If you’re coming to Salt Lake for the skiing, biking, climbing, hiking - or any other outdoor activity - consider evo Hotel your launchpad for adventure. You’ll have access to 10 ski resorts, world-class bouldering and climbing, and epic hiking and biking trails - all within an hour of the hotel. We’re located in the historic Granary District, just 10 minutes away from SLC Airport and a few blocks south of downtown.
The Granary District was once an industrial area built up around Salt Lake’s railroad corridor. When the rail lines moved west, the Granary District underwent a period of urban decay. Recently, the neighborhood has been rediscovered and it’s coming back to life in a big way. It’s become a haven for artists and makers, with new breweries, restaurants, and shops opening up everywhere. We’re excited to be a part of the renaissance happening in the Granary District—this place has the kind of energy we love.
We’ve curated our locals list for the best of Salt Lake and the surrounding areas.
26 years old
I grew up in Park City and lived in Salt Lake for a winter after college, so I’ve got 15 years of Wasatch experience!
The Cirque at Snowbird. There’s a little something for everyone here. You can get spicier in the couloirs up high or open it up to the bowls lower down. Since it’s right off the tram line you’ll get good views as you start your top to bottom run.
The Cabbage Patch has to be my favorite bouldering spot. It has a bunch of boulders to choose from and a ton of problem varieties, but there are a lot of problems on the easier (V2-3) side, which I like! Plus, it’s in Little Cottonwood Canyon, which is my favorite of the two canyons.
Salt Lake: Best place for a beer after a ride would be Beer Bar. It’s right downtown, close to the evo Hotel, and has an assortment of beers on tap to go with their delicious food. In the summer, they have a great patio to soak in the last bits of sun before it goes down.
Park City: No Name Saloon is my favorite place to get a beer in Park City because you can ride your bike from the mountain straight to the bar on main street. It’s a staple Park City watering hole with a great patio upstairs and quirky décor. It just expanded to offer more food and seating, so you can grab a quick bite with your beer too.
Armstrong to Spiro at Park City Mountain has to be my favorite MTB trail. From start to finish at a causal pace this ride is about an hour, making it the perfect post-work ride with plenty of time to happy hour at your car in the parking lot. It’s a fast, fun, and flowy trail with classic views of Park City that brings me some nostalgia every time I ride it.
Red Butte Garden is the perfect summer concert venue. It’s an outdoor venue and always hosts great artists. The best part is you can bring in your own picnic materials and set up shop with blankets and chairs.
Born and raised in SLC, and we live in Big Cottonwood Canyon
Emma's, right across the street from Alta, it’s between 800-1300 foot runs, south facing. It's really the epitome of Utah backcountry, almost every step you take up is worth it's vertical in skiing down, so it's really efficient fall-line skiing. A perfect way to start or end a day of skiing at Alta or snowbird too, just in case you need some resort action to add on to the day.
Pentapitch, 4-5 pitches, 5.8, super fun way to watch the evening on a hot summer day. Just a little ways up Little Cottonwood Canyon, its where I basically learned trad climbing and still love it.
Born and raised in SLC, and also lives in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Attended the University of Utah for my BFA in printmaking and work as a graphic designer for many local businesses. I also run a printing press called The Wolf Press.
I love Corner Canyon, and the Glenwild Trail systems in Park City. Both systems are well maintained and offer a wonderful cross country biking experience.
UMOCA, UMFA, Finch Lane Gallery, Rio Gallery, and Poor Yorick Studios (for open studio events)
Fisher and TF Brewing
I love any trail up Millcreek Canyon as they allow dogs...and hiking with my pup is my favorite activity in the world! But, as a resident of Big Cottonwood Canyon my go-to's are Butler Fork and anything at Brighton Resort.
I have lived in Utah now for 5 years. I moved out here because this is where my fiancé is from, and this is where we decided to live together because it supports both of our interests and love for the outdoors. I currently live in Ogden which is just 30-40 min north of Salt Lake City.
Powder Mountain. It is a snowboarder's paradise, and it has the most skiable acreage in the US. Located north of Salt Lake it tends to have less crowds than all the other ski resorts in the Salt Lake area.
Slackwater. With the best craft beer selection in town along with amazing artisan pizza's, they are a staple place to hit up after a long day of shredding. Locally owned and operated they have a location in Ogden and Sandy and coming soon in down-town Salt Lake. It's the perfect place to grab a victory beer after a fun day on the mountain.
Art Nord Trail - A great family-friendly hike located just off the old Snowbasin Road (Snowbasin Resort). I especially love this hike come fall time when all the colors start changing. It is simply a beautiful hike. It is also a great hike for dogs as at times it follows along a river where there are many spots where they can get a drink and play in the water.
Big and little Cottonwood Canyon. There are so many great hikes in this area with spectacular views. The exposed granite rock is also something to behold. Along with multiple hiking trails it is also a rock-climbing destination as trad, sport, bouldering, and ice climbing are well-represented here.