A butte-iful hike

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum has more than 100 acres of botanical gardens, and miles of hiking trails in the surround foothills. There’s a fragrance garden, an herb garden, a rose garden, a magical children’s garden, etc, etc, — it’s a beautiful place to spend the afternoon.

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Beyond the landscaped paths and gardens, hiking trails wind through Red Butte Canyon. Although it was overcast, we had great views of Salt Lake City from the canyon overlook, at an elevation of about 5400′. What started as a dry and rocky hike became green and woodsy as we came down along the creek. I loved the oak tunnel we walked through at the end of the hike.

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

 

 

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Temple Square

I knew there would be a large temple in Temple Square, but I was surprised to discover the square is part of a larger campus for the Mormon Church. The free visitor’s center provided a nice overview of the temple’s architecture and construction, and a brief introduction to the religion. While the other buildings nearby are pretty, the towering Salt Lake Temple really commands your attention. Stopping in front of the reflecting pool, surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of flowers, it’s easy to forget that office buildings and city traffic are just a block away. (Seriously, so many flowers.)

Temple Square, Salt Lake City

Temple Square, Salt Lake City

Temple Square, Salt Lake City

Temple Square, Salt Lake City

 

 

 

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