Parley's Historic and Nature Area

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Parley's Historic and Nature Area is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.0 miles 341 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


trail running



wild flowers

Parley's Trail, when complete, will become the first true off-road transportation and recreation link spanning Salt Lake City from east to west. Much of the trail's route is already open for use, including a rail-with-trail stretch along the Utah Transit Authority's new S Line streetcar. In the east, the trail begins south of Parley's Canyon, an extraordinarily scenic area despite containing two interstates within. The trail crosses an Interstate 215 ramp on a bridge shared with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a planned 280-mile rustic route from Nephi, Utah, to the Idaho border, with long stretches already complete. Continue west on Parley's Trail to cross I-215's main alignment on another trail bridge. The path soon enters Parley's Historic Nature Park, a 68-acre open space bisected by Parley's Creek. Immediately adjacent to the park is Tanner Park, through which the trail also runs. Take a rest or have a snack at one of the park's benches or picnic tables, although the spots may already be claimed by families watching Little League baseball during the warmer months. From Tanner Park, a future section of trail will parallel I-80 to Sugar House Park. For now, an interim on-road route primarily via low-stress neighborhood streets is necessary to bridge the gap. Fortunately, the signed route is easy to follow, and bike lanes are available on the busier streets. A new stretch of trail runs along the southern edge of Sugar House Park, a sprawling area framed by magnificent mountain views. Even those not yet tired from their trek will want to linger here, even if just for a short stroll around the park's pond. The beautiful area is historic, too: Sugar House Prison, Utah's first state prison, was built on the site in 1855, back when Utah was still a territory. From the park, another new stretch of trail known as "The Draw" passes safely under E. 2100 S. and between two large buildings before emerging into Hidden Hollow Park. The park is hidden indeed, surrounded on all sides by the dense (and increasingly towering) development of Salt Lake City's Sugar House neighborhood. Opened in 1999 on the site of the original Sugar House Park, Hidden Hollow Park lies on both sides of Parley's Creek, offering a vital sense of solitude in the lively neighborhood. A unique stretch of Parley's Trail begins just west of Hidden Hollow Park, after a short signed on-road route via Wilmington Avenue, Highland Drive and Sugarmont Drive. The trail shares a former Union Pacific corridor with the Utah Transit Authority's new S Line, the first streetcar run by the agency. The "S" refers to the two cities the route connects: Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake, as well as the former's Sugar House neighborhood. Parley's Trail runs for approximately 1 mile along the streetcar, currently terminating at the South Salt Lake border. Appropriately, the streetcar, trail, kempt landscaping, public plazas and other amenities on the corridor are commonly known together as the S Line Greenway. Access to the streetcar is easy from the rail-with-trail, as it passes four stops on its short route.

1 month ago

I can go there no matter the weather and know that my dog won't get lost, since there are plenty of safety fences on the trail

2 months ago

Wonderful space for dogs to socialize while I get a nice walk.

3 months ago

Love this nature hike and walk. It is close to tanner park and there are tennis courts you can use anytime for free. It isn't super inclined or intense so you can probably do it easily in winter. Dogs are allowed and lots of off trails you can venture onto.

3 months ago

My 2 small dogs had a blast. It's a fenced trail so you don't have to worry too much about your dogs running off trail. Friendly people.

3 months ago

The dog's had a blast. Nice open trail.

3 months ago

Excellent trail for your dog! Plenty of water to swim around in, other dogs to play with, and it's fenced in all the way around! Unfortunately, some owners don't clean up after their dogs. There are poop bags at trail heads and at markers along the trail. Easy trail!

3 months ago

Great place for a walk, with or without a dog.
Go there expecting off leash dogs. Don't be surprised about aggressive breeds and high energy dogs.
They'll be wet and loud.

4 months ago

This is a great walk to take with your dog(s) it's off leash for most of it, and there is a great swim area for them at the end, and a waterhole along the way as well. We always have a good time. It's just very dusty!

5 months ago

Took my cocker spaniel there today he loved it. Some people need to be a bit more responsible with their dogs and pick up after them.

8 months ago

This is a beautiful park, but dogs are babies on this park.

1 year ago

Hiked the South Trail this morning. The trail was snow covered but easy to follow because of the tracks through the snow from other hikers. Because of the cold was able to walk on top of the snow most of the way. South Trail isn't used nearly as much as the other trails mostly because of the limited parking