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Old 09-11-2007, 11:13 AM
 
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I have been in SLC for 16 months now. I came to the area from a town in SE Oklahoma that had a population of 6800. Smog was something I had only ever heard about in the news. Honestly, either I am still naive to the smog or it isn't really that bad here in the valley. I have seen several ongoing days of "inversion", but I have always been able to see the mountains from my home even during the peak of an inversion. There are "mountains" where I am from and I was always amazed with their beauty until I arrived in SLC. I am in awe at the magnificent views the Wasatch Range has to offer. Although I miss home I am enjoying the sights to be seen here in Utah.
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Old 09-15-2007, 07:18 AM
 
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I wouldn't say SLC is heavily forested, this is a desert enviornment, but theres trees. It's a big difference if your coming from the east. There are many beautiful places close to the city that you can check out. Big and Little cottonwood are amazing places. American fork with the Alpine loop over to Sundance. If you want to drive theres Logan which hosts many beautiful canyons too. Down south theres the Mount Nebo area ect......... Theres plenty of paved trails everywhere (too many). It's a very pretty place right now and in the winter. Unfortunetly the heat in the summer and the polluted air year round are getting to be very sad but alot of people seem to not care about that so if you can deal you'll love it.
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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I have not been to Portland, but lived in Denver for several years and have now lived in Park City, UT for 4. The HUGE difference between the two is to get to the mountains from Denver is an 1 1/2 hour drive and that was 4 years ago in no traffic. With traffic it was a 3 hour drive! In SLC, from the airport, it is 30 min. door to door to the heart of the mountains. In traffic, maybe add 15 min, maybe! The mountains of Colorado are much higher and more rugged, but you will be blown away with how beautful and accessible those in utah are. Plus, you are 3-4 hours from the Tetons, Yellowstone, Moab.. the list goes on and on. The mountains in view from SLC appear bare rock, but once you get up into them, they are forrested. Lots of evergreens and aspens. We have done it all while living here- hiking, backpacking, skiing, mountain biking and for us it's all in our backyard. I would be happy to send you pictures.

The shopping is slowly changing as they revamp older areas and are bringing in bigger and better stores. But even now there is plenty of shopping to keep you busy!

The inversion can be bad, mostly in January and February, but I live in the moutains and are never affected by it. In fact, during an inversion, our temps will be warmer than those in SLC. Even still the inversion is a temporary condition that leaves once the high pressure breaks.

Good luck!
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