Provo, Utah: Climb to the Giant Letter YFor "BYU" (Brigham Young University) but only the shorthand Y was made. A zig-zag trail leads up the mountain to the letter, for those who want a close-up view.
- Terrace Drive, Provo, UT
- I-15 exit 263. Drive north on US 189/University Ave. to 8th St./800 N. and turn right. After seven blocks the street jogs one block left and turns into 820 N. Follow this until it veers left and turns into Oakmont Lane. Take the next right onto Oak Cliff Drive, then the next right onto Terrace Drive. Follow this to the parking lot. From there a zig-zag trail leads up the mountain to the big Y.
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Climb to the Giant Letter Y: Take water -- it gets hot![Alison, 07/06/2013]
Actually, BYU is referred to as "the Y" and the University of Utah as "the U." In SLC, there is a big "U" for the same reason. I don't think it has to do with pooped out students. There are single letters all around Utah. In St. George, there is a big "D" as in Dixie. The early settlers referred to southern Utah as Dixie.[Suz, 08/16/2012]
If you're big on massive letters outlined on mountain sides, don't miss Brigham Young University's "Y" on a mountain visible east of I-15 about an hour south of Salt Lake City. It's 300 feet tall. Annual whitewashing was suspended in the 70s when a permanent white coating was applied. Original plans called for three letters spelling "BYU", but tired students pooped out and never painted the "B" or "U".[K. Ward, 10/08/2000]