Salt Lake City

2120 South 700 East Space C
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Recent Testimonials from Utah Families Served

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Neptune society respectfully picked my mother within 2 hours and the whole matter of transport was discreet. The process requires some involvement that can’t be pre arranged or avoided, like identification and reviewing the death certificate. This stuff isn’t pleasant, but Neptune society were very kind and helpful.
Most importantly, matt dobson has assumed responsibility for arranging an internment at Arlington national cemetery for my parents. Such a relief because the process is stringent.
Nothing here is seamless (as previous reviewer discussed), but tons of stuff was done behind the scenes.
My husband and I have decided to sign up for ourselves.

Mary S.
Salt Lake City, UT

Places to Scatter Ashes in Utah

Zion National Park

This nature preserve in southwest Utah is recognizable by its steep red cliff, and through the middle of these cliffs runs of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The lush forest trails lead to the Virgin River and Emerald Pools, which has waterfalls and a hanging garden. On the park’s official website you can obtain a special permit to scatter the ashes of a loved one.

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Red Butte Garden

Located in the Wasatch Range of Salt Lake City, the Red Butte Garden includes a botanical garden, arboretum, and amphitheater. This beautiful garden is a peaceful and serene spot for a scattering.

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is a reserve in Southern Utah. Its crimson-colored hoodoos, spire-shaped rock formations, make it a sprawling and unique site. This could be a unique location to scatter the ashes of a nature lover. Be sure to obtain a permit before holding your scattering.

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Utah Veterans Memorial Park

The veteran cemetery includes a hillside landscape, filled with trees and flowers, where cremated remains can be scattered.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Utah

Utah law allows you to scatter ashes over uninhabited public land with permission/a permit, over a public waterway or sea, or on private property of a consenting owner. If scattering at sea you must be at least 3 nautical miles from land, notify the EPA within 30 days of scattering, and avoid beaches and wading pools. You must obtain a permit to scatter on federal land. You can also scatter the ashes, but NOT the container, from the air as the government doesn’t consider cremains to be hazardous material. If the container isn’t biodegradable you must remove the ashes from the container before scattering.

Utah Cremation FAQs

What veterans benefits are available in Utah?

The VA benefits provided (at no cost to the family) include a grave site; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual grave site care; a government headstone or market; and United States burial flag that can be draped over the casket or accompany the urn (and is given to the next of kin after the service); an engraved presidential memorial certificate signed by the current sitting President, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of their service.

What is the average cost of cremation in Utah?

According to US Funerals, a cremation and memorial service costs around $3,000 and a direct cremation averages at $900.

How many funeral homes are in Utah?

There are 50 funeral homes in 36 cities of Utah.

Utah State Facts

State Nickname: Beehive State

State Motto: Industry

Population: 2.943 million

State bird: Seagull

State tree: Blue Spruce

State flower: Sego Lily

Bonus fact 1: Salt Lake City was originally named Great Salt Lake City, but the “Great” was dropped in 1868.

Bonus fact 2: Utah has the highest literacy rate in the United States.

Bonus fact 3: Utah’s Great Salt Lake is nearly four times saltier than any of the world’s oceans.

Bonus fact 4: More Utahans are married than the citizens of any other US state.

Bonus fact 5: On average, Utah has 300 sunny days per year.

Bonus fact 6: Over 2/3 of land in Utah is owned by the federal government.

*State population based on estimates provided by the 2014 U.S. Census.
*Cremation rate provided by the most recent study by CANA in 2014.