Outdoor Gems Among Salt Lake City Attractions

Witness Utah's Beauty Like a Local

After you've explored our detailed area guide, featuring the best Salt Lake City attractions, check out these outdoor hidden gems. SLC is known for encouraging those to get outside, with an emphasis on hiking, skiing, and art gardens. These beautiful sceneries are difficult to find, giving travelers a truly unique experience within each visit. Our friendly staff at Hotel RL Salt Lake City is happy to share with you some of these secret hotspots.

Take the off-the-beaten-path with these authentic local finds

Donut Falls: Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, this is easily one of the most obscure and remarkable hikes in Salt Lake City. The Donut Falls are created with Cottonwood Creek waterfalls pouring through a donut-shaped hole against a rocky backdrop, creating a heaven-like scene. Bonus: Try snowshoe hiking here, popular among Salt Lake City locals.

Camp at Willow Lake: This scenic hike, about 11 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, features wildflowers and a beautiful alpine lake with the reflection of willow trees. This is an easy route, perfect for beginners or those interested in taking gorgeous pictures to show your friends and family back home.

Gilgal Gardens: This whimsical public space is a quirky yet intriguing garden featuring folk art. Considered the only “visionary art environment” in Utah, it exhibits 12 sculptures and 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems and literary texts. This place is equally admired by adults and kids alike. Be sure to check out the two-ton sphinx carved with the face of Ladder-day Saints church founder, Joseph Smith. 749 500 South, 8AM-8PM