Special churches and temples
This temple of the Mormon community is located in
the city of Monticello. It was inaugurated in July 1998
and serves as a place of worship for the approximately
13,000 Mormons in and around the city. The church covers
an area of around 1,045 mē.
In the next section, you will find a representation of
the Mormon faith community.
Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City (also known as
Salt Lake City Temple)
The Salt Lake Temple, also known as the Salt Lake City
Temple, is the most famous and largest Mormon temple in
the city of Salt Lake City. The temple was built from
1853 to 1893 in the Gothic Revival style. The Salt Lake
Temple is the real attraction of Temple Square and with
a height of 64 m towers above the surrounding sights.
With a floor area of 23,500 mē, it occupies a
considerable part of the approximately 40,000 mē Temple
Square. The Salt Lake Temple can only be visited as part
of a guided tour.
||50 West North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
St. George Utah Temple
The St. George Utah Temple in the city of St. George was
opened in 1877. However, it was built from 1871 to 1893.
It is the oldest still operating Mormon temple and the
first Mormon temple in Utah. The temple is particularly
impressive in sunshine and blue skies, because the
richly decorated white stucco is particularly effective.
||250 East 400 South
St. George, Utah 84770
Conference Center in Salt Lake City
The Mormon Conference Center located in the
city of Salt Lake City on Temple Square was built from
1997 to 2000. The meeting room is used for the
semi-annual general conferences of the church. The huge
conference room offers up to 21,000 seats. What is most
impressive is the interior of the conference room, and
the balconies, which seem to float despite their huge
size, are particularly noteworthy.
||60 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Salt Lake City.
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in the city of Salt
Lake City was built in 1871, making it the oldest
continuously used religious building in Utah. The
cathedral is designed in the Gothic Revival style.
||231 E 100 Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City
The Cathedral of the Madeleine in the city of Salt Lake
City is a Roman Catholic church from 1909. However, the
construction of the church started in 1900. The style of
the church is a mix of neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic
influences. The magnificent interior of the church is
worth seeing and the front of the church is a little
reminiscent of Notre Dame.
||331 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
The Mormon religious community, as it is commonly
known, is actually called "The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints". Although the Mormons make up less
than 2% of the total population in the United States,
they represent the majority of the population in the
state of Utah. There are historical reasons for this.
The religious community was founded in 1834 by Joseph
Smith Jr. in New York State. Due to discrimination and
persecution, members of the Church increasingly moved
west to the then uninhabited areas and were able to
establish themselves particularly in Utah.
In addition to the Bible, the Mormons continue to refer
to other sources of faith. For example, the Book of
Mormon, which Joseph Smith translated after the angel
Moroni appeared to him from gold plates using seer
The Mormons are also known for polygamy (multiple
marriage). However, this is not correct since, since
1890, multiple marriages have not found support from the
Church or have even been prohibited, and are only
practiced in small, conservative religious communities
in the western United States, Mexico and Canada.
Big celebrations and events
Pioneer Day is an official state holiday in the state of
Utah. Pioneer Day takes place annually on July 24 and
commemorates the arrival of the first Mormons in the
Salt Lake Valley. The holiday is celebrated differently
throughout Utah, but by no means only celebrated by
Mormons. For example, a parade, the "Days of '47 Parade"
takes place in Salt Lake City and is accompanied by
fireworks in the evening.
Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is an independent film
festival that has been taking place annually since 1978.
It is the largest, most important, and best known of its
kind in the United States. The Sundance Film Festival
takes place in both Park City and Salt Lake City. The
Sundance Film Festival has already helped some to make a
breakthrough, such as Quentin Tarantino and Jim
Jarmusch. From 1981, Robert Redford helped give the
festival its glamor independent of Hollywood
Utah Shakespearean Festival
The Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City is an
annual festival by the great author. The festival is
held during the summer and fall, and plays by
Shakespeare are performed on the campus of Southern Utah
University. The festival was first held in 1961 and
today up to 150,000 visitors flock to the festival.
Zoos, parks and amusement parks
Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City
The Hogle Zoo in the city of Salt Lake City was founded
in 1931 and today covers an area of 170,000 mē which
is home to around 800 animals from 250 species. The
Hogle Zoo is the largest zoo in Utah and named after its
founder James A. Hogle. The highlights of the zoo
include the elephants that provided the first Asian
elephant born in Utah.
||2600 East Sunnyside Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington
The Lagoon Amusement Park in the town of Farmington was
opened in 1886. There are a total of 50 rides in the
park, including 9 roller coasters. The most famous
roller coasters are Colossus the Fire Dragon, this
roller coaster has a double loop, and the roller coaster
Wicked, which impresses with many elements such as a
zero-G roll. The Wild Kingdom Train Zoo is also in the
park. The Wild Kingdom Train Zoo with its only 40
animals is one of the rather small zoos.
