About Salt Lake City

The Salt Lake Sangha of Recovery Dharma welcomes you! We hope you find this page useful in planning your conference trip to the beautiful and friendly Salt Lake City (SLC)! SLC is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., and a diversity of opportunities and welcoming atmosphere are just a few of the reasons that immigration from other states and countries is booming. Below we’ll highlight a few things we think you’ll want to know about visiting SLC, but we encourage you to learn more at Visit Salt Lake.

What to Expect

Summer in SLC can be hot and dry, with average highs in the 90s, but occasional spikes over 100! We say it’s a dry heat, with humidity averaging less than 25% in the afternoons when it is hottest. Things usually cool off into the 60s in the evening, but days are long in August with sunset nearing 9 p.m. Summer rainstorms are infrequent and usually short-lived, although afternoon storms in the surrounding mountains are more common, so prepare accordingly if you plan any mountain visits.

The Conference Venue

Aerial View of the Library: Image by Timothy Hursley

The conference will be held at the award-winning, 5-story, triangular-shaped Salt Lake City Public Library, in downtown SLC (210 E 400 S). You can get a feel for the “City Library” at the designer’s website. We will be utilizing the Library’s Nancy Tessman Auditorium, Conference Rooms A and B, and the Urban Room, all of which can be viewed here.

Getting Around

Although we are a big city, getting around SLC is relatively safe and easy. You can ride the train from Salt Lake City International Airport to downtown SLC in under 25 minutes, with departures every 15 minutes! The downtown area and City Library conference venue are also in the “Free Fare Zone,” where you can take a bus or train short distances at no charge. Visit the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) for details on public transportation. Of course, you can also get around by rental car available at the airport or downtown, by Uber, Lyft, or traditional taxi. The downtown area is also walking friendly, home to e-scooters, and a bike share.

Lodging

There are around 20 hotels within a ½ mile of the conference venue, mostly to the west of the City Library. We encourage you to explore the options and price that best suit your needs. We are approaching a few of the closer hotels to see if they will offer Recovery Dharma members a discounted rate, and will update this section if such options arise. There are also multiple hostels within three miles of the Library, including the Avenues Hostel (~$30), Reservoir Park Properties (~$22), Camelot Inn & Hostel (~$55), and SLC Hostel (~$49). There are AirBnB, VRBO, and other rental options available for individual research in the downtown and nearby areas.

Things to Do

Downtown SLC is home to a diversity of restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios, art studios, shopping, and other attractions to keep you busy outside the conference. The Utah State Capitol Building and Temple Square are two nearby landmarks worth checking out. The City Creek Canyon and Nature Preserve can be accessed near the Capitol building. This area offers a very close-by hiking, jogging, or biking getaways from the city. If you have more time, we recommend a visit to Antelope Island State Park, where bison, antelope, and other wildlife can be seen against the backdrop of the Great Salt Lake, or one of the many canyons leading into the Wasatch Mountains.