Considering the recent and ongoing anti-immigrant decisions made under the Trump political administration, we want to advice undocumented travelers (with and without DACA) and allies to please consider the following information. Although Utah does not have any immigration checkpoints, if driving to Utah, we recommend taking the precaution of border patrol checkpoints in surrounding states like Arizona and New Mexico. We want to remind travelers to be wary of “100-mile border zones” where border patrol frequently ignores constitutional protections. Traveling within 100 miles of the U.S. border is dangerous, and exposes people to detection, arrest, and detention by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operating at various checkpoints along those routes. Although there are no immigration checkpoints in Utah, be aware that arbitrary ICE raids have been known to happen throughout the state. If you are a DACA recipient, we suggest you travel with your EAD and state ID (please see links below). We hope all things are considered when traveling to the conference and wish you all safe travels!
List of checkpoints in Arizona and New Mexico:
More information on “100-mile border zones”:
Ramada Inn Hotel
2455 S. State St. Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Group Room Rates
Standard King or Standard Double: Single Rate: $72 (Max of 3 people per room) Double Rate: $72 (Max of 4 people per room)
All guestroom rates are subject to the current tax of 13.12%
*Reservations include a complimentary breakfast and free shuttle service to take guests anywhere within 5 miles!*
Travel by Car
While traveling to Salt Lake City you might encounter two major interstate highways, Interstate 15 and interstate 80. I-15 comes in from the north end of the state and heads straight south through the Salt Lake Valley and on through Utah County to leave the state on its southwest corner. I-80 comes in from the west side of the state, through Tooele County and passes the Salt Lake City International Airport before merging with I-15 west of downtown. The merge continues south for about 3 miles (4.8 km) before I-80 splits east again.
If travelling through I-15 in order to reach the University of Utah you may exit through 400 S & 600 S and head East. If travelling through I-80 you may exit through 13000 E and head North towards the University.
Utah’s street naming and numbering system is based on a grid system with the Salt Lake Temple as the center of town. Temple square is bordered by North Temple to the North, South Temple to the South, West Temple to the west and Main Street to the East. From the center, the streets increment by 100, and are named by the position relative to the center. The names of streets running North/South and positioned to the east of Main Street are named 200 East, 300 East and so on. The same logic applies to the streets on the other 3 sides. So, if you are looking for 300 south and 500 East, you know that the location will be 3 blocks South and 5 blocks East of the center of town.
There’s also one major roadway, State Street, that runs south through the Salt Lake Valley from Downtown Salt Lake City to Draper, before connecting with I-15.
Light Rail (TRAX)
The Wasatch Front has a light rail system operated by Utah Transit Authority (UTA) called TRAX. TRAX serves Salt Lake City International Airport, Vivint Smart Home Arena (home of the Utah Jazz), Historic Temple Square, City Center, the University of Utah and Rio Tinto Stadium (home of Real Salt Lake).
The TRAX Green Line currently runs from Salt Lake City International Airport near Terminal 1 to downtown connections in downtown Salt Lake City and onto West Valley.
The TRAX Blue Line runs from the Intermodal Hub, a couple of blocks west of downtown (connections with FrontRunner to Ogden or Provo and Amtrak’s California Zephyr), through downtown, and on to the south end of the Salt Lake Valley (Draper Town Center near 12300 South).
The TRAX red line runs eastward to the University of Utah and the University of Utah Medical Center, and westward to South Jordan and Daybreak.
Transfers to the eastbound Red Line take place at the Courthouse stop at 450 So. Main Street, which is important for travelers heading to the University area who have arrived from the airport or FrontRunner commuter rail.
TRAX stops near all three of Salt Lake City’s major malls, the central business district, Temple Square, Gallivan Plaza and many other top visitor destinations.
Most rail trips cost between $2.50 (one way) and $5 (round trip) or $6.25 for a day pass as of 2015. When purchasing a one way ticket for $2.50 your fare should last you up to two hours and you are able to transfer between the different lines and also use UTA buses. Please make sure to keep your ticket with you at all time, as UTA police regularly patrols the trax and buses and ask for proof of fare.
There is also a free fare zone in downtown Salt Lake City, convenient for conference attendees and downtown visitors.
Commuter Rail (The Frontrunner)
The UTA-operated FrontRunner commuter rail system has service from Salt Lake City north to other cities such as Ogden and Pleasant View in Weber County and as far south as University Ave in Provo, to the Provo Center Station. You’re able to get on the FrontRunner from the Salt Lake Central and Murray Central stations. The TRAX Blue line can get you to either station.
FrontRunner fares differ from TRAX line fares as they are distance-based. The further you go the more you have to pay.
UTA has bus service to northern Utah’s major cities from Provo to North Ogden, including extensive coverage in the Salt Lake Valley. Google maps can be used to get an idea of what public transportation you can take (which buses, trax, or trax + bus combinations) if you input your starting and ending location. Visit the following site: rideuta.com/Rider-Tools/Schedules-and-Maps to check specific bus schedules.
Similar to TRAX bus trips cost between $2.50 (one way) and $5 (round trip) or $6.25 for a day pass as of 2015. When purchasing a one way ticket for $2.50 your fare should last you up to two hours and you are able to transfer between different UTA buses and TRAX lines. Some bus stops have ticket vending machines that typically accept cash and major credit and debit cards. You may also purchase your fare at TRAX ticket vending machines. If it comes to it you can pay in the bus but they only accept exact change.
Looking for a free fare? Stay within downtown Salt Lake and you’ve got it. Ride for free when entering and exiting within the boundaries of the Free Fare Zone. It covers all of downtown between Salt Lake Central Station, Temple Square, the Capitol Building, the Courthouse and the Salt Lake Public Library. When boarding a bus, simply tell the bus driver you intend to stay in the zone to ride without charge.