Updated March 18, 2009Utah is not up on the top of my list as a gay travel destination but there are some great events and outdoor recreation opportunities in Utah.
Utah Pride - Festival and parade held in Salt Lake City.
Places to Go in Salt Lake City
Utah's gay community is out and thriving with gay 'ghettos' popping up in the Marmalade area west of Capitol Hill, in the 9th & 9th neighborhood and downtown.
Check out the action at Salt Lake's fabulous gay clubs and bars, find out when gay nights are held at mainstream clubs and see what's happening when at these venues.
Club Try-Angles - Enjoy $1 drafts of Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays or check out the summer BBQ's at Club Try-Angles.
The Tavernacle Social Club - A tongue-in-cheek reference to the Tabernacle in Temple Square, the behavior found in Club Tavernacle will likely get you booted off Main Street Plaza. This non-smoking club is a mixed bar that is friendly to gay patrons. Check out the dueling pianos and get on stage to karaoke.
Utah Pride Center - Resources, events and news about Utah's GLBTQ community. Sign up to volunteer or march in the Gay Pride Parade.
Q Salt Lake - Utah's Gay & Lesbian News & Entertainment network.
Gay and Lesbian Ski Week - Park City's Utah Gay & Lesbian Ski Week has become a top event among LGBT ski buffs. Park City - the swank resort town just a half-hour's drive from Salt Lake City - is best known in January for its prestigious and star-studded Sundance Festival, which dominates the entire region during the second half of January.
Sundance Film Festival - The Sundance Institute was set up to actively engage aspiring filmmakers, with the festival becoming a forum for that newly discovered talent. With the more liberal reputation held by Park City (versus Salt Lake City) The Festival was ready to attract tourists and film afficionados from across the United States. The Sundance Film Festival is now known for showcasing the best that America has to offer in indpendent film.
Hiking Bryce and Zion
Bryce and Zion National Parks are too beautiful to pass up! Bryce Canyon National Park, approximately 250 miles from either Salt Lake City, Utah or Las Vegas, Nevada is located in southeast Utah. Bryce is a little northeast of Zion National Park. It is open all year round. Bryce is one of the top attractions of the southwest. More on Bryce Canyon National Park.
Zion National Park, close to St. George, Utah, is just an hour and a half drive from the International airport in Las Vegas. It is open all year round. Zion is one of the top attractions of the southwest. The official Zion website explains... Zion is an ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary. Protected within the park's 229 square miles is a dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. More on Zion National Park.