Provo is Utah's third largest city, with about 116, 217 people. It is a clean, pleasant city situated between the beautiful Wasatch Mountains and 250-square mile Utah Lake. Provo's main claim to fame is Brigham Young University, a 30,000-student university founded and run as the leading Mormon institution of higher learning. It is the largest church-affiliated university in the country and its cultural offerings and sports programs play an integral role in Provo. The museums are excellent and BYU football season is greeted with wild college-town fervor.
The mountains surrounding Provo provide good hiking, mountain biking and fishing among stunning alpine scenery. Provo River is especially attractive to brown and rainbow trout fishermen and Provo Canyon is filled with trails. In winter, you'll find downhill and cross-country skiing at Sundance Ski Resort, owned by Robert Redford. Also near town are the Mt. Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Bridal Veil Falls.
Provo is located in the middle of the state, just off I-15, about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. It is one of several cities that form a sprawling urban area along the western base of the Wasatch Mountains (the "Wasatch Front").
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