Nature and wildlife is abundant in and around Salt Lake City, making a nature tour one of those must-do activities when visiting the area. From wild antelope and wetland birds to the impressive Wasatch Mountains, here are some of the region’s top nature and wildlife tours.
Wasatch Mountain Tour
Offered by Salt Lake City Guided Tours, the Wasatch Mountain Tour takes around three hours, with pick-up options available from the majority of the hotels in Salt Lake City. The tour begins by taking you through the Wasatch National Forest, where you will be able to spot plenty of local wildlife, followed by a drive up to Big Cottonwood Canyon, where you will have the opportunity to see some moose. Next up is Silver Lake, which is perched right at the top of the mountains, offering incredible views and invigoratingly fresh mountain air.
Antelope Island Wildlife Safari
Provided by City Sights, the Antelope Island Wildlife Safari takes you right into the heart of the Antelope Island State Park, which is the largest island on the Great Salt Lake. The island is home to the largest buffalo herd in the country, and, with these buffalo being the largest land animal in North America, they definitely make for an impressive sight. In addition to seeing several hundred buffalo roam the island, this tour also gives you the opportunity to view antelope, mule deer, coyotes, and several bird species, depending on the time of the year that you visit.
Great Salt Lake Tour
A Tours of Utah tour, the Great Salt Lake Tour is two hours long, and will take you to see the saltiest lake in the western hemisphere, also referred to as America’s Dead Sea. The water here is ten times saltier than the ocean, meaning that it is impossible to sink into it, making this a sight that you will not want to miss out on. Within the lake, you will stop off at a migratory birds wetland area, which welcomes several million birds each year. You will also have the opportunity to catch a live sea monkey, which is the only creature that can survive within the lake. The Great Salt Lake State Park is also on the agenda, including the Utah State Marina and the Silver Sands Beach, where you will be able to take a short stroll on the soft, pearl-like sand. The Great Salt Lake also has quite the history behind it, which you will learn more about at Saltair, a historic beach resort that was built by the Mormon Church, and is also known as the Coney Island of the West.
There is so much natural beauty and wildlife to be found in the Salt Lake City area, so while the city itself may have plenty of exciting activities to offer, be sure to save a couple of days for some of these tours. Whether you venture out into the Great Salt Lake, or enjoy a bird’s eye view of the region from the peaks of the Wasatch Mountain, these tours guarantee to make you Salt Lake City vacation so much more memorable.