Adventure Activities in Salt Lake City -- Try if You Dare

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Salt Lake City, Utah, is the perfect balance of mountain living and city life. A major metropolitan city surrounded by the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains, it offers the best in sightseeing, shopping, spas, resorts, and mountain recreation.

But, what if you are looking for adrenaline-pumping, pants-on-fire thrill rides and adventure activities that leave you screaming for more? Look no further: Salt Lake City has it all.

Read on to see the top five thrill rides we dare you to try on your next Salt Lake City adventure.

1. Jump off a cliff

Imagine running to the edge of a cliff and leaping into the air only to soar above the mountains and fields below? If this sounds like your kind of thrill ride, head to Utah Paragliding for your first adventure activity in Salt Lake City.

The Point of the Mountain Flight Park in Draper, just south of Salt Lake City, offers it all and more. Jump from The Point's south side and glide over fields and meadows. Leap from the north side, and soar over city, neighborhoods, and even the Utah State Prison. Learn from a paragliding instructor or fly tandem with a pro. Whatever your style, this is a thrill you won't want to miss. Tandem flights available for $100 per person.
Location: 448 Steep Mountain Dr., Draper

2. Drive a race car

Engines roaring, tires screeching, adrenaline pounding Miller Motor Sports Park puts you in the driver's seat. Literally. Located just one hour west of Salt Lake City in the scenic Tooele Valley, the sports park offers a variety of packages to put you behind the wheel of a 350-hp Mustang GTI.

Try the Mustang Experience where, after 30 minutes of classroom instruction, you will drive a Mustang for 10 laps around a state-of-the-art racetrack paced by professional instructors. Then, you take the passenger seat for two more red-hot laps. Or, attend the one-day, two-day, or three-day Ford Racing High Performance Driving School where you will learn to drive like a pro. Once you graduate, you can rent a Mustang and run the track on your own. If driving is too hot to handle, ride along with a professional driver as he fires you around the race track.

If racing Mustangs is not enough of an adventure activity, stick around for the Yamaha Champions Motorcycle Race School, Off Road Driving Instruction, or race karts on the small track.
Location: 2901 Sheep Lane, Tooele

3. Eat snails

Nestled in the mouth of breathtaking Little Cottonwood Canyon, La Caillerestaurant offers serenely beautiful gardens filed with swans and peacocks, and fine French dining in a Provencal-style chateau, making it the ideal stop for a luxurious dinner after a day of skiing, mountain biking, or hiking.

Try one of La Caille's signature dishes: Escargots Bourguignons -- snails broiled in a herbal butter and Burgundy sauce. Snails? That's right, snails. Broiled and reinserted into their shells before being served to you. So, crinkle your nose, close your eyes, and open wide.
Location: 9565 Wasatch Blvd., Sandy

4. Ride a mountainside

Peer down the side of a mountain before pedaling off and tearing down the trail. Fly past stands of fur and aspen trees, rocket past deer and high mountain snow melt streams, jump over rocks, and bunny hop logs before skidding to a stop and doing it all over again. And, you don't have to pedal to the top either. Ride the ski lift, with your bike, to the top again.

You can experience it all at Solitude Mountain Resort, which boasts 20 miles of tree-lined single track connecting to many more miles in the surrounding national forest. Solitude offers terrain for both beginner and experienced mountain bikers, so you can bring your whole group along. Full-day bike rental: $45. Full-day lift ticket: $15.
Location: 12450 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd., Brighton

5. Ski the backcountry

You have heard of Utah's sweet powder snow. But, have you ever laid down ski tracks on a mountainside of virgin powder snow? That's right. No lift lines, no groomers; just you and the snow. Utah's backcountry offers it all. With Solitude Mountain Resort's backcountry ski guides, you'll start the day with avalanche safety instruction. Then you will get intimate with the Wasatch backcountry as you skin up to out-of-bounds peaks and ridges. When you reach the top, your guide will scout out some deep, untracked powder and assess the slope for avalanche safety. Then, you and your group will get to experience powder skiing at its finest as you take to the slope. Once you reach the bottom, you can skin back up and do it all over again. When you're done, or ready for a pit stop, check out Solitude's restaurants, spas, and gift shops.

Full day of guided backcountry skiing, $199 per person, includes lift ticket, backcountry access tracker, avalanche transceiver, Black Diamond skis, and a backpack filled with a shovel, avalanche probe, climbing skins, and snacks. Lunch at St. Bernard's Restaurant is also included.
Location: 12450 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd., Brighton

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