A lot of people think that Salt Lake City is in the middle of the desert, but that's not so. It's more on the side of the desert. It sits underneath a series of mountains. So there is quite a bit of vegatation and water around the area. Like a lot of Western cities they get their water from pack ice off the mountains.
It's always an interesting trip driving into Salt Lake from Wyoming. You go up and down the mountains for about an hour. Going from East to West it is mostly downhill. However, going from West to East with a heavy load is always interesting. Going up the mountain with a combined weight of 70,000 to 80,000 pounds makes the truck go slow. Really slow. As in, you are creeping up the hill at 25 MPH while all the cars go by you at 55 to 65 MPH.
Once you get into Salt Lake City, and finally park you can see how beautiful the area is. Here are the pictures I took this morning.