Provo Landmarks

Two of Provo Utah's most distinguishing landmarks: "Y" Mountain and Provo Power's smokestack.


At 8520 feet (2597 m), Y Mountain is located directly east of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The Slide Canyon/Y Mountain Trail leads to a large block Y located 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from a parking area at the mountain's base. The Y was built over a hundred years ago as the insignia for BYU. For years the trail to the Y has been one of the most hiked trails in Utah Valley and provides a beautiful view of Provo, Orem, the rest of the many cities in Utah Valley and Utah Lake (a large freshwater lake that feeds the Great Salt Lake). The trail is also regularly used by hikers, bikers, paragliders and hunters to access the backcountry in the Slide Canyon area.


The large white Y on the side of the mountain has become the nationally recognized insignia for BYU and the reason why BYU is often called the "Y". It is made of concrete and is 380 feet high and 130 feet wide (116 by 40 m). No other college in the United States has a larger symbol, in fact, the Y is even larger than the letters in the "Hollywood sign" in California.


At the dedication of the power plant on April 1, 1940, Provo's residents realized their dream of a locally owned, locally controlled power utility. The smoke stacks of the original power plant stand as a tribute to the historic decision by the community to take control of the power utility.


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Taken on May 25, 2007