Exploring the Great in Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City is home to the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. The city was originally named Great Salt Lake City, but the Great was dropped in 1868.
People in Salt Lake City love to sail and kayak in Great Salt Lake's waters and hike its trails. As the largest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere, the lake plays a vital role in the area's ecosystem. It was once part of Lake Bonneville, a large prehistoric lake that once covered an enormous part of western Utah. As it evaporated, it left huge salt deposits in the area. About 2-million tons of salt still enter the water through rivers that flow into it. You can still spot remnants of Lake Bonneville's shoreline along the mountainsides. Better yet, you can hike or bike along the shoreline on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
Europeans first saw the Great Salt Lake in 1824 and thought it to be the home of the North Shore Monster. The monster made its first alleged appearance in 1877. Witnesses reported seeing a creature with a crocodile body and the head of a horse within the waters of the lake.
You don't have to travel far to experience Big Cottonwood Canyon. The canyon is a watershed that supplies drinking water and features the ski resorts Solitude and Brighton. It's a great place for rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking, with trails and picnic areas. Many of the hiking trails include wildflower walks that lead to the lakes Mary, Martha, and Catherine .
Another Salt Lake City attraction is Utah's Hogle Zoo. Located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon, the zoo covers 42 acres of natural terrain and is home to more than 800 animals. Enjoy the Zoofari Express train and catch amazing views of animals in their natural setting. The train takes riders through exhibits with lions, giraffes, zebras, and ostriches. A popular summer event for kids is the zoo's Lighthouse Point Splash Zone. Watch the little ones jump in water streams, zip down a slide inside the lighthouse, and run through a blowhole that shoots water.
Salt Lake City is full of adventures for everyone. You don't have to travel far to experience the attractions that make this city an exciting place to live. Plan a weekend of beautiful hiking trails, stunning views, and a fun trip to the zoo.
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