About Salt Lake

Dear ESA meeting attendees,

It’s my great privilege to welcome the global community of ecologists to Salt Lake City, Utah. Where ever you’re coming from and whatever your background, scientific interest, or career stage, the local host committee warmly invites you to join us at the Salt Palace Convention Center in August 2020. In addition to a dynamic and inclusive meeting program, you will find a myriad of cultural and recreational amenities within and surrounding our beautiful city.

Salt Lake City is located at 4300 feet above sea level in the Great Basin Desert, on the shore of the Great Salt Lake and at the transition between a semi-arid shrubland and the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range. The municipality of Salt Lake City, founded in 1847, has a population of just over 200,000, with 1.2 million people in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.

The Salt Palace Convention Center is located downtown within walking distance of numerous restaurants, lodging options, galleries, parks, and hiking/biking trails. There is an extensive public transit system that includes buses, three light rail lines, and a long distance commuter train. Bicycle and scooter rentals are available and most streets have bike lanes. The green line train provides easy transportation from the airport, and you can easily get around the city without a car. But while you’re in the area, you may want to visit some of the many hiking trails, natural areas, and national parks in and around Utah. Below are some highlights of our local area:

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Things to do surrounding Salt Lake City

A view from atop a red clay colored canyon top.

Dead Horse Point State Park

“I hope this gives you a flavor of some of the many things to do and see in our area. On behalf of the local host committee and all the ecologists of Utah, we hope you will enjoy your visit and we look forward to seeing you here.”Diane Pataki Local Host Chair


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