I’m Not Smart Enough to be a Mormon

Green River, Utah

I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I got us lost trying to find an RV park near Salt Lake City yesterday.

The truth is that I barely got us to the third RV park we tried to stay at. Rich saved us because he SAW the park from the interstate.

I was using Google Maps on my phone. It lists the street names in the numbered grid system Salt Lake City is famous for.


The grid system starts at Temple Square and radiates out from there. So each address lists a coordinate stating how far east or west it is from the Temple and another coordinate stating how far north or south it is.

Sounds simple, but, at least for me, it’s not. I’ll admit: I’m directionally challenged. Here’s how I tell the difference between left and right…


Salt Lake City officials are so concerned about everyone figuring out how to get where they need to be that they kindly list the coordinates, the name IF it has one, and the Utah state highway number if that is applicable.

Oh, and the state nickname is the beehive, so the state highway number, and there are a lot of them, is enclosed in a beehive. Took me a while to figure out that the symbol was a beehive. (Sure you can see it in this photo, but we were toodeling down the interstate over 60 mph. 🙂 )

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The more I read about the grid system, the more confused I became.

For example, “There are just under seven blocks per mile in Salt Lake City, but a street is not necessarily a block.”

And, “Even streets with names have coordinates… If you were looking for Harvard Avenue, it would be helpful for you to know that its coordinate is 1175 south.”

I’m sure that makes perfect sense to someone, somewhere. 😉

But I’ve decided I’m not smart enough to be a Mormon and live in Salt Lake City!