Utah Local Customs

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Utah Local Customs

  • Alcohol

    Salt Lake City Local Customs

    I am posting this because much of the info here is incorrect or outdated. Utah did away with the Private Club law a little while ago so you do not have to have a membership to enter those establishments anymore. The downside of this is that in the past, you may have paid a smaller amount for the temporary membership whereas now many of the...

  • Mormons

    Salt Lake City Local Customs

    As a person born and raised in Salt Lake City that was not Mormon or LDS or whatever is appropriate, I disagree with many of the statements above. First, if they know (and as has been stated they have awesome record keeping systems so, they know) you are a non-mormon they will in little ways try to get you to join their church. I was visited more...

  • Plenty of Festivals

    There are some pretty well attended festivals throughout the state that are worth noting.Late January brings the Sundance Independent Film Festival mostly in Park City, though there are screenings in SLC as well. Well attended by the stars, directors and producers it is a star studded event.Easter is the Jeep Safari in Moab. A week worth of 4x4...

  • 24th of July

    The 24th of July is a State holiday. It is the day Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 leading the Mormons from Nauvoo Illinois across the plains. The Day's of '47 celebration is too big for just one day. There are Rodeos, horse parades, children's parades, check out the floats parties, patriotic breakfasts etc. The third biggest...

  • road side messages

    Along the road west in the empty desert salt you'll find messages. Mostly love lorn hearts and names. There is plenty of room, add your own.

  • Mountain Letters

    Due to the sparse vegetation on the mountains, it has become common practice to put the letters of the local high school or College on the side of a mountain. The two largest are the U in Salt Lake for the University of Utah and the Y in Provo for Brigham Young University. This is the picture of the H rock for Highland High School. School rivalries...

  • showers at the state parks

    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...

  • Mormonisms

    Mormons, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, therefore alot of Utah, are very conservative people and therefore have pretty strict laws concerning alcohol and smoking in public places, etc. etc. So just try to be polite, its just their standards and beliefs, and don't be afraid to ask, they're very friendly and willing to...

  • Driving instead of hiking

    I figured that Americans prefer driving to certain destinations more than hiking directly to the attraction. That's why you'll find a so called viewing point at almost every major sight in the States.If you're in a hurry, you can try this version as well, but I prefer to hike in the parks. Especially in Arches National Park you should walk to the...

  • Yummy Cookies

    Years ago in Alaska, some of the stores carried these cookies. Now that I live in Nevada that isn't the case. But, when I stop through Utah I try to find these local favorites. They've been around awhile and have all kinds of new flavors. But, the pink-frosting-coated cake sugar cookies are my favorite.

  • Mormonism

    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...

  • Interesting facts about Utah

    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...

  • Alcohol laws

    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...

  • Meet the Mormon people at Temple Square!

    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

  • UTAH the state of the Mormons...

    UTAH the state of the Mormons and of Monument Valley is at the Mountain Time such 1 hour more than the neighbor ARIZONA.

  • In Salt Lake at the Mormom...

    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.

  • If you really want to visit...

    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...

  • Not really a tip, but Utah has...

    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.

  • I just want to mention here...

    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!

  • Dumb Utah LawsIt is against...

    Dumb Utah LawsIt 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...

  • It is hard to go anywhere in...

    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.

  • Copper - Mineral Copper...

    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...

  • State TreeThe blue spruce...

    State TreeThe 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...

  • State Flower The sego lily...

    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...

  • The Downtown MallsThe Downtown...

    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,...

  • Mormon State...

    This is the Mormon State, so they do tend to have very conservative laws, regarding alcohol and smoking. This shouldn't put you off, as there is lots to do here. Just respect the no alcohol and no smoking laws in most places and you will have an exciting hassle free time.

  • sit, back, relax and soak in...

    sit, back, relax and soak in the scenery. Below, Lil, Lauren, Keri and I are doing just that at the top of Angel's Landing. Angel's landing is one of my favorite hikes. Its a strenuous journey to the top, and you'll rely on chains at the top to assist you to the summit. Once you reach the top, you'll realize all efforts to get there will be worth...

  • Most people pass by the...

    Most people pass by the national parks in Utah on their way to or from California on a cross-country trip or enroute to Salt Lake City or Denver. It is easy to see that Zion National Park is worth a stop...and that Utah is worth taking a closer look.iF YOU LIKED THIS ONE CHECK OUT MY BRYCE CANYON UTAH PAGE.;-)

  • Utah has a very dense Mormon...

    Utah has a very dense Mormon population. While this serves as a major turn-off for some people, many others flock to Utah each year because of its wholesome atmosphere and emphasis on family values. There are literally hundreds of things to do here... don't let a cultural perception deter you.

  • The LDS (Mormon) church is the...

    The LDS (Mormon) church is the dominant cultural force in Utah. This makes things like getting a mixed drink a little more tricky than it could be. There are those of us living in Utah who are not LDS too, so don't assume that you are talking to a Mormon just because you are in Utah. I get that a lot, and I am not Mormon. Also, don't assume we are...

  • No smoking in public! It's...

    No smoking in public! It's against the law and I must say as a non-smoker it was a truely wonderful experience. Nice to eat in a smoke-free restaurant. I didn't really notice the clean air I was breathing until I got back onto my home turf and found it very difficult to ignore the distinct smell of cigarette smoke all around me.

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