||375 Lagoon Drive
Farmington, Utah 84025
The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy
The Living Planet Aquarium in the city of Sandy is home
to around 1,250 animals from 267 species. The Living
Planet Aquarium represents the underwater world of Utah,
the oceans and South America. The Living Planet Aquarium
makes an important contribution to the education and
information about water protection.
||725 East 10600 South
Sandy, Utah 84094
Arches National Park
The Arches National Park in eastern Utah covers an area
of 310 kmē. The area has been a national park since
1971. The park has the largest number of natural stone
arches worldwide, there are approximately 2,000. The
imposing stone arches were created by erosion over time,
but without the influence of water. The most famous arch
formations in the park are certainly the Double-O-Arch
(see picture on the right), the Delicate Arch, Double
Arch, Skyline Arch, Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Wall
Arch. Other interesting rock formations are Babel Tower,
Sheep Rock and the Balanced Skirt. The park can be
crossed by car and short hikes lead to the most
impressive rock formations. At the end of the street is
the campsite of the park and this is where the approx.
10 km hiking trail through the Devils Garden, where most
of the arches can be found. The wildlife in the park is
quite limited due to the climatic conditions. Up to 1
million people visit the park every year.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern
Utah and was founded in 1964.
The national park covers an area of 1,366 kmē, making
it the largest national park in Utah.
As the name suggests, best known for its canyons. Over
time, the Colorado River and Green River left their mark
on this area and dug deep canyons into the landscape.
The Canyonlands National Park can be roughly divided
into 4 parts. These are: Island in the Sky, Needles,
Maze and the rivers.
Spectacular rock formations such as needles, bridges,
arches, monoliths and others can be found in the
respective parts of the park.
In addition to the scenic highlights, the park also
has numerous Anasazi legacies, such as petroglyphs.
This is most impressive to admire on the so-called
Newspaper Rock. Due to the huge area of the park you
can go hiking, cycling or rafting.
There are numerous hiking trails of different lengths
and levels of difficulty available.
Canyonlands National Park also offers many easy camping
options as well as some somewhat more luxurious
Up to 420,000 people visit the park every year and
this is not surprising, because this wonderful landscape
impressively conveys what it must have looked like in
earlier times on this planet.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwest
Utah and covers an area of approximately 145 kmē. The
national park is a protected area for the colorful
canyon, which is located at an altitude of 2,500 m on
the eastern edge of the Paunsangunt plateau.
Above all, the colored rock pyramids or rock pillars,
the hoodoos should be protected. These hoodoos were
shaped by the wind over time and sometimes represent a
bizarre but incredibly beautiful picture.
Furthermore, the flora and fauna of the park is very
worth seeing. The Bryce Canyon National Park can be
driven by car on the so-called Scenic Drive (29 km) and
can be viewed more closely at several viewpoints.
Those who prefer to lace their hiking boots can do so
and get closer to nature on the many hiking trails. All
in all, there are many different hiking trails
available, which vary from short and easy to long and
It should be noted, however, that due to the altitude,
the air is relatively "thin" and accordingly the hikes
are more strenuous. There are also several campsites and
a lodge in the park.
Capitol Reef National Park
The Capitol Reef National Park in southern Utah is
an approx. 979 kmē national park and was founded in
1971. The park extends in principle around the earth
fold known as Waterpocket Fold, which is 150 km long.
The park got its name from the huge sandstone reef
(length 105 m, height 300 m) with drawings in the rock
from the 9th to 12th centuries. The park also contains
monoliths, natural stone bridges and other rock
formations such as The Castle, Chimney Rock and Twin
Rocks. Popular activities in the park include hiking,
biking, and climbing. The park offers its visitors a
campsite with 71 places. The Capitol Reef National Park
is visited by approximately 620,000 people annually.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is located in southwest Utah and
covers an area of approximately 579 kmē. The national
park was founded in 1919. The park is particularly
interesting because of its most famous canyons, the Zion
Canyon and the Kolob Canyon. The Zion Canyon canyon
valley is 24 km long and 900 m deep and was created by
the Virgin River. A fascinating animal world lives in
the canyons. The most impressive animals are certainly
the cougars, even if they are rarely spotted. The main
scenic attractions are Angel's Landing, a 1763 m high
rock formation that offers excellent views of the Zion
Canyon, the Kolob Arch, The Narrow, a bizarrely washed
out rock canyon at the end of the Zion Canyon and the
Table Mountain Checkerboard Mesa. There are several
campsites in the park and a total of over 240 km of
hiking trails. Zion National Park is very popular and is
visited by approximately 2.6 million people annually.
Other natural beauties
Antelope Island State Park
Antelope Island State Park is a 115 kmē nature
reserve on the island of Antelope Island, the largest
island in the Great Salt Lake. The island is connected
to the mainland by an accessible dam. A small exhibition
on the natural history of the region is available to
visitors in the visitor center in the park. There are
also 2 campsites to enjoy the hiking trails and beaches
for several days.