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 best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
341 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

views

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.

4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Nice hike for the littler ones. There were lots of dogs on and off leash that they got to pet, and a stream halfway through to splash in. there was a little uphill and downhill but the path was mostly paved so it was easy.

9 days ago

I thought it was such a fun place for my dog. He loved the river and being able to run off leash.

walking
17 days ago

walking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

First things first, if you don't like dogs, avoid this place. It's mostly an off leash trail, so they are everywhere with their people. Now, if you like dogs, or have one of your own, then you'll love this place. Interesting history, nice creek, clear paths.

1 month ago

Great for dogs. It is a perfect spontaneous walk with family or friends.

1 month ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

This is a great dog park. But if you don't have a dog and don't want to smell dog poop the whole time I wouldn't recommend it.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a dog park, not a trail. It has a splendid view of the highway. It's fenced in and dogs are off leash. Wicked bad place for a hike. If you've got dogs and want them to run free, I'm sure this is tops.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail for pups and kids, had more of a walk in the park feel rather than hiking feel still had fun with my three year old though and he loved the parks that are right off of the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

We took our puppy and he had a blast!! Lots of dogs and an awesome landscape!

6 months 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

walking
7 months ago

7 months ago

walking
7 months ago

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