South Jordan, UT
In 1859, pioneers Alexander and Catherine Lince Beckstead settled in South Jordan, Utah, living in what was essentially a cave dug out from the river bank. They used mud to create adobe bricks and logs to form a roof. When more settlers came into what is now the South Jordan area, it gave rise to the White Fawn Flour Mill and then a growing rural farming community. The population grew steadily and boomed in the 1980s and 1990s, reaching about 56,000 by 2010. The most recognizable landmark in South Jordan is the Latter-day Saints’ Jordan River Temple.
South Jordan, about 10 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, is also known for Roseman University of Health Sciences. The institution offers programs in dental medicine, pharmacy, nursing and business administration. From the South Jordan campus, visitors can view the peaks of two mountain ranges, the Oquirrhs and the Wasatches. Many South Jordan visitors like to get outside and stroll along Bingham Creek Trail and Jordan River Trail, which both have outstanding views of the rocky backdrop. For more outdoor fun, take in a horse race or the annual county fair at Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Events Center.
Among South Jordan's top attractions are three golf courses. Mulligan's Golf and Games has two nine-hole golf challenges that appeal to veteran players as well as newbies. Mulligan’s also has two 18-hole miniature golf courses, and a driving range and batting cages for those wanting to try out their swings. Glenmore Golf Course offers a higher level of play, with four difficult holes on the 18-hole, par-72 course. Mountain View Golf Course is also a par-72, 18-hole playing field with a dress code—visitors must have a collared shirt.
More top attractions in the South Jordan area are the nearby skiing slopes in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Venues include Alta Ski Area, where guests can ski with a skilled volunteer Ranger, and Snowbird Ski amd Summer Resort, which offers a seasonal kids’ ski camp. For ice skating in town, the Plaza at South Jordan operates an outdoor ice rink with a warming hut December through February.
Local residents enjoy ethnic-inspired foods from around the world. Café Rio is a Mexican grill in the center of South Jordan where patrons can order burritos and tacos with all the fixings. Saffron Valley is an Indian restaurant with a budget-friendly menu that also holds Indian cooking classes. Lovers of Asian cuisine enjoy Blue Fish, a sushi bar that also prepares popular Japanese, Korean and Chinese hot dishes. For a special, sit-down dinner, the Wild Rose blends French influences with Southwestern fare and features a broad range of wines.
To understand how nearby Salt Lake City has influenced South Jordan dining, though, visit The Pie. This branch of the popular college hangout lets patrons choose ingredients for specialty pizzas, from traditional pepperoni to unusual items like smoked oysters and gyro meat. The menu even offers a vegan pizza.