The Salt Lake region of the state of Utah is a special place to live. While there is a common stereotype of the area being all desert and Mormons, this is a very simplified depiction of the place, which is considerably more complex than you might think at first glance.
The area is of course named for the Salt Lake, which is a remnant of a prehistoric body of water called Lake Bonneville. That was a pluvial lake that geologists say covered most of the western parts of current Utah, possibly the size of modern Lake Michigan. It was estimated to be 22,400 square miles in size, about ten times larger than the current Great Salt Lake. Lake Bonneville was around until 16,800 years ago, when much of the water got let go through Red Rock Pass in neighboring Idaho.
The modern lake has three primary tributaries in the Bear, Weber, and Jordan rivers. Cumulatively, they deposit over a million tons of various minerals into the lake annually. Other modern bodies of water that are likely survivors of Lake Bonneville include Rush Lake, Sevier Lake, and Utah Lake.
Fans and enthusiasts of fast cars know the Salt Lake flats as a place where new technologies, cars, and ideas are tested, and where land speed records occasionally fall flat. The area is also used a lot for shooting scenes of major Hollywood blockbusters. The natural areas of Utah and surrounding states are an outdoors enthusiasts paradise, with abundant opportunities for things like hiking, hunting, rafting, and skiing and snowboarding. Many golf courses are found throughout the state as well.
While predominantly Mormon, Salt Lake City itself is home to those that do not adhere to the faith, and given the very nature of the Mormon doctrine and traditions, the Mormon population is not overbearing towards those who are not members of the practice. While other religions have dictates to convert nonbelievers, Mormons are actually quite polite to their neighbors.
The city itself features plenty of things to do, from museums and nightclubs to sporting events. The National Basketball Association franchise Utah Jazz play here, hosting every other team in the league at least once. Brigham Young University and a number of other collegiate institutions join a handful of minor league franchises in providing other sports action. Cities like Ogden and Provo offer smaller, slower, quieter places to live while still having urban conveniences.