How to be an Outdoorsy Digital Nomad in Salt Lake City

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We didn’t expect Salt Lake City to be our first stop on our trip. Thanks to a Couchsurfing fiasco in Durango, we left Colorado early. Utah did not disappoint. Even though we missed Moab (one of our favorite places on earth), Angel’s Landing in Zion, and many of Utah’s other iconic stops, we loved our two weeks in Utah.

It turns out that being a digital nomad in Salt Lake City is not only quite easy, it’s downright delightful. We easily could have stated in Salt Lake City for another few weeks.

Quick side note: you’ll see us using the term “digital nomad” quite a bit. This is just a fancy term for someone who can work remotely from anywhere, so they travel a lot.

If you’re looking at stopping as a digital nomad in Salt Lake City, you’re in for a treat. Andrew and I put together our list of top picks from our two weeks in Salt Lake City:

The Best Coffee Shop for Work as a Digital Nomad in Salt Lake City

We loved Publik Coffee Roasters in Salt Lake City. Their avocado toast was on point, and Andrew loved their machiattos. They have two levels and conference rooms you can rent out with huge whiteboards. It felt like a chique, urban coworking space – except their coffee was way better than any coworking space I’ve ever visited!

Parking was easy and there was generally plenty of space. They have a wide variety of seating options, making it easy to switch it up during long work days. I even used some of their tall tables like standing desks. My only complaint would be that it could get a bit noisy, making conference calls a bit tricky at times.

We also spent a day at the Salt Lake City Public Library. This place is amazing. It’s got huge, curved walls that face the mountains. It gets a bit warm if you are magnetized to beautiful views (like I am), but the view was worth it. You can check out some views from the library on this vlog. We would have happily come back every day, except that parking was a pain. We ended up paying $12 per day for parking there. This paradoxically made working from the library more expensive than working from Public Coffee Roasters!

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The Best Yoga Studio for Relaxing and Working Out as a Digital Nomad in Salt Lake City

As you might recall, I got a minor concussion on April 1, the first day of our trip. This meant I spent the first week of our trip napping a lot, wearing sunglasses everywhere, and generally feeling cruddy.

Schole Yoga was a bright spot. I signed up for their free one-week trial when I discovered the studio was just a mile from our Airbnb. Their studio is small and windowless. It’s warm and smells like some sort of essential oil. I’m not a yogi, and I was pretty intimidated at first.

But they’re ridiculously friendly, and the yoga at Schole is a whole new flavor for me. They offer three classes: relax, deep, and strong. I tried all three.

A Schole Yoga class is not like anything I’ve ever been to before. The whole studio is dark, and all the mats point towards the center in a circle. There are crazy-cool glowing lights on the ceiling. The instructor leads you through a flow for a little while, then they turn the music up and stop talking.

It’s almost totally dark, and you’re pouring sweat. For the duration of the next song or two, you progress through the flow at your own pace or do any number of variations on it. You can really dig into your own body, or just flop on your back and breathe. Let’s be honest, I did that a few times – especially during their butt-kicking “strong” workout.

The classes are the best blend of independence and guidance, gritty physicality and a bit of meditation, that I’ve ever seen. Plus, their choice of deep house-style music was a great twist on meditation.

Maybe a bit too much for a concussed brain, but Schole was amazing. If I lived in Salt Lake City, I’d 100% be a member.

The Best After-Work Trail Running as a Digital Nomad in Salt Lake City

Once my brain was feeling a bit better, I started thinking ahead to my half marathon in June and my full marathon this fall. I found Red Butte Canyon Trails about 15 minutes from our Airbnb, and I went with Barley almost every day. He already wrote about this on his blog, but let me add in my human two cents.

Red Butte Canyon Trails is one of the best, most challenging multi-use trails that I’ve ever found this close to a big city. Having lived in both Colorado Springs and Denver, this isn’t a small statement. I did a few three-mile runs that totally kicked my butt, and you could easily run far enough into the canyon to actually leave the city behind.

Barley could be off leash, which is really great for his mental health. Mountain bikers seemed a bit more polite and considerate than what I’ve seen in Colorado, and it was overall less crowded than trail systems on Colorado’s front range.

I already miss this trail system.

The Best After-Work Bars as a Digital Nomad in Salt Lake City

Andrew and I really enjoy going out for drinks. It’s one of our biggest vices – as you’ll see in our April budget post. We hit up the Beerhive with one of Andrew’s work friends. The cinnamon whiskey shots are not to be missed. Utah’s beer laws prevent you from getting any high-abv drinks on tap, but you can still enjoy a rich stout (me) or double IPA (Andrew) from a bottle. The Beerhive has a great atmosphere and a cool strip of ice embedded into the bar, keeping your drinks chilly.

We also visited Whiskey Street, a super-cool bar with a sliding ladder and great history about Joseph Smith’s drinking habits. Their cocktails, crab chowder, and truffle fries are a great post-trail-run indulgence.

Finally, we loved going to Del Mar al Lago, a Peruvian ceviche place. Their pisco sours were the best I’ve had since being in Peru, and their ceviche was fantastic. We went twice, even though it was a bit pricey.

The Best Day Trips for a Digital Nomad in Salt Lake City

We’d be remiss to not mention the actual Great Salt Lake. Despite 50 degree temps, sideways drizzle, and heavy winds, we loved visiting Antelope Island State Park. We drove out with Barley and hiked around for a while, climbing on rocks and enjoying the view. I could have easily spent several more hours there, but Andrew isn’t much for hiking and the weather was pretty bleak. We visited the beach for a bit, then headed home. I’d love to come back again with slightly better weather.

We also visited the Mormon Tabernacle and Temple. This is not to be missed if you’re in Salt Lake City. The architecture and horticulture are amazing. We saw an awe-inspiring demonstration of the acoustics of the tabernacle – you can literally hear a pin drop on stage from the back of the building.

We drove up to Park City for a day but again got skunked by the weather. It turns out that early April is just an iffy time for Utah weather, and we just kept running into 40 to 50 degree days with drizzle. We got some food, drove around a bit, and headed back. If we’d come up a bit earlier, the skiing would be great. If we came up a few weeks later, I would have spent all day hiking. Alas, shoulder season struck again.

The Best Dog-Friendly Stops for a Digital Nomad in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City truthfully didn’t have a lot of dog-friendly places for us to take Barley, aside from the parks and trails. Luckily, Barley doesn’t need much beyond some good hikes. The hiking made up for the fact that it wasn’t particularly easy to take Barley anywhere else in Salt Lake City.

Author: Kayla

Kayla is a biologist, writer, and web designer. She’s passionate about animal behavior, the science of habits, and anything outdoors.

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