Traveling to Utah
Located at the crossroads of the western United States, Utah is easy to reach whether flying into Salt Lake City, a regional airport or driving in from neighboring states. Interstate 15 runs north to south creating major intersections with the western terminus of Interstate 70 in Central Utah and Interstates 80 and 84 in the north.
The northern area of the state is part of the Great Basin and Middle Rocky Mountains, cradle to 12 of Utah’s 14 ski resorts. Ten of those resorts are within an hour of Salt Lake City international airport and some are roughly 30 minutes from downtown, which is the real story of Northern Utah's incredible geography: the mountains are virtually in the backyard.
Expect warm, often sunny weather through three seasons with cooler temperatures in the higher elevations, especially at night. The winter in the north reserves most of its snow for the ski resorts leaving pleasantly crisp days and cold nights in the valley. The warm climate and red rock landscape of the desert southwest and Colorado Plateau define Southern Utah, the home of The Mighty Five® national parks and several national monuments, scenic byways and state parks.
Utah is accessible to the world via Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Located just 5 miles northwest of downtown Salt Lake City, it is a primary gateway for your Utah adventure and has extensive rental car services. The airport ranks 25th busiest in the United States yet the airport consistently receives high marks for on-time arrivals and departures. Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Skywest, Southwest, United and US Airways and their affiliates serve SLC, including nearly 90 cities with nonstop flights. International nonstop flights include Paris, Amsterdam and multiple cities in Mexico and Canada.
Additional connection flights from SLC or other airports in the region serve Ogden (OGD) and Provo (PVU) on the Wasatch Front in the Northern Utah region, St. George (SGU) and Moab/Canyonlands (CNY) in the south. Some Mighty Five itineraries in Southern Utah may opt for flights through Las Vegas, which is about a 2.5-hour drive from Zion National Park and other top southwest Utah destinations.
Bus and Rail
Experienced travelers say Amtrak's California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in North America. The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco. Utah stops include a staffed station in Salt Lake City and unstaffed stops in Provo, Helper and Green River. Amtrak bus service connects to Ogden.
The Greyhound Bus Lines offer frequent service to and throughout Utah on its transcontinental routes along all interstates (I-15, I-84, I-80 and I-70) as well as to Denver along U.S. 40 and Moab along U.S. 191. Greyhound provides the primary means of public transportation to Southern Utah. Salt Lake Express is launching service between St George and Springdale hotels as well (~$78) — and Springdale hotels have easy access to the free Zion National Park multipassenger shuttle system during the warmer months.