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Great Salt Lake State Park

Visit the beautiful shoreline of this famous lake to see breathtaking sunsets, launch a boat, hike along the sand or swim in the unusually salty water.

Walk along the spacious reserve of Great Salt Lake State Park to experience the beauty and recreational opportunities of the Western Hemisphere’s largest salt lake. Entwined with myths and legends of Native American tribes and early settlers, Great Salt Lake is an important landmark in Utah’s scenery. Watch a spectacular multihued sunset from the sandy shoreline and spot wildlife and flocks of migratory birds. Go on a boating adventure and spend the night camping near the water.

Stop at the Great Salt Lake State Park’s small visitor center to ask about the park’s seasonal highlights during your stay. The visitor center contains interesting displays, where you can learn about the 1,500-square-mile (3,900-square-kilometer) lake’s formation, its significance to local Native American peoples and European settlers and its history and changing water levels. Pick up souvenirs and maps from this helpful center.

Rent a boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard from the park’s rental operator. You can also organize boat tours from here. Make your way to the Great Salt Lake State Marina and boat launch to set out on your adventure. Join sailors from Great Salt Lake Yacht Club and sail on waters that are saltier than the ocean.

Enjoy 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) of varied shoreline and take in views of white sandy beaches, Black Rock mountain and Antelope and Stansbury islands. Antelope Island is renowned for its hiking and biking trails. You might see bison in the shoreline marshes, as well as migratory birds that make a stopover here to refuel at freshwater inlets. Find a secluded spot for a swim and marvel at your buoyancy in the salty water.

In the evening, relax at your campground or RV site and enjoy a magnificent sunset. You might also catch a concert at the charming old Great Saltair building.

The visitor center and marina of the Great Salt Lake State Park are located on the park’s southern end, which is less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. The park is open daily and charges an entry fee per vehicle. Pay an extra fee to camp overnight.


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Comfort Inn & Suites Tooele-Salt Lake City $89
Comfort Inn & Suites Tooele-Salt Lake City

Comfort Inn & Suites Tooele-Salt Lake City

8580 Highway 36, Tooele, UT
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Tooele, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Saltair Palace, Great Salt Lake State Park, and Overlake Golf Course. Deseret Peak Complex and USANA Amphitheater are also within 20 mi (32 km).

    Comfort Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Airport $80
    Comfort Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Airport

    Comfort Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Airport

    202 N Jimmy Doolittle Rd, Salt Lake City, UT
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Wingpointe Golf Course and within 9 mi (15 km) of Temple Square and Salt Palace. Vivint Smart Home Arena and Capitol Theater are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Ramada by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport Hotel $55
      Ramada by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport Hotel

      Ramada by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport Hotel

      5575 W. Amelia Earhart Dr, Salt Lake City, UT
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Wingpointe Golf Course, Vivint Smart Home Arena, and Capitol Theater. Conference Center and Stonebridge Golf Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Salt Lake City Airport $67
        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Salt Lake City Airport

        DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Salt Lake City Airport

        5151 Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Wingpointe Golf Course and within 9 mi (15 km) of The Gateway and Vivint Smart Home Arena. Discovery Gateway Children's Museum and Gateway Mall are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Super 8 by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport $55
          Super 8 by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport

          Super 8 by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport

          223 Jimmy Doolittle Rd, Salt Lake City, UT
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this motel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Wingpointe Golf Course and within 9 mi (15 km) of Salt Palace and Capitol Theater. Vivint Smart Home Arena and City Creek Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport $89
            Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport

            Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Airport

            52 Tommy Thompson Road, Salt Lake City, UT
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Salt Lake City, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of The Gateway, Vivint Smart Home Arena, and Clark Planetarium. Tabernacle and Utah State Capitol are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites $67
              Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites

              Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites

              5433 W Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Wingpointe Golf Course and within 9 mi (15 km) of Temple Square and Salt Palace. Vivint Smart Home Arena and Conference Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport $55
                Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport

                Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport

                61 Tommy Thompson Rd, Salt Lake City, UT
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Wingpointe Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Stonebridge Golf Club and Utah State Fairpark. Salt Palace and Capitol Theater are also within 9 mi (15 km).