While many National Parks lack shower facilities, all of Utah's state parks provide them. There is often an additional fee to the entrance fee for this privilege but it is nominal compared to other facilities. We found one place in Torrey, UT (outside Capitol Reef National Park) charging $5 per person. We waited it out for five days till we got to Goblin State Park, such is the life of a six-month budget trip. lol The best way to not only save some money but also to take full advantage of the beauty of these state parks is to camp there. You get to see the parks in their best early morning/late evening light and showers and entrance fees are included in the very reasonable camping rates. Oh, and the spots are about as nice as you will find anywhere too.
Utah State Parks are not included in the American the Beautiful Pass but very much worth the extra cost if you have the time to get a little off the beaten path.
Utah is a predominantly Mormon state. For this reason, the sale of alcohol is restricted. Places that sell alcoholic beverages must provide food with the purchase of alcohol. Beer that is sold is no more than 3.2% alcohol. Certain places are private clubs were alcohol is sold. A special membership is required to enter. Visitors can purchase a 2 week membership for a small fee.
Utah has the youngest population of any state, but it also has the highest birthrate of any state in the nation. It appears that Mormon families, which comprise the majority of the population, have lots of children. It is also rumored that polygamy- the practice of having several wives, is still practiced in Utah. Interestingly, Mormonism prohibits the consumption of alcohol, yet more babies are born in Utah than anywhere else in the country.
The majority of Utah's population is Mormon. Mormon's believe in Jesus Christ as their savior and in the Bible, but also abide by the Book of Mormon. The Mormon religion emphasizes the family unit as most important. Alcohol, cigarettes and sex outside of marriage is prohibited.
The traditional Mormon doctrine supports polygamy, which is not considered adultery. Although this is illegal in the United States, it is believed to still be practiced in Utah.
If you really want to visit Temple Square, but don't want to be harassed by the Mormons, consider visiting on a Sunday. They are still open, but since Mormons view Sunday as a holy day, they don’t go out. You’ll basically have the place to yourself.
That also goes for just about anything else in Utah. If you want to go shopping in peace, go on a Sunday. Crossroads mall in Downtown Salt Lake City will be busy even on Sunday, but the outlaying suburban malls are nice and quiet. Traffic is also a lot lighter on Sundays!
Not really a tip, but Utah has an enormous Mormon population! Look in the bedside drawers at hotels... generally you'll just the Bible left by the Gideons. In a lot of hotels here, you'll also see the Book of Mormon in there. Kind of 'culturally different' if you ask me.
Meet the Mormon people at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. They can tell you everything about their faith and culture.
By the way I think it's the only interesting thing about Salt Lake City itselve. It was one big Construction Site when I was there.
Link to my:Salt Lake City Page
It is hard to go anywhere in Salt Lake City without feeling the strong aura of wholesome family values. It is evident in the local art, architecture, laws, and daily interactions with area residents and visitors.
Dumb Utah Laws
It is against the law to fish from horseback.
When a person reaches the age of 50, he/she can then marry their cousin.
It is illegal not to drink milk.
It is illegal to detonate any nuclear weapon. You can have them, but you just can't detonate them.
Birds have the right of way on all highways.
A husband is responsible for every criminal act committed by his wife while she is in his presence.
You're not allowed to sell beverages containing more than 3.2% alcohol.
It's legal for restaurants to serve wine with meals, but only if you ask for the wine list.
It is considered an offense to hunt whales.
You must have identification to enter a convienence store after dark.
Women may not swear.
Daylight must be visible between partners on a dance floor.
Throwing snowballs will result in a $50 fine.
Salt Lake City
No one may walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.
Pharmacists may not sell gunpowder to cure headaches.
In Salt Lake at the Mormom Church area you may be approached by a young person politely asking if you have a religion, i.e. they are missionaries who are seeking new members to their church. I was asked several times and said 'I already do', and that was simply it. It's pretty minor though thought I'd pass this along anyways.
I just want to mention here that Salt Lake City people are incredibly friendly and that the city is incredibly incredibly clean. However, people in Utah don't appear to drive very well; there were three wrecks in like three days by our condo...watch out!
The Downtown MallsThe Downtown Malls, Crossroads Plaza and ZCMI Center Mall, are located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, across from Temple Square and just steps from the Salt Palace Convention Center. Together, the malls feature 230 stores including ZCMI/Meier & Frank, Nordstrom, Mervyn's, nine levels of fashion and specialty stores, personal services, and restaurants.
State Flower The sego lily (Calochortus nuttallii) was made the official state flower in 1911 after a census was taken of the state's school children as to their preference for a state flower. The sego lily grows six to eight inches high on open grass and sage rangelands in the Great Basin during the summer months. The plant is important to Utah because the bulbs were eaten by the early Mormon settlers during their first winter in the valley when food was scarce.
The blue spruce (Picea pungens) was chosen by the Utah State Legislature in 1933 to be the state tree. The tree is found in the Wasatch and Uinta mountains at elevations between 6,000 to 11,000 feet. It can be transplanted successfully and is widely used as an ornamental tree. Its foliage is generally silvery blue in color and has the ability to withstand temperature extremes.
Copper - Mineral
Copper (chemical symbol, Cu) was selected by early state leaders to top the dome of the Utah State Capitol. It was selected in 1994 as the State Mineral for the Beehive State. Utah is one of the leading copper producing areas of the world. The larges open pit copper mine in the world is located in Bingham Canyon near Salt Lake City.
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