admission Free.
0.5 Miles or 12 minute walk from the hotels
67 E. S. Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 - Google Map
Built in 1854, the Beehive House was home to Brigham Young and other Church leaders, and also served as offices for the Church for many years. The beehive motif was placed atop the structure to symbolize the strong sense of community and diligent work ethic of the Latter-day Saints called to settle the West.
0.6 Miles or 14 minute walk from the hotels
32 Potter Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84113 - Google Map
Through exhibits, educational programming and publications, the Museum seeks to engage and inform the public about Utah's rich military heritage. Our mission is to... PRESERVE and interpret the history of Fort Douglas EDUCATE visitors about the role of the military in the growth and development of Utah, and HONOR all Utahns who have served their country in uniform.
4.0 Miles or 14 minute drive from the hotels, or 31 minutes by Light Rail, Bus and walking!
2601 E. Sunnyside Ave. Salt Lake City, UT 84108 - Google Map
This Is The Place Heritage Park is the Place for FUN all year round! Step back in time and see the West as it was in the early settlement of Utah. Ride one of three trains, the Jupiter, Blackhawk or the 119, as they tour around the Park. Or enjoy a ride around the pond on the Mini Train. City kids will love riding ponies, ponies, meeting and petting farm animals don't forget to try your skill at milking Clara Bell the Cow.
4.7 Miles or 16 minute drive from the hotels, or 45 minutes by Light Rail, Bus and walking!
2600 Sunnyside Ave S, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 - Google Map
Hogle Zoo nurtures respect and appreciation for the natural world by providing diverse educational, recreational and conservation opportunities. This is accomplished through imaginative exhibits and programs, professional animal care and a commitment to excellence.
4.8 Miles or 15 minute drive from the hotels, or 41 minutes by Light Rail, Bus and walking!
50 Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84144 - Google Map
Salt Lake City's premier shopping and dining destination was recently awarded "Best Retail Development in the Americas." This unique shopping environment features a fully-retractable glass roof, hourly fountain shows, waterfalls, and a sparkling creek that runs through the entire project. Open 10:00 am - 9:00 pm. Closed Sunday.
0.4 Miles or 9 minute walk from the hotels
The Gateway, 110 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 - Google Map
Explore 10,000 square feet of free exhibits and experience incredible visuals in the Orbital ATK 3D IMAX® Theatre or Hansen Dome Theatre and shop the Planet Fun Clark Planetarium Store.
0.6 Miles or 13 minute walk from the hotels
The Gateway, 444 100 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84101 - Google Map
Discovery Gateway children’s museum is located in the Gateway Mall in downtown Salt Lake City. Discovery Gateway offers 60,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on fun. Come explore our engaging workshops, programs, and exhibits that invite the whole family to create, learn, and play together! Monday-Thursday 10 am – 6 pm Friday & Saturday 10 am – 7 pm Sunday Noon – 6 pm.
0.7 Miles or 15 minute walk from the hotels
400 W 100 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84101 - Google Map
Salt Lake's premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination including over 115 shops/restaurants. Featuring the Olympic Legacy Plaza, Clark Planetarium, and Discovery Gateway. Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 9 pm Sunday, 12 pm - 6 pm.
0.6 Miles or 13 minute walk from the hotels