Red Butte Canyon Trails

MODERATE 95 reviews

Red Butte Canyon Trails is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.3 miles
1666 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


no shade

3 months ago


6 months ago

The first 1.5 mikes are moderate. The rest is too difficult to be called moderate. The climb is quite steep at 15% and the descent is straight down the face at 20% on loose rock. The trail is very exposed after 9:00 am.

7 months ago

fun but not much shade.

8 months ago

To be clear- Red Butte Garden is a fenced-in 100 acre botanical garden located in the area of the Red Butte Canyon Trails. There is an entrance fee and only service animals are allowed inside the Garden. Some of the walking paths are paved and are wheelchair accessible. No bikes. The trails depicted as "Red Butte Garden Trails" on this website are located all around Red Butte Garden, but not inside.

8 months ago

Great! Got confused because of all the animal trails, got lost , but it was great!

mountain biking
8 months ago

cool place to ride. just make sure you don't accidently follow an animal trail and end up on the wrong side of the fence by the reservoir lol.

10 months ago

Fun little hike with plentiful birds, butterflies, and wild flowers this springtime. Came across mostly folks with dogs and lotsa peace and solitude on a weekday.

10 months ago

Love this hike. It feels like you're hiking through beautiful rolling mountains. Gorgeous!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Nice hike. The garden is awesome.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This is not a review but more of a question. Why isn't there access past the reservoir further into the canyon. I noticed when you get up by the reservoir there is large fences that run up both sides of the canyon and they have no trespassing signs.

Monday, September 05, 2016

I hesitate the give "Red Butte Garden Trails" a poor rating because there are a lot of beautiful trails in and around Red Butte Gardens. But the one shown on the map is probably the worst way to climb Mt. Van Cott. I wouldn't use the trail past the 0.6 mile mark on this map, it's too steep and loose, hiking this route will only contribute to erosion. Stick to the lower trails around the garden, and if you want to hike Van Cott I highly recommend the route up from Dry Creek (although parking is a problem there.

trail running
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

perfect place to take my dog for a quick run early morning or evening as it is not shaded.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Loved this trail, not too steep and beautiful views of Salt Lake City! Free for u of u students with a student ID too!!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

I love hiking in red butte! Pretty views and the oak tunnel is the coolest!

Friday, May 27, 2016

A great trail for dogs. Moderate elevation gain towards the end but overall the steepness wasn't bad. Short hike but great views of the city and surrounding mountains.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Nice trail with good views and its dog friendly so that's a plus

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Simple hike, decent views.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I think there is some confusion about the trail description. There are trails within Red Butte Garden and multiple (spiderweb) of trails outside Red Butte Garden. The differences are in order the use the Red Butte Garden Trails you must pay admission to the garden (excluding ZAP free days) and their are no dogs allowed within the garden boundary. There is a trail running outside the fence of Red Butte Garden property for public use with their dogs, camels, platypus, or other pets. All trails have great views of Salt Lake City and access to Red Butte Creek. Shade is available in Red Butte Canyon with the permanent water source of Red Butte Creek. Shade is limited when exposed out of the creek drainage as vegetation is not as tall. Diversity of plant and wildlife species and habitat depends on disturbance but there are great groups working to improve the habitat along the foothills.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

This is a good hike right in the city. It doesn't have the rivers that some due and parts of it are somewhat barren but you also get some nice city views. Not a lot of shade in the summertime and not a lot of diversity of terrain. There are certainly more interesting and picturesque trails around but this is a good workout very close in if that's what you're looking for.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Liked the hike and the views of Salt Lake. Wished that i could have gone further but the wife got tired.

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