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Quality of Life

Winter and Summer Recreation

In the winter, Utah’s 14 ski resorts provide the world’s finest skiing and snowboarding. Ski magazine has named Utah’s Deer Valley Resort “North America’s Top Overall Ski Resort” five of the last six years. Park City Mountain Resort was ranked the “#1 Family Destination.”

In the summer, Utah’s outdoors offer numerous recreation activities including camping, hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, rock climbing, fishing and hunting in some of the most varied and spectacular scenery on earth. Utah is also ranked 6th in the U.S. for the amount of boatable water. The state is a global destination for water sports enthusiasts seeking adventure while whitewater rafting, kayaking, boating, jet skiing and scuba diving.

National Parks, Monuments and Recreation Areas

Utah is home to the greatest concentration of national parks in the U.S. The state’s five national parks—Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion— are famous around the world for their spectacular and diverse natural beauty. In addition to its five national parks, Utah’s seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and 43 state parks attract millions of visitors every year.

Arts and Culture

Utah offers a wealth of artistic and cultural activities. There  are hundreds of theaters, dance and music organizations in Utah including the renowned Ballet West, Festival Opera, and the Utah Symphony. Distinguished cultural and artistic events are also found in Utah: the Sundance Film Festival, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.

Families and Education

Surveys show that Utah’s citizens are among the happiest, its communities among the safest and its citizens the healthiest in the U.S. The overall cost of living in Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, is below the national average. Parents and children can depend on Utah to deliver world-class public education. Utah students regularly score above the national average on standardized tests.